Free Agent Frenzy Update

Here's an update on the Free Agent Frenzy contest.

Current Standings

  1. Real Neal - 66
  2. CincyKid - 56
  3. Jackie T - 53
  4. Tito - 51
  5.  John Beasley - 49
  6. Andrew - 47
  7. Eric - 46
  8. JD- 44
  9. Dejon R. - 42
  10. Carlos  - 41
  11. RW - 41
  12. Rob G. - 39
  13. Tom R. - 35
  14. Ruz - 32
  15. Big Lowitzki - 31
  16. jacos - 31
  17. allinginge - 30
  18. twcoffee - 29
  19. Brian H. - 8

Unfortunately reader "Charlie" had to be disqualified as he doubled up on some confidence levels. Neal with a commanding lead at the moment with 6 correct picks.

Comments

didn't realize it was a minor-league deal, would have been a nice backup to Soto. :)

Rich Hill should love Toronto.

Or Toledo.

Luck is better than skill, as they say. If the current rumors hold true, I am not going to get any more points, though.

if Manny goes back to the Dodgers, it gets very interesting...

if he doesn't retire.

...

...

bwhahahahahha. yeah.

Speaking of Dodger outfielders, they're apparently trying to move Andruw Jones to the Mets.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3798671

I'd love it if Manny gets to be Manny for something like $5 million next year.

the last true "i will have MY way" ballplayer i can remember

...mr. big pants, mr. big mouth, mr. operation shutdown...and currently mr. broke and in/out of jail crackhead...mr. derek bell.

Too bad he isnt left handed. Lou would never go for Manny's right handedness in our outfield.

I still don't get the Angels, I figured my logic on that one was pretty infallible.

Teixiera was going to the East Coast
Rodriguez was going to the Mets
Anderson was going out to pasture
So they should have the money.

Manny wants to play on the Leftist coast and it's a big 'nah nah' to the Dodgers, and it gives them the big bat to protect Vlad.

Instead they re-sign their 5th outfielder and call it an off-season. Maybe it is that Manny has really killed his value with the pouting in Boston. Coming off that second half, you would think that some team would think, "well, we will just keep him happy".

Best player to never win an MVP?

Angels are pretty big on the team concept, they simply just don't like his attitude.

Although Scioscia said he's okay with it, their GM flat out said he'll never be an Angel.

anything beyond a 1-yr deal for him is too risky, he's just as likely to pull the same shit again. 

but yeah, probably is the best player to never win an MVP....can't think of anyone else.

Mel Ott I would say would be better right now and never won one. Maybe Al Simmons, guys like Eddie Mathews, Billy Williams, and Al Kaline never won one either. Buy yeah, Manny is right up there, and easily the best current player (over guys like Sheffield and Thome who have high count stats).

they still got a solid 120m team, imo...and their league is pretty weak. no one from the AL West has stepped up this offseason so far.

they could use a 1st baseman...maybe another reliever.

they got enough power to not add a top notch 1st, but it'd be the easiest point of upgrade. dunno what their $$ situation is, but they lose a LOT of important parts after next year they're gonna have to spend $$ on to replace. they got a good amount of cheap contracts...and that matthews jr. dog of a contract.

Angels are fine, actually need a 3b upgrade more than 1b imo. I think Morales can handle it...offensively at least. Figgins though at 3b is sketchy...should just give the job to Brandon Wood.

Unless Adam Dunn is dead-set on not being a DH, there's they guy they need to bring in. I don't see Boston complaining that Ortiz doesn't play the field much.

it probably would be woods' if he wasn't stuck in the "AAAA zone."

he's still young enough that being in that zone is no biggie, but while he looks like he belongs on the field with his glove it seems he swings a bat like jason dubois. he's still got a lot of time, though. dunno what his swing hole(s) is/are...he just has steady lopsided minor/major K/bb totals.

even if he "only" gets his game in that 150-180K area (which would be pretty bad) he'd still be valuable with his glove/arm at SS/3rd if he can hit 25+ homers.

Babe Ruth was better.

If Andruw Jones goes to the Mets, he'll play RF.

Which would make Ryan Church, a left-handed hitter Hendry has sought before, available.

Hmmmm....

If I were the Mets, I would rather have Ryan Church. He is a better bet to produce right now than Andruw.

starts January 1st...

anyone know the DirecTV Channel?

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2008/12/mlb_net...

Channel 213

"Unfortunately reader "Charlie" had to be disqualified as he doubled up on some confidence levels."

Someday I will actually read directions. Or only get involved in games I understand.

Oh, to be above Rob G.

Johan's mom?

Rob, do you have a relative who's an acupuncturist in Chicago?

Rob G, any relation to Ali G?

no

no, although I do have plenty of relatives in Chicago, but it's a very common Polish last name

G?

Gski

Rob,

Any relation to Kenny G ?

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  • I think Jones held up part of your sentence at third while the rest ran through the sign.

    Jackstraw 27 min 32 sec ago view
  • has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”

    crunch 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • I agree -- I think if you are a soft-tosser, you need a track record before you are taken seriously. If Kyle posts sub-3.00 ERA consistently and wins 15+ games a few times (and pitches more innings), he may have a shot at the award in a few years. Hopefully, he gets in the top 5 this year -- would be deserved and a nice boost for his confidence.

    billybucks 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • It's also possible that the Cubs have no intention of recalling Spencer Patton. Perhaps Maddon has seen enough of him, and Patton will eventually be one of the players cut to make room for others who will be added to the 40 in September.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • I doesn't know what your talking about.

    Sonicwind75 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • Maybe it's to get him some game action. He's only pitched for the Cubs once in the last 10 days. I don't really care much about him going down since he's sucked when up here.

    I really want Rivero to be called up.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • CHITOWNMVP01: It is indeed odd that the Cubs did not just wait one more day to recall LaStella.

    As far as Spencer Patton is concerned...

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • Why didn't they wait until tomorrow to call up TLS? Don't they have to wait 10 days to bring Patton back up now?

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Cubs assigned to Mesa Solar Sox (AFL):

    Victor Caratini, C
    James Farris, RHRP
    Ian Happ, 2B-OF
    Eloy Jimenez, OF
    Ryan McNeil, RHRP
    Steve Perakslis, RHRP
    Duane Underwood Jr, RHSP

    Brian Lawrence, Pitching Coach

    Jimenez, Happ, Caratini and Underwood are among the Cubs Top 10 Prospects, and playing in the AFL should help speed their development.

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 7 min ago view
  • Outstanding.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • So presuming he remains on the MLB Active List for the balance of the MLB regular season, Tommy LaStella will be at 2+102 MLB Service Time at the end of the season, far short of what he would have needed to accrue to have a chance at "Super Two" status post-2016. (Even if he had remained on the MLB Active List for the entire season and finished at 2+124 MLB Service Time, he still would have only been "on the bubble" for possible "Super Two" status post-2016).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • I don't know about the defensive part of the equation, the fact all the Cubs pitchers are so ahead of their FIP makes me think it's a lot more defense than anything special Hendricks is doing.

    Rob G. 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • Thanks, jacos! I love a good Alice Cooper group performance video -- especially when it corresponds with a shrinking, division-clinching magic number!

    JoePepitone 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • TLS up and playing second today. Spencer Patton to Iowa to make room.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • Yeah that article describes what I said in my other post about WAR. BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is a better predictor of future performance.

    I also get what you mean by FIP being independent of luck but my point is all the soft contact Hendricks gives up negates a lot of that luck and defense aspect. In other words I believe he could pitch in front of any defense and have similar #s because for the most part he isn't giving up the screaming liners or hard hit liners to the gap.

    johann 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • Down on the farm:

    "Dealin'" Cease with another good outing for Eugene. Last 4 outings: 16IP, 1ER 29K. But, 10BB. Throw strikes, kid.

    Candelario is killing it at Iowa after struggling at AA: .320/.406/.941 in 241AB. At age 22. Where the heck to put him next year?

    billybucks 5 hours 41 min ago view