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Gary Bennett Los Angeles Dodgers
Let me rephrase for fantasy owners.

"What the hell were you thinking, putting a bid on me. I'm a FAAB purchase at best, and certainly not anymore."
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Well, A+ for consistency in bids. $10 for Barrett and Bard. If they produce at last years Petco levels, they aren't worth $10. I would notch Barrett down one. I think Bard will get the majority of ABs and I think Barrett dislikes the park more than Bard for hitting purposes.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Brad Ausmus Los Angeles Dodgers
If you play in a league that uses OBP instead of AVG, then Ausmus is worth $1. If you only use AVG, why would you want the drain on that category for at best 5 HR, 45 RBI's and 5 SB?
Donny Brubaker donbru
Feb 3 '08
Josh Bard Seattle Mariners
With both Bard and Barrett in SD, it looks like the ABs will be split. I would like Bard to win the job outright, because he's the better hitter, and the better man. I have him at $5 on my 5x5 sheet, but I'm not sure I would say it unless i were in a pinch. I'd rather get to $4 first and force my opponent to say it.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Rod Barajas Arizona Diamondbacks
Barajas did nothing for the Phillies other than force them to bring Coste back up from the minors. The power potential alone begs for a $1 bid, but, long term, he is not the answer in Toronto.

Besides, did his wife suddenly have a change of heart, or did Rod stop caring when the offers stopped coming in?
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Alex - note the team change (not that it matters).

Paul Bako heads to the Reds with an invite to spring training. Enjoy yourself Paul...and you might want to get some sun and bring the family because you'll likely be paying for the trips from here on in.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Brad Ausmus Los Angeles Dodgers
This is taken from RotoWorld:

"J.R. Towles will have to battle Humberto Quintero for his roster spot on the Astros, manager Cecil Cooper said.
Hopefully, it's just their way of telling Towles not to take the starting job for granted. "You don't want to hand young guys jobs before they get to spring training," Cooper said. "It's better if they work for it." Yet we imagine the Astros' older, less talented players will continue to get a free pass."

There are a number of things wrong with this statement. First, in 223 career Major League ABs, Quintero is hitting a lusty .233 with an OBP of .271 and a SLG of .301. In 723 games in the minors, including the PCL, he had an average of .280, and OBP of .310 and 27 HR in 2300+ AB. On the other hand, he's committed 4 errors in 84 major league games.

Second, Ausmus is a veteran leader and is Oswalt's personal catcher. He'll play once a week and is certainly worth 1 more $1 bid. Towles is the right play here, though Wade may try to lure Lieberthal out of retirement. Hell, he may try to lure Ozzie Virgil out of retirement.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Sandy Alomar New York Mets
Sandy had a nice run in the mid to late 90s, but hasn't logged a total of 500 ABs in the last 4 years.

Thanks for a good career Sandy - see you on the golf course.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Eliezer Alfonzo Colorado Rockies
I like Alfonzo, but he really has no hope of playing much with Bengie Molina in place behind the plate. Interestingly, Guillermo Rodriguez walked more in 82 AB than Alfonzo has in 350 AB. Likely not worth a $1 bid in any format.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
J.J. Putz Arizona Diamondbacks
I might agree with you Eugene if Putz didn't peak and have his career year last year. Papelbon hasn't had that year yet and is only 27.

On the other hand, if you and I are going to quibble about who is better, how about you take one, I'll take the other, and we'll both be very happy next year :)
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
"That's incredibly replaceable"
I'd like you to find the number of catchers who between 1980-2007 who have 300 career games at catcher, an OPS of over .800 and and OPS+ of 120 or higher. There are only 5. That seems incredibly un-replaceable to me. Add in that he's a very good defensive catcher and the list is trimmed even more.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 3 '08
Eugene, I recommend that you reread what I said, and the dates of the Boston writers comments, and so on.

Again, Mauer has very little power, and very little hope of power beyond the usual for replacement level catchers. That does not make him a bad player, but it means that the Twins would be best served by getting him into more games and to stop play slap and tickle. More strikeouts do not necessarily equal more outs. They just don't. Were Mauer to be more agressive, add a couple of points to his average and a chunk to his slugging along with getting 100-200 more at bats....well sorry, Marginal Wins Above Replacement isn't going to equal that.

Right now he is a 7-60-60 .800 OPS guy who might play 130 games. That's incredibly replaceable. And he has so much more ability than that. The question is how to get that out of him.

FWIW Boggs left Boston after 1992 and was trashed roundly as was...for instance Clemens. We know, or ought to know what to do with the ex post facto nonsense. and to anticipate...the difference between Mauer and Boggs is about 30 games a year, 50 or 60 points of OBP, 10-15 doubles and 20-40 runs. And quite a lot of slugging.
Steve Parsons stevep
Feb 3 '08
Daric Barton Toronto Blue Jays
Eugene and Jeff...I am not taking shots at either of you.

But reality is reality. Mauer came up with a reputation for power based solely on his size and age. He had produced anything whatsoever as regards home runs, nor the usual precursors. That's just reality. Barton on the other hand had hit double figures home runs more or less everywhere until he was injured and most readings of Barton fail totake that into account....nor do they generally take into account his minor leagues parks. a PCL park is not a PCL park by any other name.

There's no question that Mauer is a better player. He's done it on that level and Baeton has not except for the small sample (of course Eugene). But Barton still has a much better power profile and everything on his resume screams star.

I am not particularly an A's fan, but I do admire organizations that generally do things right. The A's are such an organization...as are the Braves, Yankees, Red Sox and a few others.

Steve Parsons stevep
Feb 3 '08
Jose Lopez Cleveland Guardians
For the second year in a row, Jose Lopez tanked Post All-Star, but at least in 2006 he kept the batting average up despite the mysterious disappearance of his power. Last year, he had an unacceptable 519 OPS Post All-Star, featuring a total of nine lousy extra base hits in 240 plate appearances. I know Lopez is still young, but I can't bid into double digits for this low walk, low power, low impact player unless I see something this spring that proves that Jose Lopez isn't anything more than a utility infielder miscast as a regular.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 3 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
My math may be off, but 180 hits + 45 BB's / 220 IP = >.98 WHIP
Donny Brubaker donbru
Feb 3 '08
J.J. Putz Arizona Diamondbacks
With Nathan a risk to go to the NL, it's a choice between Putz and Papelbon for the top AL closer. I'll go with Putz, for no other reason than Papelbon threw some extra high stress innings in the playoffs and the know nothing ESPN readers picked him 2-1 over Putz on the hotstove heater poll.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 3 '08
I have to agree with El-Nino here. A lot of these speed-only guys one (particularly ones with low OBPs) tend to disappear. I'm not sure if Owens is one of those guys or not, but I certainly won't be setting a bid limit of $12.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
Following up on El-Nino's post, I've given Santana the following projection: 220IP, 180H, 45BB, 250K, 20W and ERA/WHIP of 2.70 and .98.

This is certainly no over/under, but my bid limit is $36 for NL 5x5.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
Mike G. hit it on the head - pitches 31-45 were bad news for Benoit.

But hold on a second...pitches thrown in his 7 blown saves: 7, 17, 26, 24, 22, 12 and 19. Pitches thrown in his 6 saves: 19, 10, 18, 7, 35 (ouch), and 22.

Let's try this analysis. How about pitches thrown the outing before the blown saves? 33 (three days prior to BS), 3 (but used 6 of prior 8 games), 20 (the day before and 33 two days before that), 20 (4 days prior), 35, 22 and 18.

It looks like Benoit is at his best pitching 10-20 pitches every other day. Too little work and too much work doesn't work. If that is the case, then he is a better bet to be a part-time closer...he doesn't appear to be able to handle the full time role.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
The latest from Manny in Arizona: "I want to be like Julio Franco and play until I’m 48."
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 2 '08

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