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Alexei Ramirez San Diego Padres
All the periperhal numbers looked almost exactly the same last year...except the HR/FB%, which was (obviously) lower in 2009. The walks were up, which is normally a good sign but didn't seem to make much of a difference last year.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
Gary Sheffield New York Mets
In 89 postseason ABs, some say the greatest player ever: .247/.323/.337.

And, in 25 WS ABs, the Greatest Hitter of All-Time (TM) .200/.333/.200.

The greatest secondbaseman since 1930. 181 ABs, .182/.323/.348.

The greatest thirdbasemen ever. 140 ABs, .236/.304/.386

The list goes on and on. I'm not putting Sheffield in the category of Mays, Williams, Morgan, and Schmidt. They'd all make the greatest 25 man roster ever put together. But, I think that post season success can only enhance greatness. I don't think it can ever take away.

Sheffield is a fine case of a borderline hall-of-fame candidate. He was a product of his times, steroids and all. He hit well, got on base a lot, and hit for a lot of power. He even stole some bases. He may have been the best hitter in his league once, but never the best player. He was frequently one of the ten best hitters in his league.

Billy Williams on steroids?
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '10
In 161 postseason AB: .248 BA, .398 SA.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '10
Greg Norton Atlanta Braves
309 AB, 43 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI.

A 201/165/366 slash line for the Braves pitchers.

By the end of the year, those 20 walks in Norton's '09 line were the only reason he was up there instead of the pitchers, whether Bobby Cox realized it or not.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
Surely the pitchers he pinch-hit for hit better than he did?
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '10
David Aardsma Toronto Blue Jays
Aardsma is $5 in one of my leagues and $6 in the other. Same prices as Aaron Bailey. I'm sure both owners will be happy with the profits, but the later's owners will likely be a lot more satisfied.

I will say this in favor of Aardsma. Seattle's defense was very good last year- best in the league. It will be better this year. So, I have confidence to bid an extra $1 or $2 on all Seattle pitchers. Sometimes luck is just luck. Sometimes it's DER.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '10
Still has a little gas left in the tank as a back-of-the-rotation guy. Still worth no better than a $1-2 flier in most leagues.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
David Aardsma Toronto Blue Jays
There's already a lot of talk about how Aardsma interiors prove he's a fluke, but given his average salary ($1) last year, he's a no-brainer keep in almost every carryover scenario imaginable.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
Off to Toronto. Slyke is right that you're OK with Buck at $2 but the scan tells you that you're not paying for any upside. At catcher, that's generally OK.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
Felipe Lopez Tampa Bay Rays
Hit .320/.407/.448 in his 66 games with the Brewers. Still a free agent.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '10
Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox
At some point, Wakefield will hang 'em up. Until he does, he's going to perpetually be worth a $3-5 throw.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
Kevin Slowey Miami Marlins
Can't help wondering if the lousy ERA combined with the injury will make Slowey a bit of a sleeper this year. His BABIP tells us that he's owed some better luck this year in the WHIP department; I still think he could put up a $20+ season this year. The injury's not an arm injury and Slowey should be healthy coming in.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '10
Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants
Should he run more? It looks like it.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 18 '10
Until I see the improvement in K's I'll remain skeptical as he didn't demonstrate a strong K rate in the minors either.
eun park EPark
Jan 18 '10
I think the majority of excitement about Porcello among both traditional scout and statheads is his success at such a young age. Nobody's going to confuse him with Dwight Gooden, but given that he was 20 last year with only one minor league season between his major league debut and his high school years, he was pretty impressive.

He didn't strike out more in the second half, but he walked fewer. That's good news.

But, while his age impressed so many and gives him the considerable long-term edge over someone like Jeff Niemann who was vastly superior last year, it doesn't over Brett Anderson, who's only 10 months older and much more advanced as a pitcher.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '10
I have him at $1, but with 2B looking pretty deep in the AL this year and my general aversion to Royals I may try to spin him for someone more stable.
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 18 '10
I don't have a first half/second half breakdown, but I saw one of his starts mid-season, and his internal numbers weren't very good . . . given what's above, the second half was plainly better, although 89Ks in 170 IP gives you pause.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '10
The Royals traded for Chris Getz. Callaspo is a better hitter but a worse defender. It's almost like the Royals acquired a platoon player for everyone in their lineup.

Aviles/Betancourt - Aviles might be able to hit- not quite sure. Betancourt can't. Neither are good defenders.
Gordon/Fields - Gordon can't stay healthy and hasn't yet broken through. Fields has power, but nothing else
Podsednik/Brian Anderson - is it possible Podsednik can get on base and not drop below the break even point on his steals? I doubt it. He can't field in CF. Anderson can field a little but nothing else.
Bloomquist/Guillen

They also grabbed Jason Kendall and let their Buck and Olivo go. Not that either were good, but both could be better than Kendall.

LOL. Outside of Zach Greinke, Joakim Soria, and Billy Butler, this team is a bunch of misfits and backups who will all be starting. Nobody is above average except for those three. DeJesus and Meche have a good chance of reaching average.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 17 '10
What do you have him at, Mendoza?
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 17 '10
I'm getting the sense that he's not part of KC's "plans" this year. Anyone else nervous about rostering him? (I have him as a cheap keeper)
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 17 '10

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