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Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants
No kidding - I *wish* we'd been auctioning this weekend - that 9 would have ended up at 24. Still waiting on that first start for Volquez ;-)
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Apr 4 '08
Actually protected him at 5 in my league ... I'm a big Keppinger fan. See him as a lite version of Wade Boggs, or Tony Gwynn after he slowed down on the basepaths ... but while I think he gives up 20-30 BA points on those guys, he plays middle infield. Showed in the minors that he could get base hits, hitting .333 if you take out his first year with the wooden bats at A ball. He won't have a long peak, but I think he's a player for 2 or 3 years.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Apr 4 '08
Jesse Litsch Toronto Blue Jays
Had him last year, basically due to a rush of pitching injuries, and he wasn't half-bad . . . definitely high up on your sub-$5 list.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 4 '08
Looking forward to seeing what he does these next couple weeks...typical Toronto pitcher with strong command throughout minors, unlikely to dominate.

He wasn't hit exceptionally hard in his debut, which is encouraging since I'd expect his control to improve. He needs to watch that he doesn't pound the zone, as his stuff probably isn't good enough for that, but I think those bid prices were excessively conservative
Justin Dowling BGWoodsman
Apr 4 '08
Very curious what Dusty will do when Gonzalez gets back...a season in line with those career numbers would be pretty nice, and right now he's hitting in the two spot, which makes him gold in 5x5 leagues as long as the BA stays up...

And if Dusty decides he can run, just a little...
Justin Dowling BGWoodsman
Apr 4 '08
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants
well, he's virtually unacquirable in trade now. If you haven't auctioned, the bidding is likely to get silly now.

I've loved him since December, but I'll not get to own him before 2009 now.
Justin Dowling BGWoodsman
Apr 4 '08
Hampton did not start tonight as Bennett came in and did alright, but only lasted 4 innings. I would like to see him on a regular turn.
Joe Lannon JEL
Apr 4 '08
Bill Hall Baltimore Orioles
And the self proclaimed experts like me start out by cranking out our own bids over the winter and then looking at Alex's, Peter's, and/or Mike's and adjusting if we feel we should or saying feh and leaving our bid alone. There are several approaches you can take to the bids in the software; the better you know your league, the better off you'll be in recognizing that the bids in the software are a good jumping off point, but by no means the final bids for your league.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 3 '08
In order to be aggressive on some guys, I have to be passive on others. One reason I think there's no Stage 4 is that there will always be differences of opinion about whom one should be aggressive on . . . and nobody is always right about their choices.

And, of course, the players that everyone DOES agree on are the ones that get bid up to par. You win by predicting (luckily or not) the questionable ones that will end up making you profits (and by staying away from the ones that will end up not earning their salaries).

I hope that folks do appreciate that the software provides differing opinions, in an attempt to help you come to your own.
mike fenger mike
Apr 3 '08
Michael Bourn Chicago White Sox
3 steals in 3 games....you do the math
john saleen jrwrangler
Apr 3 '08
Kenji Johjima Seattle Mariners
He was too pricey for my blood in the American Dreams on Sunday, even with inflation. He would have been too pricey, without inflation, had I been participating in either the LABR or Tout Wars auctions.

The bids you see here attempt to come to grips with the issue of position scarcity, but even the most radical bid (which is Peter's actually) doesn't seem to be high enough in the current market.

The latest (and last) edition of the software has both LABR and Tout Wars prices. Either set of real-life prices can be used as your starting point for your own bids. The bids may seem low, because these are start-from-scratch auctions. However, once you've overwritten the bid prices with the salaries of the players that were frozen in your league, you'll be quite astonished at how much extra money there is to spend.

This is the inflation factor. Distribute this money to the available players, concentrating on the best ones, as well as lesser ones that you have a hunch about, and -- that quickly you -- have a set of prices that are like no one else's in the room.

That's a good thing. That's a little corner in Stage 3 Hell that you want to be in.

Or make your prices totally different, according to some crazy plan. Now you're in Stage 4 Heaven, at least during the auction.

Unlike a lot of other products on the market, the software leaves it up to you. Do you want to duke it out all day long in Stage 3? Or do you want to bliss out in Stage 4? Most of us, on the theory that too much pleasure will surely lead to pain, pick the former. We have no idea whether we'll get Johjima. But we know for a fact he's not going to be cheap.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 3 '08
Bill Hall Baltimore Orioles
When Mike's bid is higher than mine, you know he's being aggressive. Strangely, however, our prices add up to the same... Can't figure that one out.

We both assign 65% of the budget in standard AL and NL Rotisserie leagues to hitters, 35% to pitchers. As the 5x5 expert, Mike's up against some stiff competition in the software: we also offer the prices paid in this year's LABR and Tout Wars auctions. You can list all three sets of prices side by side, pick the ones you like best, transfer them with one click to the empty Bid column, and presto, you're ready for your auction.

Wait a minute, you also have to enter your freezes: that's something we can't do. Then you look at the bid total at the bottom for hitters and pitchers to see how much extra money there is to spend. Assign this money to players that you especially want. Now you've adjusted for inflation. And you're all set.

Click on Old Timey on the comments page to get started.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 3 '08
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers
The inimitable Jeff Sullivan of the Mariner fan blog Lookout Landing speculates that Josh Hamilton could very well be "the best position player in the A.L. West."

Oh me, oh my.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 3 '08
Jim Thome Baltimore Orioles
I took Thome for $20 in a 16% inflation AL 5x5 league Saturday. With a glut of DH only players out teams weren't as gunshy to fill the position as they have been in the past, but a few still slipped. Frank Thomas went for $21 when there was no more power on the board. Others: Papi $33, Hafner $27, Sheffield $24, Giambi $10, Vidro $1, Butler frozen on a minor league contract.

I'm very happy with my price for Thome. It's an big-offense team, so having his power on the roster is a huge help since I don't have any other pure power hitters.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 3 '08
Kevin Slowey Miami Marlins
He went for $11 in one of my 5x5 leagues, the next day I got him for $10 in my secondary league. I love his K/BB ratio. How can you not?
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 3 '08
J.J. Putz Arizona Diamondbacks
I got Putz, my first auction closer in 5 years, for $26 in one of my 5x5 AL leagues. He was $1 cheaper than Nathan, KRod, and Papelbon. I was partially price enforcing, partially changing my strategy due to the lack of available starters. Now he goes on the DL after two outings. I'll never have a closer again.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 3 '08
Kenji Johjima Seattle Mariners
There are exceptions, but I never count on good BA from bad OBP players. I've noticed that most of them (not all) are prone to BA fluctuations, typically to the bad.

Perhaps Johjima is one of the exceptions.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 2 '08
Carlos Gomez New York Mets
I can remember Ben Zobrist going for $7 last year after his 2 SB, Charles Johnson one year going for way too much because he got off to a fast start, etc. etc., etc. We all do never learn.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 2 '08
Joe Borowski Cleveland Guardians
He was kept at $21 in ours. I can live with that.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 2 '08
Rocco Baldelli Tampa Bay Rays
He's been diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder. Jim Palmer, doing the color for the Orioles tonight with TB in town, said that he spoke to Joe Maddon before the game and that Baldelli's career is likely over. It's the same thing that ended Greg Lamond's cycling career, something buckshot from his brother-in-law failed to do.

Doing some quick reading on mitochondrial disease reveals that there are several forms of the disorder, some lead to early onset dimensia, parkinsons, neuromuscular disorders, and more.

This is a very sad story of a player with a lot of potential that was never realized and now has a potentially very difficult life ahead of him.

As icing on the cake, the Rays bought out his option for next year. I hope he has good investment advice because this year may be the last paycheck he ever gets, baseball or otherwise.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 2 '08

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