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Jeremy Hermida Milwaukee Brewers
Candidate for a breakout season? It looks like a strong possibility...and many owners will be thinking the same.

I see he went for $23 in the CBS Sports.com auction...that's an aggressive bid, but could turn out to be a very good price if Hermida starts up where he finished off last season. Tore the cover off the ball in the 2nd half, hitting .340 with 10 HR's.

Just 24 and healthy heading into the season, all signs point to big numbers. That 4x4 should be increased...$20 does not seem out of line.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 10 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
Better skills than Wilson, and took a big leap forward in control last year. If I were betting on one guy getting the saves in Arlington, it would be him.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Between a 31 year old lefty-one out specialist and a 36 year old lefty-one out specialist, I don't know if either will be a great closer. Neither has ever thrown a lot of innings and generally speaking, they both throw more games than innings, in Sherrill's case, by a long distance.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 10 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
Same thing happened to Morneau in 2005. He started off great, got hit in the head, then had a huge decline and couldn't hit for a while. We all know what he did in 2006. Kotch isn't the power hitter that Morneau is, but his high average, high doubles power was evident in the minors, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him get the average up to around .315, pushing his OBP to around .400 and his runs and RBIs up quite a bit due to increased playing time.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 10 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
then again just realized walker is a lefty too.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 10 '08
"i have my doubts they make a lefty the closer. my money is on jaime walker."

Huh?
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
right now it's an open competition in the spring - i have my doubts they make a lefty the closer. my money is on jaime walker. but nobody has been dubbed the closer as of yet
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 10 '08
The ERA goes up a run, but should still be plenty good to hold off the rest of a mediocre crop of arms to keep the closer's job.

Let's see the new bid, fellas.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
The concussion makes it hard to assess his '07 season, but he was hitting .333/.411/.556 when Martin plunked him mid-June.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
Kevin Millar Chicago Cubs
He dropped all the way to $2 in CBS Sporstline. That's a bargain, but Millar's not the kind of guy I can see pushing all the way to $11. I want profit, not par, from a 36-year-old 1B whose far more likely to decline than he is to improve.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
He went for $8 in Sportsline. Like Slyke, I like Broussard, but don't count on that .321 BA he had for the Tribe in 2006. .260-.270 is more like it, even if he's in a platoon again in 2008. $9 is fine, though this is a guy I'd rather pay $7 for and try to squeeze out a profit.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
He went for $8 in Sportsline. Mike Fenger better be careful; he's not going to own a 1B at this rate.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Brad Wilkerson Boston Red Sox
He went for a mere $7 in Sportsline. He's clearly a batting average risk, and he's moving from Arlington to Safeco. Wilkerson will start out with a full-time gig, but there's already talk of a platoon with Wladimir Balentin at some point. Not a good idea; Wilkerson's BA actually plummets against righthanders (though his power is a little better).

Wilkerson's health might make all of this rumination a moot point, of course.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Dan Johnson St. Louis Cardinals
He went for $9 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction.

I'd love to hear from Mike Fenger as to why that bid limit's so low, since Mike's in the Bay Area and probably knows more about the day-to-day machinations of the Oakland A's than most of us.

I think Johnson starts the year with a job, but he's got Carlos Gonzalez and Aaron Cunningham to worry about by mid-year. Johnson's also a not-so-young 28. His platoon splits aren't radical enough to sit him against lefties and turn him into Ben Broussard.

I guess what I'm saying is that Dan Johnson's got a problem. If not now, then sooner rather than later.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Richie Sexson Tampa Bay Rays
He went for a mere $11 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. Even if I really wanted Sexson, I'd probably split the diference between 2006 and 2007 and wave bye bye when he hit $14. Yeah, Sexson could bounce back, but we've all been playing this game too long to know that more often than not players who mysteriously collapse in their early 30s aren't automatically guaranteed to bounce back.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Aubrey Huff San Francisco Giants
Huff went for $15 in the Sportsline expert league. First basemen look like they're going to be hard to come by in A.L.-only leagues, so you might want to adjust your prices accordingly.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
He went for $16 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction.

He looked like two different hitters last year from half to half. In the first half, Kotchman looked like he was on his way to a 20 HR season. After the break, he shortened his stroke and improved his control of the zone, but the balls weren't flying over the fence as a result. This new approach could make Kotchman contend for some batting titles, but it's not going to make his owners all that happy if he's going to be nothing more than a Hal Morris impersonator.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Youkilis went for $18 in the Sportsline expert auction. Like Garko, I wouldn't push Youk past that price, but I think you will have to pay for your 1B this year in an environment where the top talent has dropped off.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Craig Biggio Houston Astros
Stone cold lock for the HOF in my book. One of the best players of his generation when looking at breadth of value/skill. Much of it was simply hidden by the Astrodome and the fact that his skills were so widespread.

James made a great case of him being deserving of an MVP or two.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 10 '08
And the touts agree with me, as Garko went for $18 in Sportsline. I think that price is fine, but I wouldn't get too cute and push Garko past $20. He might get better, but he's not a young kid with a significant growth curve ahead of him.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08

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