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Rich Gossage New York Yankees
I changed his current team to Retired, since it doesn't make sense to call him a Mariner at this point. But since there are thousands of thousands of retired guys is there a way to set them all. For instance, guys who haven't played in the majors in since 2004 could probably be called retired, and if they're not we can fix them manually. Or maybe just have the Current Team field be blank unless there is a manual value or a 2007 value.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 9 '08
Nomar Garciaparra Oakland Athletics
I had him at $18 in the Guide last year, but I paid $14 for him in Tout Wars, which wasn't a disaster. But wasn't good, either. He's getting too old to expect much rebound, but if he's cheap enough there's still hope in those 2006 numbers.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 9 '08
Rich Gossage New York Yankees
Deserved indeed. 1977 and 1978 could be the best back-to-back relief seasons ever posted...a dominating presence on the mound.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 8 '08
Welcome to the Hall, Goose. You deserved it. It's unlikely we'll see a stat line like 1975 ever again.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
The Yankees bullpen is so thin, the common thought here in the NY area is that Joba will open the year in the bullpen as their 8th inning guy, setting the table for Rivera in the 9th. Farnsworth, Hawkins and Bruney simply do not instill a lot of confidence in the late innings of close games. Joba's impressive debut late last year will inflate his price, and people will bid high in the hopes he will be in the rotation at some point this year. If I were playing for next year, I would try to grab him at $10-$12, and hope he pays off big dividends in 2009. I just don't see it in the cards for Joba to be a big earner in 2008 - not because of talent, but because of the role he will play.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 8 '08
I think the Rangers will probably go into the season with the idea of platooning Broussard and Shelton at 1B, and then see how things shake out. It looks like Texas is committing to Salty as their everyday catcher, so I don't see him getting into the mix at 1B. Being on the right side of the platoon and in a hitter friendly park, I like Broussard to put up decent earnings in 2008. I think the $9 bid seems right, and I would expect numbers similar to what he put up in Cleveland.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 8 '08
Nomar Garciaparra Oakland Athletics
LAD? Lassie's more like it.

Hey, MF and AP... what were your bids for this bum LAST YEAR??
Amos Heathrow hugh
Jan 8 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
Jury Duty is a "Pauly Shore vehicle," which means that it's a movie that didn't play across the street from your house, Alex, but no doubt had lots of T, A, and pot smoking.

Pauly Shore is certainly in the running for least talented person out there, isn't he?

Joba Chamberlain, by the way, is not in the running for that particular Golden Globe.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 8 '08
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
In mixed leagues you have to discount more because he's had such a hard time staying on the field while in his 30s. It isn't that you don't want him, but you have to protect against the good possibility that he's going to miss a month at some point, or even worse, limp along with an injury as he did in 2004. In mixed leagues take chances with cheap guys.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 8 '08
Hard to imagine the bidding war if he'd had even a halfway decent year. As it is, $36 million for two years isn't chopped liver. When he's 32, he'll still be in his prime. Or will he?
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '08
Jason Bay Seattle Mariners
The knee was a bigger problem then anyone let on. He's one of those guys who had his breakout and career year at the same time and so we naturally expected him to get better. But really he's a late-bloomer and the real question is how quickly he'll fade away. Not that fast, I think, (unless you're looking for speed) which makes him someone to target this year.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 7 '08
Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers
When you search for AL catchers with the box for 2007 earnings checked, you fully expect to see Victor Martinez at the top of the list, pretty much by himself.

In fact you see Jorge Posada just ahead of him.

But we bid based on expectations, and with position scarcity given more weight than usual in Victor's case (note the 30 games at 1B), the bid limit could be right around $30.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Jason Bay Seattle Mariners
Could his sore right knee be the complete and total explanation of his miserable season? That's surely what both the Pirates and the numerous teams that have been talking turkey with them all winter are trying to decide.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Kason Gabbard Boston Red Sox
Two dreadful starts in September (10 hits, 12 walks, 12 earned runs in 10 IP) will keep his price down, way down, this spring. Two starts only. The tank was empty or parts were worn out.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
1/3/08: Royals signed RHP Hideo Nomo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Signed a minor league contract with the Padres.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Andy Phillips Cincinnati Reds
Will be in the Reds camp on a minor league contract.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6 '08
Traded to the Rangers for Tim Hulett, which was cheap enough, and then was signed by the Rangers to a one-year deal for $3.85 million, which seems awfully extravagant if he's only going to be a back-up first baseman. So I'm guessing they're hoping he will be their full-time first baseman, or at least the first baseman in a platoon, by the end of spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
Gunned down 47.5 percent of would-be base thieves -- pretty good in view of all his injuries and far the best among AL catchers (Gerald Laird next at 39.8 percent). Hit .324 with runners in scoring position and slugged 1.000 in 7 AB with the bases loaded. If he can finish out his career as a catcher, Johnny Bench might have to step aside for him, but obviously there's real concern as to whether Mauer will be able to do that.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Jorge Cantu Los Angeles Angels
Released by the Reds in December, and now he's back in Florida, in the National League, on a minor league contract. Whatever turned Cantu into can't do, he's not so old he can't get it back together. Marlins have big shoes to fill at third and a player who hit like a third baseman just three years ago.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08

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