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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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10-1, 2.57 ERA in 15 starts.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 26 '07
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
This will be his year.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 26 '07
Jeremy Accardo Washington Nationals
Significantly better Rating than WHIP, because Rating says a walk is not as bad as a hit and counts gophers as very bad things. Accardo was heroic in second half (20 saves, 1.84 ERA), despite a 4.17 xERA.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 26 '07
Ryan Klesko San Francisco Giants
May be done. The bid is in case he's not.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 26 '07
Nick Swisher Atlanta Braves
How many first baseman played 60 games in center field last year? An old-fashioned-hard-nosed ballplayer. Be interesting to see if the A's put him up on the trading block.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 26 '07
Mark Kotsay San Diego Padres
At this point in his career, not much upside, even with a completely healthy back.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 26 '07
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
Across the board, Peter's retrospective prices for standard 4x4 AL and NL Rotisserie leagues are a little bit lower than mine. (A nice masochist's argument why that we can start here if anyone's interested.) In these standard leagues, unless you have a very good freeze list, it's not a good idea to bid more than the player can reasonably earn.

Not so in mixeds leagues. Peter and I both feel you should bid like crazy on the best available players, for the simple reason that there are so many other merely good players to choose from. The easiest people to identify in this sport (actually, in any sport) are the best players; much harder to rank all the merely good players. Therefore overpay for the best players and wait for the merely good players who will still be available when the competition has finished overpaying for the merely good players.

That's our theory, anyway, and we've had a lot of success with it.

Which is to say, $51 should get A-Rod in a non-freeze mixed league (15 teams or so). If it doesn't, keep bidding.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 25 '07
Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies. Pinch-hit for the Cardinals 38 times and hit .406.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 25 '07
Jeremy Giambi Boston Red Sox
He gets almost as much coverage as his brother in Moneyball. Michael Lewis, fearless reporter that he his, mentions his fondness for pot and booze.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 25 '07
Moneyball became such a huge hit that the paperback edition doesn't even put the subtitle -- The Art of Winning an Unfair Game -- on the cover.

In the index...

stealing bases
Steinbrenner, George
Stevens, Lee
stock market

When it's reissued, might be best to drop the subtitle altogether.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 25 '07
Scott Baker Los Angeles Dodgers
It's all those hits he's allowed that make it the smart play not to buy into the second half ERA too strongly. Only one thing changed significantly changed: The rate of home runs he allowed. Is that something he controled? I wouldn't pay a lot this year to find out.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Dec 25 '07
A 3.44 ERA Post All-Star means there's no way you're getting Baker for $5. In deeper freeze leagues, if the pitching is thin enough, you might even toy with the idea of keeping him at $10.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 24 '07
There's a vesting option for 2010, too.

Aaron Rowand's VORP was 52 last year. Jenkins' was 8.9. I can see why the Phillies didn't commit to Rowand for five years, but next year they're going to lose some games because of it.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 24 '07
Dontrelle Willis Baltimore Orioles
"To be honest," concludes the Baseball Forecaster in its Dontrelle Willis comment, " xERA has never been all that impressive anyway."

Maybe not, but a 4.52 xERA in 2007 is a whole lot better than the ERA that counted in the standings; with a few more wins, he might have actually been worth something.

While Comerica Park is less of a pitchers' paradise than it's thought to be, Dontrelle figures to benefit from pitching on a team that plans to win some games, to hitters that for the most part have never seen him.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 24 '07
Moving to the homer-friendly confines of the Phillie playpen, he might be good for 30. But even if he is, at the end of 2009, when they've finished paying him $13 million, the Philiies are going to ask themselves, What were they thinking?
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 24 '07
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers
Somehow, I just have a bad feeling about him. No offense intended, and I agree with Alex that the chances are he'll go for far more. I'm just giving his money to some others in whom I have more confidence.
mike fenger mike
Dec 23 '07
Ron Mahay Los Angeles Dodgers
Look what came down his chimney five years before Christmas? $8 million parceled out over the next two years to get left-handed hitters out for the Kansas City Royals.

He does it well. LHB hit .189 against him last season. Nevertheless and unfortunately, the name Ron Mahey still means one thing to me: scab. I understand perfectly the pressures he probably felt at the time. He may have had some financial need that overpowered every other consideration. Even so, he gets less sympathy from me than the countless players deperately trying to make it to (or stay in) the big leagues who gave themselves a performance boost. Or, to put it another way, he deserves to be in the big leagues, but he sure doesn't deserve the contract he just signed.


Alex Patton Alex
Dec 23 '07
Eric Chavez Arizona Diamondbacks
Good catch, Mike. Thanks. Keep sending 'em.
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 23 '07
$40?
Mike Gianella MikeG
Dec 23 '07
Jose Canseco Chicago White Sox
One of the key -- no, THE key sentence in the Mitchell Report:

"Everyone involved in baseball over the past two decades -- commissioners, club officials, the players' association and players -- shares to some extent the responsibility for the steroids era. There was a collective failure to recognize the problem as it emerged and to deal with it early on."

Guess who's not mentioned?

The press.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 23 '07

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