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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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Josh Willingham Kansas City Royals
Dolphins(ugh) Stadium is one of the best pitcher's parks in baseball. The jury is still out on the new Washington digs but it's clearly not as cavernous as RFK. Willingham is fine when he's healthy but that's not nearly often enough.
jeff merk jeffamerk
Feb 22 '09
Justin Upton Los Angeles Angels
My instinct says $18-19, but Alex has played this game longer than we all have, and I suspect he's got a longer memory.

The name that popped into my head when I saw Alex's bid was Shawn Green.

In 379 AB in 1995, Green went 15/54/1/.288 and earned $15. Alex predicted a $26 season for Green and said in his 1996 book that "he'll be on so many sleeper lists it'll make you scream."

In my A.L. that year, Green was given a $20, three-year long term contract. He went on to earn $10. He earned $15 in 1997, and I wound up getting him as a throw-in in a dump deal...mainly so the owner who I was trying to pry whatever else I was trying to pry from him (my memory's not that long) would relent.

It's not that Upton can't be good - he probably will be. It's just that he might not, or that by the time he is that good, the price you paid for him this year will be two or three years back in the rear view mirror.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '09
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
One of the few things I did right last year! (see previous 2008 posts).

Great hitter. Torre is not keeping his stick out of the line-up. Expect another $20+ season.




Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 22 '09
Nomar Garciaparra Oakland Athletics
Nomar will always be close to my heart. Back in '07, he was acutally the highest "paid" player on my team ($18). Somehow, I still won the title. THAT is what you call balance.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
No matter how solid he looks, with Torre at the helm, I can't but help believing that he will screw me if I actually draft him (with Manny still probably headed over and suck-wad Pierre on the roster).
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
Carlos Lee Florida Marlins
Has a full no trade clause through 2010 and - even if Carlos were willing to waive it - his team would be on the hook for about $62MM from August 1, 2009 through the end of his contract in 2012. It's incredibly unlikely he's going anywhere.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '09
I think Lyon's the closer, but I don't think Jimmy Leyland trusts Zumaya, and Rodney's still next in line if Lyon can't get the job done.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '09
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
Between him and Jose Guillen, it should be a fun clubhouse out there in KC.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '09
Scot Shields Los Angeles Angels
Rafael Betancourt is probably the poster child for why we shouldn't overvalue middle relievers, particularly in 5x5. He was the 10th best reliever in 5x5 in the majors in 2007, but if you paid $8-10 for him in 2008 because you thought he'd be "reliable", then shame on you.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '09
Carlos Lee Florida Marlins
Has averaged $32 a season the past three years, making him one of the most consistent OF earners in both leagues.

As steady as they go. Worth a $30 bid easy...just be concerned with the trade possibilities if your stats do not carry over to the AL.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 22 '09
J.R. Towles Minnesota Twins
The new Chris Iannetta? Rushed and obviously struggled, but he still looks pretty good. BABIP was beyond bad, so besides being overmatched, he was also unlucky. I would love him as my backup catcher.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
Justin Upton Los Angeles Angels
He's Baseball Prospectus' #1 breakout candidate this year in their PECOTA system. I don't play NL, but given his age, OBP, and power potential, I'd be very interested if I did.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 22 '09
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
Bid is way too high. Numbers are in a freefall and remember, he is now believed to be 35, not 32 or 33 (and not to mention off the juice). I think I have about $12 or $13 on my tentative bid list, and I doubt I will go that high.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
Dallas McPherson Pittsburgh Pirates
I hear you badger, and I agree unsexy players at a buck can help you in competitive leagues like ours. However, 17 HR's for McPherson is just one less than he has hit in his big league career. It's not going happen.

McPherson is beyond unsexy...he's like Ernest Borgnine with tits.


Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 22 '09
Josh Willingham Kansas City Royals
The thing is, while he isn't, nor will he ever be, a star, I do think he is better than Pena and Kearns especially. I think he hits enough to keep his job at least for 400-450 at bats, which puts him closer to that $15 bid.

All bets are off if his back issues flare again.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
That's fair enough, but I still think he has to fight for PT with Pena, Kearns, Dukes etc...

I am not a fan. I think he is the odd man out by July.


Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 22 '09
Carlos Lee Florida Marlins
Skills look solid. Injury was a fluke injury. Otherwise, he was well on his way to another mid-upper 30's season. It think $30 (or maybe a buck or two more) is safe.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
Dallas McPherson Pittsburgh Pirates
The fish traded Jacobs to let Sanchez step in and take over 1B.

They really like this kid.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 22 '09
Just to be clear, I think the AAAA designation is fair. However, we are talking about a buck here. These unsexy players are often where you have to pick up points in very competitive leagues. Nobody is going to let you make a profit on the top line talent. Picking up a McPherson as your CI for a couple bucks is gold if he can hang around long enough to bang out 17 home runs, even if he hits .230 with a .294 OBP and 120 K's.
paul schneider badgermania
Feb 22 '09
Brandon Jones Milwaukee Brewers
I think Anderson is the guy that would turn a profit.

He's the best of the bunch, IMO.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 22 '09

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