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Up until he made the team, Adam Jones was an obvious R1 in the software. In the current update he's got bids from PK, MF and AP. In the final update, which will be posted late tonight, he may have slightly different bids. And then, of course, people who use the software will have the final say. That's the fun part.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 2 '08
Paul McAnulty Los Angeles Angels
We will be posting the last update of the software late tonight.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 2 '08
Alex Ramirez Chicago Cubs
Next year we will figure out how to get players with no stats into the database. This year, come on, isn't it worth $30 to see what our latest bid limits are in 4x4, 5x5 and mixed leagues for Alexei Ramirez?

Final update for this season will be posted late tonight.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 2 '08
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
The most obvious place is Seattle. Even though the Mariners boss (can't remember if it's owner or GM) has given his best Amy Winehouse imitation on that one.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 2 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
And Sherrill was released in our league; he was keepable at $15, but the owner passed. I'm predicting some WEIRD stopper results in our Saturday auction.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 2 '08
Of the second and 3rd tier closers in my 5x5 league, CJ Wilson and Sherrill were both kept at $5 each. Percival went for $11, Todd Jones and Borowski went $17 each. Accardo went for $14, BJ Ryan was kept for $9. Huston Street went $20 with a risk to be lost to the NL. Soria $21. All of the big closers went $26 or 27.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 2 '08
I should have said a little better. But you hit the nail on the head about a better team. BAL is downright awful and , in addition to Sherril being untested as a closer, the opportunities will be far and few between. Borowski is quite simiiar to Todd Jones and Jones has 80 saves over the last two years. Will it be a roller coaster ride , you bet.
michael chielens MC9
Apr 2 '08
Carlos Gomez New York Mets
After the two early steals, $8 won't get him in our league (our auction is Saturday); one of the amusing parts of a post-opening-day auction is seeing the overreaction (including my own) to the first week. I've already got Figgins and Granderson, so the temptation to snag another wheels guy is substantial . . .
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 2 '08
Mike G's comment is well-taken -- Giambi certainly LOOKS more human. I like the bid.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 2 '08
Joe Borowski Cleveland Indians
Kept in our league at $14; I wish the price were higher, but I wouldn't have touched the guy even if he'd been cut.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 2 '08
George Sherrill Atlanta Braves
I don't know why you'd feel better about Borowski. Yes, the TEAM is better than Sherrill's, but Borowski just isn't good -- they've just decided that he's their guy, even though every save is an adventure.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 2 '08
John Danks Chicago White Sox
No, you can't chase, and I think the $4 is close to an upward limit, but if your league lets you freely move between reserve lists and active rosters, he's got to be high on the list of guys in the sub-$5 category. No, he's not safe, but the upside is enormous.
Mike Dean TMU2008
Apr 2 '08
Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies
Went for $30 in one of my 5x5 leagues with about 12% pitcher inflation. The next day I got him for $26 in a 5x5 league with approximately the same inflation, but more keepers and a lot of keeper pitchers above their software value reducing the inflation rate considerably.

The important thing IMO is that he was rated considerably below Dice-K in both, whereas I have him well above Dice-K in my projections despite the K advantage to Dice-K.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 1 '08
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
I burned a reserve pick on Mr. Bonds. I think Tex is probably right, but any more speculation on if/where he plays this year?
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Apr 1 '08
Edinson Volquez Texas Rangers
Looking at these comments ... and then watching his phenomenal K/BB ratio during Spring Training (26/4!) ... I'm feeling pretty smug about grabbing the less touted Volquez in the end game for a buck, when Cueto went a few rounds earlier for 9. By next weekends auction, their first starts will probably dominate how their bidding goes though ... and not unreasonably, since either could end up back in AAA quickly with an ugly start or two.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Apr 1 '08
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants
Cueto ran all the way up to 9 in my league ... took a pass, and spent a buck on Edinson Volquez in the end game instead. While there does seems to be a serious bidding bias towards Cueto, I haven't quite figured out why - I see the two as pretty damn close to a coin flip.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Apr 1 '08
Alex Ramirez Chicago Cubs
Check your eligibility rules, too; in my league, he's likely to be OF only.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 1 '08
The CW among White Sox fans is that Ramirez isn't ready.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 1 '08
Jose Contreras Texas Rangers
Another pitcher we should have guarded optimism about heading into the regular season. White Sox watchers report that he's throwing the fastball with the velocity he had back in 2005, is coming over the top more, and has movement on the pitch, which was a flat fastball last year. I was going to avoid him, but Contreras might be a decent endgame sleeper in leagues where players are at will employees.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 1 '08
John Danks Chicago White Sox
Well, the good spring wasn't just a product of goldbricking vets. Danks was successful in adding a cutter to his repertoire, and the pitch induced a lot of ground balls. If he can keep throwing it successfully in major league games, it will keep hitters more off balance and make his fastball look faster and thus harder to hit. I'm backing off of my last comment; Danks could surprise this year, though I wouldn't chase.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Apr 1 '08

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