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I will say that the integration of the PECOTA cards is pretty outstanding. Definitely surpassed expectations.
Unfortunately, they are just a shiny play toy until something is done about the actual information.
I just have a hard time envisioning Mark Teixeira not being an elite fantasy 1B this season. He's been one each of the last 2 seasons at the very least and, unless this is a keeper league I guess, strikes me as an equal option to Miguel Cabrera.
Interesting that Jennings already rates ahead of Price on the Under-25 list. I feel like, in the prospect world, there's a tendency to overrate players who haven't been exposed to the big leagues yet. I am fully on board with the idea that Jennings has the potential to be an impact player, but Price was one of the truly elite prospects in the game at this time last year and, while he was not perfect, flashed exactly the type of stuff expected of him. Now he's behind Jennings? Seems off to me.
I'm not saying that you should be unconditionally satisfied, and there's nothing wrong with providing feedback to the BP decision makers. But to try and suggest that you aren't getting your $40 worth based on what is provided by the site right now is insane.
My goodness. I think people need to remember that we're paying under $40 a year for this site. We're paying like $3 a month. Something like 10 cents a day. While seeing Joe Sheehan leave is genuinely disappointing, I think people need to take a step back and realize that, while Fangraphs, etc is a great value for $0, Baseball Prospectus continues to be a great value for 10 cents a day.
" I have wavered on the Hawk throughout his nine years on the ballot. Some years, I see a Hall of Famer. Other years, I don't. In 2009, he looks like someone deserving of Cooperstown with eight Gold Gloves, eight All-Star Game appearances, 438 home runs, and 314 steals."
Great analysis. Please, tell me more about how Dawson "feels" to you this year.
I'm all for different opinions on the site, but I stopped reading after Raines was "dismissed" and Don Mattingly made the next cut.
Nothing like dealing your ace to clear payroll so that you can go out and get...Troy Glaus.
It really realistic to refer to Josh Johnson as someone who might have been non-tendered? C'mon.
That suggested package for Greinke is absolutely laughable.
Your depiction of Bradley's season [production] is far too positive. No, he shouldn't have been expected to produce at last year's clip. But to try and defend his performance this season as being valuable to the Cubs is off base.
A potential above-average big league 3B with many years of service time still to be exploited. And that's George Sherrill.
5 starters better than Kazmir and 2 more coming? Who are the 5 currently on the roster? I have a hard time imagining Andy Sonnanstine fits that profile.
If the Indians were to put Victor Martinez on the block, I would imagine they'd get more than Angel Villalona back in return. Not to mention, that's more or less the exact type of prospect the Indians shouldn't target - a slugging corner player - considering that's mostly what they already have.
Why would the money owed to Youkilis, Pedroia or Lester be considered unmovable? Any team in baseball would acquire any one of those 3, money included, in a heartbeat.
For someone who agrees with Sheehan on a vast majority of topics, some of these All-Star picks are just mind boggling. Choices just to make a point?
There's an entertaining segment of Philip Roth's "The Great American Novel" that deals with this topic. Funny book overall, too.
That Alex Rodriguez projection is guaranteed to be low. What is the justification there? An all time great expected to drop off noticeably?
OK, so basically we don\'t have any sort of explanation for this radical adjustment?
I was going to post a comment along the same lines. I\'m constantly citing WARP as a top-notch statistic. How can I continue to cite it with any authority whatsoever if a legitimately great season (13.1 WARP) has now been reduced to 5.6? How can any system be THAT FAR OFF in judging the value of a season? And what type of changes would provoke such a drastic reduction?
It\'s all about \'what have you done lately\'; these teams know they can get away with offering Sheets less because of the perception of him AT THE MOMENT. Burnett, though, is fresh off a fully-healthy season and is clearly capitalizing on such.
The Cleveland Indians. Several persistent areas need to be addressed, what to do with the bullpen, team stuck in the middle, etc. Thanks.
Anaheim, 6/165, 12/10
Pretty on-point first guess if you ask me.
Is that really your line of thinking, or are you posting to be contrarian? You don\'t see Pujols\' value? Strikeouts being overrated as an out aside, the difference between Pujols and Howard is that Pujols takes a good chunk of those strikeouts and turns them into hits and walks. How hard is it to understand? Are all players on non-playoff teams completely devoid of value? Does that make logical sense to you?
You guys are reading too much into this. Is there a more objective way to do it? Sure. Is it enjoyable to read something with a twist, something with a different angle like this? I think so. To suggest that its mindless because Sheehan and Jaffe decided to have a little fun seems a bit over the top.
What is the rationale behind the BP Playoff Odds Report saying the Phils have the \"edge\", however small it may be? My initial thought was that because they played in the harder league, had a better record and have home field advantage, the Rays would have been favored.
I am actively rooting for the Rays in this game for the simple fact that, if they lose, all we\'ll hear about is how they choked and/or blew it. A majority of the story - their remarkable run to an AL East title - will be drowned out in a sea of Maddon criticisms and \"inexperience\" cliches. Go Rays.
It really is shocking how under-appreciated Chase Utley is, even in Philadelphia. I have a number of friends who are Phillies fans and even they overlook him, tending to focus on Howard\'s production or Rollins\' grittiness and leadership.
I also thought it was odd when shortly after Utley turned that double play, McCarver went out of his way to make the point that the \"catch\" aspect of the DP was \"nothing special\", then going on to say that the lunge to second base was quality. Seems like an odd thing to insist on pointing out, especially considering just how crucial the play was.
To diverge a bit..
I remember prior to this current fantasy baseball season, I was talking to someone who didn\'t own Hanley Ramirez but was clearly bitter about it. He was trying to find a chink in Ramirez\'s armor and he mentioned that his stats would go down because he wouldn\'t have Miguel Cabrera in the lineup.