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C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
Can Wilson last the year as the closer?
Is he good for at least 30 saves?
Or is your $5 quote indicative of your skepticism?
Michael Aberg yankee7
Mar 29 '08
Casey Kotchman Florida Marlins
My best friend in college got mono pretty badly, and he wasn't right for six months -- basically, he needed 12 hours of sleep every night, and got tired real easily. So that's consistent with ShawnD's comment on Kotchman.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Mar 29 '08
Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
In reliance on the wisdom of my elders here (even though I'm probably older than most of you), and in reliance on Baseball Prospectus, and his last couple of starts, and my gut -- I'm keeping Garza at $7. Thanks for the help, guys.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Mar 29 '08
Francisco Liriano Toronto Blue Jays
He's in the minors to start, but there appears to be no serious concern. 2-3 starts, maybe. I wouldn't even change the bid.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Mar 29 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
At $10, I would probably keep him, too. His owner in our league has to keep him at $15 (if he keeps him -- our cuts are due Monday, and our league's auction is next Saturday). I think he'll pass.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Mar 29 '08
It takes two to tangle.

I've just made him an R3 in the software, which in software parlance means "great potential" may be a stretch but he's well worth consideration in Ultra Leagues.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 29 '08
Justin Germano Texas Rangers
For what little it's worth, I've picked up Germano in a number of my leagues as a reserve or as an end-gamer. He had a few control problems during that second half last year, and he wore down a bit, especially as pitchers caught up to him. He also doesn't K a lot of guys. But he's young and for now has a back-end spot.

While of course spring training isn't the greatest indicator of future success, it's reported that he felt very good with his change-up this spring and was successful with it. He'll definitely have to resort to changing speeds with pitches to be successful, but given the uncertainty of Prior, he's worth a buck or two to me. It's like what Peter said: "finding the diamond in the rough". I don't know how much opportunity he'll have to keep that #5 spot, but we could do worse for a reserve.
Shawn Douglas ShawnD
Mar 29 '08
Jim Bouton Atlanta Braves
It's hard for me to listen to Joe Morgan do a game without thinking about his part in Ball Four -- from the [expletive] curveball to "It Makes a Fellow Proud to be an Astro".

mike fenger mike
Mar 29 '08
Skip Schumaker San Diego Padres
I love their book, but their forays into Roto analysis leave more than a little to be desired.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 29 '08
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
He hit a HR tonight against the Cubs...his swing (and his wrist) looked fine to me.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 29 '08
Justin Huber Minnesota Twins
He smacks of the guy who has one year where he gets 350 at bats and smacks 22 home runs, but screws you over the two years before and the three years afterwards.

You throw a buck at him at the end of your draft in the hope that you get that one big year, but he is a guy you cut bait with as soon as you need the roster space.
paul schneider badgermania
Mar 29 '08
Garrett Atkins Pittsburgh Pirates
He is a great fit if you want a safe place to plunk down your $30. I think there is a reasonable chance of him only earning $25, but that is still a solid amount of stats.

Guys like Atkins are the constants on your team, which you need while you mine for value other places.
paul schneider badgermania
Mar 29 '08
Carlos Zambrano Florida Marlins
My guess is that given the trends, most people have him in that $15-$19 range.

I wouldn't go much higher than $18 unless you are willing to take the risk/upside of rostering him.

I think I have my bid limit at $15. Obviously, I just want to stay away from him and let someone else spend the money for his apparent decline.
paul schneider badgermania
Mar 29 '08
Skip Schumaker San Diego Padres
re: what's their bid limit ... they are projecting his stats will earn him ~$8 ... converting that to a "bid limit" is an exercise they leave to their readers :-)
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mar 29 '08
In the software I have Schumaker projected for 277 at bats, five homers, one steal and that seems to make him worth a bid. I've got him for a .289 BA.

Given the Cards' difficulties this year it is conceivable that they'll play this midcareer vet with limited major league experience a lot more than I'm projecting.

He's a guy to buy in NL leagues when you're casting about for guys to buy. That's a good reason to put a star next to his name, as long as you don't bid more than a dollar or three for him in an NL only draft.

Otherwise, you're cut off.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 29 '08
Justin Huber Minnesota Twins
He's one of those guys who was supposed to be up for years already, so his failure to be ahead of the curve looks like failure. But all the evidence is that he's on the curve (albeit with no defensive position) which means it might work out and a cheap bid is a good idea. Hitting-wise, at least.

That career major league hitting line is definitely a dampener for bidding enthusiasm. The Padres can use his bat, but I'm not sure he can really play in the OF or that his bat will make up for the cost of playing him out there.

Which means he's gone from being blocked in the AL to being blocked in the NL. Worth a shot because stuff happens, but with definite problems attached unless he doesn't have to play the field.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 29 '08
Jim Bouton Atlanta Braves
Talking testicles, the indelible image for me are Yogi's hovering over the bologna.

And the beaver shooting. That dropped coin trick works every time.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 29 '08
Cameron Maybin New York Mets
He's young and raw. The wrong thing was for the Tigers to promote him. The right thing is for the Marlins to teach him. We'll see how that goes, but I'm betting against him, despite his talents physical and mental, until he shows that he can actually do it.

Most important, he's young right now. I'd say look for him in 2011, when he's 24. That's still young.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 29 '08
Garrett Atkins Pittsburgh Pirates
Why am I so low?

I figure you have two ways to go on Atkins. You can think 2006 was his base year and last year was a down year, or you can think that 2007 was his base year and 2006 was his career year. Given his late arrival in the majors, and the sort of thick body I see when I watch him, I'm inclined to pessimism. It's not that I think he stinks or has terrible flaws. He's a fine player with a good approach and good results. I just don't think he's a great player, a steady $30+ performer.

In a mixed league, that makes him sort of average (though statistically he's better than average) and not someone to bid up too much. But if you want him you're going to have to go a good ways anyways. That's where I tried to set my price.

That's all.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 29 '08
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
I dropped the mixed Beltre price both here and in the software, though that won't show up until the next update next Wednesday (April 2). I'm with Scooter when it comes to wrists and production.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 29 '08

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