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The last twenty comments in true blog fasion, with the links to their authors and the player commented upon.

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David Wright New York Mets
Wright went for $43 in the CBS Sportsline NL draft. I almost wish I said $44, because I think I could have driven him up to $7 or $48. Given the lack of third basemen in the NL, his value is considerable, if the steals stay. Since he is only 25, I still see room for improvement in all categories, with perhaps the steals leveling off. Don't think for a minute, however, that Wright hasn't thought about a 40/40 season.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 9 '08
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves
Jones went for $30 in CBS, about $5 over my price. Jones has continued to produce despite injuries. I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop; 3B is a demanding position, and as Jones ages, the HR have to drop off. On the other hand, his average continues to rise. Perhaps I should have said $31.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 9 '08
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
$39 in Sportsline, $6 over my price. I see room for improvement, but I also see the potential for regression, particularly in the average category.

John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 9 '08
B.J. Ryan Toronto Blue Jays
If I had to bet now, I'd say he's going to be ready. I'm glad I don't have to, though.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 9 '08
Jeremy Accardo Washington Nationals
I'm reminded that my bid is way too high for Accrado, as things stand now. But, really, there's no point in changing the bid until spring training games get underway. I doubt we'll be seeing Ryan until late in spring training and I won't be too surprised if he hasn't pitched an inning by the end of it.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 9 '08
Joakim Soria Oakland Athletics
Two teams bagged saves.

Fantasy Auctioneer bought eight starters and Hideki Okajima at $3. He's definitely bagging saves.

Crucial Sports bought seven starters, Joaquin Benoit at $4 and Casey Janssen at $2. He's rolling the dice on Benoit at a cheap price.

I did the same thing. I bought Jamie Walker at $4, Fernando Rodney at $1 and seven starters. I'm hoping Walker gets 10-15 saves and for three cheap points in the category.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Did any of the CBS teams bag saves? In 5x5, it makes sense, and if even two teams do that, there are going to be good closers going begging at the end. The second closer is always cheap, even in 4x4 leagues. There's no such thing as too much starting pitching, whereas you can easily end up with too many saves.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 9 '08
Erik Bedard Tampa Bay Rays
Here's the thing about Bedard. In a start-over or non-carryover league, you can decide that you'd rather have Verlander, Lackey, Beckett, Kazmir, Sabathia, Felix, D-Mat or Halladay as your ace. In my keeper league, only Bedard, D-Mat and Halladay are going to be available. If you're thinking about buying two second-tier options like Escobar, Shields, Jered Weaver, Vazquez, Burnett, McGowan, or Wang instead, I'm sorry to tell you that all of these guys might be kept too, with the possible exceptions of Burnett or Escobar.

Assuming a 20% inflation rate, a raw $29 bid price puts Bedard at $35. Given the lack of pitching available, even that might not be enough to get him. It will take some nerve to go over $35 for Bedard but - if you really want him - you'll have to. If you don't want him, that's fine, too. Just keep in mind that Halladay isn't going much cheaper in this scenario, and D-Mat's got enough post-hype buzz that he's not going to fall in at a bargain price either.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
B.J. Ryan Toronto Blue Jays
Went for a mere $3 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction.

Either the bidders were cynical about Ryan returning to full health, or about the Blue Jays claims that Ryan will be ready on Opening Day. Or both.

I think my bid right now is $6. But that's for my carryover, A.L.-only league. In a non-carryover league, I won't pay all that much until I see Ryan slinging bullets in a real, honest-to-goodness game. Fool me once, J.P., shame on you. Fool me twice...
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Jeremy Accardo Washington Nationals
Slipped all the way to $11 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. The Blue Jays are talking Ryan up now like he'll be ready for Opening Day. The $11 bid for Accardo means that people must believe the Blue Jays. Even though, when it came to the matter of B.J. Ryan's health, their credibility wound up being something along the lines of zero.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Eddie Guardado Washington Nationals
He only went for $1 in CBS Sportsline. He's been so unhealthy for so long that no one thought enough of him to say $2. At $2 or $3, though, he's not a bad gamble.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Joaquin Benoit Washington Nationals
He only went for $4 in Sportsline's expert auction.

Alex's bid is probably just a placeholder until Spring Training starts.

As I said under C.J. Wilson's profile, I think Benoit and Eddie Guardado are better bets. But that doesn't mean you can pay Benoit or Guardado like they are. What you and I think is irrelevant. What Ron Washington thinks is supremely important.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
He's got a 301 BAA and an 829 OPS against versus righties in that scan you see above. He was fine against right-handers last year, but I think he'll be exposed this year if the Rangers take him out of the specialist role.

My money's on Guardado or Benoit as the closer in Texas by June. If not earlier.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Al Reyes Tampa Bay Rays
He went for what I thought was a lusty $4 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. Judging by his ERA, at least he paid for those HR last year more than the pitchers in front of him did.

Though it's unlikely that the relievers in front of Reyes were owned in all that many leagues.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Huston Street Los Angeles Angels
He only went for $18 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. More than one team was afraid that Street's on his way out of Dodge.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Joe Nathan Washington Nationals
He went for a mere $22 in the CBS Sportsline expert auction. But we can't keep players traded to the N.L., and everyone thinks that Nathan's a flight risk.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Joakim Soria Oakland Athletics
He went for $16 in CBS Sportsline's A.L. expert auction. I'm not sure what people are afraid of here; he should have probably gone for $20.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Joel Zumaya Detroit Tigers
He went for a mere $1 in Sportsline, but it's a non-carryover league, and right now June looks like the optimistic date for Zumaya's return, with the All-Star date looking more realistic. In keeper leagues, that $6 price is more than justified, as you have to think that the Tigers would have loved nothing more than to have said adios to Todd Jones and stuck Joel in as their closer.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 9 '08
Brian Schneider Philadelphia Phillies
Schneider is ok. Castro and Schneider won't knock your socks off, but it, frankly, is not a bad catching core. I think you can get those two catchers for $2-$5 total in deep leagues, and expect about $10-$11 in earnings.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 9 '08
Erik Bedard Tampa Bay Rays
BB - your analysis boils down to a 6 inning outing in Safeco last year on June 4th? A game where Bedard struck out 7 and walked none? A game where he gave up 2 hits after the third inning? And a game Baltimore was winning until John Parrish imploded in the bottom of the 8th?

His numbers against the West were terrible? I went back and looked. He pitched 6 games against the West, and none against LA. In those 6 games (approximately 41 innings), Bedard had an ERA of 2.85 , a WHIP under 1.00 (and it would have been much lower if not for 8 walks against Oakland - he had none against TEX or SEA), and a BAA under .200.

I went back and I tried to do you a favor and look at his 3 year AL West scan to support your argument. While I can agree with you that he is terrible against LAA, generally speaking, he has been as good against the West as anyone else, and he has only pitched three games in Safeco in three years.

Before you post, take 5 minutes and actually look at his statistics? Thanks.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 9 '08

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