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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
Greg Maddux Los Angeles Dodgers
If Kurt Radomski was responsible for all 89 steroid allegeds in the Mitchell Report, isn't it logical to think that many more players were using them? I'm sick and tired of all the steroid talk here and everywhere, because no one really knows exactly who did and who didn't use performance enhancing drugs. It's silly to say Maddux or anyone else did what he did without steroids. Andy Pettitte is certainly as good a guy, as lily-white, as God-fearing as anybody in baseball, and he is an admitted user because he got caught. So, I would appreciate it if everyone stopped the steroid talk, because not a single one of us knows shit from shinola about who used what. And I'll bet just about every single player took amphetamines at some time or other, because getting through an 162 game season is near impossible without help of some kind. Let's talk fantasy baseball instead of fantasizing about facts that we have no proof of. Play Ball!
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
Looking at the numbers and having watched the guy a lot last year, I guess I'll have to live with being way off base on Rollins. His OPS is one of the weakest in recent memory for an MVP winner. Unlike Holliday, Wright, and Jones, Rollins wasn't even definitively the best offensive player on his own team, and you could've easily made the MVP case for Utley or Howard on the Phils. Everyone pointed to the total bases, but when you get 765 plate appearances, you'd better get a ton of total bases. His 500+ outs count for something, too, and that's not an MVP award. The rest of the stuff - how he's such a great leader, how his comments in April fueled the team - are the kind of intangibles you can't measure and probably only should come in to play when it's closer statistically than it was.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Miguel Tejada Kansas City Royals
We do have the problem with players like Tejada of guessing what effect the HGH/steroids or whatever these players were taking (or not taking) had. If memory serves, the year that The Mitchell Report said Tejada started taking the stuff was the year after one of his best seasons ever. Maybe Tejada got the placebos.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Troy Percival Tampa Bay Rays
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that except for that one bad injury, Percival was a very durable and gutsy performer. Of course, it's a long time since 2004, but Troy was lights-out last year, so I'm thinking he's better than 50/50 to continue to pitch at a high level. He's certainly worth a gamble, especially if you don't have to draft before you get to see him during the spring. Could be the bargain of the draft.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Greg Maddux Los Angeles Dodgers
I'm assuming Glavine wasn't using the 'roids either.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 24 '08
Sean Casey Boston Red Sox
I guess the Mayor is going to have a tough time getting elected this year.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
Rollins is a very good fielder. No one in history is close to Ozzie and Vizquel is the best SS since, but J-Ro is an MVP shortstop now. And what a year he had. Anyone criticizing whether Rollins deserved the award is way off base. He was just as deserving as the guys who didn't get it. And 30/40, not to mention his other numbers is a very rare stat indeed, an MVP stat. So, he won't hit as many homers this year. So, he won't score 140 runs. And how does anyone get up 716 official times without keeling over? Jimmy is on a better team, in a better park, and much more mature than Hanley Ramirez, so I wouldn't think twice about paying a little less for him.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Ross Gload Philadelphia Phillies
Yeah, but the Royals really want Butler to play first and if he doesn't look like the second coming of Dick Stuart, then Gload won't be hitting third too often. He may be in the Royals short term plans, but he's no lock to even get the 320 ABs he got last year.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Jimmy Rollins San Francisco Giants
Rollins is a very good fielder. No one in history is close to Ozzie and Vizquel is the best SS since, but J-Ro is an MVP shortstop now. And what a year he had. Anyone criticizing whether Rollins deserved the award is way off base. He was just as deserving as the guys who didn't get it. And 30/40, not to mention his other numbers is a very rare stat indeed, an MVP stat. So, he won't hit as many homers this year. So, he won't score 140 runs. And how does anyone get up 716 official times without keeling over? Jimmy is on a better team, in a better park, and much more mature than Hanley Ramirez, so I wouldn't think twice about paying a little less for him.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
It seems like everyone has left the station on the Jacoby Ellsbury bandwagon, but I'm not so sure that he is the next coming of Johnny Damon or even Willy Taveras. I liked what I saw last year, but he's no lock to put up those World Series-type numbers, and his in season numbers are nothing special. Coco could actually beat the guy out of the job if he has a good spring. He has more power, steals as many bases and can get the ball with the best of them. Don't count Coco out yet in Boston, and he could still go to another team who will surely play him every day. Is that ringing a phone call from the Twins?
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Michael Bourn Chicago White Sox
Jose Reyes is going to have trouble getting to 60. Bourn might not be in the lineup the whole year. He's no Vince Coleman. He's more like Otis Nixon.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
Pat Burrell San Francisco Giants
Pat the Bat is a roller coaster ride, but the numbers are there. If the Phillie fanatics don't ride him out of town on a rail with Santa Claus, then he should continue to help your power numbers without the inflationary prices of the more glamourous sluggers.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08
John Maine Florida Marlins
Seems like the real thing. And with Johan and Pedro in front of him, instead of facing the other guy's best pitcher, he should outearn last year. If his control improves a little, he could be really good.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 24 '08

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