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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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Brendan Harris Los Angeles Dodgers
With the signings of Everett and Lamb, Harris' PT will be the key to his bid value. Does he beat out Casilla or does he serve as supersub?
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 12 '08
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers
If he had a normal career path he'd be entering his peak years. But, his path is far from normal. CIN is a huge HR park, so going to TEX won't boost his power.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 12 '08
All of those innings early in his career seem to have taken a toll. Although he got his Ratio, HR against, and ERA back in line with career numbers, his K rate was significantly lower than previous good years. That should be a point of concern.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 12 '08
You bet your sweet shot in the ass. He's going to become Jeff Monstoeur.
Willie Mays SeyHey
Jan 12 '08
Hiroki Kuroda New York Yankees
Mike, didn't you have a comment here? I think I lost it when I unhid Hiroki.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 12 '08
Matt LaPorta Baltimore Orioles
All indications are, the guy can rake. He also is limited to 1B or LF, positions occupied on the Brewers by Fielder and (presumably) Braun. An excellent reserve pick if leagues don't matter to you, and still a reasonable one in the hope he gets dealt to another NL team.

BTW, his fielding may not be absolutely horrible; reports are mixed.
mike fenger mike
Jan 12 '08
The bump in walks is way more important than the decline in homers. At least theoretically.

Key for me is that the Xbh (extra base hits) were constant, it was the homers that declines.

He's going to hit 30 homers again soon, and may hit 40 if things break right.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 12 '08
Mike Cameron Florida Marlins
The Brewers get defensive help in centerfield, offseting the move of Ryan Braun to left field, and Bill Hall moves back to the infield. Win win win, it looks like.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 12 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
Ok...now Cashman said today that due to an unspecified innings limit, Chamberlain could begin the year in the pen.

Like I said a couple of days ago, it just seems to make more sense to use Joba out of the pen in close games.

This saga will have to be monitored all spring, I would assume.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 11 '08
Brent Lillibridge Texas Rangers
I like him this year in the majors, though right now it doesn't look like there's a job for him.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 11 '08
Brandon Wood Colorado Rockies
It looks like the Angels have another move to make even if Wood starts the year in Triple-A, which is a reason to give those Howie Kendrick trade rumors credence.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 11 '08
Andrew McCutchen Philadelphia Phillies
Had a down year in 2007 after a solid 2006 between A and AA. Speed is his game, so you would like to see him improve his plate discipline and draw some more walks. He is very lanky and lean at 5-11, 170 lbs, but still has pretty good pop. The Pirates were trying to move McLouth in the off-season, and the Duffy experiment is over, so there is a good chance McCuthchen will be up in 2008 and be the starting CF in '09. The Pirates really like him, especially his defense.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 11 '08
Last year's ERA is pretty much the same as the year before, WHIP is better, K/W is much better -- so it's left to my Rating ((H+.5*BB+1.5*HR)/IP) to rain on Yabuta's parade. He was much more hittable last year.

A 12-point jump in Rating isn't the end of the world; it's entirely possible he just had bad luck with his h%. But it's also possible that, as he approaches baseball middle age (he's 34), his pitches don't have quite the same zip.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 11 '08
Brandon Wood Colorado Rockies
The Angels are loaded in the OF and at DH, so unless they move Matthews, it appears to me the Angels are prepared to have Figgins be the everyday 3B again. I expect Wood will be given every opportunity to make the team, but I don't see where his AB's will come from. The Angels will probably start him in AAA so he can get his AB's and hopefully work on those dreadful KK/BB ratios.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 11 '08
Alan Horne New York Yankees
Baseball America's No. 7 prospect in the Eastern League. "For the first time in his winding career, Horne pitched like the first-round pick back in 2001, when the Indians failed to sign him out of high school." Led EL in Ks and ERA.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 11 '08
Was hurt in 2007, though it was reported to have been "minor" elbow surgery. Don't spend more than a buck or two (and a reserve pick is probably wiser), but a good spring could put him in line for a slightly more valuable role.
mike fenger mike
Jan 11 '08
Coming off something of a down year, but the reports say he throws a good splitter off an average fastball, so could be a good setup man. That's not worth more than a few dollars, but he could end up earning more than that if he gets some wins, a reasonable chance if he's pitching close games in the seventh or eighth.
mike fenger mike
Jan 11 '08
Has a good Japanese history of success; chances are he'll be a setup man, but it's not out of the question that he could get saves if Soria were to be hurt, ineffective, or moved to the rotation. Not a bad place to put a few dollars.
mike fenger mike
Jan 11 '08
Alan Horne New York Yankees
All the stats are right but ERA for some reason, which was 3.11 but for some reason displays here as 3.99. Okay, I figured it out. ERA is displaying on total runs scored, not earned runs scored.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 11 '08
Brent Lillibridge Texas Rangers
Baseball America's No. 7 prospect in the International League. Compared to Khalil Greene.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 11 '08

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