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Doug Davis Chicago Cubs
The money you don't spend on closers in 5x5 goes to pitchers like Doug Davis. Real-life GM's, if anything, allocate even more of their budgets to this type of pitcher.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Randy Wolf Detroit Tigers
A Wolf in the Petco playpen is appealing, no doubt about it. As long as he's not lame.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Noah Lowry San Francisco Giants
The thing about Lowry is, some starts he really pitches well, and other starts, well . . . It's all touch with him, if he's got his changeup, he can make even good hitters look foolish. My bid says the ratio will improve, as will the strikeouts.

That said, he was also pretty lucky last year (the typical comment from the local broadcasters was that he got all of Cain's luck), so I'd expect the wins to go down some. He has taken over the Kirk Rueter role on the Giants, though -- the lefty who wins without looking especially impressive.
mike fenger mike
Feb 20 '08
Tell me something, Mike. How the heck did Lowry win 14 games last year? I mean the Giants sunk. And Lowry stunk. But he still won a whole bunch of games. How does he do it?

You're our resident expert on the Giants. Will he do it again?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
Saarloos did have one good year in the rotation, but he only started 34 of 77 minor league games. He was always seen as a spot starter/long reliever.

DiNardo is much more of a starter with 74 minor league starts in 94 appearances and had nearly one K/IP in the minors.

He's going to be in the rotation to begin the season, so there's no harm carrying him on reserve until he proves he can't pitch or one of the touted minor leaguers breaks through.

I'm not saying he's got a chance to earn $10+, but if you are looking for arms, he's one, and he's probably better than Edwin Jackson, who I think you took in the auction.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
The people over at Athletics Nation seem to think that he projects out to be a Kirk Saarloos.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
I happen to like DiNardo also, but who are the starting pitchers who are still available? Give us a list.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
A ragged conversion from C to 3B last year, and a rough initiation in Triple A. Baseball America nevertheless ranks him as the second best prospect in the organization.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
You haven't mentioned him but Lenny DiNardo wasn't taken in the auction. He pitched decently in his starts last year.

I like the Lofton pick. He's perfect for Minnesota this year. Considering how they've wasted money on considerably worse players with worse fits, Lofton can be a solid fill-in in center and leadoff until their Santana acquisition is ready at the All-Star break. At the same time Lofton gains trade value to one of the contenders who needs a little extra OBP and speed for the playoff push.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '08
Sean Casey Boston Red Sox
It sure looks like he got scared of PEDs a year before everyone else. But I can see him taking good advantage of the Green Monster when he gets his chances.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Eric Gagne Los Angeles Dodgers
I think between a change of scenery, switching back to the NL where he was dominant, and a couple years removed of surgery - Gagne will bounce back and be a nice gamble. Not sure he'll ever be the dominant closer he was in LA but I'd take a flier on him. Of course, he's part of the whole "Roid Crew" so who knows how that effected his game.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 20 '08
What to gamble on Gagne? The $10 million that the Brewers have put up is chicken feed, but with such a promising roster of other players, couldn't they have done better than this?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
Any ideas?

The only hitter I'm really thinking about is Freddy Guzman, since I'm light on steals and Kenny Lofton is a lottery ticket that goes poof if he signs in the N.L. or retires. Anderson and Drew are also a wee-bit injury-prone.

The CIW gambit is another avenue, but most of those guys are gone already.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Go for the pitchers, starting pitchers.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
So far Kenny Lofton, Octavio Dotel, Santiago Casilla, Donnie Murphy and Glen Perkins.

Trying to decide if I should take two more pitchers or a hitter and a pitcher. The pitchers have more upside and all you need is to hit the lottery on one to put a big smile on your face. But there are more pitchers out there later on who we can't even see yet. The hitters are more predictable, but that just means that the pool is even thinner down the road.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
I meant overrated in Roto. In real life, I agree that there's something to be said for the intangibles you mention below.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Randor Bierd Baltimore Orioles
I had no idea he was a Rule 5 pick. It looks like the Orioles are getting off their duff and doing some homework! Certainly worth a flyer if he sticks.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
Talk about not having much fun at spring training...

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Miguel Tejada said he's been advised by attorneys not to comment on the Mitchell Report or an FBI investigation looking into his alleged link to steroids.

"I can't really talk about that situation," Tejada said Tuesday morning upon arriving at Houston Astros training camp. "Right now, I just want to talk about baseball, because that's really my focus."

... The report included checks Tejada wrote to Piatt to allegedly pay for steroids. The report said Tejada refused to meet with Mitchell's investigators.

Asked if he could answer the allegations in the report, Tejada said, "No, I can't. Not at all."

... The FBI has launched an inquiry and Tejada could get jail time if found guilty.

"I can't really talk about that. It's not my position to talk about that," Tejada said. "Right now, my mind is really focused on just playing baseball."

Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP, would not say if he had been contacted by the FBI.

"I'm not worried about anything," Tejada said. "Right now, I just want to get my uniform, just go out there and work hard."

... Tejada arrived at camp at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the day all position players were due to report. He left the complex within five minutes to go take a physical at another location.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
Unhelpful peanuts are curious. Who'd you take?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '08
Paul Byrd Boston Red Sox
The guy's a modern day Houdini. He's been toast almost every year, but he still wins ballgames. Even came up with that funky motion to fool hitters. You have to love him because even we could probably hit him. Getting him for a buck is a bargain, but you'll earn it if you've got the baseball package on satellite.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08

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