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March 14, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Auction Values: Third Edition

9

Mike Gianella

In advance of his foray into Tout Wars, Mike explains how he'd adjust his values for OBP leagues and unveils this week's update.

In eight days, I’ll be participating in my fifth Tout Wars expert league auction (on the National League side of the fence). However, this will be the first year we will be using on-base percentage—instead of batting average—as a category.

The attached spreadsheet offers my adjusted bid values for on base percentage leagues. More than the changes, what will probably jump out to readers is how few players’ values changed in both leagues. Forty-five NL hitters saw a change in value, while 38 AL hitters were moved up or down. Given that 125 AL hitters and 118 NL hitters saw a value change of $1 or more in 2013, shouldn’t there be more fluctuation in my bid limits for OBP?

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The tater trots from April 25: a great Luis Valbuena quote, a bomb from Goldschmidt, Big Papi goes back to his old ways and Francisco Cervelli keeps his torrid pace up.

Nothing pleases me more than checking the box scores and seeing that David Ortiz has hit a home run. It's a glorious thing to have him back in our life, hitting dingers and trotting the bases.

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The tater trots for April 22: big time celebrations from Robinson Cano and Luis Valbuena, remarkable consistency from Ryan Roberts.

Let's get right to the trots!

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July 3, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/3/12

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Michael Street

Jim Thome’s return to the American League leads the new VPs this week as the All-Star break looms ahead.

We’re almost to the traditional midway point of the season, and Value Picks has already alerted you to early-season bargains like Adam LaRoche, Chris Davis, Will Middlebrooks, Matt Carpenter, and Todd Frazier. As the teams meet their own midway points and decide on their near- and long-term futures, we could see more high-profile call-ups like the departing Anthony Rizzo or trades like the one that brought Jim Thome back to the American League. Stay tuned to Value Picks for all the latest developments to keep your fantasy team ahead of the pack!

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June 19, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 6/18/12

2

Michael Street

With solid replacement options dwindling, most of Michael’s Value Picks stick around, but several are in their final weeks on the list.

June is a tough month for waiver-wire pickups; all the early bargains are long gone, starting positions have largely solidified, and most of this season’s call-ups haven’t yet begun to arrive. That means even more patience is required from fantasy players, a virtue that paid off for owners of one VP this week and a lesson to those who are ready to drop a talented hitter after a prolonged cold spell. Patience can make for some nail-biting weeks and short-term statistical swoons, but it’s always good to remember the baseball cliché that the season is a marathon, not a sprint.

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April 5, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Getting Caught Up Before Opening Day

3

R.J. Anderson

Jonathon Niese joins the parade of extensions.

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April 6, 2010 2:13 pm

Transaction Action: AL Roster Cleanup

12

Christina Kahrl

A rundown on all the Opening Day decisions in the junior circuit.

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Purchased the contract of 4C-R Robb Quinlan from Salt Lake (Triple-A); placed LHP Scott Kazmir on the 15-day DL (hamstring), retroactive to 3/31; placed RHP Anthony Ortega (triceps) and OF-S Reggie Willits (hamstring) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to 3/30; placed OF-R Chris Pettit on the 15-day DL (labrum), retroactive to 3/26; optioned C-R Ryan Budde and CF-R Peter Bourjos to Salt Lake. [4/3]
Designated C-R Ryan Budde for assignment. [4/5]

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March 30, 2010 9:13 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop

3

Michael Jong

Michael Jong covers the catchers in Boston and St. Louis, along with the second basemen competing in Cleveland.

It seems the plight of Mike Lowell is affecting more than just the third base position. The inability to trade Lowell has forced the Red Sox to play him as a backup corner infielder. This saps the playing time that generally would go to starting catcher Victor Martinez, who usually backs up first base on his catching off-days. This practice has helped keep Martinez healthy and playing; Martinez has gathered 600+ PA in four out of the last five seasons. Heater expert Evan Brunell expects Martinez to pick up that slack playing more behind the plate at the expense of the husk of Jason Varitek. However, there is a risk with this move: Will Carroll mentioned in Boston's Team Health Report that Martinez' injury risk (he stands at "yellow" as of the report) is tied to his playing time behind the plate. Increased catching time may haunt the Red Sox, Martinez, and his fantasy owners.

While a big part of Martinez's appeal is his longevity, another major aspect is that he's just a good hitter. Outside of an injury-riddled 2008 season, Martinez has been consistently among the best offensive options at catcher. You can pretty much count on him posting an average around .300 because he is excellent at avoiding strikeouts; since 2004, Martinez boasts a superb 88.9 percent contact rate. PECOTA's 50th percentile projection of .286 is fair, but don't be surprised if he once again tops .300, as the 60th percentile on up has him hitting that mark. Martinez does not boast the best power, as his "Bash" (TB/H) are about average for a catcher. However, hitting cleanup OBP machines like Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia should generate excellent RBI numbers. Martinez has reached 20+ homers four times in his career, but he is more of a ground ball hitter and will only reach that mark if he gets his maximum playing time as shown here. Varitek has shown little appeal for two seasons now, and PECOTA does not expect much change. Unless he begins starting regularly, you should avoid him.

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June 23, 2009 8:25 pm

Transaction Analysis: Moves and Grooves

14

Christina Kahrl

With special attention to the Mets' predicament, covering the latest transactions from the Easts and Centrals.

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May 11, 2009 1:18 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL Central Update

6

Christina Kahrl

Closers closing down, prospects not playing, lineup frustrations, bullpens imploding, a fundamental lack of fundamentals, and other inland disasters.

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An entirely Beane-free threesome makes big noise in Seattle and New York, but the impact in Cleveland might be almost as major.

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September 14, 2008 4:18 pm

Transaction Analysis: West by Central

7

Christina Kahrl

Call-ups and moves from the AL West and Central Divisions, with some especially busy reshuffling for the White Sox.

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