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Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers
Could have had the best FINAL season of any pitcher in baseball history. To those of is who were lucky enough to see him pitch, will confirm that Roger Clemens could not hold his glove, let alone be compared as better than Sandy. The very best pitcher I ever saw, and I have been watching the majors since 1953. He was the best. PERIOD!
Michael Thomas ROTOMAVIN
Jan 26 '08
Paul Byrd Boston Red Sox
The 5x5 bids seem all over the board to me. Higher K guys like Marcum get very low bids, while very low K guys like Byrd get high bids. It's curious to say the least. In my 5x5 Byrd is a $4 pitcher - one of the last decent guys before the crapshoot begins and he may even slip into the crapshoot if enough middle relievers are valued over $2 this year.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 26 '08
Ryan Shealy Toronto Blue Jays
On the wrong slide of the platoon with Gload (boy the Royals are hoping Butler can play some 1B this year) and no reason to think he will help your fantasy team at all.

If you have a CO spot to fill in the end game and he is still on the board, look elsewhere if there is another live body available.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals
I have had several discussions with friends about Greinke, and yes, I agree with Mike that his stuff is real. When he is on, like he was against the White Sox that day, he can be dominating and throw up an 8 scoreless inning, 2 hit, 10 K performance. However, he can't seem to harnass his stuff and throw up those gems on a consistent basis. In fact, in his very next start against those same White Sox, he got knocked around for 9 baserunners and 2 long flies and did not make it past the 5th inning.

Yes, he did put up solid numbers when he was moved back into the rotation, but in those final seven starts, he only pitched past the 5th in two of those outings. It does appear stamina could be an issue with Greinke.

Like I said, I have seen a lot of Greinke and his stuff is good, but not worth spending double digits on the small sampling of those great outings you get per season.

I expect he may see some more time in the pen in 2008, where he was extremely effective last year. Do not bid expecting 2004 earnings. I have set my own personal bid limit at $4, and that makes me uneasy.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
Pitched very well when he was moved into the rotation, but faded in the 2nd half badly. His last 15 starts:

80 1/3 IP, 5.37 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 15 HR's

Discovered a torn meniscus in his right knee, at the end of the season, and not sure how that will impact his health come spring.

Talk him up to your fellow owners based on that $15 season, then let them bid on him. I would stay away.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 26 '08
First name Fautino, according to Baseball America. Too late to change it. Make sure you drop the S or use both versions when you claim him in the reserve draft.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 26 '08
Another pitcher picked up by Beane in the Nick Swisher deal (the other was Gio Gonzalez). Toss out the ERA in fast-A -- which in 25 IP is easy -- and Faustino's numbers at two levels last year could hardly be more glittering. Many rungs to climb still before he reaches the majors, and the ladder can topple for a pitcher at any time, but right now it sure looks like Beane raked it in.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 26 '08
Along with Fautino De Los Santos and Ryan Sweeeny, the price Whie Sox paid for Nick Swisher. While appearances can be deceiving, of course, Gio sure looks like fair value all by himself. Great, not good, numbers for anyone in Double-A, let alone by a young lefty.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 26 '08
Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals
Moving into the pen sort of straighten him out. It seemed like he gained some more zip on his fastball and looked a lot more comfortable post ASB. Hard to believe he will only be 25. Great potential to stash away.
E Park yoda
Jan 26 '08
Jeremy Bonderman Seattle Mariners
One of the most overrated pitchers I've ever seen. He will always go much more than he is worth. Now he's starting to break down. Pass.
E Park yoda
Jan 26 '08
I'm not sure about that. The second half injury problems have been so consistent that it may be time to assume the worst, even if he's healthy in Spring Training (as he has been all the preceding years). He's got a lot of innings on a young arm and a history of second half injury problems. All of which, notably, he's tried to pitch through rather than fix things. If he's healthy he's an Ace (note the capital A) but it wouldn't be surprising if this is the year he's hurt in the first half. Give it a rest!
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 26 '08
Paul Byrd Boston Red Sox
The earning scan shows just how much value there is in throwing strikes, since he isn't a guy who doesn't give up hits or home runs. He's too old now to talk about seriously as anything but a flyer, someone to try to squeak by with if you get lucky, but he's been a quality pitcher, and an example that you don't have to be a strikeout artist to be of value.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 26 '08
I owned him last year, he contributed to my victory, but I don't think I can stomach it again. When he's getting hitters out, it seems impossible that it's happening, and you feel like it could all unravel at any given moment. And, sometimes, it all does.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
A .264 BABIP in 2007. What that means to the uninitiated is that Bannister is more likely to give up 176 hits next year than he is 156. I agree with Rotoman: Bannister's a cagey pitcher who will get by for years in the majors with guile and wile. But that $18 season is probably as good as it will ever get, and you shouldn't pay for it this year.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
Jeremy Bonderman Seattle Mariners
It was "pinched cartilage" that ended Bonderman's season, caused him to put up a 7.38 ERA and .323 BAA Post All-Star, and probably ruined dozens of Rotisserie owner's seasons. If he's healthy in Spring Training, the bid has to go into at least double digits, as we all hold our breath and hope that, one of these years, Bonderman can become the ace he looks like at times.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
A .271 BABIP tells me that he's on the razor's edge. If the WHIP goes over 1.3 and he keeps giving up the long flies, it could be a long year for Marcum.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals
Greinke started out the year in the rotation, made seven starts, and in 34 2/3 IP went 1-4 with a 5.71 ERA, allowed 49 hits and walked 11 for a 1.73 WHIP, and struck out 20. He returned to the rotation on August 24 and in his last seven starts went 34 IP, went 2-2 with a 1.85 ERA, allowed 30 hits and 10 walks for a 1.18 WHIP, and struck out 31 batters. He's obviously not going to put up a 1.85 ERA if he stays in the rotation, but he is a better pitcher than he showed in April. His stuff is real; I saw him in late September against the White Sox, and Greinke was on top of his game.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
His K/9 since 2001: 5.12, 5.05, 4.65, 6.05, 5.67, 4.32, 5.15. The 2007 number is a little lower than it was in his 2004-2005 earnings spike, but Buehrle's best year was 2001, when he put up a 3.29 ERA with that 5.12 K/9 ratio. I don't like buying pitchers who don't strike out a lot of guys - even in 4x4 - but whatever Buehrle's doing has worked for him, for the most part. I'd expect something in the range of 2003-2004, and pay on the low end of that spectrum.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 26 '08
Rocco Baldelli Tampa Bay Rays
The only AL player with more DL days than Baldelli since 2005?

wait for it...

Carl Pavano.
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 26 '08
Rich Harden Oakland Athletics
since Dinardo and Meyer are still in the mix, and there is talk of returning Duchsherer to the rotation, my guess is Gio and Smith start in the minors. That being said, Harden has yet to throw from a mound this winter, and got a cortisone shot last month for "lingering biceps tendinitis". yeesh.
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 26 '08

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