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The rating, which gives weight to home runs and downplays walks, says Lieber was actually just as effective per inning last year. Wrigley Field will or won't be a better place to pitch, depending on the weather. (A 101 runs index for the last three years but 117, highest in the league, last year.) Still and all, probably the most important stats to look at in this scan are the ones under GS and the one after Age.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
I've owned him in the NL and liked him (and have increased my bid a bit), but I tend to think that going higher might be a mistake. It says here, 2005 with fewer homers and a better average.
mike fenger mike
Jan 22 '08
Miguel Cairo Cincinnati Reds
Some leagues are very strict about position eligibility. Twenty games, no ifs, ands or buts. Some leagues, however, that have 20-game minimums allow the middle infield and corner slots to be filled by players that have a combined 20 games at second and short or first and third. Which makes a player like Cairo just a wee bit more valuable (though still not as valuable as he is in real life).
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Danny Richar Florida Marlins
For what it's worth, Rototimes has Uribe starting at 2B. I suspect they'll try shopping Uribe. The Orioles would seem like a logical destination, but the ChiSox would either have to eat most of the salary or take a nothing minor leaguer in return.

In fact, they might have to do both.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
If the Mets rumors are true, I have no idea why Minaya would allow Fernando Martinez to hold them up. The asking price is essentially similar to what the Diamondbacks surrendered for Dan Haren, and Haren is no Johan Santana.

Unless, of course, the rumors aren't true.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Brandon Inge Pittsburgh Pirates
Barring an injury, it looks like Inge is going to be a very expensive pinch hitter this year. There seem to be too many 3B and not enough slots, as Inge, Pedro Feliz and possibly Joe Crede might be traded between now and Opening Day.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Danny Richar Florida Marlins
When you asked, I had no bid fo Richar. Now that you've asked, I'm putting a bid in that says, I don't even have a good guess. A position that's up for grabs this spring.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
MikeG is right. My bids, and most likely PK and MF's, don't add up right now. In the draft-ready updates of the software (starting in mid-March), they will.

At which point, if Manny's looking like Manny, this bid may go up.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Brett Tomko New York Yankees
Doesn't this give us some idea how much money is being made in MLB? The Royals are simply taking the loot they're getting from the Yankees -- and the TV pact -- and selling hot dogs to their loyal fans -- and giving some, by no means, all of it to the players. Nothing wrong with that.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
Reason the rating is noticeably higher than the WHIP: 33 gophers. Which is why his ERA was higher than it's been in many a year.

When the Yankees finally blink in the little game of chicken they are playing this winter with the Red Sox, yes indeed, the bid will be bumped.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Scott Linebrink St. Louis Cardinals
Way too rad. Sorry, Scott; unlike MLB, we have salary caps. And set-up guys get overused. And are always available in the crapshoot.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
I thought he would be dirt-cheap in the 15-team mixed-league XFL auction held in Phoenix this past fall. Was I ever wrong. Went well into the teens.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Danny Richar Florida Marlins
Is he starting, or does Ozzie go with Uribe at second?
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 22 '08
Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies
When the feet slow the bat often booms. I don't think you'll get Abreu in a 4x4 roto league for less than $27, so the question is does he slide fast as he ages or does he compensate? I think a guy who can walk 90 times will compensate, and I agree that the stolen bases could fade in a hurry, though Girardi appears to be an aggressive manager.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 22 '08
Alex Escobar Washington Nationals
For reasons that escape me know he appears in the Guide with an $8 price tag. I guess I was putting a bet on him actually staying healthy for once, earning a job and then producing. If all those things happen he'll be worth more than $8. If you have to pay a buck at some point on him it could work out.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 22 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
The biggest concern here isn't his age. It isn't even the dip in the salary scan from 2005-2007.

It's the fact that he lost $8 in value despite the fact that he had 5 additional plate appearances last year.

Someone will pay $30 based on the salary scan above. Someone will be sorry.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Brett Tomko New York Yankees
One of the better gems I have read from Rotoworld.

"The Royals and Brett Tomko have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract.
It's so ridiculous to complain about what Alex Rodriguez is making when baseball is swimming in so much cash that Tomko can disappoint organization after organization and still receive $3 million. The soon-to-be 35-year-old had a 5.55 ERA while pitching in two of the National League's bigger ballparks last season. Once in 10 years -- with the Giants in 2004 -- has he actually met the expectations a team had for him. There's simply way too much money being made by baseball if he's worth $3 million."
Donny Brubaker donbru
Jan 22 '08
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
I am not sure what to make of Hardy this year. He was fairly consistent from 1st half to 2nd half, in the face of a dying Brewers team. His numbers at home and on the road are pretty consistent. He gets his bat on the ball, but without much speed or quickness. Here's the kicker for me - is the average a product of luck (because he gets the bat on the ball so much) or is it that he is really a .270-.280 hitter?

I think the power is there, and in 600 AB, he hits 30 this year. If he hits .250, well, $18 is a lot. If he hits .277, you have a decent bargain in 4x4.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Jan 21 '08
Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies
Well, the scan is always telling...$45, $38, $34, $28. Abreu appears to be in a decline. The power is down, the steals are dropping, the walks are down...all bad signs and all signs of a player on the decline. I would be wary of Abreu at $27. I'm thinking that a line similar to last year's numbers, with about 5 less SB. His days of well past 20 SB are likely over.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Jan 21 '08
Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
No one heard me say this, but I tend to agree with Slyke here. The trick pony with Crawford, as it is with many basestealers, is how long can he continue to keep up the average and the power with the wear and tear of stealing bases? Last year, Crawford didn't wear down at all and clearly seemed to recover from all the dings, hitting .355 post All-Star break. He doesn't like his home park as much as visiting parks generally speaking, but I don't think it hurts his value overall.

Crawford was bought last year at $50; I don't think that owner is going to keep him, but I can see Crawford pushing the mid to high $40s again. I think my non-inflation number is going to be about $42.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Jan 21 '08

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