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Pat Burrell San Francisco Giants
It may not add up to all that many plate appearances, but it's annoying to watch Manuel go get him, consistently, for the last 2-3 innings in the field. I still think we'd see Pat's best game in a different city.
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
I'd agree with the argument that no one N.L. player had a season that was head-and-shoulders above the rest. On the other hand, Rollins' rate stats tell me that he didn't belong in the discussion. His positive counting stats were great, but his negative counting stats get ignored if you're only looking for reasons to hang your hat on giving Rollins an MVP award. Rollins' rate stats in the N.L. put him slightly below Alfonso Soriano: a guy who had a very good year who didn't seriously belong in the MVP discussion.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
It is only going to punish Rockie hitters that have huge differences in Home-Away splits.

Like I said, I don't see any one player as having "THE" MVP season. I am fine with Rollins winning it because you can make the case that his season was very valuable to the Phillies. Rollins scoring 139 runs, 10% more than any other NL player, could be a reason why he won the award, along with the fact that he did go 30-94-41.

If the Mets don't choke, I bet it would have been Wright tha took home the award.
Donny Brubaker donbru
Feb 24 '08
Pat Burrell San Francisco Giants
NL-only. "Gutsy" is a nice word for it. I'd paid $19 for him, but he was absolutely killing me. I knew he had a solid OBP, so I knew I on the inside that I probably should have stuck it out. But I'd stuck it out a month longer than I wanted to anyway.
T.J. Rohr TJRohr
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
That argument is going to punish Colorado hitters forever and ever. And it's only going to flow in one direction; I doubt a Rockies starter with a 3.80 ERA is going to get Cy Young votes because the writers feel sorry for him.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Pat Burrell San Francisco Giants
TJ, N.L. only or mixed? I've always said that one of the things about N.L. only is that if you pay $15-20 for a guy like Pat, you're married to him all year.

That's a gutsy move if you made it in an N.L.-only. Being a Philadelphia guy, I wouldn't have done it (there was nothing mechanical wrong with him), but I can see why you lost patience.

The funny thing is that the boos from 2006 continued into 2007 and then the fans almost seemed to give up. At that point, it's like Pat woke up from a long sleep.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Orlando Cabrera Cleveland Indians
Something seems wrong with these bid prices. If he earned $16, $23 and $25 over the last 3 seasons, why
does it look like we should only bid $15 this year? (or $11 in 5x5 ?).

I had him for $21 last year and can keep him at that price. It seems fair value to lock up consistent production across all 5 categories.
Thomas Bruder teb
Feb 24 '08
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

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