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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
Carlos Pena Texas Rangers
He was pushed all the way to $27 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. Whether that has to do with the fact that the touts believe that he'll come close to his 2007 numbers or the relatively thin 1B pool in the A.L., it's likely that Pena goes for at least $25 in a start-over A.L. only and that you won't get him at MF's price.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
I would really have to consider going $40 in my NL-only stractch league for him. He is undeniably the best pitcher in the game over the last 4 seasons, he's turning 29, and he's on a team with a solid offense and bullpen (not to mention a much better pitcher's park). He just brings too much to the table that I can't let me competition get him for mid-$30's.
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 10 '08
Casey Janssen San Diego Padres
Long term the Jays will look into putting Janssen into the rotation, but not this year. They already have Litsch and Chacin competing for the 5th spot, and Marcum, Halladay, McGowan and Burnett ahead of the 5 slot.

I think Janssen is the set up man if Ryan is not ready, and is the 7th inning guy otherwise.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 10 '08
Al Reyes Tampa Bay Rays
I know Reyes pitched adequately, and yes his 2008 salary (option for $2.3M) was under value, but what I'm saying is that TB should have cashed in on him on July 31st, even if the offers weren't overwhelming. I highly doubt Reyes will be as effective as he was pre-All Star Break last year. Can't remember the last time he was healthy 2 consecutive years and he's 36 this year.
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 10 '08
David Wright New York Mets
Good explanation, Eugene. One thing I would add is, when all is said, the object is to put the best players on your team, and the ones who will be the best in a given year are fairly easy to predict. Selecting among the vast array of players who are "generally considered very good" is more of a crapshoot
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 10 '08
Kevin Slowey Miami Marlins
He went for $8 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. Could be an anomaly, but I suspect that they'll be at least two owners in your A.L.-only league waiting for him, and willing to bid at least Alex's 4x4 price.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 10 '08
Viewed by many as a soft tosser, somewhat incorrectly. Maybe it's because they envision an old Brad Radke rather than the young Brad Radke when people say, "He's the new Brad Radke." Or maybe it's just his name. Regardless, a likely buying oppotunity in many leagues.
Chris  Patterson YoLaTengo
Feb 10 '08
Casey Janssen San Diego Padres
Think the Jays will move him into the rotation, whether Ryan's ready or not. They've long viewed their middle relief / setup corps as expendable. Whether 5th starter or swingman I bet he'll be more valuable than Marcum this year. He's learned a lot since last in the rotation -- keeps the ball down, more efficient, polished. Still room to grow, too.
Chris  Patterson YoLaTengo
Feb 10 '08
Rich Garces Boston Red Sox
330, but that's lbs.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 10 '08

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