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.

don't sound right...

BR.com says he made the 7th inning 13 times last year with 54 PA's against and 15 H and 2 BB's.

Made the 8th inning, 4 times, the 9th once (his only CG)

the CG would be 9 outs right there...

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.

 

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

Abreu Yankees 8

Bradley Toronto 9

Burnett Baltimore 13

Burrell Philadelphia 14

Dempster Cubs 7

Dunn Cubs 2

Furcal Atlanta 6

Lowe Yankees 4

Perez Dodgers 1

Ramirez Dodgers 3

Rodriguez Mets 10

Sabathia Yankees 15

Sheets Milwaukee 5

Teixeira Washington 12

Wood Cubs 11

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 5 hours 28 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 5 hours 37 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 6 hours 1 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 6 hours 37 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 6 hours 54 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 6 hours 56 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 7 hours 14 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 8 hours 17 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 8 hours 35 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 8 hours 39 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 9 hours 49 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 10 hours 28 min ago view