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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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Damaso Marte New York Yankees
I'm a 5x5 player but I'm okay with the 4x4 values column. I can do a rough estimate in my head for 5x5 for hitters, knocking a few dollars off most, and more off others. For pitchers it's a little harder and I just look at the relative value of closers and who are the main losers in 5x5 on the pitching side. Middle relievers and low K starters are harder. But, pitching increases in value in 5x5. While that sounds crazy to most, for those who've been reading Alex's work for the past 20 years, it's intuitive.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '09
A good bet to earn $10.00 in NL leagues. Think 10-12 wins with 160-170 K's
BRIAN RUHL OHENRY001
Feb 20 '09
Damaso Marte New York Yankees
In 5x5 SO Marte drops to $8 last year. In 5x5 IP (anyone play in those anymore?) he drops to $7.

What do others think of Mike's suggestion? My own preference is for a single column showing a $ value, because what we are really trying to see is the trend, but if most readers want to see two values, or just 5x5 values, we could do either next year.


Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '09
Brian Roberts New York Yankees
mlb.com is reporting that the pact includes "at least a partial no-trade clause."

If the O's are going to swap him, they've got to act fast...Roberts hits that 5-10 mark mid-year.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '09
Oh those Boston accents!
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '09
Brian Roberts New York Yankees
Was he clever enough to insist on a no-trade clause? If not, I wouldn't be shocked to see Roberts-for-Cano before Opening Day.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '09
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
The chances of a suspension are ZERO percent. There is no basis to suspend him. When he tested positive there were no penalties. There is no arbitrator in the world who would sustain discipline when the contract specifically said that there would be no discipline for positive tests.

Mental implosion, though, has nothing to do with collective bargaining, so I'll let that one go.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '09
He went for $12 in the Sportsline expert auction. I can understand why he didn't go for more, but given what some of the proven closers went for later, that was a great price.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '09
Damaso Marte New York Yankees
I offer a useful suggestion to Alex, which might be too late to implement for this year, but perhaps will work in 2010.

Add a column called 5x5$.

I think middle relievers are undervalued in expert leagues, but would agree with Eugene that $5 is too much for Marte. But being able to look at a 5x5 five-year scan would be a great reality check, and jumping off point for further debate.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 20 '09
Hanley Ramirez Cleveland Indians
I'm not convinced all those missing steals come back this year. Fredi Gonzalez talked about Ramirez running less last season, there's the likely switch in the batting order, and eventually the wear and tear of constant steal attempts probably isn't worth it. Hanley's bat is still a gold mine, of course, but he's not my automatic No. 1 like he seems to be many other places.
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 20 '09
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
I had stubbornly promised myself I wouldn't touch his price and rank, but now I'm thinking it's time to re-evaluate. I mean, the chances of a suspension or mental implosion aren't 0 percent, right? Anyone taking a few bucks off their A-Rod sticker?
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 20 '09
Bobby Crosby Milwaukee Brewers
This is why I'll mildly overpay for one of the better AL shortstops - I don't want to get stuck with a Detroiter, a Torontonian, or Bobby Crosby.
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 20 '09
His ADP is totally through the floor right now, which means either the public isn't buying him or something's skewing the data in shallow leagues. Either way, I like what we saw down the stretch and he looks priced for a decent profit. Getting three outs before implosion really isn't *that* hard, even in Arlington.
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 20 '09
Boyd got into a flap one spring in Winter Haven for not returning a few adult videos to a local store. Dan Shaughnessy refered to the incident as "The Can's Film Festival."
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 20 '09
Curtis Granderson Miami Marlins
Arguably the best baserunner in the American League, and put him in the sleeper MVP discussion now that he's improved against left-handed pitching. I blame the SB drop on Leyland, not Granderson. A few wild swings here and there, but it's a pleasure to watch him play ball every night.
scott pianowski ballfour
Feb 20 '09
Damaso Marte New York Yankees
71 Ks is not overwhelming for a middle reliever. I agree with jeffamerk's query.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '09
Brian Roberts New York Yankees
Just inked a 4-year $40M contract extension with the Orioles. He's no longer a trade risk.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 20 '09
Daniel Murphy Colorado Rockies
He was still lurking in the nether regions and I've brought him back.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '09
Luis Castillo New York Mets
Here's Luis Castillo. The BJ Handbook lists him at 190 pounds, which is undoubtedly much closer to the truth, even though he's supposedly shown up in camp in far better shape than last year. The plan is to put him in the leadoff spot, to keep him in shape and earn the generous salaries that Mike and I have said we might -- emphasis might -- be willing to pay.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '09
Daryl Thompson Minnesota Twins
Jeff's referring to the fact that he scored 2 runs last year despite going 0-for-2 as a hitter. Now that we've got him back to being a pitcher, he's a hitter's dream.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20 '09

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