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Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
There was surprisingly little dissent in the media - even in the more analytical corners of the media - about Rollins' MVP award. Rollins finished 23rd in the N.L. in OPS, hardly typical for an MVP season. In recent memory, when Ichiro won in 2001 (OPS 26th) and Tejada in 2002 (17th), most of the sabremetric community were brandishing their swords and calling the BBWAA nasty names.

That's too bad if you want Rollins this year. A little more negative press would have dropped his bid limit by a couple of bucks. Rollins is the kind of player who is more valuable in Roto than in real life, especially if you play BA instead of OBP. Those 49 walks aren't your concern, and those 41 SB are sweet. In 5x5, he'll score plenty of runs in that line-up, and he's young enough that he won't even beginning slipping for another 3-4 years. Career year or no, Rollins is a Top 5 player in N.L. Roto, no matter where you have him ranked.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Norm Cash Detroit Tigers
Rumor at the time was Norm was using the old-style "juice" that season--a juiced bat!
Lew Prince theoldfart
Jan 22 '08
What a difference Davey Lopes makes. Victorino went from a $10 earner to a $25 earner, and the speed is the key. Up at the top of the lineup with Rollins, Victorino is not going to see too many RBI opportunities and is not going to hit you more than 10-14 HR. If the SB stay in the 30-40 range with that average, he'll be a consistent low $20s earner.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Jan 22 '08
Norm Cash Detroit Tigers
Alex: I have to laugh at your comments about Cash. When he came up he was thought of as a power hitter who could hit for a high average. It turns out, the only year he ever hit .300+ was the year he won the batting title. Your comments that it was the pitching makes me laugh. I guess the 54 homers Mantle hit in 1961 we due to the bad pitching. If you want to complain about pitching, just look at the major leagues in 2007. I wish all of those who claim Maris was a lucky guy, or a fraud, would wake up and see what he did and give him what he deserves. He was a Great Player, who did one thing that NO ONE ever gives him credit for: He made Mickey Mantle the underdog, and from that time on, Mantle was the Darling of the American League. All because Maris broke Ruth's record and not the Mick. By the way, in case you missed it, Cash died by taking a long walk off a short pier and drowned...guess what, he has been drinking.
Michael Thomas ROTOMAVIN
Jan 22 '08
There is NO WAY anyone will get him for $16 unless he blows it in Spring Training. He has a chance to be a premier pitcher for years to come. The Brewers have a great, young, and powerful club this year. If they stay healthy (Sheets) and their young players such as Corey Hart play up to their level, watch out.
Michael Thomas ROTOMAVIN
Jan 22 '08
Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
Here is the interesting question - is he a $43 player or a $32 player? I lean toward the latter...the hole in his swing is pretty big, and the Ks are worrisome. On the other hand, despite the rise in Ks, the K/W did not undergo a significant change.

If you give Howard the extra 50 ABs that he missed from the year prior, he has 52 HR and a minimum of another 5 RBI, putting him at 141. Those numbers are not outlandishly different than 2006, and the difference is the number of times he put his bat on the ball.

If I were a gambling man, I would tick Howard up a couple of notches, understanding that he is likely at his peak, but also understanding that he has made adjustments throughout his career and could put those earnings back to $35 and up.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Jan 22 '08
Take out the shelling he took in COL and his numbers are outstanding.
E Park yoda
Jan 22 '08
C.C. Sabathia New York Yankees
Hard to believe he is only 27. Coming off 4th straight growth season, he is probably as safe as any pitcher can be.
E Park yoda
Jan 22 '08
I think the prices are justified given his checkered medical history. No one doubts his skills on the mound.
E Park yoda
Jan 22 '08
Rich Harden Oakland Athletics
Someone will always pay more than I am willing to based on his potential. I've learned when to dump injury prone pitchers and never look back.
E Park yoda
Jan 22 '08
Rickie Weeks Tampa Bay Rays
His wrist injury hampered him early and it showed. If his post ASB is any indication, then he is poised for a major breakout.
E Park yoda
Jan 22 '08
Scott Kazmir San Francisco Giants
One must look past the final 07 numbers. He was a completely different pitcher post ASB due to some mechanical adjustments. 23 yo lefties leading the league in Ks don't exactly grow on trees. His floor is high and his ceiling is even higher.
E Park yoda
Jan 22 '08
Miguel Cairo Cincinnati Reds
Cairo's most useful in leagues without reserve lists or farm systems only. The play is either to buy him at $1, hope he steals enough bases to help you (with getting too many AB to hurt you), or FAAB him later in the year for $1 for the same reason. In leagues with shallow or moderate reserve lists, you're better off rolling the dice on a young kid. Guys like Cairo will always be waiting for you in the free agent pool later on, and there's no way to predict when Cairo will go nuts and steal 3 bases in a week, like he did once last year.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
The rating, which gives weight to home runs and downplays walks, says Lieber was actually just as effective per inning last year. Wrigley Field will or won't be a better place to pitch, depending on the weather. (A 101 runs index for the last three years but 117, highest in the league, last year.) However, probably the most important stats to look at in this scan are the ones under GS and the one after Age.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
The rating, which gives weight to home runs and downplays walks, says Lieber was actually just as effective per inning last year. Wrigley Field will or won't be a better place to pitch, depending on the weather. (A 101 runs index for the last three years but 117, highest in the league, last year.) Still and all, probably the most important stats to look at in this scan are the ones under GS and the one after Age.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
I've owned him in the NL and liked him (and have increased my bid a bit), but I tend to think that going higher might be a mistake. It says here, 2005 with fewer homers and a better average.
mike fenger mike
Jan 22 '08
Miguel Cairo Cincinnati Reds
Some leagues are very strict about position eligibility. Twenty games, no ifs, ands or buts. Some leagues, however, that have 20-game minimums allow the middle infield and corner slots to be filled by players that have a combined 20 games at second and short or first and third. Which makes a player like Cairo just a wee bit more valuable (though still not as valuable as he is in real life).
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08
Danny Richar Florida Marlins
For what it's worth, Rototimes has Uribe starting at 2B. I suspect they'll try shopping Uribe. The Orioles would seem like a logical destination, but the ChiSox would either have to eat most of the salary or take a nothing minor leaguer in return.

In fact, they might have to do both.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
If the Mets rumors are true, I have no idea why Minaya would allow Fernando Martinez to hold them up. The asking price is essentially similar to what the Diamondbacks surrendered for Dan Haren, and Haren is no Johan Santana.

Unless, of course, the rumors aren't true.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08
Brandon Inge Pittsburgh Pirates
Barring an injury, it looks like Inge is going to be a very expensive pinch hitter this year. There seem to be too many 3B and not enough slots, as Inge, Pedro Feliz and possibly Joe Crede might be traded between now and Opening Day.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 22 '08

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