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Weekly Call for Free Agent Suggestions
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 5/9/2008 3:16:00 PM
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Among the players we'll be covering:

- The shortstop options in TOR
- Jody Gerut
- Jose Flores
- Freddie Bynum
- Ben Francisco
- Matt Joyce

Please let us know who is available in your league that you'll be bidding on.


Cool, first to write. My wish list includes: Eveland (available in two of my four leagues), Emil Brown (available in all of my leagues), and Polson (available in all of my leagues). My leagues are 12 teams5x5. Thanks in advance.
Posted by jhermann at 5/9/2008 3:40:00 PM
Jeff, I'd consider writing about: White Sox second base situation, Vicente Padilla, Tom Glavine, Greg Reynolds, Chris Iannetta, Braves closer situation, Nationals catcher situation, Nick Punto, Doug Davis, Chasey Headley (should mention him if you are doing Gerut), Santiago Casilla, Jose Guillen
Posted by MPStopa at 5/9/2008 5:54:00 PM
Glen Perkins, Chuck James
Posted by schoenke at 5/9/2008 8:02:00 PM
There were some big names dropped in my league recently including Mussina, Bonderman and....wait for it...Michael Bourn.

All of these guys may be too obviously rostered in the majority of leagues for you guys to cover them, but I'd love to get an idea of what people think is an appropriate bid for Bourn, even if its just in a comment to this blog. Obviously he's hitting .200 at this point, but he's 15 for 15 in SB attempts!!! If he keeps his job he could win the category by himself. How high would you go?
Posted by obzen at 5/9/2008 8:03:00 PM
This is good feedback on some of these drops. Sometimes I get so locked into my deeper leagues that I don't have a good feel on what the shallower leagues are doing. Jan will cover Bourn, but my two cents - the batting average will improve, I think - he's been pretty unlucky with BABIP, and the swipes are completely legit. It's just a question of how much does he improve? I think his ceiling is probably somewhere around the .250-.260 range, and I'd rather have him for this year than Carlos Gomez, but Gomez for the future.
Posted by Erickson at 5/9/2008 9:43:00 PM
Jhermann: I did Brown last week, and I assume you mean Sidney Ponson ("Polson")?
Posted by Erickson at 5/9/2008 9:43:00 PM
obzen, I'd want to know the size of your league, which would tell me the types of players who are on waivers (and, hence, how much Bourn is worth). Mentioning Mussina and Bonderman gives me some idea, as does the fact that you seek shocked that Bourn is available. Without knowing more, I wouldn't hesitate to spend 30% of my yearly free agent budget, if not more. If you aren't going to see another player close to that good as a free agent the rest of the year, then don't hold back.
Posted by MPStopa at 5/9/2008 10:02:00 PM
Jo-Jo on him in my NL-only league.

Marco Scutaro is probably worth a mention. Mike O'Connor, Chan Ho Park (LA No.5 SP), Jody Gerut whom you mentioned, Greg Reynolds, Scott Feldman, Edwin Jackson...just a few names off the top of my head.
Posted by vtadave at 5/9/2008 10:08:00 PM
Thanks for the feedback Jeff and MPStopa.

As for our league, its a 12 team mixed keeper 5x5 league with 15 hitters and 10 pitchers in starting lineups. 5 bench spots, 3 minor league spots and no DL. Basically every noteworthy prospect is on some team's minor league roster and the best healthy free agents other than those mentioned include Garrett Anderson, Cantu, Mora on the hitting side and Lohse, Wakefield, middle relief on the pitching side.

Because of the setup with minor league rosters, impact prospects are almost never available for bids. If Bourn steals 50 bases, hits .250 and scores a serviceable number of runs, he should be a huge pickup. We have $100 to bid with for the season, bids of $0 allowed, and the high bid to date was $28 on Brian Fuentes, Rauch went for $21.

Posted by obzen at 5/9/2008 10:55:00 PM
Jeff, Ponson is what I meant.
Posted by jhermann at 5/10/2008 12:03:00 AM
Podsednik, Endy Chavez, Gregor Blanco, Manny Burress and Buchholz are some other names that come to mind.
Posted by palagator at 5/10/2008 3:38:00 AM
I agree with Gator....Taylor Buchholz.
Posted by ms141238 at 5/10/2008 3:59:00 AM
We're in a 10 team 4x4 NL-only (AVG, HR, RBI, SB, NetW, Total K's, ERA, Saves), very deep league. Each team carries 23 active and 17 bench players (that's 400 players drafted on draft day), so FA pickings get slim at times. How about: Ricky Nolasco, Juan Cruz, Damaso Marte, Jason Michaels, Cosy Ross. Thanks.
Posted by aac0411 at 5/10/2008 4:17:00 AM
I'd like to hear about Homer Bailey, Headley,Maybin,andy la roche. Any coming soon?
Posted by joey'scookies at 5/10/2008 7:34:00 AM
obzen, I'd go $30 or so.

Jeff, your boy from AL Tout - John Lackey - is back. He's worth discussing for mixed leaguers.
Posted by MPStopa at 5/10/2008 12:25:00 PM
Joey - check out last week's column for Bailey.
Posted by Erickson at 5/10/2008 12:35:00 PM
Ryan Franklin and Russ Springer, the new co-Cardinal closers.
Posted by aac0411 at 5/10/2008 12:36:00 PM
Blaine Boyer? Is he in the mix in ATL?
Posted by obzen at 5/10/2008 2:32:00 PM
Given his track record, an even better typo for Sidney would be "Poison."
Posted by Jaycees67 at 5/10/2008 2:55:00 PM
Has Brandon Boggs been covered? If not, I wouldn't mind him reviewed.
Posted by mr crunch at 5/10/2008 3:08:00 PM
Boyer was discussed last week I believe. I'm a beliver, and I think he's definitely in the mix. Acosta's been struggling (and hasn't been used in save situations twice this month) and Smoltz may or may not get healthy.
Posted by MPStopa at 5/10/2008 3:23:00 PM
Rich Harden
Posted by MPStopa at 5/10/2008 7:50:00 PM
Mr. Crunch - We covered Boggs last week.
Posted by Erickson at 5/10/2008 11:18:00 PM
The Vernon Wells fallout and the Cardinals closer situation
Posted by MPStopa at 5/11/2008 5:36:00 AM
Cody Ross
Posted by MPStopa at 5/11/2008 7:00:00 AM
ozben, Bourn got hot the past few days and is up to 17 steals. I'd go to $35, maybe more. Seriously.
Posted by MPStopa at 5/11/2008 9:43:00 AM
MPStopa, I'm totally with you. I may even go $38 as I read that 37 is a popular choice of random numbers and it's really important for me to win this bid.
Posted by obzen at 5/11/2008 11:24:00 AM
Alexi Casilla.

Anyone with a shot at saves in MIL or STL.
Posted by schoenke at 5/11/2008 11:33:00 AM
NL is posted in the blogs section for now.
Posted by Erickson at 5/11/2008 11:59:00 AM

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