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Troy Percival Tampa Bay Rays
Better back him up with Reyes/Wheeler. The chances of Percival making it through the year as closer - either due to injury or poor performance - are not good. You have to wonder why TB gave him a 2 year conract. I don't think I'd go more than $12 on him, and I'd probably rather have Sherrill at the same price.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 24 '08
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
I agree with Rotoman that Crisp should be starting somewhere, and I agree with Jeff that Crisp may still be better than Ellsbury. Unfortunately, the fans around MA think Ellsbury is a superstar, and there will be a lot of pressure on Boston to start him. I think Ellsbury would be quite fortunate to have the career that Damon has had. Sadly for Boston, they waited too long to trade Crisp, and now they have a problem. For us AL-only players, it doesn't look good for Coco. Minnesota could have used him, but the Sox waited too long and now they have Gomez, who will almost surely be their starter. I can't think of anyone else in the AL that Boston could trade him to.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
Did you guys know that Holliday and Rollins had identical OPS numbers in away games? Rollins actually out-slugged Holliday on the road.

In my mind, there wasn't somebody who stood out as having THE MVP season, so I'm fine with it going to Rollins. I would have been fine with Wright or Holliday getting it too.

It sounds like not only chicks dig the long ball?
Donny Brubaker donbru
Feb 24 '08
Ross Gload Philadelphia Phillies
Whether Butler plays 1b or DHs isn't very relevant. They still need somebody at the other spot, and right now, Gload is the guy unless Shealy, or possibly Huber, overtakes him. Gload doesn't need to hit 3rd to have value, but the fact that his manager is even mentioning him as a possibility to hit 3rd means that they like him. If he's in KC's short term plans, he probably will get at least 320 ABs again.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 24 '08
The baseball card community has made him a favorite. New York hype makes him worth a minor league pick this year. I'm not convinced,but if he does it again it will be too late.
Michael Mendelson kidmikey
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
Whether he deserved to be the NL MVP or not, when Howard missed 3 weeks and Utley missed a month amd myriad other Phillies missed a significant amount of time, Rollins continually produced. He was clearly the MVP of his own team.
jeff merk jeffamerk
Feb 24 '08
Shannon Stewart Toronto Blue Jays
Supposedly is close to signing a minor league contract w/ invite with Toronto. He's got to maker teh team (he's not going to Syracuse), but in what capacity? Rios and Wells are obvious locks, leaving LF for Stairs/R.Johnson. Maybe if they trade Reed Johnson there will be some room for Stewart, but the move is perplexing consdiering Stewarts history with turf and the competition Toronto has in the OF. I've always been a fan, and he pulled a solid year last year.
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 24 '08
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
If you are committing to him staying in the AL then you have to drop his price in an AL league that doesn't carry over NL stats, but despite his slump late last year and subsequent humiliation in the postseason, this guy is a pretty fair player who should play every day somewhere. The lack of clarity as to his role makes him a bargain right now. Probably.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 24 '08
Corey Patterson New York Mets
Age does make a difference, which is why I still think Patterson will end up a semi-regular somewhere (at least) and Lofton may not. No knock on Lofton, who has endured far longer than most and I suppose could squeeze out another chunk of season. That said, Patterson's value comes in roto, not so much in real baseball, so it wouldn't be a shock if youth didn't save him.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 24 '08
Despite the fact that he's 12 years older, Kenny Lofton does everything Patterson does and he actually gets on base. If I needed a CF rental for one year, I'd go with age before beauty. Patterson does well as a rotisserie player because he steals a lot, but as a big leaguer, he's not good at all.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 24 '08
Pat Burrell San Francisco Giants
His first-half performance and my timing/lack of faith doomed my team to a third-place finish last season. I waived him July 2, with a cumulative line of 203/371/378. After that, he put up 302/430/616.
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
Feb 24 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
I'm not sure if jrwrangler's a Met fan or not. I am, but last year's collapse makes me less confident about having "the best team on paper" or any of that stuff. Mets are going to need to go out and prove it this year. I'm not assuming anything.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
I just don't think it was that much of a toss-up. OPS isn't everything, but Rollins' was so low that it makes him an outlier historically amongst players who have won the award. The other stuff he does (defense, stolen bases, stats from a position that doesn't typically produce, etc.) put him much higher on my (fake) ballot than 23rd, but it didn't do enough in my mind to make him the MVP. I don't think you're being snotty; you're as equally entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. I just think Holliday and Wright had much better seasons and it wasn't close enough for the positional difference to make that much of a difference.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Mike Hampton Arizona Diamondbacks
Maybe the Cardinals could use him in right field next to Ankiel, then trade for Micah Owings and use the Tony La Russa pitchers hit 6, 7, and 8 in the lineup.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Greg Maddux Los Angeles Dodgers
I do agree with you about the idle speculation when it comes to deciding who to suspend or ban from the game.

However, it will probably have some impact on who I own and how I bid on certain players.

Pettite's a good example of a guy I've discounted. I'm skeptical that he only used HGH three times, think there's at least a possibility that his 2005 season was influenced by its usage, and won't bid enough to get him in all likelihood.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Corey Patterson New York Mets
That's a pretty loose definition of talent. Throw out the 3 Hall of Famers and you've got a pretty scary bunch. Remember, alot of these guys are injured or coming off injuries. The last few years, I'm pretty sure that there were comparable players looking for jobs this late, except for Barry. Piazza was the last couple of years
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
If I'm not mistaken, the Mets have never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter, so on jrwrangler's word, I'm going to Vegas and bet on that very long shot. Mets still have back end of the rotation problems, especially if Ollie Perez reverts in form, and their bullpen is no great shakes either. They are no lock to go anywhere, but they should be the favorite.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Rafael Soriano Chicago Cubs
No way Gonzalez comes back to close if Soriano stays healthy. Mike G is coming back from Tommy John, so we probably won't see him before June anyway, and then he has to pitch himself into closing shape. Soriano has always had injury problems in the past, so his reign as closer is precarious, but I think Moylan will get first shot anyway if he continues to perform like last year.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
With Helton, you're hoping you get a bargain, so let the other guys bid him up and get "stuck" with him. That's an essential part of the game, too.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
MVP was a toss-up last year. Several guys could have won it. A very disparate group of people from different cities votes, and last year, they voted for a guy who didn't have the best OPS. Does that mean that Rollins didn't deserve the award? No, it meant that among the group of deserving athletes, a bunch of guys from all over voted to give it to him. And, last year Rollins was the best guy on his team BECAUSE he got up 750 times. Ryan Howard's numbers weren't nearly as good as HIS MVP season and Utley got hurt. So, Rollins was, in fact, the best player on his team day in and day out. And Howard and Utley ain't never going to steal 40 bases period. Mike, I hope you don't think I'm being snotty, I'm just stating my case. Rollins is deserving and so were Holliday, Hanley, Utley, Wright, Reyes, Brandon, etc. Rollins got the award partly because it wasn't obvious who should have been the MVP.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08

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