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Derek Jeter New York Yankees
It's more than "it doesn't hurt", Slyke. As the good looking Alpha who says the right things and acts with bravado, it means he's liked. Now *that* means a huge amount.

If you read 'Blink', the study on the hospital/lawsuits illustrates that people who are liked get A LOT more rope than otherwise (in Blink, those patients would NOT sue their doc if they liked him and would seek to sue someone else, frequently dropping the case in the end).

The stats matter a whole lot less in this scenario. If he kept his character defined as it is now, but continued a slow decline, he could probably ride the coat tails for another 5 years.

It's tough on the Yankees, Eugune, but, being liked, he still puts people in the seats. Which is an asset to the franchise. They simply have to find a way to make up for his short comings.


Tom Ryan toshiro
Feb 15 '09
Kila Ka'aihue Washington Nationals
Doesn't look like he has a place to play in KC right now.

Appears to be ticketed to AAA to start the season, but the power is intriguing.

Not a bad reserve pick.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '09
Derek Jeter New York Yankees
The funny thing about Jeter is that both the mainstream media and the casual fan give Jeter credit for being great at things he's not great at. Meanwhile they ignore the things he's truly great at.

Jeter's defense has been poor to bad to horrible over the past 6-7 years. Yet he's won 3 gold gloves in that period and gets consistent praise for his defense. He gets credit for being unflappable, yet that ignores his poor hitting in League Championship Series. Granted he's tremendous in both the Division Series and World Series.

Yet, in 1999 he was the best player in the AL and finished 6th in the MVP race. He's also been outstanding at getting on base. Yet that's overlooked to a great degree. He's surely better than Ichiro at that skill, making him the premier leadoff hitter of his era - although he hasn't batted leadoff for a lot of the time.

The biggest probelm is that he's about to become a noose around the Yankees' neck. He can't play SS effectively anymore and his contract is going to expire soon. They will have to resign him, but he can't play 1B- Tex is there. ARod is at 3B. Cano is at 2B and I don't think Jeter's defensive strengths would allow him to make the turn at second. He can't more to CF at this age. Do you really want a no-power DH for all that money? Yet he's got to be resigned. He's going to get 3000 hits during his next contract. Wow, it's great to watch the Yankees squirm.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 15 '09
Jeter can do no wrong with Yankees' fans.

Living in the NY/NJ area, I can tell you most of this derives from him being a "true Yankee", a player who came up through their farm system and helped restore the championship glory of pinstripes past. Was a rookie on their first WS team in nearly 20 years, and hit .360 in that post-season - it's been a love affair ever since.

He never quits on any play, and has overall, been a good post-season player (unlike A-Rod).

Very high profile player in the biggest media circus and has managed to avoid any controversy in his 14 years.

And yes, he is a good looking alpha male, which does not hurt.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 15 '09
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
Rotoman-- if you're comparing Jeter w/ARod, ARod's whining, too obvious narcissism and lack of dashing by diving for plays, even at the cost of self.

Tom Ryan toshiro
Feb 15 '09
Derek Jeter New York Yankees
Good looking alpha male = beloved Jeter?
Tom Ryan toshiro
Feb 15 '09
Edwin Encarnacion Chicago White Sox
I agree with Mike, that there is physical ability here, and there is probably a dark side. Age, I think, tells us to bet on him realizing that it is in his command. History tells us self realization only goes so far.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 14 '09
Kevin Slowey Miami Marlins
OMG How do we deal with soft tossing control artists with erratic histories? I'm rooting for a softy named Slowey, but I wouldn't bid double digits even with a rebate.

I'm rooting for him to prove me wrong, at least long enough to get a big contract.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 14 '09
Cole Hamels Atlanta Braves
In Ron Shandler's Friday Baseball HQ newsletter last week he decried the recent trend toward giving value to the staff anchor, as if the anchor was ever undervalued.

The logical fact is that there is a certain amount of pitching value. And finding it is a bunch more random than finding the hitting value. A large part, maybe all the part, of the problem with projecting pitching value is because of injuries, and if you can't project someone you can't properly price them.

My point is that you can find ample justification for buying the most expensive pitcher, no matter what the price, especially in a league Ron is involved in, or you can try to suck the meat out of the sheaves by spending less on pitching. How you do has less to do with any system than with whether you got lucky this time or not with the choice you made (unless you play with a bunch of idiots who play the same way every time).

Just like in the major leagues, some teams win with hitting, some teams win with pitching. I think fantasy teams win by spending what they need to spend to get good hitting, and then hope the are wise (lucky) with their pitching.

But I've seen the opposite work, too.

The fact is that proper pricing makes all choices equal. If you understand the balance of pitching and hitting value v. risk (judged 1:2 by history as well as experts) then you can try to find the bargains.

But that's an argument you're going to have with your leaguemates on draft day (which is why we play, by the way!). In the big overarching league we use as our example, we do our best to generalize. But your victory is mostly likely to come from knowing who you're playing against. And studying how they're going to screw up.

Good luck.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 14 '09
Derek Jeter New York Yankees
I wrote this for A-Rod, but it seems to pertain here, too:

I'm trying to figure out what is so beloved about Jeter, except that he contributed to a great run of World Series victories at the start of his career, apparently had a meaningful relationship with Mariah Carey before she went crazy, and knows exactly how to modulate his response to any question (especially about A-Rod).

In fact, my favorite thing about Derek Jeter are those ads he did with Nomar, back when they were competing and contemporaries. He seemed to be playing then. He hasn't much since.

Oh, and Jeter hit that "homer" that was actually an out, but was counted as a homer!

(ORIGINALLY ON THE AROD PAGE) This should probably be on the Jeter page. Right? I'm going to copy it there. I hope I don't get banned for cross posting.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 14 '09
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
I'm trying to figure out what is so beloved about Jeter, except that contributed to a great run of World Series victories at the start of his career, apparently had a meaningful relationship with Mariah Carey before she went crazy, knows exactly how to modulate his response to any question. In fact, my favorite thing about Derek Jeter are those ads he did with Nomar, back when they were competing and contemporaries.

Oh, and Jeter hit that "homer" that was actually an out, but was counted as a homer!

This should probably be on the Jeter page. Right? I'm going to copy it there. I hope I don't get banned for cross posting.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 14 '09
Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
I just fell of my chair laughing.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '09
Joakim Soria Oakland Athletics
Actually a few teams dumped the category or picked up nothing but fliers.

Eric Mack - who runs this playpen - bought nine starters. Scott White, another one of the CBS Sportsline owners, bought eight starters and Fernando Rodney. Crucial Sports bought Mark Lowe, who may or may not close. Baseball HQ bought George Sherrill and Joel Zumaya.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '09
Kevin Slowey Miami Marlins
He went for $16 in Sportsline, which matched my sheet price for him.

Slowey's the kind of pitcher who is going to be on everyone's "sure to improve" list. Owners who think they're going to sneak Kevin Slowey in for $10 in their auction are only fooling themselves.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '09
John Danks Chicago White Sox
Danks gets a big pay raise in Sportsline, jumping all the way up to $15. I must have forgotten my positive comments from last April, because my bid limit was a timid $10. I don't know what it is I'm worried about exactly. Danks indeed did keep that cutter I mentioned in his arsenal and was harder to hit as a result. If there's anything to worry about, it's that the White Sox don't look like they're going to win as many games in '09.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '09
Working on the software, I finally see what NeauxBrainer's been talking about. We have 3B and SS position info for the AL flipped around in the Evaluator. That will be fixed when we post the software for sale TOMORROW NIGHT. Any other errors that are posted here by tomorrow morning will be fixed as well.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '09
David Aardsma Toronto Blue Jays
Belated answer to Jobu: that's the idea with negative bids. If you can stash these players on your reserve list -- or even just ditch them before Opening Day -- it would be a good play. If you had to keep Aardsma on your roster, though, even though he seems to have a knack of picking up wins, not such a good play.

Somehow my idea of negative bids never really caught on.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '09
Edwin Encarnacion Chicago White Sox
You have to think there's some back story (beyond frustration with his fielding) here. He sits too much (and is replaced by players less good) for it to be just in-game performance. I think he can take a step up, but if it's some sort of personality conflict, he'll continue to sit unless he either resolves it or plays well enough to make it irrelevant. Hard to bump up the price until we see evidence of the one or the other.
mike fenger mike
Feb 14 '09
Manny Parra Chicago Cubs
Maybe I'm irrationally exuberant, and I'll certainly lower the price if he's not pitching well in the spring, but I like him enough to take him higher. I'll be very happy if I can get him for $3 if he's pitched well enough to secure a rotation slot.
mike fenger mike
Feb 14 '09
Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies
Good things came to those who waited.
Mike Landau ML-
Feb 14 '09

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