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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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Adam Jones Arizona Diamondbacks
No way he rides the bench. The question is whether he's the starting CF in Baltimore or Norfolk.

I don't know if he keeps running (8 for 15 in AAA aint much), but he should hit for power and not horrific average. He's worth a $10 bid in AL-only even if he starts the year in the minors.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Philip Humber San Diego Padres
I can't remember where I read it (I think it was a BP piece from a few years back), but the consensus was that if you can only gauge a pitching prospect by one stat, HR allowed is it.

Glad to see you've re-adjusted the bid, but I still think you're paying for the name and draft status.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
Topped out the CBS 5x5 (on 2/6/2008) at $44 (Peavy was $39, Webb was $31). That's probably a bit extreme, but the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 11 '08
Philip Humber San Diego Padres
Not sure where I got the $10, but I'm also not sure why you all are so pessimistic. I haven't seen him pitch, but of the interior numbers only the HR allowed are poor. His 2006 numbers make me think he'll be a reasonable end-of-the-rotation pitcher, with a chance for better than that.
mike fenger mike
Feb 11 '08
Adam Jones Arizona Diamondbacks
He's already the third best offensive player on the Orioles behind only Markakis and Roberts (VORP), so there's no reason to bury him in the minors unless the O's plan to show their fans they got only a lefty-specialist for Bedard.

Jones has incredible potential and given his AAA numbers last year is very close to realizing it. I've seen him compared to Torii Hunter and Mike Cameron lately, but he's got more power than either did when they came up. I'd say he's closer to Eric Davis. Hunter's power developed late and Cameron hit a lot of HR in Birmingham, but that's a HR haven from what I recall. Davis was crushing the ball in the minors and Jones has been as well.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 11 '08
David Aardsma Toronto Blue Jays
Hello TJ! Welcome back.

We've got it so together this year that I think you'll find your primer in the glossary. If not, fire out the questions in the appropriate thread.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 11 '08
Lenny DiNardo Oakland Athletics
I know what you mean. But I'd take a $6 starter over, say, a $10 middle reliever any time. If I knew that's what they would earn.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 11 '08
Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs
Two things I liked best about watching him pitch last year were 1) the development of his curve ball (he's no longer just fastball, change) and 2) his willingness to come in on righthanders with his fastball.

And while health will always be an issue for any pitcher, it's been noted by the Philly beat that Hamels has a Carlton-esque workout ethic.

It's hard not to like him, but that's exactly why it'll be hard to own him unless you commit some serious coinage.
Gary Cruciani Megary
Feb 11 '08
Philip Humber San Diego Padres
I've put him on the Twins with a bid that let's me chase him if I'm desperate.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 11 '08
Mike Sweeney Seattle Mariners
Not only is Sweeney a man without a full time job but he's a DH only. He should go undrafted. Maybe you pick him up on reserves and hope that he gets hot with the bat but I think this guys career might be coming to an end. Between Sweeney and Chavez - that's two guys that seem like they are 80 years old but are only in their mid 30's.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 11 '08
Adam Jones Arizona Diamondbacks
Right now - Jay Payton is penciled in CF, Luke Scott in LF and Kevin Millar at DH so it shouldn't take much for Jones to break into that lineup. But headed into the spring - I think he's either a 4th outfielder or headed to the minors. But a good spring - could definitely change all that.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 11 '08
Haven't heard any news out of Baltimore regarding the roles of Adam Jones and George Sherrill. I woudl assume (with a decent Spring) taht both figure into the immediate plans, but I guess it is possible for Jones to head to AAA if he, in Baltimore's opinion, doesn't look ready (after all, he is 22). But, given his numbers at Tacoma, he probably doesn't have much more to prove at that level.
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 11 '08
Mike Sweeney Seattle Mariners
Signed 1-year deal with Oakland. Will have to battle against Johnson, Barton, and Cust, and will probably see most of his work against lefties.
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 11 '08
David Aardsma Toronto Blue Jays
OK, I've just signed up (for about the tenth year in a row!). Usually the first player in the alphabet is where you go for the annual primer. Since Aardsma has no comments, who should I start with, Alex?
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
Feb 11 '08
Lenny DiNardo Oakland Athletics
Give me a decent middle reliever over guys like this every time.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
John Danks Chicago White Sox
I have a feeling that Danks could become a decent pitcher. He'll have a big chance this year, because the White Sox are short on pitchers. He has a better chance to be one of those famous third year blue chip prospects than he has to succeed this year. But even if 2008 is a rollercoaster year for Danks, he will continue to improve. Not a bad flyer in a keeper league.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
Kason Gabbard Boston Red Sox
I can't see how he's going to succeed in Texas. He had a decent run with the Sawx, but those peripherals are screaming silence after his name is thrown out for a buck.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
Philip Humber San Diego Padres
What's the quality start over/under: 1? Ten dollars is what you'll pay someone to take Philip off your hands. Get out the duct tape to patch up the baggie.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
Melvin Upton Jr. San Francisco Giants
There are so few five category players, that we lose sight of how much they cost. Those steals are so hard to come by that Upton is a bargain at $35. You'll pay more for Ichiro and he won't hit double figures in homers and won't crack 70 ribbies.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
I don't think there is anything to criticize in last year's performance and Sherrill could wind up as Baltimore's closer. However, that is more of a statement about the Oriole's state of pitching than George's late-blooming skills. Trying to guess who will finish Baltimore's games is a fool's errand and right now it's about a seven horse race, and that doesn't count Don Stanhouse's comeback. Get that FAAB money ready.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 11 '08

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