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Trade For Milledge Now
Posted by David Martorano at 4/1/2008 12:27:00 PM
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I believe when itís all said and done, the Mets will regret trading Lastings Milledge for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church a lot more than theyíll regret trading Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano.

Milledge is an enormous 5-tool talent. In addition, he possesses an abundance of swagger which. (in my mind) translates into confidence. He finally has the support of his team behind him, as evidenced by his everyday status as the teamís centerfielder and number two hitter.

Milledge seems to be in a great environment for a young player. He will be playing in a new stadium in front of a supportive and hopeful Washington fan base. While he will benefit from the exciting surroundings of his new ballpark, he will also benefit from realistic expectations. No one is putting the ďfranchiseĒ label on Milledge and I believe there will be minimal pressure on him this season.

Milledge is hitting number 2 in the lineup but if he continues to show off his newly found power stroke, it is possible that he would be moved to a more traditional power position in the lineup. In addition, spring training suggests that he has the green light on the basepaths. Lastly, Milledge has shown a surprisingly good eye at the plate and could surprise people with a high average.

Prediction- .290, 30 HR, 30 Steals, 90 RBI, 100 R

If Milledge isnít currently on your fantasy team, I would strongly recommend trading for him. Heís the type of player that can win your league.


Comments....

Lol, a 30-30 rookie? Doubt it. Teams will get the book on him and figure out how to pitch to him, he's going to have some rough bumps this year.
Posted by kevinccp at 4/1/2008 12:40:00 PM
 
Swagger + supportive and hopeful fan base = stardom. That's in one of the Bill James Abstracts, right?
Posted by spianow at 4/1/2008 12:43:00 PM
 
I think exactly the opposite. Milledge is now over-hyped, especially in non-keeper leagues, and is a good sell-high candidate, especially having homered yesterday.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/1/2008 12:44:00 PM
 
1 HR in 8 at-bats = new found power stroke? Sample size baby...I like Milledge, but I'd say more like .280, 20 HR, 20 SB, 75 RBI, 75 R. Still a very good rookie year.
Posted by vtadave at 4/1/2008 1:28:00 PM
 
Milledge lost rookie status two years ago.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/1/2008 1:54:00 PM
 
He had a great spring, minus the long ball (...so did Rollins) and I think it will role over to the regular season. Batting 2nd, an increase in his pop, the green light and new team/ballpark/fans = the kinda player I want on my team. He is a Low Risk, High Reward guy that I have in two of my leagues this year. Millidge, Butler and Ankiel are my camp standouts, last year it was B Phillips (which worked out well). I am heavely invested in all three of these guys. As far as Milledge is concerned I think he could finish as high as .298, 31 HR, 28 SB, 85 RBI, 90 Runs and as low as .275, 18 HR, 25 SB, 70 RBI, 80 Runs. Either way. Put it this way, at the end of the year I'm not going to wish I had him on my team. Plus there will be 3-4 soild OF's on the wavier if I have to adjust. Picked up Gomez (MIN) yeasterday, man If he can get on base a third of the time - watch out. 40+SB and 100+RUNS.

I do disagree with Mr. Martorano, I wouldn't trade for him, but he is worth a late draft pick. However, that's old news for most. On the flip side he's a great player to trade - if some willing to trade you for his potential. If you can't get some one who is proven, than ride him out. I'm out

Posted by ursini128. at 4/1/2008 2:34:00 PM
 
Gomez could steal 60 or more if he plays every day. That's not to say he will play every day, as he will have AVG slumps that may or may not force the Twins to sit or demote him, but if he gets 500-600 AB, he's got an excellent chance to lead the league in steals. I'm not sold on the AVG, and hence playing time is a risk, but I am sold on the steals.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/1/2008 2:45:00 PM
 
I love someone with an opinion who isn't afraid to proclaim it. Thanks David, I may take Milledge for a test drive.
Posted by jtopper at 4/1/2008 6:59:00 PM
 

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