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Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies
I never could figure out why his homer rate declined so much when traded to the Yanks. His swing was made for Yankee Stadium and that short porch in right field. He should go back to that Home Run Derby swing and he'd hit 80 there. But, seriously, at 33, Abreu is in decline, but as a roto player, he's still a prime time contributor. $27 is the least you'll get him for. He's got a great batting eye, he's smart on the bases and he hits a ton of ropes. I'd say he's worth $32.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Jan 31 '08
Carlos Gomez New York Mets
I agree with MikeG. The Twins should sign Kenny Lofton to a one year deal. He's the perfect guy to leadoff for a year in MIN, play a credible centerfield, and hold down the position until Gomez is ready. Lofton can still hit and he can still run a bit. He also can still field, although the noodle he throws with is awful. With Cuddyer and Delmon Young out there beside him, he should just not pick up anything that requires a throw beyond secondbase. The other two have serious arms.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 31 '08
I think the Twins would be wise to start Gomez in Triple-A, though the pressure to show the fans they got something for Santana will be enormous.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 31 '08
David Eckstein San Diego Padres
There's no crime in making your bid limit $4 for Eckstein. Just make sure you up your bid limits for the other middle infielders on your list.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 31 '08
Braden Looper Milwaukee Brewers
Read that comment from Shandler again. It is actually funny (in a humorous sort of way) if it is assumed to be tongue-in-cheek and funny (in a he's-off-his-rocker sort of way) if he intended seriousness.

6K per 9 is not like some devastating rate. Could it have been performance enhanced? Sure. But that's one heck of a leap to make. If he was serious, a statement like that is nothing short of a blanket to throw over any type of decline anywhere. There's no reason for accusations when there is no real evidence of anything. If he's got some real goods on Looper (Looper? sheesh), he should come forward. Otherwise, let's just assume he peaked during those years. What the heck, that's not a stretch is it? During the '03 and '04 seasons he was 28 and 29 years old.
Gary Cruciani Megary
Jan 31 '08
Ron should hope that Braden's LAWYER doesn't read Baseball HQ.com
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 31 '08
David Eckstein San Diego Padres
There's no such thing as giving 110%, but this guy tries. He doesn't hurt you, for sure, but he just turned 33, doesn't really do much in a roto sense except maybe score runs and steal a few bases, so you definitely don't want to pay more than a few dollars for him. $7 seems like alot for below average everything.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Jan 31 '08
Carlos Gomez New York Mets
I may be wrong, but I think Gomez would be on third when Ellsbury is rounding second. I'm sure Jacoby is more polished, but he doesn't appear to have the upside of Gomez. I think Lester (young pitcher with high upside) was the guy the Twinkies really wanted plus a center fielder of some sort. Hughes and Melky best fit that wish list, so I think that's where the Twins made their mistake in not accepting the Yanks' offer when it was out there. They were probably thinking they had a pat hand and didn't realize that one-eyed jacks were wild.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Jan 31 '08
Deolis Guerra Los Angeles Angels
It sounded like Santana may have given them an ultimatum, which helped all the teams involved scale back on their packages. But you're probably right, Alex, the Twins blinked.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Jan 31 '08
BA ranked him as the No. 2 prospect in the Mets orgainzation.

Guerra has two present above-average pitches that could become well above-average. His fastball had below-average velocity for most of his first season, but now it ranges from 89-94 mph and touches 96. He features excellent arm speed on his changeup... While Guerra's curveball remains a below-average pitch, he has shown an ability to spin the ball and it projects as an average offering... Guerra has thrown just 179 pro innings and has plenty of projection in his big-shouldered frame... His next goal will be to stay healthy and pass the 100-inning level.

Face it. The Twins panicked.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 31 '08
Carlos Gomez New York Mets
I like Gomez just as much if not more than Ellsbury. Ellsbury did well in the spot light and people feel he is more "tested".

Mets always promote their prospects very aggressively and Gomez is no different. He is big guy and should fill out. When he does, he should hit for plenty of power.
E Park yoda
Jan 31 '08
Assuming the Mets reach an agreement with Santana before Friday, this is the main solace for Twins fans? Say what you will about Jacoby Ellsbury...
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 31 '08
Braden Looper Milwaukee Brewers
Among the many, many pitchers not named in the Mitchell Report who, uh, could be breathing a sigh of relief.

There's little likelihood Looper subscribes to baseballhq.com, where Ron Shandler writes:

...his numbers over the past few years are suspicious. As a closer in 2003-2004, he struck out over 6 batters per 9 innings. When MLB ramped up their drug testing in 2005, his K/9 dropped to 4.1, a significant decline and a level that he's pretty much stayed at in the two seasons since.


Cardinals have him penciled in as their No. 2 starter this year. BBHQ projects 160 IP.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 30 '08
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
I didn't mean Beane should draft him, I just think Mauer fits the Moneyball definition to a T.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Jan 30 '08
Joey Gathright Toronto Blue Jays
You don't want your bid limit for Joey to be too robust. There are a lot of outfielders floating around in the $3-5 bin at the end. You hope to pay $3 for a guy who might earn $10 or more. Gathright might do that if he gets the playing time, but he might also get only 200 AB and earn $5 or $6. You want profit in the endgame, not par.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 30 '08
David Eckstein San Diego Padres
I'm working on the A.L. prices for the CBS Sportsline expert auction I'll be doing next week (details over at rotothinktank.blogspot.com) and I find myself adding a couple of bucks to Alex's 4x4 bid limit. Not because I think Eck will pop back up to his runs levels from 2004-2005, but because quantity is a more important factor in 5x5 than 4x4. If possible, I want 14 everyday players plugging away for me all season long.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 30 '08
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
Now I feel Slyke's being a little too harsh the other way. Ellsbury looked like a player last September, and especially last October. He's got more potential that a Tom Goodwin. In a start-over league, I'd probably pay at least $12 to find out if the power would come along.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 30 '08
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
I don't get it. Is Bonds anti-family? Did he beat his children or something?
E Park yoda
Jan 30 '08
Joey Gathright Toronto Blue Jays
Seemingly, Joey's been on the radar for so long now he's surely burnt a static image in the screen. I can't believe he's still only 26, and I guess one should never say never, but I personally gave up last year after many fitful starts and too many wasted dollar(s). None the less, It will be interesting to see if the guy who in our deep AL only Ultra league has him at $10 (draft price) will pony up real money this year to keep him.
Stan Budgell sbud51
Jan 30 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
Speaking of "added pounds of muscle" and "best shape of his career" check out this article.
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/touchingbase/2008/01/what-does-in-the-best-shape-of.html
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 30 '08

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