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Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
Either way, the bidding on this guy is going to be insane no matter which league you're participating in.

I just have to remind myself over the next two months -- "Stay away Zeke. No Santana for you! Trade for him later...trade for him later..."
Andrew Palmer LFH-Zeke
Feb 3 '08
Russell Martin Los Angeles Dodgers
Those numbers are certainly not out of the question LFH, and that would be a heck of a season for a 25 year old catcher.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Thanks, Toz. Bako has been put on the Reds.

Any and all help keeping the database current is welcome.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 3 '08
Russell Martin Los Angeles Dodgers
I definitely agree -- I have him on my potential frozen roster at $5 (I know, I'm lucky) and I've put him down for a .285-20-85-12 season. These are numbers we should expect (barring injury) and his final results might even be higher. Maybe .290-23-95-15?
Andrew Palmer LFH-Zeke
Feb 3 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
Yeah - slightly off - sorry - didn't have the calculator or the formula nearby.

Let me slide on that one Don? :)
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Doesn't the Santana trade change the value of starters in both leagues, but more in the AL Only's? Position scarcity has to apply more to pitchers than any offensive position--if you miss the best catchers, you can catch the best shortstop. If you miss the best starters, you are dead.

The absence of Haren & Santana must boost the prices of the next best starters. Also, the Mets' largesse throws into question how long Sabathia stays with the Indians or Burnett with the Jays. Both could be gone come All Star break.
Bruce BUSCHEL BBGUN
Feb 3 '08
Brad Ausmus Los Angeles Dodgers
Because he is a better option than a majority of other catchers. Here is a good example. Mike Rabelo and Matt Treanor, the "platoon" in Florida. Thank you, but I would rather have Ausmus and a near assurance of no negative value.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Russell Martin Los Angeles Dodgers
No comments on Russell Martin? Wow. We need to start talking about Martin a little bit.

There are a couple of negatives you should look at before blowing the bank on Martin. First, he is already complaining of sore knees at 25. Second, he is not a very good hitter at home - .255. Third, he tails off in the second half (though his tail-offs are still better than most catchers). As a result, I see the speed dropping off back to 10-15SB.

It is encouraging to see the increase in average, OBP and slugging with increased ABs from 06 to 07. It is hard not to like this guy, and I think these bids are pretty on target.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Mike Lieberthal Los Angeles Dodgers
Thank you Mike - you made Phils fans proud. You weren't the greatest catcher in history, but 11 knee surgeries and the effort make you a hero in my book.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Jason Kendall Kansas City Royals
Alex - note the team change to the Brewers.

The new starting catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Frankly, the $13 he earned in 2006 may not be out of the question. The power is gone. The SB max at 10. The average is an empty .280-.290. I think MF has this 5x5 bid right on.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Kenji Johjima Seattle Mariners
If you take Johjima to his 506 AB of the previous year, he actually made a slight uptick in his extra base hits, and his K/W remained relatively the same (along with his average). I think earnings of $13 might be the floor, and earnings of $17 near his max. Bid accordingly.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Chris Iannetta New York Yankees
Fenger likes Ianetta a lot more than I do, and that isn't saying much. He won't see many ABs, and while he does get on base, his average will be pretty flat. Worth a $1 slot at the end of your catcher's list, but I don't see going beyond that.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
Close enough for government work :)
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 3 '08
Pedro Feliz Houston Astros
I'm going back a bit in the scan to 2004 and looking at that $19 of earnings. That looks like a career year from an average perspective, and that is where the extra $6-7 value appears. I think you can comfortably slot Feliz in for a slight uptick in HR, a slight uptick in average and look for $15 in earnings.

Don't get too excited though - his splits are favorable to his home park in SF. Odd, but true.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Johnny Estrada Washington Nationals
Alex - note the team change to the Nationals.

Estrada has found his way to the Nationals. Drop off a HR or 2, keep the average around the same, and you have $8 of earnings. Pay $1 or $2, but don't go crazy.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Fenger and I came up with the same bid limit on Doumit. First I had him at $9. Then I looked at his numbers and moved to $8. Now that I am looking again, I might move to $7. By draft day, it could be 6. The career minor league OPS above .800 is encouraging, and, frankly, he did what he was supposed to do at 24 in AAA - dominate pitching.

Maybe $8 is ok.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Chris Coste Houston Astros
Ruiz is going to get the bulk of the ABs, but if there is one thing that Coste has proven, it is that he can hit on the major league level. The deterioration of the OBP last year was disappointing, but in his small sample size, he is worth the endgame/second catcher/cheap catcher $1 bid.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Ramon Castro Chicago White Sox
Castro is really a must have in deep leagues and for owners that like to go cheap on catchers. He is rarely a negative earner, even with the low average, and the power spike last year gives hope for a little added value. Only pay $1, but definitely have him on your list.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Henry Blanco Arizona Diamondbacks
Don't do it.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Craig Biggio Houston Astros
Congratulations on a fine career Craig, though you are still not a HOFer in my book.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08

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