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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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Rajai Davis New York Mets
When Dave Roberts and Rowand get hurt he will see playing time. 300 ABs and 30 steals not out of the question.
john saleen jrwrangler
Feb 23 '08
The AVG will likely dip, but a .293 career mark isn't too shabby. $32 in 115 games is pretty impressive. I'd love to trade for him, but those who bought him last year at a discount due to the finger injury probably aren't letting go.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 22 '08
Franklin Gutierrez Los Angeles Dodgers
I like Alex's bid limit, here. If he struggles, and he hasn't hit for much AVG in the past, Cleveland might not be very patient with him. Especially if Choo returns to health. He might be a good reserve pick to handcuff to Gutierrez.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 22 '08
Ross Gload Philadelphia Phillies
Gload is one of those guys who you buy at the end and hope for a profit. Can't go more than 4. I bought him at 4 last year and will throw him back in. Probably will bid up to 4 again, with hopes of another 10 year, but if I don't get him somebody paid too much for a 1st baseman with no power or speed.
David Molyneaux NeauxBrainr
Feb 22 '08
For the moment, my money's on Shealy.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '08
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
Baseball Prospectus' VORP, which takes positional depth (but not fielding) into account, ranked the N.L. Top 10 as:

H. Ramirez, Wright, L. Jones, Holliday, Pujols, M. Cabrera, Fielder, Utley, Rollins, Braun.

Win Shares and VORP agree that Rollins wasn't even the MVP of the Phillies. My pick was Holliday, though a case certainly could have been made for Wright, historic collapse or no.

Toz, by the way, bought Burrell and Ruiz.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 22 '08
Jack Cust Baltimore Orioles
Mike makes a good point that Cust isn't exactly money in the bank. Baseball Forecaster predicts an AVG drop, which is scary. But Oakland seems to like him (he batted 4th most of last year) and they desperately need his power. If he can keep the AVG around .250, he could be a cheap source of power. I've got him at $9 and will keep him in my OF. I don't think I'd be willing to go all the way to $16, though.
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 22 '08
Corey Patterson New York Mets
Correct, many of them were non-tenders. I did a simple cut&paste from espn, and some are labeled as such. Is it me, or is there more free-agent "talent" currently available than usual for end-of-Feb. ?
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 22 '08
Weren't all of these players non-tendered?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22 '08
Ross Gload Philadelphia Phillies
I couldn't quite do that, but I've given him a bid at least.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22 '08
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
Re the MVP question, even in Win Shares, Holliday beats Rollins. It's close, though: 27 to 25.

Howard gets... let's see here... 26 Win Shares.

Utley gets... wait a minute now, hold the phone... 28.

Did you at least buy Utley, Toz?
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22 '08
Ross Gload Philadelphia Phillies
Gload is no world-beater, but 1b is pretty thin in the AL and it looks like he'll have at least a share of KC's 1b job with Shealy. Maybe go to $6 in 4x4?
Scott Shea SJS
Feb 22 '08
Corey Patterson New York Mets
Still available:

Updated: February 22, 2008

Sean Barker, CF 27 Non-Tendered Colorado
Tony Batista, 1B 34 Free Agent Washington
Armando Benitez, RP 35 Free Agent Florida
Barry Bonds, LF 43 Free Agent (A) San Francisco
Jeff Cirillo, 3B 38 Free Agent Arizona
Roger Clemens, SP 45 Free Agent NY Yankees
Bartolo Colon, SP 34 Free Agent LA Angels
Julio Franco, 1B 49 Free Agent Atlanta
Freddy Garcia, SP 31 Free Agent (B) Philadelphia
Jose Garcia, SP 23 Non-Tendered Oakland
Jerry Gil, SS 25 Non-Tendered Cincinnati
Andy Gonzalez, 3B 26 Non-Tendered Chicago Sox
Tony Graffanino, 2B 35 Free Agent (B) Milwaukee
Shawn Green, RF 35 Free Agent (B) NY Mets
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF 31 Free Agent Texas
Ryan Klesko, 1B 36 Free Agent San Francisco
Corey Koskie, 3B 34 Free Agent Milwaukee
Kenny Lofton, CF 40 Free Agent (B) Cleveland
Nook Logan, CF 28 Non-Tendered Washington
Kyle Lohse, SP 29 Free Agent Philadelphia
Rodrigo Lopez, SP 32 Free Agent Colorado
Yukinaga Maeda, RP 37 Free Agent Japan
Mike Matheny, C 37 Free Agent San Francisco
Jose Mesa, RP 41 Free Agent Philadelphia
Damian Miller, C 38 Free Agent Milwaukee
Eric Milton, SP 32 Free Agent Cincinnati
Mike O'Connor, SP 27 Non-Tendered Washington
Russ Ortiz, SP 33 Free Agent San Francisco
Akinori Otsuka, RP 36 Non-Tendered Texas
Orlando Palmeiro, LF 39 Free Agent Houston
Corey Patterson, CF 28 Free Agent Baltimore
Neifi Perez, SS 34 Free Agent Detroit
Mike Piazza, DH 39 Free Agent (B) Oakland
Brian Rogers, RP 25 Non-Tendered Pittsburgh
Brad Salmon, RP 28 Non-Tendered Cincinnati
Reggie Sanders, RF 40 Free Agent Kansas City
Bronson Sardinha, LF 24 Non-Tendered NY Yankees
Aaron Sele, RP 37 Free Agent NY Mets
Sammy Sosa, DH 39 Free Agent Texas
Shannon Stewart, LF 33 Free Agent (B) Oakland
Kelly Stinnett, C 38 Free Agent St. Louis
John Thomson, SP 34 Free Agent Kansas City
Jason Tyner, LF 30 Non-Tendered Minnesota
Jeff Weaver, SP 31 Free Agent Seattle
David Wells, SP 44 Free Agent LA Dodgers
Rondell White, LF 35 Free Agent Minnesota
Bob Wickman, RP 39 Free Agent Arizona
Preston Wilson, RF 33 Free Agent St. Louis
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 22 '08
Mike Hampton Arizona Diamondbacks
Will earn a little more than the minimum wage -- from us -- if he makes it through spring training.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22 '08
Joe Blanton Washington Nationals

There is a flight risk for sure, but any time there is a pitcher this solid available--and only 27--there is a good chance he winds up pitching in the A.L. East for Boston or New York.

Mark  Starr nova
Feb 22 '08
Erik Bedard Tampa Bay Rays
It seems like everybody is looking for an excuse to avoid this guy, from an injury history, which isn't very serious, to weak performances against the a.l. west, which seems irrelevant, to seattle's defense and bullpen, both of which seems more than adequate to me. He is a lefty in his prime in a good ballpark on a decent enough team in a lousy hitting division. What more is there? With Santana and Haren gone and, thus, fewer aces in the league, Bedard, schooled by all those games against the Yankees and Red Sox, is certainly worth top dollar.
Mark  Starr nova
Feb 22 '08
Alex if Jones does start the year in the majors what kind of bid limit would you put on him then? My auction is the day before opening day and I'm sure I'll know his status before I need to bid. Just curious what you would go up to on him. Obviously he torn up the minors but the question is if he is ready for the bigs. His poor numbers last year might have more to do with the small sample size and the M's inability to give him any regular time then his readiness.
Ryan Murphy Rjm576
Feb 22 '08
I think the right move, unless he has a stellar spring training, is to start the season in Triple A. So, for now, he's an R1 in the software.
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22 '08
will start the year as the CF so the front office can prove they made the right move - Trembley said he will not bat high in the lineup but we'll see
Bryan Dionne Dionne74
Feb 22 '08
Brian Roberts New York Yankees
local icon if he goes to the Cubbies it'll get ugly very fast here & it's hard to gauge when thta will happen - not worth gambling $25 if ya lose him
Bryan Dionne Dionne74
Feb 22 '08

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