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Joe Sheehan shares his thoughts on a number of topics, including Minute Maid Park, Alex Rodriguez and paranoid umpires.
Chris Kahrl examines transactions involving seven teams from June 2-3, 2002.
The First-Year Player Draft concludes today. The annual allocation of teenaged baseball talent is a decidedly inexact science, especially in a year, like this one, with no clear top tier of players.
Just for fun, let’s take a look at the first round of last year’s draft and get an idea of how well that crop is doing.
Every year the shrewdest teams reach into the dollar store bargain bin, hoping to find the mint-condition Boba Fett Blaster (still in its original packaging!). Modest success means finding a warm body who will ensure you don’t have to sign the next Kevin Young to a mega-contract. All it takes is finding a player a hair above replacement level and you’ve done your job while potentially saving a few million bucks in the process.
If you’re really smartï¿½and let’s face it, luckyï¿½you find that rare gem who offers a major improvement over your incumbent. Better still, finding a bargain lets a team use its resources for other needs.
The 10 players below all make $4 million or less this year.
Quotes from May 27-June 2, including quotes about steroids, contraction, the Yankees and more.
Chris Kahrl examines trades involving 11 teams from May 30 to June 1, 2002.
Chris Kahrl analyzes transactions involving 13 teams during May 28-29, 2002.
The Padres aren’t going to win anything without Nevin, so it’s time for them to focus on 2003.
I’m the new owner of the Angels.
Disney kept the team from leaving Anaheim, but their tax break was mostly expended, and running the team took energy the company wanted to spend persecuting peer-to-peer file sharing. The franchise didn’t come cheap, mind you, but I think it will be worth the money. Now, I’m Bud Selig’s worst nightmare, because I’m going to derive millions of dollars through his proposed revenue-sharing plan and field a team that’s going to thrash his precious Brewers for the foreseeable future.