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Rudy Seanez Los Angeles Angels
Safe as milk, Steve Moyer says, though he offers no guarantees.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
My scouting report: He can run, but he's not very good otherwise. Which isn't a vote for Gomez, at this point. DS would be a better choice, for now.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
Jorge Posada New York Yankees
Posada was Top 5 last year, but the demands of the job are pretty exacting and unrelenting, and given his age there're good reasons to expect a collapse.

In mixed leagues I think you should pay for potential, and discount aging value. I'm not sure that Posada will collapse this year, there isn't evidence he will and he's a good worker. But it's a mistake to bet against the actuarial tables.

At least some of the time.





Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
He's had 364 AB against in the last three years, and 82% of those AB ended during Sherrill's first 15 pitches. So, yeppers, he's quite an unknown quantity if the Orioles have to leave him in past those 15 pitches, and it's not like Sherrill's pitches/plate appearance rate is ultra low. He's also moving to a park that's been pretty HR friendly the last two years, and is a severe flyball pitcher. He also thrives on 2 days rest or more. All in all, it's a bad recipe, though the numbers have been dominant enough the last three years (the rating is useful in this case) and the O's bullpen is thin enough that Sherrill might hold on to the job by default, even if his ERA/WHIP this year look more like Todd Jones than J.J. Putz.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 20 '08
Adam LaRoche Chicago White Sox
He's a perfectly good $1 pickup at the end, if that's what happens. He's productive, he's not challenged for his job this year (I don't think), but he's got little upside. He could hit 40 homers I guess, but probably won't, and the team is so crappy that even if he did he'd have a hard time driving in 100.

And when I say $1 pickup at the mixed league end, you may decide he's worth $4. That can work too, if the situation unfolds that way and you're a believer that he could do 2006 again. I do believe that, which is why I'm adding this note, but I try to be realistic, which is why I'm not adding a mixed league bid price.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
I suggest taking a look at the IP and G lines in the stats of the last two years. This guy was effective because he was used effectively. Only so many bad things can happen when you average less than two batters per appearance. I've had him on my team a lot the last two years, as a safe as milk reliever (since he doesn't face more than three guys he can't get killed), but I'll be really surprised if he's closing games in May.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
If Tampa can forestall free agency for a year in six years by sending him down for a month now they really should do it. But he's earned the job this spring and deserves a bid until they ditch him. So I bid...
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
Chris Capuano Milwaukee Brewers
If he's not in the rotation, coming off a painful roto year, he's exactly the sort of guy to pick up for a buck or two to stash on reserve until he enters the rotation and then totally blows up your staff. But it was an excellent thought!

In other words, he could be something of a sleeper if he falls behind Villanueva and Parra. The cheaper the better.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 20 '08
I will amend my comments a bit as he now has a tender elbow and with Villanueva and Parra pitching well, his time in Milwaukee may be short.

After watching him extensively for four years, I think he is just one of those guys that doesn't have the top notch location that you need to make that step beyond what he is. He cruises for 5 innings and then locates a couple pitches poorly...big inning, game line ruined.

I'd modify the bid to maybe $3-$4 and hope for that jump that I mentioned last month.
paul schneider badgermania
Mar 20 '08
Rudy Seanez Los Angeles Angels
Good ole Rudy....whenever someone in our league needs a pitching pickup (deep NL only league), he is always sitting there on the free agent list, reading to give your team a couple weeks of decent pitching that won't hurt you.

Once again, despite a decent year in middle relief, he won't be drafted again this year either.
paul schneider badgermania
Mar 20 '08
Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
Since Slyke only gives the Hinske updates when something good happens, I'll happily oblige today.

0-for-2 with a HBP. Against Jaime Moyer, who graduated college the same year as Constantine and John McCain.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 20 '08
Brad Salmon Los Angeles Angels
Royals acquired RHP Brad Salmon from the Reds for a player to be named.
The Reds never had much faith in Salmon, even though he was decent enough in limited action last year (4.13 ERA, 22/10 K/BB ratio in 24 IP). He wasn't going to make the team out of spring training, and he probably won't have a spot on the Royals either, but a fresh start should be good for him. He can be of use in middle relief.

I'll pass on the Salmon. It looks good in the display case, but I think it's going to leave me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 19 '08
Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
If Liriano gets sent down, he might be the better play with that pick, Alex.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 19 '08
Kevin Correia Philadelphia Phillies
At the beginning of March, Baseball HQ's Doug Dennis decided whoever won the battle for fifth starter on the Giants, he was going to be in on it. The pitching staff he assembled, pursuing "LIMA (kinda)": Bob Howry $7, David Bush $6, Randy Wolf $6, Shawn Hill $6, Jason Bergman $5, Wandy Rodriguez $5, Johnny Cueto $4, Jonathan Sanchez $3, Kevin Correia $2.

Under no circumstances would LIMA let him buy Noah Lowry, so that was nice.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19 '08
Rajai Davis New York Mets
Clay Davenport, the defending champ in LABR NL, drafted an outfield this year that has Baseball Prospectus (and globalization) written all over it: Willy Taveras 20, Lastings Milledge 19, Kosuke Fukodome 18, Felix Pie 10, Rajai Davis 5.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19 '08
Adam LaRoche Chicago White Sox
Joe, I'm in the 18th round of a 12-team mixed league draft, and I'm about to take LaRoche. But 200 players have already been drafted, so I guess he doesn't have a ton of value compared to other 1bmen. About 14 1bmen have been drafted ahead of him in this straight draft.
Scott Shea SJS
Mar 19 '08
Juan Uribe Cleveland Indians
Yep, the $3 that Jason Grey threw at Alexie Ramirez back on March 1 in the AL LABR draft is suddenly looking sweet.

But I can't show Alexei here because he didn't play in the minors last year. He'll be in next week's draft-ready update of the software, you can count on that.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19 '08
Yep, the $3 that Jason Grey threw at Alexei Ramirez back on March 1 in the AL LABR draft is suddenly looking sweet.

But I can't show Alexei here because he didn't play in the minors last year. He'll be in next week's draft-ready update of the software, you can count on that.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19 '08
Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
When you've got Carl Crawford going to bat for you, you've had a nice spring training. Hot off the presses this afternoon:

Management undecided on Longoria
Financial aspects might matter in prospect's future in Majors
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG -- A decision must be made on Evan Longoria in the near future. And all the Rays' top prospect has done this spring is play like a top prospect.

Will he begin the season as the Rays' starting third baseman or will they send him to down to Triple-A Durham for seasoning?

From a business standpoint, if Longoria begins the season with the team, he'd likely be eligible for free agency following the 2013 season. Meanwhile, delaying his Major League debut until mid-April would delay his free agency until after the 2014 season.

It's a tough call for the Rays, particularly when they are trying to convince the world -- inside and outside of the clubhouse -- that winning is their primary goal.

"I don't know, man, that's just a sensitive topic right now," Rays left fielder Carl Crawford said. "So I don't really know the reaction that guys are going to have [if Longoria doesn't make the team] just yet.

"I know every day, every game he plays, we want him as a team, for sure. As the days go by, and every day we get to see him more, we want him on this team more and more. Certain situations, that's out of our control. We just have to wait and see what happens."

Us, too, Carl. Everyone but the team with the first pick in the reserve draft is hoping like hell management listens to you.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19 '08
Juan Uribe Cleveland Indians
Was waived by the White Sox today.

So much for the idea of him being their starting 2B.

Logical choice for him to end up in is Batimore.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 19 '08

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