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Rios went for an absurd $35 in the Sportsline expert auction. I like Rios, but he'd have to go nuts to earn $35 in 5x5. Which I don't think he will.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '08
Vlad is Patton & Company's franchise player at $36. The price is a little high for 5x5, especially since I'm not sure Vlad is going to steal bases every again. But I'll gladly pay big bucks for a guy whose worst BA in the scan is .317 and whose #1 Baseball Reference comp by age is Willie Mays.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Sherrill pitched one or more innings in 23 of his 73 appearances in 2007. 19/72 in 2006.

Because I wanted to have a little fun, I took a look at those 2007 1 inning plus numbers:

25.1 IP, 13 hits (3 in one game), 4BB, 30K. 4 ER (3 in that one game), 1 HR (also in that one game).

Interestingly, you wipe out that game in May against the Yankees (15-11 Yankees win), he's at 24.1 innings, 10 hits, 4 BB, 29K and 1 ER.

Not too shabby. Does he have the endurance? He pitched on back to back days 15 times, and pitched 4 days in a row three times and 3 days in a row 3 times.

Not bad at all. I'm starting to talk myself into buying Sherrill in my AL auction.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
As an aside, if you want to read an interesting spin on the testimony today, take a look at:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?id=3244547

Now I watched the same testimony that Munson did, and I am trying to figure out what axe to grind he has with Clemens, because this is about as slanted a view of the testimony that I can find out there on the internet.

I heard a rumor, btw, that Al Gore was on steroids when he created the internet.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
After reading about today's testimony and watching some of it live, I just shake my head because things are more clouded than ever. What we learned today is: 1) Roger Clemens is a prick (okay, we knew that already); 2) Clemens resolutely denies that he took any steroids; 3) while there are some inconsistencies with his story, there is no smoking gun; 4) McNamee has admittedly lied about 30+ different representations to the media and other sources.

I fall back to my previous analogy regarding McCarthy-ism...Novitzky is the guy driving all of this with Clemens, Bonds, McNamee, Radomski, et al. OJ might be an even better analogy - we knew that OJ was guilty until the prosecution began the circus of absurdity that led us from the conclusion that he was guilty to the conclusion that the LAPD was staffed by morons, and the DAs were more incompetent than the police.

Baseball is a perfect game played by imperfect people. The sooner that fans understand that, the sooner the sport can heal.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Trembley has already said that he wants Sherrill to be his closer. I realize the season is a ways away and there's no guarantee he'll keep the job all year, but it looks good for him right now.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 14 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
I have the misfortune of having him at $7 in CBS. I am banking on the fact that he gets 400AB (okay, actually, I got caught pushing him up), but, at the moment, he is most likely to be traded for another arm. I think those bids all have to come down significantly for Ethier.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
I know Jurgen posted a response to Jeff, but I can't see it yet, so I'm going to post.

I haven't run the pitching prices in CBS on our blog yet, but let's look at this for an exercise.

Santana is what he is and went for $44.

Or you could have spent $44 and gotten some of the following combinations:

Peavy and Wandy Rodriguez
Webb and Jeff Francis
Haren and Sheets
Oswalt and Penny
Gallardo and Smoltz

Now, while you may look at this list and say: a-ha, you made my point - they earn equal to or more than Santana alone, I will still take Santana at $44.

First, while I have $44 invested in one player, he is a player without any significant injury history.

Second, he takes up one slot, and, for the same money, I am getting the same stats as two players.

Third, each pair on that list carries risk, injury or otherwise.

As many others have said on many different threads, you go a couple of extra dollars to buy stats for premium players. Moreover, you don't let someone in your league walk away with Santana for $30 or $35; when he repeats any of 2004, 2005, or 2006 for that auction price, you are going to lose your league. Period.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 13 '08
Jeff,

Well, OK, but now we're now talking about different things. If you factor, say, 20% inflation on Alex's $35 bid price you've got $42-$45. That's perfectly reasonable.

But that doesn't mean that $45 in CBS is a good deal for Johan. At that price, you're banking on upside given the past years he's averaged $39. In non-keeper drafts $45 is a lot to pay given a) Johan has proven human, and b) there is a lot of pitching value (with upside) out there in the $15-$30 range.

(P.S. Maybe I'm just spoiled cause in my AL keeper league I've got one Sabathia and a whole Verlander, too.)
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 13 '08
Mr. Jurgen: in the keeper leagues that I'm in, there is alot of inflation, so the list of pitchers you are talking about are not going to give you two of the guys off this list for $45-$50. You'd be lucky to get 1 1/2 pitchers. And to make your case, you used last year's $30 of earnings, actually $33 instead of the $46, $40 and $53 of the three years previous for an average of $43 over the four years. We're all trying to get the most for our money, and if we put all our eggs in one basket, we can get royally screwed. However, I'm saying my preference is one Johan Santana rather than one CC Sabathia and a half of Justin Verlander, etc.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 13 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre is going to start most Dodger games with his paycheck and he can't be traded. Matt Kemp has a very high ceiling, is extremely strong and extremely fast. Andre Ethier is the odd man out, even if he is the right (lefty)side of the platoon. $12 is way overpriced for this solid but unspectacular player. The great thing about Andre is that he is a baseball player, not an athlete like Kemp. And he's a team guy, not an ego like Kemp. But, alas, he also isn't a linebacker with plus speed, so he'll have to be content with backing up in the corners. Maybe $7-$8.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 13 '08
I'm pretty sure Andruw was not yet dressed out in Dodger blue when I assigned $17 to Ethier. Now the question becomes, will he even be on the right side of a platoon? I guess we'll find out in spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 13 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
"When Johan wins 22, with 250 K's and a whip around 1, what does it matter what it cost? There are only a few anchors in each league and Santana's sinks the deepest by far."

And if he repeats '07 you're paying $15 extra bucks for performance you could have had for $30.

Santana at $35 obviously you can't pass up. But I'd rather take that $45-50 he'll cost and get two of Sabathia, Webb, Verlander, Bonderman, Hamels, McGowan, Lackey, Haren, Kazmir etc.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 13 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
donbru? Which Izturis?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 13 '08
Kevin Frandsen San Francisco Giants
Even if the Giants get a 3B, expect Frandsen to get his share of playing time based on the sad state of the Giants IF and his versatility. His true position is 2B, but can play SS and 3B as well as the OF.

He did hit .328 in 4 ML seasons while posting solid OBP and SLG numbers and will steal an occasional base or two.

Much like Ortmeier, not sure if he will start but will get his share of AB's, and you can do worse for $2-$3 at the MI spot.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 13 '08
He went for $37 in the Sportsline expert auction. He hasn't earned it yet, not even in 4x4, and he might not earn it this year, but I understand the motivation to pay top players a few dollars past par value. You have to like the K/BB trendline and the jump in SB last year. 30/40 this year?
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 13 '08
Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
He went for $40 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. Keep in mind that Crawford "only" earned $38 in 5x5 in 2006 and $36 in 2007. However, at that price, he's still got the potential to break even or turn a profit. In retrospect, I would have felt better about Crawford at $41 than Vlad at $36.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 13 '08
Randy Johnson San Francisco Giants
Threw off the mound last week for the first time since his back surgery and reported no problems. The rehab program has apparently gone well and he says he is ready to pitch this spring.

He was inconsistent in his 10 starts last year, but his K/9 rate shows he can still bring it and be dominating at times.

This is obviously something that will have to monitored in the upcoming weeks, but if he looks good, I think the minimum bid needs to be around $10.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 13 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
donbru, you're making the false corollary that if A equals A, then B equals B. The fact that Andy Pettitte is agreeing with Brian McNamee and is therefore telling the truth about Andy Pettitte does not automatically mean that McNamee is telling the truth about Roger Clemens.

Megary, I agree that it would be insane to lie to a District Attorney's office about a matter this serious. But is it any more insane than withholding evidence from that same District Attorney's office that would have completely vindicated you and made Roger Clemens guilty?
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 13 '08
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
The $40 days are long gone, but as long as he continues to put up 15-17 HR's, 80-90 RBI's and .300 BA, he will always have a spot on my roster at these prices. I still think has has few of these type seasons left in the tank.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 13 '08

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