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I gotta disagree with you, Mike. Pettitte is a pro's pro on the mound. Very cagey, very smart and very effective. He won consistently in Houston as well as NY. He battled through injury after injury. His numbers haven't been as good the last two years, but he's still won 29 games and maintained a better than average ERA. Walks have probably increased because he stays out of the strike zone more with lesser stuff. No reason he won't have similar numbers in his last year unless he walks.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Chris Nelson Philadelphia Phillies
The Rocks don't think this guy is better than Tulo, do they? Nah.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Eduardo Morlan Atlanta Braves
I'm surprised the Twins put this guy in the deal. Maybe there is something wrong with him. Another Rays closer possibility other than McGee. If Tampa can make a couple of more deals, sign a free agent or two, they may wind up the kingpins in the East with so much young talent.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
Does it still count if he turns 28 on April 11th? The guy can rake and the Braves lineup is still solid in the middle, although the top of the order may turn out to be a little suspect, so ribbies may be somewhat compromised. But maybe not. I don't have a problem going to the $30's.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Jake McGee San Francisco Giants
I commented under Wade Davis that McGee is the guy on the fastest track. I've read in several places that he's seen as a closer down the road, even though he's starting the year in the rotation. With Percival, Reyes and Wheeler in front of McGee, the Rays will need another closer eventually.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Randor Bierd Baltimore Orioles
Rule 5 pick, so if he makes the Orioles staff, he'll be pitching. Low minors numbers are sweet, especially homers allowed.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Andrew Miller St. Louis Cardinals
Still very young and very wild, so it should be an interesting ride in Miami. I have a feeling this guy will kill his owners, even in a pitcher's park.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Joe Price Baltimore Orioles
Who's next? Satchel Paige?
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
German Gonzalez Minnesota Twins
Need a name change here, Alex. This Gonzalez isn't Speedy anymore.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Adam Miller Pittsburgh Pirates
Since Miller is the Indians' only big-time pitching prospect, they will probably be careful with him. I don't think Sowers, Lofgren or Laffey are top of the rotation guys. He probably won't be ready this year after being hurt last year with elbow and finger problems.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Wade Davis Kansas City Royals
K's down, BBs up when promoted to AA. In fact, all his numbers were worse. I don't see him in the majors this year. McGee should be on the fastest track. There's talk of him being a closer (even though he'll begin as a starter). With Percival, Reyes and Wheeler ahead of him, the Rays are going to need a closer eventually.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Maybe last year will be a blessing for Lee. After two straight seasons of 200 innings in a quick ascent, maybe he just wore out in 2006. Last year's injury was an oblique, I believe, so maybe he'll be rejuvenated this year. He only has babies to beat out, so he could be a decent sleeper. I think the Tribe will give him every chance to go back to his winning ways. Good bet under $5.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Maybe there will be a sore elbow discount. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he DH'd more and played outfield less. I know he hits better when he's playing the field, but I'm sure Vlady can adjust. The guy is one great hitter. And I'll bet some of those doubles clear the wall this year. He doesn't even strike out much.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Dan Johnson St. Louis Cardinals
I also read some things that said Johnson had meningitis and then sinusitis and lost 30 pounds. This cannot be good news for anyone interested in Dan because he's already on the brink of extinction. I don't know who paid $9 for him, but I have a feeling he's not going to be a happy camper.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Rotoworld reports that he's reached a preliminary agreement with the White Sox. Counting on Danks and Floyd must have made them up their ante, because Colon picked THE WORST possible park for him to come back in. If Fat Bart gives up as many hits per inning as last year, his ERA in English stones will be about what he weighs.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Donnie Murphy Milwaukee Brewers
Those six home runs are probably a mirage, but there is the Bobby Crosby factor. If Crosby gets hurt, there's no Marco Scutaro or anybody else for that matter. A .220 BA doesn't look too appetizing, but that .326 does. Why not? At least, there's possible upside here in the reserve rounds. Good choice, Mike.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Freddy Guzman Chicago Cubs
If you look up cheap speed in the dictionary, Freddy's picture might be there. He's had a heck of a time staying healthy, though.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 20 '08
Freddy was dealt to the Tigers this off-season. I doubt he'll break into the line-up, but looking at the Tigers depth chart, there's a chance that he'll go north with the club as their 25th man. With all the chatter about Reggie Willits, Jerry Owens, and Joey Gathright, this would be a good guy to lay low on, grab for $1, and hope he steals 15-20 bases on the sly.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Donnie Murphy Milwaukee Brewers
I took him in the reserve phase of the Sportsline auction. I'm not particularly high on Murphy, but I did get cold feet when it came to having good field, no hit Luis Hernandez of the Orioles as my only SS.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08
Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins
Well, I took your advice Eugene and grabbed him in the reserve phase of the Sportsline auction. I kind of agree with you about Perkins being a good post-hype (albeit mild hype) sleeper. He was a B+ prospect of Sickels' at one point. I'd like to know more about his shoulder before making him more than a reserve pick; he was supposed to be out 2-3 weeks with a mild strain and missed most of last year.

Another problem is this is yet another guy Gardenhire doesn't like because of the usual rah-rah crap that he gets obsessed with that doesn't win ballgames. First, he criticized Perkins for trying to "do a hostile takeover" with the minor league trainers while Perkins was on rehab. Then Perkins got lit up in a start at New Britain, and Gardenhire obsessed over the fact that Perkins "didn't cover first base and failed to back-up third." I'm not saying that stuff's not important, but the priority for Perkins was getting healthy, not getting nitpicked to death for missing the fundamentals. This is the sort of stuff that you have to watch with any Twins you buy or draft fighting for jobs. Gardenhire would rather stick a good clubhouse guy on the field who is a replacement level player so he can teach a lesson to the young guy rather than win ballgames. This stuff makes sense if you're a minor league or amateur manager, but a good manager can take a player aside, work on these issues off the field and still keep that player in the line-up. There are exceptions, but we're not talking about Milton Bradley here.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '08

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