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Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
Given the price for ARod and the outlandish bid for Cabrera, Crawford's bid was a discount. He's been the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd best AL 5x5 hitter for each the past what? 5 years, 6 years? That and his real numbers (non-roto) keep getting better. You know, like on base percentage, runs created per 27, even batting average, although slugging declined a bit last year. Plus he's in the right age for a power breakout.

I would have had him in a hurry in this league. Maybe with Ichiro and gone Sweeney lite.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 14 '08
Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds
I see alot more risk than upside here. The guy is a gamer, an excellent glove, but his body is a mess. Sorry, Scotty, we hardly knew ye.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Ubaldo Jimenez Baltimore Orioles
An E ticket, no doubt.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Livan Hernandez Atlanta Braves
And don't pay by the pound!
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
Well, maybe he looks more like Wade Boggs then George Brett these days, but the guy can still rake. And what a batting eye. 116 walks and 74 K's! Maybe not having to carry this team will revive him this year and he'll hit with a little more numbers impact. I love this guy.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Sorry Andre, but if you're not even going to platoon, you're taking another, more serious pay cut.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 14 '08
Randy Johnson San Francisco Giants
When he pitched last year, there wasn't much indication that this handsome older man wasn't Randy Johnson, except maybe the homers he allowed. So, here's this pile of 6 foot 10 of upside. He's got to be 15 bucks minimum because those K's are what counts. I'd go $16.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
Guys who get you a quarter of your total stats for a category are extremely rare, especially guys who contribute across the board. $40 looks like a bargain price.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
My curiosity is peaked. How much better is Sizemore than Upton, Granderson and Rios? I would say he's worth a $35 bid. He's at least $5 better than any of them and probably $10, although Upton has the most upside.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
And he's got a little more protection this year with Torii Hunter. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Angels bring in another power hitter either. Here's hoping the new Vlad (2008) is the same as the old Vlad (2006).
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Upton, Rios or Granderson? Are they a tier? Discuss amongst yourselves. I would go for Rios last of these 3 and I wouldn't pay more than $25. Only 7 more homers, 2 more steals in 200 more at bats in 2007.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
$35 means that someone bid $34 probably. That means two owners were totally out of line. Wow! I guess there's more than one guy expecting him to bump up the average to .310 the HR to 35 and the steals to 25. Good luck!
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 14 '08
Johan Santana Baltimore Orioles
Just to sum up. Sometimes you get a good deal on a player and sometimes you have to pay too much. Each draft is different and you can only act on the information of the moment. Johan Santana is really good: how much you pay for him or his replacements is partly beyond your control. There are no rights and wrongs, just the words 44 dollars or whatever. You have to have a plan and if the plan affords you $44 for Santana, great. If you want to spread the risk more, great, too. My comments were just my opinions: not universal truths.
Jeff Jaffee JeffJaffee
Feb 14 '08
Rios went for an absurd $35 in the Sportsline expert auction. I like Rios, but he'd have to go nuts to earn $35 in 5x5. Which I don't think he will.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '08
Vlad is Patton & Company's franchise player at $36. The price is a little high for 5x5, especially since I'm not sure Vlad is going to steal bases every again. But I'll gladly pay big bucks for a guy whose worst BA in the scan is .317 and whose #1 Baseball Reference comp by age is Willie Mays.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 14 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Sherrill pitched one or more innings in 23 of his 73 appearances in 2007. 19/72 in 2006.

Because I wanted to have a little fun, I took a look at those 2007 1 inning plus numbers:

25.1 IP, 13 hits (3 in one game), 4BB, 30K. 4 ER (3 in that one game), 1 HR (also in that one game).

Interestingly, you wipe out that game in May against the Yankees (15-11 Yankees win), he's at 24.1 innings, 10 hits, 4 BB, 29K and 1 ER.

Not too shabby. Does he have the endurance? He pitched on back to back days 15 times, and pitched 4 days in a row three times and 3 days in a row 3 times.

Not bad at all. I'm starting to talk myself into buying Sherrill in my AL auction.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
As an aside, if you want to read an interesting spin on the testimony today, take a look at:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?id=3244547

Now I watched the same testimony that Munson did, and I am trying to figure out what axe to grind he has with Clemens, because this is about as slanted a view of the testimony that I can find out there on the internet.

I heard a rumor, btw, that Al Gore was on steroids when he created the internet.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
After reading about today's testimony and watching some of it live, I just shake my head because things are more clouded than ever. What we learned today is: 1) Roger Clemens is a prick (okay, we knew that already); 2) Clemens resolutely denies that he took any steroids; 3) while there are some inconsistencies with his story, there is no smoking gun; 4) McNamee has admittedly lied about 30+ different representations to the media and other sources.

I fall back to my previous analogy regarding McCarthy-ism...Novitzky is the guy driving all of this with Clemens, Bonds, McNamee, Radomski, et al. OJ might be an even better analogy - we knew that OJ was guilty until the prosecution began the circus of absurdity that led us from the conclusion that he was guilty to the conclusion that the LAPD was staffed by morons, and the DAs were more incompetent than the police.

Baseball is a perfect game played by imperfect people. The sooner that fans understand that, the sooner the sport can heal.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
Trembley has already said that he wants Sherrill to be his closer. I realize the season is a ways away and there's no guarantee he'll keep the job all year, but it looks good for him right now.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 14 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
I have the misfortune of having him at $7 in CBS. I am banking on the fact that he gets 400AB (okay, actually, I got caught pushing him up), but, at the moment, he is most likely to be traded for another arm. I think those bids all have to come down significantly for Ethier.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 14 '08

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