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Brad Ausmus Los Angeles Dodgers
Because he is a better option than a majority of other catchers. Here is a good example. Mike Rabelo and Matt Treanor, the "platoon" in Florida. Thank you, but I would rather have Ausmus and a near assurance of no negative value.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Russell Martin Los Angeles Dodgers
No comments on Russell Martin? Wow. We need to start talking about Martin a little bit.

There are a couple of negatives you should look at before blowing the bank on Martin. First, he is already complaining of sore knees at 25. Second, he is not a very good hitter at home - .255. Third, he tails off in the second half (though his tail-offs are still better than most catchers). As a result, I see the speed dropping off back to 10-15SB.

It is encouraging to see the increase in average, OBP and slugging with increased ABs from 06 to 07. It is hard not to like this guy, and I think these bids are pretty on target.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Mike Lieberthal Los Angeles Dodgers
Thank you Mike - you made Phils fans proud. You weren't the greatest catcher in history, but 11 knee surgeries and the effort make you a hero in my book.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Jason Kendall Kansas City Royals
Alex - note the team change to the Brewers.

The new starting catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Frankly, the $13 he earned in 2006 may not be out of the question. The power is gone. The SB max at 10. The average is an empty .280-.290. I think MF has this 5x5 bid right on.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Kenji Johjima Seattle Mariners
If you take Johjima to his 506 AB of the previous year, he actually made a slight uptick in his extra base hits, and his K/W remained relatively the same (along with his average). I think earnings of $13 might be the floor, and earnings of $17 near his max. Bid accordingly.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Chris Iannetta New York Yankees
Fenger likes Ianetta a lot more than I do, and that isn't saying much. He won't see many ABs, and while he does get on base, his average will be pretty flat. Worth a $1 slot at the end of your catcher's list, but I don't see going beyond that.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Johan Santana Minnesota Twins
Close enough for government work :)
Brian Boyaji EL-NINO
Feb 3 '08
Pedro Feliz Houston Astros
I'm going back a bit in the scan to 2004 and looking at that $19 of earnings. That looks like a career year from an average perspective, and that is where the extra $6-7 value appears. I think you can comfortably slot Feliz in for a slight uptick in HR, a slight uptick in average and look for $15 in earnings.

Don't get too excited though - his splits are favorable to his home park in SF. Odd, but true.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Johnny Estrada Washington Nationals
Alex - note the team change to the Nationals.

Estrada has found his way to the Nationals. Drop off a HR or 2, keep the average around the same, and you have $8 of earnings. Pay $1 or $2, but don't go crazy.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Fenger and I came up with the same bid limit on Doumit. First I had him at $9. Then I looked at his numbers and moved to $8. Now that I am looking again, I might move to $7. By draft day, it could be 6. The career minor league OPS above .800 is encouraging, and, frankly, he did what he was supposed to do at 24 in AAA - dominate pitching.

Maybe $8 is ok.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Chris Coste Houston Astros
Ruiz is going to get the bulk of the ABs, but if there is one thing that Coste has proven, it is that he can hit on the major league level. The deterioration of the OBP last year was disappointing, but in his small sample size, he is worth the endgame/second catcher/cheap catcher $1 bid.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Ramon Castro Chicago White Sox
Castro is really a must have in deep leagues and for owners that like to go cheap on catchers. He is rarely a negative earner, even with the low average, and the power spike last year gives hope for a little added value. Only pay $1, but definitely have him on your list.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Henry Blanco Arizona Diamondbacks
Don't do it.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Craig Biggio Houston Astros
Congratulations on a fine career Craig, though you are still not a HOFer in my book.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Gary Bennett Los Angeles Dodgers
Let me rephrase for fantasy owners.

"What the hell were you thinking, putting a bid on me. I'm a FAAB purchase at best, and certainly not anymore."
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Well, A+ for consistency in bids. $10 for Barrett and Bard. If they produce at last years Petco levels, they aren't worth $10. I would notch Barrett down one. I think Bard will get the majority of ABs and I think Barrett dislikes the park more than Bard for hitting purposes.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Brad Ausmus Los Angeles Dodgers
If you play in a league that uses OBP instead of AVG, then Ausmus is worth $1. If you only use AVG, why would you want the drain on that category for at best 5 HR, 45 RBI's and 5 SB?
Donny Brubaker donbru
Feb 3 '08
Josh Bard Seattle Mariners
With both Bard and Barrett in SD, it looks like the ABs will be split. I would like Bard to win the job outright, because he's the better hitter, and the better man. I have him at $5 on my 5x5 sheet, but I'm not sure I would say it unless i were in a pinch. I'd rather get to $4 first and force my opponent to say it.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Rod Barajas Arizona Diamondbacks
Barajas did nothing for the Phillies other than force them to bring Coste back up from the minors. The power potential alone begs for a $1 bid, but, long term, he is not the answer in Toronto.

Besides, did his wife suddenly have a change of heart, or did Rod stop caring when the offers stopped coming in?
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08
Alex - note the team change (not that it matters).

Paul Bako heads to the Reds with an invite to spring training. Enjoy yourself Paul...and you might want to get some sun and bring the family because you'll likely be paying for the trips from here on in.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Feb 3 '08

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