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scstrato

  • joined Mar 18, 2008
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TC Fantasy Baseball Round 6 / Roll Call time

Well I finally managed to wrangle the Beard out of his basement long enough to get the league up and running again. Invites have been sent, but unfortunately some of us do not use valid email...

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OT: Something different, take the quiz!

Ok Braves fans, with the slew of rosterbation floating around on the site, I thought it might be nice to change things up a bit.  A friend and I like to quiz each other about baseball topics every...

Introducing: The Sabermetrics Library

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Ever wonder what wOBA, FIP or BABIP mean? Or even better, how to calculate one of these for your favorite player? Well now you can! Sabermetrics Library Some in the SABR community had been discussing a Sabermetric library even before John Sickels wrote an opinion piece a while back that sparked a TON of discussion. Thanks to Steve Slowinski, with the help of some friends as well, over at DraysBay, we now have a really neat resource to point to for someone who's looking to get a better understanding of Sabermetrics.

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Mark Bradley makes me furious

Good Lord, it never ends with this guy.  Warning, don't click this LINK unless you are prepared to become infuriated! $95 million doesn’t go as far as it did But apparently $45 million does, at...

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The flip-side of the "High Risk / High Reward" philosophy?

Jeff Zimmerman over at Beyond the Boxscore has a couple of really interesting posts up.  The first takes a look at the top 100 players who cost their teams the most money for time on the DL during...

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Soriano trade eligibility if he accepts arb (clarification)

Lots of mis-information floating around out there, so I thought I'd try and clarify.  The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement can be found here (in case you want to read it for yourself).

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Rumor Mill opinion poll

First let me preface this by saying I am usually fairly tough on journalists.  I get extra-ordinarily aggravated at them when they say things like "Garrett Anderson is a good fit for Atlanta" when...

Frank Wren was interviewed this morning by MLB on XMRadio. Thought everyone might like to hear...

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Frank Wren was interviewed this morning by MLB on XMRadio. Thought everyone might like to hear some of his responses: On if there is money left to sign an impact bat: "... Yes, there is money left." He briefly addressed Andruw Jones saying that is something the team will internalize and discuss quite a bit over the next few days. Basically nothing new here except it's clear that Andruw coming back is not a "lock" as some have proposed. He also talked about trade options for acquiring a bat indicating there were 3 or 4 really good players that are available that he is interested in. He also made it very clear the team is going to take their sweet time before making a move. I'm speculating here but obviously Swisher and Nady come to mind, anyone want to guess at the other two?

Cafardo on Lowe, Dunn and Sheets

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The Braves appear to be an "emerging" suitor for Adam Dunn. Granted it's from a Boston sportswriter, so take it with a grain of salt. Ben Sheets is also mentioned, the writer speculating that he and his agents are realizing there is no "big" deal out there for him. Whether this means he's actually on the Braves radar or not I don't know, but I am liking the fact that Sheets name is being linked much more often with the Braves recently. Maybe this will get Frank to at least make a phone call. You will have to back track to page four for the update on Lowe, granted it's not much. He's speculating that all three NL East teams are still in the running, which I can guarantee you is exactly what Boras wanted in the first place. Honestly I wouldn't care if the Braves passed on Lowe and went straight to Sheets considering the potential difference in cost/terms.

Jordan Schafer profiled at Fangraphs

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Peter Bendix compares Jordan Schafer to Grady Sizemore though he does note some differences as well. Nice read, does a good job of putting Schafers '08 stats in perspective. Love the closing paragraph ... "Schafer is still young and may struggle in his first taste of the big leagues. Don’t expect him to storm into the majors like Jay Bruce did last year. However, if Schafer gets 300 at bats, he could hit 10 homers and steal 10 bases, while scoring and driving in a fair amount of runs and hitting .250 or so. There is some value in a player like that, especially a mid-season waiver-wire pickup. Schafer’s long-term star is very, very bright, but his 2009 may be somewhat of a disappointment."

Pettitte over Sheets?

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River Ave. Blues has a new entry that agrees with a Newsday article (full article) on why Cashman and Co. now prefer to sign Pettitte over Ben Sheets. It seems Sheets and his agent just lost a bunch of negotiating leverage. The poster wonders what this will do to the market for Sheets. It leaves me wondering IF there is a market for Sheets now. Note to FW - would it really hurt to offer a low-ball type contract? If the market really has disappeared maybe he might accept. There is always the possibility that the Brewers pony up the cash, but we have no chance if you don't try!

Axelrod pissed, Peavy Dismayed

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Absolutely love this article. This proves that Towers totally botched it, Peavy has no clue and Axelrod is a whiner! My guess is Peavy gets stuck with SD and falls deeper into depression (if only he and his agent had played along instead of trying to control things). Axelrod will continue his whining, at least until the trading deadline. AND Towers will now have a permanent scar (Moores boot half way up his ass!).

A month ago the Braves were willing to provide the Padres with a package highlighted by Escobar. ...

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A month ago the Braves were willing to provide the Padres with a package highlighted by Escobar. But because they used Brent Lillibridge to acquire Javier Vazquez last week, they no longer are willing to entertain thoughts of dealing Escobar, who one veteran Braves player considers, "the best shortstop in the National League."

http://hotstove.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/12/braves_still_not_ready_to_revi.html Bowman basically says the Padres would have to initiate talks in order for them to even consider trading for Peavy. Even then they would not be willing to include Escobar. If this is true I'm back on the "Get Peavy" bandwagon.

CC Sabathia is not going to play on the West Coast. He is not going to play in the National League....

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CC Sabathia is not going to play on the West Coast. He is not going to play in the National League. CC Sabathia is going to be a Yankee, The Post has learned exclusively.

Joel Sherman | New York Post This may be good news or bad news depending upon your desire for A.J. Burnett to pitch for the Braves. Either way, I believe this will keep the Yankees from over bidding for his services.
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What if the dominos fall just right?

Fangraphs has an article up regarding a potential 2009 Braves rotation.  Marc Hulet does a lot of speculating, the signing of Burnett / Smoltz returning to the rotation / Glavine not being...

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Update: Hanson/Schafer/Heyward off limits?

Hat tip to NEBravesFan33 for the link. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3659970 FW has apparently sent an email to the associated press debunking "most" of the rumors that have been...

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Yep, he said it ...

Or wrote it actually.  From Mark Bowman, Braves beat writer for MLB.com " During the Arizona Fall League last year, Jordan Schafer legitimized himself as a top pitching prospect". Link to the...

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Pure Speculation ...

I just finished reading a handful of articles that appear to be lending credibility to a KC/ATL trade (see title!).  So, I thought I'd put MY spin on a potential trade.  First this: h...

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Media outlets reporting done deal!

Tex for Kotchman and Marek Here's what Sickels recently said about Marek: 9) Stephen Marek, RHP, Grade C+ 3.66 ERA with 57/21 K/BB in 47 innings for Arkansas, doing well in a relief role...

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Decision Weekend over

and we floundered. So, let's take a poll. filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler...

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Ryan Kalish - RF Greenville Drive

A friend of mine scored club level seats to the Greenville Drive at Asheville Tourists game last night. "Club level" is basically nothing more than a bar area directly across from right field. I...

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Slightly OT: 1st year players

Does anyone know of a website/source where I can get a list of 2007 first year players?  I'm not looking for a rookie list per se, some rookies have had previous experience in the majors, I only...

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1st year player concerns

OK guys, i'm looking for some help regarding a few players who are in their first year of MLB service.  I've been asking myself these questions for the last couple of weeks and I'd like the...

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List your comparables

I play in a 20 team strat-o-matic league (replay) and I project to have the first two picks in the rookie draft next year.  Our rookie list is comprised of all first year players (first year of MLB...

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Boycott! Wanna join?

I'm sure we've all wanted to "vent" our frustrations over the recent information regarding MLB granting exclusivity over out of market games to DirectTV.  So, thanks to John D. at CNNSI, we can now...

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Dustin McGowan

I took this excerpt from an article by the Jays beat writer.  How many of you think the Jays actually gave McGowan a fair chance to prove himself this year?"McGowan wants to start and Toronto has...

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Off topic ... Gold Glove travesties?

In know this is a site for prospects, but we have a TON of very knowledgeable baseball folks in this forum and I would love some opinions on the Gold Glove awards.  Specifically, what is the...

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How about a mid-season ROY award discussion?

With Six rookie pitchers dealing tonight, it got me to thinking about who the leading ROY candidates are.  So, I'd like to make this a two part(er). If the season ended today, who is your choice...

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Angel Guzman???

I am not looking to jump on the "Bash Dusty" bandwagon for how he handles pitchers, but is he really keeping Angel Guzman in the big leagues to be his "long man" and pitch once in a while?  Have...

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