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Josh Towers Colorado Rockies
Rockies will pay him $400,000 no matter what and an additonal $1,800,000 if he makes the team. So Josh will be motivated, and it's just possible he'll find his way into the starting rotation and be be a Rock bargain.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Francisco Cordero Boston Red Sox
With a rating even better than his WHIP and a K-rate that just shot through the roof, there was nothing flukey about Cordero's success as a closer with the Brewers last year. He was even better as the Rangers' closer in 2004. So he could be simply outstanding as the new Reds' closer. Despite the bump in the road in 2006.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
Non-tendering Otsuka would seem to say Benoit's their first choice as a closer this year. With his 7 blown saves, he'll be fairly cheap. Then it might be a good idea to have a dollar to spare for C.J. Wilson in the end game.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
In 98 AB, held lefty hitters to 11 hits, two doubles and one homer. Pitched well enough against righties to convert all but two save opportunities. If your lowball bid for Benoit prevails, you don't have to worry about anyone else outbidding you for C.J.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Scot Shields Los Angeles Angels
Finally failed to make a profit (in most leagues). Maybe this is the year he'll be cheap enough for me to buy him.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians
The only active player with more stolen bases than Barry Bonds.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Kevin Millar Chicago Cubs
Top 10 Shortest Average Home Runs (minimum 10): Kevin Millar 363, Aaron Hill 364, Brian Roberts 367, Melvin Mora 369, Gregg Zaun 371, Carl Crawford 372, Placido Polanco 373, Miguel Tejada 373, Brandon Inge 373, Nick Markakis 377.

Do we see a pattern here?

In fact, Camden Yards had only the third-highest HR index in the league last year, behind the home fields of White Sox and Blue Jays. For RHB, Camden Yards had the highest index (137), while for LHB it was almost neutral (101).
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
J.D. Drew Boston Red Sox
What on earth is J.D. Drew doing on the Longest Average Home Run list? The full list: Travis Hafner 410, Jonny Gomes 408, Adrian Beltre 406, Mark Teixeira 404, Jack Cust 404, J.D. 403, Justin Morneau 403, Carlos Pena 402, Vladimir Guerrero 401, Jim Thome 401.

Maybe it's the small sample size.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Strange season. Big boost in walk % accompanied by drop in batting average. One of the more extreme flyball hitters in the American League (0.82 G/F ratio, fifth in league), and fastest runners, grounded into DPs at one of the highest rates (3.16 %, sixth in league). More ribbies despite big drop in SLG.

Easily could earn $40 this year.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Curtis Granderson Miami Marlins
Fifth-lowest First Swing %, behind Willits, Abreu, Damon and Youkalis. Seems to have given his BA a big boost, even if thereafter he became much more impatient than Willits, Abreu, Damon and Youkalis. However, fewer walks than the year before are at least partly explained by putting more balls in play.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
It's all about the AB. No one's letting you have him for under $20; how Chipper do you feel as you go past 25?
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Dmitri Young Philadelphia Phillies
Matched his younger bro in doubles and homers last year. What were the odds of that?

Beat him in triples.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Ian Kennedy Kansas City Royals
I love Santana and I think the Yankees are a little nuts not to grab him if only to keep him away from the Red Sox or the Mets, but if Hughes has the potential everyone seems to think he does, giving up Hughes and Kennedy for Santana is a mistake, especially if he might end up on the free agent market next year anyway.

And the Twins aren't trading Santana for Kennedy alone.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 5 '08
Jeremy Guthrie Washington Nationals
Second half fade will chase a lot of people away. It seems to me more likely that he wore out than that hitters got wise to him, so I'll be in the hunt until it gets heated.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
Was close to, if not quite, vintage Todd Helton at home (.533 SLG) and vs. RHP (.551 SLG). But the Rockies do go on the road and Todd will be in the lineup against LHP. He's going to stay second or third fiddle on this team.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Willie Harris Cincinnati Reds
Hit .369 in the first half, and thoroughly deserved to with an ungodly liner rate of 31 percent. It dropped to 14 percent in the second half and the average fell to .196.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Ian Kennedy Kansas City Royals
Held MLB batters to a .191 batting average, after holding them to .183 in 63 IP in Single A, .163 in 49 IP in Double A, and .205 in 35 IP in Triple A. So we're looking at another Kennedy who has Conquered All at an early age. But we're also looking at a fastball that tops out at 92 mph, and that's his best pitch. Beats me why he's been the sticking point so far, according to all the New York papers, in the Yanks' acquisition of the best pitcher in baseball by a wide margin. Only thing I can think of is, salary-capless Yanks plan to keep bidding next year untilt they get him.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 5 '08
Ryan Sweeney Chicago Cubs
He hasn't looked so hot but he's young and athletic and just hasn't hit his stride yet. If that doesn't happen soon, however, the problems will start mounting, so he and Billy Beane are rooting for a fast start this spring.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 4 '08
Nick Swisher Atlanta Braves
According to Kenny Williams Swisher wasn't put on the block, but he went and got him anyway. Depending on what you think about Ryan Sweeney he either overpaid or wildly overpaid, but Swisher is signed through 2012 for a little better than $5M a year, a good price now and sure to be a bargain in a year or two. He should get a bit of a boost from the ballpark, too, though I won't bump his price.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 4 '08
Omar Vizquel Toronto Blue Jays
Mike lives in the Bay Area and he seems to think Omar's got some decent baseball left. But it looks to me like the years finally caught up to him. (Vizquel, I mean.) RC/G in 2006: 4.99. In 2007: 3.50. Runs Above Replacement in 2006: 10.2. RAR in 2007: -7.1.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 4 '08

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