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Fernando Cabrera Oakland Athletics
He's struggled for much of the last two years, but before that he had future closer written all over him. Assuming he was hurt, there's some chance he'll get healthy. That makes him worth putting on your watch list.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 25 '08
Jamie Walker Baltimore Orioles
With Detroit he was always a fairly steady middle/setup guy, someone who didn't look unhittable but who did the job nonetheless (most of the time). He looked much the same last year, which is why he got to close games for a couple of weeks when the O's were desperate. At this point, and it's still January, he's their best chance again. Sad to say.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 25 '08
James Hoey Baltimore Orioles
I just posted on the Greg Aquino page that Hoey had to be the closer for the Orioles this year (though I probably should have said, if they don't sign someone with more experience). But I have to admit I didn't realize just how bad his numbers were last year. He's got the stuff, but it may not be the right stuff at this point. In which case Jamie Walker moves back in front, to my mind.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 25 '08
Greg Aquino Cleveland Guardians
I'm with Mendoza. Hoey's the guy (and I made money with Jamie Walker last year).
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 25 '08
Rios changed his name from Alexis to Alex, which should be noted. We don't have direct control over editing all fields of the database this year, and name is one of those fields.

DDF is right that there's nothing not to like about last year's numbers. I can't make a good argument that he won't build on them again, or that he won't. Something I see watching him play makes me less than enthusiastic is all. He's worth having but I'm not going overboard.

As far as trades go, I saw a note on Rotowire that the Blue Jays offered him for Tim Lincecum back in December. I'll let you judge how serious that is.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 25 '08
I don't know but he seems like a good bet to seriously breakout in 08. If he can turn some of those 2B into HRs, we are looking at an elite player.
E Park yoda
Jan 25 '08
saw his name in a few rumored deals recently. any serious trade risk for this guy?
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 25 '08
Greg Aquino Cleveland Guardians
Hoey!
Thomas Odom Mendoza
Jan 25 '08
Matt Kemp Colorado Rockies
Even with Andruw, this kid is the best OF on the team. Hopefully the management finally wakes and gives him the chance that he dserves.
E Park yoda
Jan 25 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
Alex, this Pedroia quote almost had me fall out of my seat, "According to Pedroia, "I've never seen him in this good a shape." Manny signed with Boston before the 2001 season, Pedroia's High School senior year. Pedroia then spent 3 years at Arizona St, and half a year in the Sally and Florida St. leagues. His first spring training with the Red Sox was 2005 and he was not on the 40 man roster, so he probably didn't see Manny much. He finally spent some time with Manny in 2006. Players say cliched things all the time, but this isn't even Jason Varitek saying this, it's a guy who's been with Manny a little over one year, Manny's injured year.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 25 '08
Mike Lamb Florida Marlins
The play in the American League might be to bring him up early and sneakily shift him over to 1B later. In what used to be called Appendix A (or was it B, Alex?), you'll see in the software the 1B was a weaker position in the A.L. last year than 3B.

One thing to watch with Lamb is how he does against lefties. A 299 OBP from 2005-2007 doesn't bode well for that BA to stay up near .290.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 25 '08
Greg Aquino Cleveland Guardians
Rock Kubatco in the Baltimore Sun today, sizing up the O's bullpen:

At this point, Jamie Walker and Chad Bradford occupy the set-up roles... Andy MacPhail has indicated that Greg Aquino is an in-house option at closer if the team can’t sign a veteran replacement for Chris Ray. Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd has to stick around all season or be offered back to the Tigers for $25,000, half the claim price. Dennis Sarfate is out of minor league options, so he’ll be given every opportunity to make the club.
I have a hunch that team officials would prefer to keep Jim Hoey at Triple-A Norfolk for a while... You can toss Rocky Cherry, Fernando Cabrera, Bob McCrory, Brian Burres and Lance Cormier into the ring... Keep in mind that Cory Doyne, re-signed by the club after being designated for assignment and taken off the 40-man roster, is recovering from rotator cuff surgery and will do his throwing at the minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla. Unless you want him as a celebrity judge, he doesn’t belong here. McCrory has a real shot, but it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he joins Hoey in Norfolk... Maybe a Paul Shuey or Scott Williamson will infiltrate camp. It’s been known to happen.

Now listen -- they're all in the database. Which ones do you want to see?
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
I agree with yoda, sort of : for most players, the contract year theory is a myth. In Manny's case? Maybe not. He's spent the winter at something called the Athlete's Performance Institute in Arizona, pumping iron with Pedroia and Youkilis. According to Pedroia, "I've never seen him in this good a shape. He's on a mission." I know; we've heard this before about any number of people. But if he shows up looking chiseled and has a good spring... people will be merrily bidding as if a $35 season is a lock.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24 '08
Mike Lamb Florida Marlins
More than a couple; I've just moved Lamb from the free-agent pen and given him an $8 raise. In all likelihood, I won't have to go anywhere near this bid limit, though, because he's going to come up late in the auction when money's getting tight.

Another idea is to nominate him early, catch everyone by surprise. For $8 or so, I will be very happy to have him in the fold.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24 '08
Chad Tracy Los Angeles Angels
Okay, I've docked him $8. I think he's a far better hitter than Reynolds but this blood clot thing sounds pretty serious.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24 '08
Who are you telling to drop dead, Fred? I like Alex Rios tons more more than Mike Lowell.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24 '08
When Rios first came up I saw a lot of comparisons to Derek Jeter, based upon his size and build. The past two years show that he's developing into quite a hitter. I agreed with fred that these prices are too low, especially on the 5x5 side of things. His age is perfect for a breakout and with all of those doubles, his homeruns could spike. As long as he keeps those steals in the mid-teens, he's a five category star, not far behind Sizemore and Upton, and somewhere near Markakis.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 24 '08
What? No carlabk comments bashing Dunn?
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 24 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
No doubt he got off to a slow start, but I do think the hammy injury had an impact on his first half. He was starting to heat up (1.085 OPS in July) then the oblique issues in August. Yes, he will turn 36 this season, so a decline is likely, but if he can stay healthy, I don't think a $35 season is out of the question.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 24 '08
Hold up, Slyke. There's no denying the impact of oblique injuries. However, Manny put up a lower OPS PRE All-Star (850) than he did after the break. That 850 OPS would be lower than any number Manny's put up in a single season of his career. Even the 970 and 938 Manny put up in May and June, after his hamstring had healed, are still lower than his career norms. There's no doubt he's starting his decline. That doesn't mean he won't be useful, but it does mean he's unlikely to put up $35 of earnings, and that he's a mild to moderate risk at $30.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 24 '08

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