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James Paxton New York Yankees

As far as Expert League auctions go, Tout Wars knew the season was delayed when we drafted and some recovery time for injured guys is built into the prices already. Probably not as much as they would be today, but for the most part we knew what the issues were then. Paxton went for $14 in Tout AL. That seems about right.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

I believe this is the tack we're taking in the ADL. The proposal that seems to have the most juice came from Alex, who suggested we let those who want to play in 2020 have their own startup draft at their own stakes, and then we start 2021 with our 2019 carryover rosters and the keepers we choose to keep. Never thought to ask onRoto how we could do that, but my guess is we'll be able to.

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Jody Reed Detroit Tigers

The story in the LA Times (Scooter Gennett) is dated March 13, 1994. I wonder what he would say today?

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Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs

The entire NL had 17 CG in 2019.

Gregg Jefferies Detroit Tigers

Fascinating read.

Joel Sherman has the best line.

"Sending Gregg Jefferies to the 1988 New York Mets was like sending a choirboy to Sing Sing."

But as usual, Ron Darling has the best quotes.

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Alec Mills Chicago Cubs

How much does Alec Mills hope they play some baseball this year?

Alec Mills (P) CHI-N - May. 23

Mills could work as the Cubs' sixth starter when the regular season is able to begin, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, it looked like Tyler Chatwood would get the fifth spot in the rotation, with Mills serving as a long reliever. However, a shortened season with expanded rosters is now the likely route for MLB, and that could mean teams like the Cubs turn to six-man rotations, at least until their top five pitchers stretch out their arms more. Mills started four times for Chicago in 2019 and would make sense as a sixth starter if the team goes in that direction. 

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James Paxton New York Yankees

I would think it would be in the best interest of the various stat services to host expert leagues as an inducement to get home leagues on board with remote auctioning for 2020 if not also beyond.  I see from OnRoto that it has been fielding questions from leagues that are ready to throw in the towel on this season and just roll their leagues over for '21.

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Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

Advanced home workouts aren't what they used to be.

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Kris Bryant (3B) CHI-N - May. 23

Bryant is utilizing technology in his home batting practice sessions to track data such as launch angle, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bryant purchased a portable camera and radar unit from the technology company Rapsodo in December. The slugger is able to use the device to track launch angle, exit speed, exit direction and distance of ball hit during sessions at his Las Vegas batting cage. Bryant is entering a critical season with the Cubs, whenever it's able to begin. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season and was subject to some trade speculation this past offseason. Bryant no doubt wants to hit the ground running when play resumes, and his advanced home workouts could help him do so. 

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James Paxton New York Yankees

If there's any kind of baseball season, I hope the experts leagues will hold all-new auctions. It will be interesting to compare the prices fro players like Paxton.

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James Paxton (P) NY-A - May. 23

Paxton will be ready to go when the 2020 season begins and is working on increasing the spin rate on his fastball, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Paxton indicated that he has thrown 12-14 bullpen sessions since beginning his recovery from February back surgery and confirmed that he will be "ready to go as soon as the season comes about." Some of Paxton's bullpens have included simulated innings with batters standing in so that the southpaw can gain a feel for the strike zone, according to Ackert. Paxton also indicated that he is experimenting with his fastball grip in an effort to increase his spin rate. With the back issue now behind him, Paxton should slot into the No. 2 or No. 3 spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation. 

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Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs

In 1971 Fergie had 17 first-place ballots for the CYA, Seaver six.

Seems like todays's voters would turn that around; then you look at WAR.

Seaver 10.2

Jenkins 10.1

Seaver, by the way, was pretty terrific himself in the complete games cat.

Jenkins 30

Seaver 21

But, inviting ridicule far and wide, I continue to like the wins cat.

I would have voted for Fergie.

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Tom Seaver Boston Red Sox

It could also have been an obsession with IP or CGs ... Fergie had a lot of all 3 ... probably not K/W, but who knows ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

How did Fergie Jenkins beat out Seaver for the Cy Young in 1971? Must have been the obsession with wins.

Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds

And Fred Claire probably regretted his own genius, too:

“The irony is that the process left us with one of the best young second baseman in baseball, if not the best,” Claire said.

No, the irony turns out to be you traded Pedro for a guy who cracked a 700 OPS once in three years.

Mike Landau ML-

Good to go back and see how it turned out. Reed made $750,000 in '94, and a total of $2.9 M over the rest of his career. 

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

Looking a little more closely, in the 1999 II draft, Brian Feldman effectively dumped Wins and Strikeouts, too, and finished fourth. Two teams with 1400 innings between them finished first and fourth. 

I'm in 1986 coming up, but how I go will be based on the seeding.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds
Mike Dean TMU2009

Speaking of proxies.  Jeff Passan, this morning:

"Let's back up. Can you please explain what all this is even about?

Billionaires and millionaires fighting over billions."

Mike Landau ML-
Jung-Ho Kang Pittsburgh Pirates

Jung Ho Kang (3B) - May. 22

Kang has applied for a return to the KBO, and disciplinary proceedings will open Monday to determine how long of a suspension he will have to serve for his multiple drunk driving cases, Yoo Jee-ho of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He could face a suspension of up to three years for his three drunk driving cases, but since his 2016 arrest happened when he wasn't a KBO player, he may only be penalized for two of the arrests, which could result in a 90-game ban. The Kiwoom Heroes still hold his rights if he is reinstated from the voluntarily retired list. 

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