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With all the Santana hype, Peavy might be a better value on draft day especially in NL-Only play.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 11 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
I would agree with El Nino. If you look at his earnings over the last 4 years I think last year was simply be an off year. His average earnings the prior 3 years is $46+ and that is with an inept offense and in less then a pitchers park. With the Mets, Johan will be in a division with far less offense then the AL central, not to mention as a fly ball pitcher he will be helped significantly in Shea. Johan is good enough to get and allow you to fill in with average pitchers that won't kill you. With a little luck this staff should be good enough to give you above average pitching while leaving you a large chuck of your budget for hitting. If someone wants him in a league I'm in they better be ready to bid over $40 because I'm at least going to $40 and I might even consider going an extra dollar or two to get him.
Ryan Murphy Rjm576
Feb 11 '08
Nyjer Morgan Cleveland Indians
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting McLouth and Morgan will open spring training in a battle for the starting spot in CF.

McLouth may win the job in April, but Morgan will get his AB's. I have already given my thoughts on McLouth in his comment section, so I think Morgan will see significant time. Morgan has no power at all (6 HR's in 1,600+ ML AB's) but is a burner on the basepaths.

Worth a $1 -$2 bid based on the potential to steal 15 bases.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 10 '08
Nate McLouth Washington Nationals
Much better roto player than real player. The Pirates are not thrilled with the idea of McLouth going into the season as their CF, which is why Morgan will be given every opportunity to win that job. Don't get sucked into the 13 HR's...that's not his game, although he may think it is.

McLouth had only 40 HR's in over 2,000 career ML AB's, but he hit .292 with a .367 OBP, and only struck out 290 times.

In his 708 MLB AB's, he has smacked 25 HR's, but the has hit only .249 with a .322 OBP and 156 K's.

Hmmm...is it possible the Pirates have not done good job helping McLouth develop into a productive MLB player? So unlike this top notch organization.

If McLouth is to play extensively this year under the new Bucco regime, he will have to correct his bad habits, cut down on his swing and get on base. I don't see that happening.

McClouth's speed is legit though, so that will raise his roto value. That being said, I don't see McClouth getting enough AB's to have a fantasy impact this year...he's nothing more than 4th of 5th OF at this level.

Morgan will steal AB's from McLouth and the Pirates will bring up McCutcheon later in the year to play CF when they are hopelessly out of playoff contention and can play the youngsters.

I would bid cautiously...anything over $5 would scare me.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 10 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
FIPs over the past three years: 3.52, 2.89, 3.18.

He's a good pitcher, more than capable of holding down the closer's job for a (mediocre) big league club.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
Ryan Church Pittsburgh Pirates
I was listening to Willie Randolph on WFAN in NY, and he was saying how much he liked Church as a player and that he was going to be their everday RF.

The Mets do not have a solid 4th OF option who hits from the right side, so it would appear Willie is telling the truth.

Interesting player in 2008...his home/road splits not surprisingly show he was much more productive on the road than in RFK. 10 of his 15 HR's came away from RFK and his OPS was 73 points higher on the road (.848 to .775). He also liked hitting at Shea, with 3 HR's and 5 2B's in 25 AB's for a 1.404 OPS. Very possible a few of those 43 doubles will turn into HR's in 2008 away from RFK.

Church is not a big name and could fly under the radar...a nice 4th or 5th OF you can get undervalue. You might want to target him on draft day and hope you can grab him for under $10.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 10 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
his stats in 2005 and 2006 were miserable and that was pitching in seattle. right now he's a middle reliever who had a good year last year.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 10 '08
Dallas McPherson Pittsburgh Pirates
Missed all of 2007 and his K/BB ratios have never been pretty, but I see he still went for $2 in the CBS Sports.com draft. I guess when Cantu and Jose Castillo is his competition at 3B for the Marlins, you can make a strong case that he will make the team and get his share of AB's. Such a question mark going into the season, but not a bad $1 flier in the end game. If he can get 250-300 AB's, 12-15 HR's is not out of the question.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 10 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Baez is on the DL.

Sherrill's got decent skills and did the job in the minors.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
Exactly, Eugene.

And if Guillen gets hurt, Morneau stagnates, Kornerko slips, and Pena regresses (none of them out of the realm of possibility) it could easily put Kotchman at #1.

I'd easily pay $15-$20 in AL-Only (compared to what those others will cost) to see if he's got .330/25/120 in his bat.
Jurgen Maas Jurgen
Feb 10 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
It's probably a non-issue because the Orioles without Bedard are lucky to have 5 save chances next year. Let's just hope it's not Danys Baez again. Hopefully that project is over.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 10 '08
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

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