TCR's Free Agent Frenzy Contest 2008

Time for another shot at wonderful prizes with the TCR Free Agent Frenzy Contest. MLB.com actually runs it and we just piggyback off of them, but it's been great fun. The prize this year for first place is a brand new copy of Cait Murphy's Crazy '08, which I know Dr. Hecht strongly endorses.

We've upscaled it this year and you can enter your choices by filling in this survey. A few things to note, it's limited to 100 responses although we've never had more than that. Second, it won't double check your work so if you put the same confidence level on two players, your ballot will be thrown out. If you wish, feel free to put your choices in the comments as well for a backup and so we can all mock you.

Best of luck...

Comments

I don't think I've ever done particuarly well at this contest, but this year seems very hard - maybe that bodes well for my guesses. Abreu - Atlanta 2 Bradley - Mess 3 Burnett Yankees 5 Burrell Toronto 4 Dempster Cubs! 8 Dunn Giants 1 Furcal Dodgers 13 Lowe Dodgers 9 Perez Boston 6 Ramirez Angels 10 Rodriguez Mess 14 Sabathia Yankees 15 Sheets Baltimorians 7 Teixeira Yankees 11 Wood Cubs! 12

Abreu - Dodgers 3 Bradley - Yankees 2 Burnett - Blue Jays 9 Burrell - Braves 1 Dempster - Cubs 10 Dunn - Nationals 7 Furcal - Dodgers 14 Lowe - Braves 6 Perez - Cardinals 4 Ramirez - Dodgers 15 Rodriguez - Mets 11 Sabathia - Yankees 12 Sheets - Mets 5 Texeira - Angels 8 Wood - Cubs 13

Abreu Yankees 13 Bradley Mets 1 Burnett Yankees 14 Burrell Mets 4 Dempster Cubs 15 Dunn Indians 2 Furcal Dodgers 9 Lowe Yankees 6 Perez Cardinals 3 Ramirez Dodgers 7 Rodriguez Mets 11 Sabathia Dodgers 8 Sheets Brewers 5 Teixiera Angels 10 Wood Cubs 12

Got to love this stat---tonight in Ven. Rich Hill has 6 walks in 2 innings

ugg...that would be 2 bad outtings in a row for him.

Final line for Hill tonight---4ip-1h-1r-6bb-1k

Rich is going down his last name in a hurry.

Abreu Braves 3 Bradley BJays 1 Burnett Yankees 8 Burrell Giants 4 Dempster Cubs 15 Dunn Nationals 10 Furcal Dodgers 11 Lowe Red Sox 5 Perez Brew Crew 2 Ramirez Dodgers 12 Rodriguez Mets 9 Sabathia Angels 7 Sheets Mets 6 Teixiera Yankees 13 Wood Cubs 14

I read somewhere that the Nationals wanted defensive minded players, and would think that they wouldn't want Dunn because of that - but I guess there is a Bowden connection there? I really had trouble thinking of a team that would want Dunn - the Mets may have been a better guess than what I had. I think the Mets, the Giants, the Jays, the Braves and the Angels are all going to look to come out of this post-season with a big corner outfield bat.

According to Rotoworld, Rosenthal thinks the Cubs are now the most likely team to acquire Peavy--leaping ahead of the Braves. God I hope this either gets done or dies. I'm not up for another offseason of the same rumor over and over.

Agreed. I'd love to see Peavy in Chicago, don't get me wrong. But I did hear on ESPN or somewhere that he's allegedly only gotten about 15 outs after the 6th inning over the last 2 years. Am I making this up or does anyone else sit with Sportscenter on in the background perpetually and hear this too? Just means we'd need to make sure the bullpen is well rested when he pitches, I guess.

<p> don't sound right... </p> <p> BR.com says he made the 7th inning 13 times last year with 54 PA's against and 15 H and 2 BB's. </p> <p> Made the 8th inning, 4 times, the 9th once (his only CG) </p> <p> the CG would be 9 outs right there... </p> <p> in 2007, he made the 7th inning 24 times with  99 PA's against, 19 H, 12 BB's, 2 HBP, made the 8th inning just once. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p>

That makes more sense, like I said I was half-listening and then heard that. Plus it's ESPN. I'm still not convinced they didn't *say* it. Thanks.

I'll have the Fish Frenzy.

Abreu Braves 4 Bradley Reds 1 Burnett Braves 5 Burrell Phils 15 Dempster Nats 2 Dunn Tribe 3 Furcal Cubs 6 Lowe Yanks 12 Perez Cards 8 Ramirez Dodgers 13 K-rod Mets 14 CC Brewers 7 Sheets Astros 9 Tex Yanks 11 Wood Rangers 10 * for some reason I cant remember 6-12 so its my best guess what I put down

<p> Abreu Yankees 8 </p> <p> Bradley Toronto 9 </p> <p> Burnett Baltimore 13 </p> <p> Burrell Philadelphia 14 </p> <p> Dempster Cubs 7 </p> <p> Dunn Cubs 2 </p> <p> Furcal Atlanta 6 </p> <p> Lowe Yankees 4 </p> <p> Perez Dodgers 1 </p> <p> Ramirez Dodgers 3 </p> <p> Rodriguez Mets 10 </p> <p> Sabathia Yankees 15 </p> <p> Sheets Milwaukee 5 </p> <p> Teixeira Washington 12 </p> <p> Wood Cubs 11 </p>

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