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Melvin Upton Jr. San Francisco Giants
The strikeouts aren't a major concern unless you need him to hit .320. He walks, he runs, he hits the ball hard and he plays 2B this year.

For a skinny kid he hit a bunch of real home runs, not Bucky Dent jobs.

Screwing around with him for two years to learn from Elijah Dukes and not play against real teams was criminal in a baseball sense. Is he the best fantasy player in the AL? No. But the AL has very few people in his way.
Mark Bond booond
Feb 18 '08
Taylor Teagarden Chicago Cubs
He's definitely on the fast track, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him up in mid-August.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Kyle Kendrick Boston Red Sox
Great clip. I didn't think Charlie Manuel had it in him to pull it off.

Is this on youtube, Jobu?
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
He went for $8 in Sportsline. We don't know if the Ks dropped last year due to him stopping the HGH or just due to age, but I'd guess that they're not coming back. HGH or no, I've always felt like Pettitte's been overrated: a high WHIP pitcher who has benefited in the wins department thanks to a high-octane Yankees offense behind him.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox
Wakefield went for a measly $4 in the Sportsline expert auction. The scan shows you what Alex says below: he's pretty much a wins play. What the scan also shows you is that wins, even on a strong team like Boston, are more radnom than we like to think. Wakefield got lucky last year and was jobbed in 2003.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Taylor Teagarden Chicago Cubs
Sickels & Co: "The more we study him, the more we like him. He's an underrated hitter and a terrific defensive catcher."

Salty smalty, I'm making Teagarden an R2 in the software (which we will be posting in six days).
Alex Patton Alex
Feb 18 '08
Aaron Laffey Seattle Mariners
I'm inclined to agree with Megary on Lee, though the Indians were brave enough to option Lee to AAA last year when he was sucking wind in the majors. As for Laffey, I'm not really a fan. His best-case scenario is Bob Tewksbury, and that includes all of the struggles that Tewks had early in the bigs.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
Went for $9 in Sportsline. The WHIP in both the minors and the majors looks a little too high, and the H/IP will concern some. Still, he's probably a good candidate to try and sneak in at high single digits. Second-year pitchers (I'm not counting 2006 in Garza's case) are less sexy than their rookie counterparts (see Buchholz, Clay).
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Bret Boone Minnesota Twins
EL-NINO, just remember Mitchell only overturned two stones. He didn't look in every clubhouse or Major League City. He looked at the Mets and Yankees and people who passed through and had frequent contact with both. It was as half-assed as a report could be, despite its length.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 18 '08
Who needs Bret Boone when you have Ronnie Belliard? The Nationals are doing a great job of collecting the trash!!! Maybe they could entice Raffy Palmeiro out of retirement to add to the collection of stiffs.
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 18 '08
Kyle Kendrick Boston Red Sox
Kyle - Welcome to the Japanese league!!! You were just dealt for a guy that loves to eat hot dogs! Enjoy the rice and noodles over there!
Derek Correale Jobu
Feb 18 '08
Bret Boone Minnesota Twins
He's back!!!! Hoping to be teh 2008 version of DaMeatHook with the Washington Nationals! Good thing too - Jobu missed him dearly.

Also, I was shocked when Bret Boone was NOT named in the Mitchell Report. Could have sworn he would be there....
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 18 '08
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
I'm going to try one more time, and then everyone can twist my words and misquote me to their heart's content.

I want to go back to what amaros said...I think he has a far better handle on this story than the rest of us.

In one sense, amaros is dead on. In the court of baseball, Roger Clemens is guilty. There's a ton of circumstantial evidence that points to him as a steroids/HGH user but, even if some of that evidence didn't exist, baseball isn't a court of law. Baseball is like any workplace. One former boss of mine put it , saying every workplace has "standards of performance." Clemens and the 88 others named in the Mitchell Report broke those standards of performance.

In an earlier post, Amaros gave me a gentle jab about how I must have never been a police reporter, so I didn't understand how Clemens and McNamee couldn't both be guilty. In good fun, I'll give him a gentle jab back, and say that he doesn't understand how this can be both a baseball matter and a law enforcement matter.

In baseball, Clemens is a king and McNamee is a peon. But in a criminal case, the opposite is true. In jurisprudence, Clemens is low-hanging fruit and McNamee is one rung up the ladder.

Let's run through the laws McNamee may have broken:

a) Possession of anabolic steroids. Illegal.
b) If he presented himself as a medical doctor with his diploma-mill diploma, he was dispensing prescriptions for HGH and steroids without a valid medical license. Illegal.
c) Page 167 of The Mitchell Report says that McNamee, "entered into a written agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California....if...he should be untruthful in any statements made pursuant to that agreement, he may be charged with criminal violations, including making false statements, which is a felony."

I kept citing this and saying that if the feds had asked him if he had any physical evidence and he said no, that he's perjured himself and will be put on trial for such. What I forgot is that if McNamee has lied about this to the feds, he's not merely on the hook for perjury. They can and will rescind his immunity and he'll possibly be on the hook for all of the above.

OK, back to baseball again.

It bothers me that probably hundreds of players took steroids/HGH to enhance their performance. It bothers me far more than Brian McNamee, Kirk Radomski and probably others were (alleged) drug dealers who baseball knew existed and did nothing to deal with. The tarnishing of major league records and baseball records annoys me. The involvement of genuine criminals in the game, with the likely knowledge of Major League Baseball, is far more disturbing and appalling.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Eric Hinske Arizona Diamondbacks
He could play 3B, but he'd probably look like something on the uglier side of Bobby Bonilla in the 1997 World Series.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
He can't play 3B anymore. He hasn't played there regularly since 2004 and only has played 10 games there since in 2006.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 18 '08
With the Rays now.

If Longoria starts the year in AAA (which I still believe will happen), should battle with Aybar for 3B playting time.

Should also see time in the OF and at DH when Baldelli and Floyd eventually get hurt.

Worth a buck or two now, up it a couple of ticks if Longoria is sent down.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 18 '08
Kevin Mulvey Minnesota Twins
Humber just got picked.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08
Zack Greinke Houston Astros
You make it sound like there is something wrong with that, Mike.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Feb 18 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
My money says he would earn more as a reliever -- at least in his first year...
Mark Goodman Palukas
Feb 18 '08
Jeremy Bonderman Seattle Mariners
He went for $16 in Sportsline. Too much, in my opinion, but the he's the rare pitcher whose value goes up in 5x5 compared to 4x4 (earned $18 in 5x5 in 2006) due to the strikeouts.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Feb 18 '08

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