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From Rotoworld minutes ago:

Jimmy Gobble had a cactus thorn removed from one of his big toes on Sunday morning.

Gobble got the thorn stuck in his foot after accidentally kicking a cactus while playing golf early in spring training. Gobble apparently felt the pain, but continued with normal spring activities. "They said it was almost an inch, three-quarters of an inch long," pitching coach Bob McClure said Sunday. "How he was pitching with that, I'll never know." Gobble had a 3.02 ERA in 53 2/3 innings last year out of the bullpen and he will act as the Royals' primary left-handed specialist this season. Source: Royals.mlb.com Mar. 9 - 9:46 pm et
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 10 '08
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
Yes.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 10 '08
Are the mixed league bids in 5x5 format?
Joe Lannon JEL
Mar 10 '08
Thanks for the update, Mike. Now quick, before Coco goes to the NL, I'll cut and paste the comment I just wrote for Endy Chavez.

My 4x4 bids, Mike's 5x5 bids and Peter's mixed-league bids will be completely updated in the next version of the software, which will be posted at Peter's site (www.askrotoman.com) on Wednesday. The bids will add up much more closely, if not exactly, to the budgets in AL 12-team leagues, NL 13-team leagues and mixed 12-team leagues.

To help Ultra leagues out, Mike and offer the follwing "R bids" for the reserve draft:

R1 = prospects who should make a big splash this season
R2 = prospects who might make a medium splash this season
R3 = vets and prospects who don't figure to make much of a splash ever
R4 = prospects whose splash is at least a year away
R5 = prospects whose big splash is at least a year away

And for those who are off-put by the very notion of software (though it's dead-simple to use and, more importantly, manipulate), Peter offers all of this information in text and Excel files.

Right here is where we talk the talk, and it's a lot of fun. The software is for getting ready to walk the walk, which is even more fun.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 9 '08
It was only reading these comments that I noticed that I didn't have a bid for Endy; I've entered the one that is currently in the software.

My 4x4 bids, Mike's 5x5 bids and Peter's mixed-league bids will be completely updated in the next version of the software, which will be posted at Peter's site (www.askrotoman.com) on Wednesday. The bids will add up much more closely, if not exactly, to the budgets in AL 12-team leagues, NL 13-team leagues and mixed 12-team leagues.

To help Ultra leagues out, Mike and offer the follwing "R bids" for the reserve draft:

R1 = prospects who should make a big splash this season
R2 = prospects who might make a medium splash this season
R3 = vets and prospects who don't figure to make much of a splash ever
R4 = prospects whose splash is at least a year away
R5 = prospects whose big splash is at least a year away

And for those who are off-put by the very notion of software (though it's dead-simple to use and, more importantly, manipulate), Peter offers all of this information in text and Excel files.

Right here is where we talk the talk, and it's a lot of fun. The software is for getting ready to walk the walk, which is even more fun.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 9 '08
Nomar Garciaparra Oakland Athletics
Despite LaRoche's injury, Nomar might not be out of the woods yet...along with the Giants, the Dodgers are now linked to Joe Crede in trade talks.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 9 '08
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
There's a rumor on the Chicago airwaves that Crisp will be heading to the Cubs for Sam Fuld and Jason Marquis. It doesn't seem like a trade that makes a lot of sense for either team, but the rumor is out there.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/03/cubs-eyeing-coc.html#trackback
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 9 '08
Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians
Still unsigned. For some reason, I thought Lofton's career numbers were better than this (though he's missing his 2003 Pittsburgh AB in the scan above). There'll be some talk about Lofton going to the Hall, but I'd have to say no.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 9 '08
John Maine Florida Marlins
Looked great in his start today vs. the Astros.

You can bet Peterson will work on his conditioning this year so he does not experience the same problems he did in the 2nd half last year.

I like him, but I have a feeling he will go for too much in most leagues. I would probably up Alex's 4x4 bid to $16, but not go more than that.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 9 '08
Funny, but I was talking to an owner in my NL 4x4 league yesterday, and he has Chavez at $2 and is now contemplating keeping him, also.

Not sure when your freeze date is (ours is March 30th), but I am sure the Mets will make a deal for a RH hitting OF before the season starts. Living in the NY area, the sports media here have been speculating a deal will get done, and the prime candidates are Thames, Inge, Juan Rivera and Nady.

Knowing Minaya's passion for making deals, Alou's injury and age concerns and Church's inability to hit LHP, I have to think a deal will get done.

If not, Pagan may split AB's with Endy.

I would toss him back at $3 if it were me.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 9 '08
Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants
If Pagan can double the walks, now that'd be a neat trick.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 9 '08
Having a very nice spring training. I've doubled the bid.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 9 '08
James Loney Atlanta Braves
Loney is hitting very well in spring training again this year. He is certainly primed for a breakout full season!

His Slugging numbers are quite impressive in his short time in the bigs with nice doubles and even triples numbers.
mike  clarke MikeClarke
Mar 9 '08
All right...I have never thought about keeping him until today. I have him for $3 in an NL only 5x5. I am in need of SBs so that would be my interest in him. With the whole Alou injury/will the Mets make a trade soap opera, is Chavez a keeper for me?
Doctor G DoctorG
Mar 9 '08
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants
Chances are he'll start the season in the minors, in which case he'll be an R1 in my listing. Those are some pretty impressive minor-league numbers, even if he is only 5'10" tall. If he does break camp in the rotation, I might well up my bid.
mike fenger mike
Mar 9 '08
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
Maybe this is why Barry is having a hard time finding a job: hit only .238 last year in clucth situations.

Clutch as defined (disappointingly) by Bill James at his new web site, www.billjamesonline.net: A hitter’s performance in the most critical situations. Like obscenity, a “clutch situation” may be best defined as “I know it when I see it.” The determinants here are the things that make you feel it in your gut, including the lateness of the inning, the closeness of the score, the number of outs and men on base, the stage of the season, and the importance of the opponent.

It's a small sample size, of course, but it's still quite interesting. In 26 AB, 5 hits, all singles. Thus his slugging average was also .238.

His on-base percent was .656.

He was walked 20 times in clutch situations.

The data doesn't tell us how many were intentional, but we can imagine.

Opposing managers continued to be frightened out of their minds by Barry Bonds.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 9 '08
Bert Cueto Minnesota Twins
Alex - Can you add Johnny Cueto to the database?

Thanks.



Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 9 '08
Henry Rodriguez Miami Marlins
Buster Olney was waxing poetic about him today on ESPN.

Looks like he is creating quite a buzz this spring.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 9 '08
Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
No, I saw Price too. Looked pretty good, indeed.

Yes, I am sincere about Garza.

The Rays are sure stockpiling their organization with nice arms. Price, McGee, Davis, Niemann and Morlan are all top 100 prospects.

If these guys develop, the Rays first .500 season be on the horizon in the next couple of seasons.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Mar 9 '08
Well then I'm sandbagging, because I'd love to get the other pitcher in the first round of the reserve draft. Since I don't have the first pick, I can only hope he'll be the Al Kaline of pitchers.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 9 '08

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