November 2009

411 Blog Recap (11/30)

Hey guys,

In this age of constant weight watching and rigid dietary programs, Thanksgiving is one of the few days of the year in which overeating is actually encouraged.  Hope you all took advantage and thoroughly enjoyed your long weekend.

Now back to the business of baseball.  We’ve already heard plenty of free agent signing and trade rumors, but with the Winter Meetings starting up next week, the Hot Stove only figures to get hotter.  On today’s podcast, Mike and Cory will discuss the latest rumors surrounding Derek Lowe (possible trade?) and Matt Holliday while also taking a closer look at the 2010 List of 12, which happens to include 23 names!

And in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest blog content:

411 Question of the Week: Examining Early ADP Rankings

Schwartz on how he won his NFBC league

Siano on how he almost won AL Tout

And lastly, the links to the 411 podcast pages on iTunes:

Fantasy 411 Audio Podcast

Fantasy 411 Video Podcast

By the way, I love how it’s considered breaking news that Roy Halladay would waive his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees.  Really? 

-Zach

***Follow us on Twitter @fantasy411, @schwartzstops, @fantasymlb

411 Question of the Week (11/25)


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Which
one offensive player on this early Top 25 ADP list from Mock Draft Central do
you think is ranked too high?

 

1)Albert Pujols

32 / 32

2)Hanley Ramirez

32 / 32

3)Alex Rodriguez

32 / 32

4)Mark Teixeira

32 / 32

5)Chase Utley

32 / 32

6)Ryan Braun

32 / 32

7)Matt Kemp

32 / 32

8)Miguel Cabrera

32 / 32

9)Prince Fielder

32 / 32

10)Ryan Howard

32 / 32

11)Evan Longoria

32 / 32

12)Tim Lincecum

32 / 32

13)David Wright

32 / 32

14)Joe Mauer

32 / 32

15)Carl Crawford

32 / 32

16)Ian Kinsler

32 / 32

17)Jacoby Ellsbury

32 / 32

18)Mark Reynolds

32 / 32

19)Troy
Tulowitzki

32 / 32

20)Jason
Bay

32 / 32

21)Jimmy Rollins

32 / 32

22)Jose Reyes

32 / 32

23)Victor Martinez

32 / 32

24)Grady Sizemore

32 / 32

25)Joey Votto

 
As fine a season as Victor
Martinez had, 23rd overall clearly seems overaggressive to me. If he matches
every one of his career highs next season in the basic 5×5 categories, he’ll
hit .316-25-114 with 88 runs and only one steal, exceptional numbers for a
catcher. However, he’ll still be a 31-year-old catcher who doesn’t steal, and
if he only produces, say, 80 percent of those stats, a .295-20-85 season with
80 runs is simply not worth a second round pick in a mixed format. Brian McCann
typically went in the fourth or fifth rounds of most drafts this year and posted
similar numbers, so that’s where V-Mart should be drafted next year, not in the
late second round.


-Cory


With my
second pick in a 12 team league, I just don’t see myself pulling the trigger on
Mark Reynolds. He had an unbelievable 2009, hitting 44 homers and stealing 24
bases, but how is this not a career year? Reynolds was able to get away with
not caring about his epic strikeout totals, but he is allowing himself little
room for error and can easily “go back” to Mark Reynolds 2008 (30 HR 100 RBI 10
SB), which is fine but not second round value. I’ll pass and take Zimmerman,
Sandoval or Ian Stewart later on if I don’t get A-Rod or Longoria in the first
round.


-Siano


As
much as I like Mark Teixeira and appreciate his consistency (six straight
seasons of at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs), I’m not drafting him fourth
overall. He’s not a five-category guy and plays at an offensively stacked first
base position. Grabbing Tex
with a late-first round pick is fine, but in this spot I’ll take Utley or Kemp,
both elite across the board producers, and wait a little longer before
addressing first base. Give me Justin Morneau, Adrian Gonzalez or even Kevin Youkilis
a couple rounds later and I’d be good to go.

-Zach

***Let’s hear your thoughts. Who would you drop down on this list?

411 Blog Recap

Hey guys,

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday and await the MVP award announcements, here’s a look back at last week’s blog content:

Schwartz on how he won his NFBC league

Siano on how he almost won AL Tout

411 Question of the Week

And of course, the 2010 List of 12

Don’t forget about the 411 podcasts every Monday and Thursday throughout the offseason.  Here are the links to the audio and video podcast pages on iTunes:

Fantasy 411 Audio Podcast

Fantasy 411 Video Podcast

Last but certainly not least, continue to follow us on Twitter @fantasy411, @schwartzstops, @fantasymlb

Keep the questions coming and feel free to chime in on our question of the week.

-Zach

411 Question of the Week

What was the biggest strategic draft mistake you made last year with one
of your teams that you vow to not make again in 2010?

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 I was too quick to abandon my Tout Wars draft plan and budget when I
started seeing some top-shelf players go for what I felt was a discounted
price. I ended up taking Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun at what I felt were
discounts, but still at prices that didn’t fit my original budget, and that
caused a ripple effect that ultimately resulted in a stars-and-scrubs roster.
Both players earned their money but I wasn’t prepared to build around them, so
next year I’ll make sure to stick more closely to my original plan, even if it
means not doing as much price enforcing. 


-Cory

Smoltz_roundtable.jpgDrafting too many
injured pitchers: I outsmarted myself in AL Tout this year on draft day by
getting Ervin Santana, John Smoltz and Dustin McGowan. The total cost was only
$17 for the three ($11, $6 and RES) and I was able to trade Smoltz before he
pitched an inning for me for Saltalamacchia (bust for both sides). But I went
to the well on this once or twice too many and it hurt my flexibility on draft
day. That $11 or $6 towards a better bat may have made the difference between
2nd and 1st. We’ll never know.


-Siano

Beltran_roundtable.jpgI was simply too conservative in my NL-Only auction bidding which
resulted in a team comprised of several great value picks but lacked star
players. When my lone legitimate star, Carlos Beltran, went down due to injury
my hopes of winning a title were crushed. It turned out that I did an
outstanding job in pitchers, drafting Wandy Rodriguez ($8), Ted Lilly ($13),
John Lannan ($2) and second half stud Bronson Arroyo ($4) for a combined $27. I
surely could have used the money I saved there to snag at least one additional
big bat. Left with a sub-par offense highlighted by Brad Hawpe, Adam LaRoche,
Rafael Furcal, Chase Headley and Kosuke Fukudome, I finished middle of the
pack. Next year will be different.


-Zach

 

***We want to hear from you.  What were your biggest draft day blunders?

NL Cy Young Debate

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Zach here,

The NL Cy Young award announcement is about an hour away and there is little doubt that one of either Adam Wainwright, Tim Lincecum or Chris Carpenter will be taking home the hardware.  Each voter has slightly different criteria in determining the winner but in a purely statistical sense here’s how it breaks down:

Wainwright:  Led NL in Wins (19), 4th in ERA
(2.63), 4th in Strikeouts (212) 

 Lincecum:  Tied for 4th in NL in Wins (15), 2nd in ERA (2.48), 1st in Strikeouts (261)

 Carpenter:  2nd
in NL in Wins (17), 1st in ERA (2.24), 27th in Strikeouts
(144)

Lincecum, with an average standing of 2.33, wins this battle over Wainwright (3) and Carpenter (10).  But the reality is that the Baseball Writers of America are not statisticians, and Wins has historically been weighted more heavily than the other two Triple Crown stats (Think Bartolo Colon 2005).  Unlike the MVP award, team success is not factored into the Cy Young decision, so I say Lincecum deserves it.  But don’t be surprised if Wainwright’s considerable edge in victories winds up being the determining factor.  Just how many of these voters have listened to the 411?  Not enough.  Don’t chase wins!

On today’s podcast, the guys will discuss the 2010 fantasy values of all the Cy Young contenders.

NFBC recap… Yoo-Hoo shower!

I’ve been eager to write this blog post for a long, long time, but only finally found the time to do it. This year was my 19th of fantasy baseball, and I’ve won my fair share of leagues since then, but none was as satisfying as winning my 15-team mixed NFBC league this year, and coming in fifth in the country (out of 390) for good measure.

 

Some 411 fans may recall that I took a good deal of grief on this blog following my draft, and I felt there were at least one or two other teams in my league that were better than mine on paper, so winning the league after a very tight September pennant race did provide great feelings of relief and vindication. I was so psyched to win that I actually did a traditional Yoo-Hoo shower for the first time in years!

 

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So how did it all happen? I’m not going to deny it, there was some luck involved. My team stayed extremely healthy, with Edwin Encarnacion the only one of my core players to miss any significant length of time due to injury; Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Iannetta and Joe Saunders were the only others to spend any time at all on DL. But for the most part it was a classic 411 draft approach complemented by some well-chosen and timely free agent pickups…

 

Have a plan and stick to it

I used my own projections and my own rankings and generally tried to take players when I thought they were the best available, rather than trying to project who might last until later picks. (The few times I tried to time picks, I lost them… if there’s a guy you want who you think can help your team, get him.) I targeted hitters who were at or near their peak ages, even if it meant “reaching” at times, and ended up with 11 of my 14 starting lineup bats between the ages of 24 and 29. That approach helped yield not only second-round monster Prince Fielder (below, who I had targeted with that pick going into the draft), but late-round offensive anchors Jason Kubel and Cody Ross, and contributors like B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino and Adam LaRoche, as well as the catcher tandem of Russell Martin and Iannetta.

 

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While I didn’t draft a perfect team, I was mostly able to execute my pre-draft plan and come out with a reasonable balance of all categories, and enough depth and flexibility that I could overcome whatever weaknesses existed. In fact, of my first 22 picks, only Alexi Casilla and would-be third closer Manny Corpas failed to make any contribution, and they were easily replaced.

 

You can’t win your league in the first round, but you can lose it

Upton was a major disappointment in the first round, but in hindsight, there’s no one else I could’ve reasonably taken at that point who would’ve done much more. Matt Holliday went with the next pick but was viewed as a major risk and, given his performance before being traded to the Cardinals, rightly so. Big names Josh Hamilton, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano all missed major time due to injuries. There were players who performed better than Upton who went with later picks, but at the time, there wasn’t another player on the board who I could’ve picked there and had it been viewed as any less of a reach. In any case, Upton‘s 41 steals led my team, and his cycle against the Yankees on the last Friday of the season was a big part of the strong finish that helped me win the league.

 

Pursue position scarcity

My goal was to have a dominant catcher tandem, but Martin was a letdown in the third round, and for that matter so was eighth rounder Iannetta. (Even worse, Jayson Werth went with the very next pick after Iannetta, but I already had Upton and Victorino and did not want to load up outfield that early.) However, I did get a combined 22 homers, 102 RBI’s, 103 runs and 11 steals from the pair; that run production was mid-pack in my league at the position but only one other team got more steals from their backstops. Add in sixth round stud Derek Jeter and I used three of my first eight picks on up-the-middle players.

 

Don’t chase starting pitching

I opened my draft with seven bats and two closers, only opting for my first starter in the 10th round, then taking three more in a row with my next three picks. Wandy Rodriguez (below) was the only List of 12 guy I was able to grab, and he matured into the bargain ace I had hoped for, but I also took four more young and improving starters who, coincidentally, are all on the List of 12 for 2010: Ricky Nolasco, Matt Garza, Jered Weaver and Saunders. In fact, an incredible run of solid starters went off the board following my first starter, including Josh Johnson, Adam Wainwright, John Danks, Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly, Scott Baker and even Justin Verlander. Folks, you simply do NOT need to draft an elite ace to build an excellent starting rotation.

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Build around your bullpen

Knowing that I was going to wait as long as possible before picking starters, I wanted to grab two high-strikeout stud closers in the first six or seven picks, and couldn’t have asked for anything better than to have Joe Nathan and Jonathan Broxton available when I picked in the fifth and seventh rounds. Those two and free agent steal Andrew Bailey (more on him later) combined for a dozen wins and 109 saves, with an incredible 274 strikeouts in 210.1 innings and an even more amazing 2.22 ERA and 0.94 (!) WHIP. I made a big investment in my bullpen and, as much as any other reason, that helped me win my league.

 

(As an aside, note that of the first nine closers taken in this draft, only Brad Lidge failed to post a season that would at least be called “OK.” Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes, Jose Valverde and Joakim Soria all had their flaws, but for the most part, the top shelf delivered. As noted in previous blogs, this is to be expected.)

 

Roster spots have value

None of my reserve round picks turned out to be worth much, although Matt LaPorta and Justin Masterson did find their way onto my second half roster, and David Aardsma was a 27th round lottery ticket jackpot. Yes, I cut Aardsma before the season even started, when Brandon Morrow was named the closer, but I don’t feel too bad about that because I got Bailey only a few weeks later! From that point forward I pursued free agents with a specific purpose in mind, even if it meant stashing them on my bench waiting for the proper moment to emerge to put them in my lineup. And when they were no longer needed I did my best to stay objective and move on in favor of players who had a better chance to help.

 

I ended up using 29 hitters and 21 pitchers over the course of the season, maximizing my at-bats and innings each week as fully as possible. And with a deep, flexible set of choices on my bench in any given week, I got timely contributions throughout the season from guys like Gary Sheffield, Kyle Blanks, Michael Brantley, Aaron Laffey… and yes, even Carl Pavano!

 

Be aggressive in free agency

If my draft put me in a position to compete, it was my success in finding key free agent additions throughout the season that truly put in a position to win the league.

 

Russell Branyan, Edwin Jackson and Joel Pineiro were early pickups who provided dividends all year long; Branyan finished second on my team in homers, while Jackson and Pineiro combined with my drafted starters to form a deep and consistent rotation corps. By late April I picked up Bailey, grabbing him before he earned the closer job, and he went on to combine with Broxton and Nathan to form an awesome bullpen that was the backbone of my pitching staff. Chris Coghlan (below) arrived at the perfect time to replace Casilla as my second baseman, and Carlos Gonzalez also provided a major offensive lift in the second half. Picking up Juan Uribe in September to replace the injured Branyan was my final major free agent move. All of these players ended up playing pivotal roles in my success, but just as importantly as player selection was money management.

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(I got both rookies of the year in free agency! Take that, Wieters and Price!)

 

Each NFBC team gets a $1000 free agent budget and bids on free agents in weekly blind bidding. There is no Vickrey here… the highest bid gets the player at that price, with no refunds, which requires carefully crafted bids and sound budgeting. I was generally conservative with my bids, but spent aggressively when needed, particularly in the successful bids on Coghlan and Gonzalez. Overall, I overbid (that is, the amount I bid greater than the runner-up bid) by a little more than 52 percent… however, as high as that might sound it was actually the lowest average overbid in my league!

 

* * *

 

I knew coming out of the draft that my team would be competitive, so I was very discouraged when we got off to a terrible start. However, we led our league in the weekly standings four times in a six-week stretch through May and June, moving into first place in my league, and holding the top spot for most of the rest of the season, other than a summer slump that briefly dropped me into second place in August. Once I got into first place in late May I felt like mine was the team to beat, but with so many other strong teams in the league I truly never felt I had it locked up until the last day of the season. It was only when my offense exploded on that final day that the victory was certain, and I was completely sure I couldn’t be caught.

 

Add it all up and I finished with 124.0 points, 6.0 ahead of the runner-up team. I led the league in only one category (saves), but finished second in WHIP, third in runs, ERA and strikeouts, fourth in homers and wins, fifth in batting and steals, and sixth in RBI’s. (Here are the complete
2009 NFBC NY1 standings.xls
.)

 

Looking at my roster, there were very few superstar names, but I got a contribution from all 23 active spots every week and didn’t waste any at-bats or innings. This was a victory of building a complete and balanced team, not just of picking the most stars. (Here are the complete
2009 NFBC Schwartzstops stats.xls
.)

Already looking forward to defending my title and pursuing my third NFBC crown in 2010!

Thanks,

Cory

 

A look back at how I almost won Tout.

If you didn’t hear, I came in second place this year in AL Tout falling to Lawr Michaels in an amazing battle on the final days of the season. When the dust settled and I had a chance to really think about my season I wasn’t as disappointed as much as I was proud of the year I had. Not only is this league the most difficult I have ever been in, but I fell victim to a rash of injuries that may have caused panic or submission, for me it made me fight harder. I will go over some of my players that got hurt and how in one case I became a better team because of it.

 

On draft day my main goal was to get Ian Kinsler and Nick Markakis as high ticket bats and then start bargain hunting. A funny thing happened though when Carlos Quentin’s name got thrown out and as I was helping inflate the bid it suddenly stopped at $25. I was ecstatic, if Quentin could stay healthy this was an enormous steal, by May 26th I had my answer as Quentin got hurt and would not return until July 20th. Joining Quentin would be Jed Lowrie who would miss 130 games and Carlos Guillen who went from a no big deal injury to missing half the season. Lowrie and Guillen may not be the biggest players in the world but in a deep 12 team AL only someone has to take these spots over and it’s pretty hard finding a replacement worth a damn.

 

I mentioned earlier how a player getting hurt somehow made me a better team. The player was Quentin. In early May I could tell that I was going to need some extra speed and wanted a mini hedge against Quentin getting hurt so I bid and won Scott Podsednik, little did I know that when Quentin would go down three weeks later that Podsednik now starting and free to run wild would vault me up three points up in the steals standings. On May 11th I acquired Torii Hunter from Ron Shandler for Justin Verlander. When I made this trade Hunter was supposed to supplement my power and add speed, not replace Quentin, but if I don’t make this trade I never have a shot and that’s with Hunter missing over a month due to injury later on in the season, more on that later. The big move though the one that losing Quentin really made me do was bidding on Gordon Beckham on June 1st which happened to be the same day I placed Quentin on my DL. There is some back story to this I want to share because it shows you how aggressive behavior pays off and how it’s a lot easier to get a player too early then not get him at all. I had been eyeing Beckham’s progress all May and I could sense that his call up was coming. In Tout Wars if you bid on a player you must start him for that full week. In essence I was weighing the call up and subsequent value of Beckham versus a dead week of stats and in this kind of league a dead week does not help. I knew that if I didn’t pull the trigger this week there was a good chance others would get on the gravy train and then I may be outbid. On Sunday May 31st I put in a low double digit bid and on Monday June 1st while turning my phone back on after getting out of the subway a text message said it all. It was from Nando DiFino of Team Walker. He called me a bad name and I knew right there that not only had I won Beckham, but I picked the right week and this could be big. On June 4th Beckham made his major league debut and after a 0-13 start he would start helping replace Quentin and turning my offense into what I needed to have a shot at winning AL Tout.

 

 


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Injuries and luck are a part of this fantasy dance. Anyone who denies that just isn’t paying attention. What isn’t luck is putting yourself in position to fail, but sometimes you have to roll the dice. Did I draft Quentin knowing there was real risk? Sure. I also drafted Kinsler, but except for one stint on the DL he finally finished a season. I also drafted Hideki Matsui knowing the price was low enough to off-set the risk and when not in an NL park or needing a week to rest up he had a tremendous year for me. The Torii Hunter injury was just bad luck. The guy plays hard in center and the two crashes caught up to him, if he never goes down for that month I very well could have won the whole thing, but I also had 60 points in pitching fairly late in the season and finished with 55 so maybe I should blame Roy Halladay for being distracted by trade rumors. I didn’t mention pitching injuries because I really only had one and yes it was significant but funny circumstances played a big role as well. Bobby Jenks was my closer and when he got hurt I was in first place in saves. Jason Collette was in second place in saves at the time and guess who he had? Matt Thornton. He would pass me and never look back, by the way I lost Tout by one point.

 

In the end my point is to ignore projections after a draft (I was projected to come in last) and never underestimate the power of the deal or the wire and injuries are not always a good excuse because through it all I fell a blade of grass short of taking this home…..Siano

Offseason Blog Schedule

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We’re back from hibernation!

 
Starting today, our offseason blog schedule kicks off,
and here’s how it’ll look:

 
Mondays:  Zach

 
I’ll choose a newsworthy topic for the lead and you are all
welcome to chime in.

 
Tuesdays:  Cory

 
Schwartz will make his first post tomorrow detailing how he
won his NFBC league.

 
Wednesdays:  Siano

 
This week, Mike talks about how you can still win your
league despite a bunch of injuries.

 
Thursdays:  Zach

 
Fridays:  Weekly Roundtable

 
We’ll come up with a question, post each of our responses
and invite you to include your own.

 
And as always, continue to post your questions and one of us
will get back to you.

 
Plus don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @fantasy411,
@schwartzstops, @fantasymlb

And catch the 411 podcast every Monday and Thursday throughout the offseason.  Here’s the link to the iTunes page.  This will get you to the video podcast page.  To listen to the audio podcasts, click on “See All Podcasts” and then hit “Audio Podcasts.”

 
That’s all for now,

Zach 

Return of the 411 and Free Agents List.

Reminder that we will be back to doing shows next week. Monday’s and Thursday’s you can expect some on demand content on MLB.com and of course the podcast. The Blog will start cranking up on Monday 11/9 as well.

 

Enjoy the list below.

 

Below are the players potentially eligible for Free Agency under Article XX – B of the Basic Agreement. Today marks the first day of the 15-day period in which these players may give notice of their election of free agency.

PLAYER POSITION TEAM

1 Anderson, Garret OF AT

2 Gonzalez, Mike RP AT

3 Hudson, Tim ** SP AT

4 LaRoche, Adam 1B AT

5 Norton, Greg 1B/OF AT

6 Soriano, Rafael RP AT

7 Davis, Doug SP AZ

8 Schoeneweis, Scott D. RP AZ

9 Tracy, Chad 1B AZ

10 Webb, Brandon ** SP AZ

11 Baez, Danys RP BA

12 Hendrickson, Mark SP/RP BA

13 Moeller, Chad E. C BA

14 Mora, Melvin 3B BA

15 Baldelli, Rocco OF BO

16 Bay, Jay OF BO

17 Byrd, Paul SP BO

18 Gonzalez, Alex ** SS BO

19 Martinez, Victor ** C BO

20 Varitek, Jason A. ** C BO

21 Wagner, Billy RP BO

22 Wakefield, Tim SP BO

23 Woodward, Chris 3B BO

24 Fox, Chad D. RP CC

25 Grabow, John RP CC

26 Gregg, Kevin RP CC

27 Harden, Rich SP CC

28 Johnson, Reed OF CC

29 Hernandez, Ramon J. ** C CI

30 Wells, Kip SP CI

31 Carroll, Jamey 2B/3B/0F CL

32 Ohka, Tomokazu SP/RP CL

33 Beimel, Joe RP CO

34 Betancourt, Rafael ** RP CO

35 Contreras, Jose SP CO

36 Embree, Alan RP CO

37 Fogg, Josh SP/RP CO

38 Giambi, Jason 1B CO

39 Herges, Matt RP CO

40 Marquis, Jason SP CO

41 Rincon, Juan RP CO

42 Torrealba, Yorvit ** C CO

43 Castro, Ramon Abraham C CWS

44 Dotel, Octavio E. RP CWS

45 Dye, Jermaine ** OF CWS

46 Podsednik, Scott OF CWS

47 Everett, Adam SS DE

48 Huff, Aubrey 1B/3B DE

49 Lyon, Brandon RP DE

50 Polanco, Placido 2B DE

51 Rodney, Fernando RP DE

52 Washburn, Jarrod SP DE

53 Calero, Kiko RP FL

54 Donnelly, Brendan RP FL

55 Gload, Ross 1B/OF FL

56 Johnson, Nick 1B FL

57 Boone, Aaron J. 1B/3B HO

58 Brocail, Doug ** RP HO

59 Erstad, Darin 1B/OF HO

60 Hampton, Mike SP HO

61 Hawkins, LaTroy RP HO

62 Michaels, Jason OF HO

63 Tejada, Miguel O. SS HO

64 Valverde, Jose RP HO

65 Chen, Bruce SP/RP KC

66 Crisp, Coco ** OF KC

67 Olivo, Miguel ** C KC

68 Wright, Jamey RP KC

69 Abreu, Bob OF LAA

70 Escobar, Kelvim J. SP LAA

71 Figgins, Chone 3B LAA

72 Guerrero, Vladimir OF/DH LAA

73 Lackey, John SP LAA

74 Oliver, Darren RP LAA

75 Quinlan, Robb 1B/3B/OF LAA

76 Ausmus, Brad C LAD

77 Belliard, Ron 2B LAD

78 Castro, Juan G. 2B/SS LAD

79 Garland, Jon SP LAD

80 Hudson, Orlando 2B LAD

81 Loretta, Mark D. 1B/2B/3B LAD

82 Mientkiewicz, Doug A. 1B LAD

83 Milton, Eric R. SP LAD

84 Mota, Guillermo RP LAD

85 Ohman, Will ** RP LAD

86 Padilla, Vicente SP LAD

87 Ramirez, Manny ** OF LAD

88 Schmidt, Jason SP LAD

89 Thome, Jim DH/1B LAD

90 Weaver, Jeff C. SP LAD

91 Wolf, Randy SP LAD

92 Cameron, Michael OF MI

93 Catalanotto, Frank OF MI

94 Counsell, Craig J. 2B/3B/SS MI

95 Kendall, Jason C MI

96 Looper, Braden L. ** RP MI

97 Lopez, Felipe 2B/3B/SS/OF MI

98 Patterson, Corey OF MI

99 Vargas, Claudio SP/RP MI

100 Weathers, Dave ** RP MI

101 Cabrera, Orlando L. SS MN

102 Crede, Joe 3B MN

103 Mahay, Ron RP MN

104 Pavano, Carl SP MN

105 Redmond, Mike P. C MN

106 Cora, Alex 2B/SS NYM

107 Delgado, Carlos 1B NYM

108 Dessens, Elmer RP NYM

109 Martinez, Ramon E. 2B/SS NYM

110 Putz, J.J. ** RP NYM

111 Schneider, Brian C NYM

112 Sheffield, Gary OF NYM

113 Tatis, Fernando 1B/3B/OF NYM

114 Damon, Johnny OF NYY

115 Hairston Jr, Jerry 2B/3B/SS/OF NYY

116 Hinske, Eric 1B/OF NYY

117 Matsui, Hideki OF NYY

118 Molina, Jose C NYY

119 Nady, Xavier OF NYY

120 Pettitte, Andy SP NYY

121 Crosby, Bobby SS OA

122 Duchscherer, Justin SP OA

123 Garciaparra, Nomar 1B OA

124 Kennedy, Adam 2B OA

125 Tomko, Brett D. SP OA

126 Bako, Paul C PH

127 Cairo, Miguel J. IF PH

128 Eyre, Scott RP PH

129 Feliz, Pedro ** 3B PH

130 Lee, Cliff ** SP PH

131 Martinez, Pedro SP PH

132 Myers, Brett SP PH

133 Park, Chan Ho SP PH

134 Stairs, Matt OF PH

135 Blanco, Henry C SD

136 Giles, Brian S. OF SD

137 Batista, Miguel SP/RP SE

138 Bedard, Erik SP SE

139 Beltre, Adrian 3B SE

140 Branyan, Russ 1B SE

141 Chavez, Endy OF SE

142 Griffey Jr, Ken DH/OF SE

143 Sweeney, Mike 1B/DH SE

144 Wilson, Jack ** SS SE

145 Aurilia, Rich 1B/3B SF

146 Howry, Bob RP SF

147 Johnson, Randy SP SF

148 Molina, Bengie C SF

149 Penny, Brad SP SF

150 Uribe, Juan 2B/3B/SS SF

151 Winn, Randy OF SF

152 Ankiel, Rick OF SL

153 De Rosa, Mark 3B SL

154 Glaus, Troy 3B SL

155 Greene, Khalil SS/3B SL

156 Holliday, Matt OF SL

157 LaRue, Jason C SL

158 Pineiro, Joel SP SL

159 Smoltz, John SP SL

160 Wellemeyer, Todd SP SL

161 Bradford, Chad RP TB

162 Crawford, Carl ** OF TB

163 Isringhausen, Jason RP TB

164 Percival, Troy RP TB

165 Shouse, Brian ** RP TB

166 Springer, Russ RP TB

167 Zaun, Gregg ** C TB

168 Benoit, Joaquin RP TE

169 Blalock, Hank 3B TE

170 Byrd, Marlon OF TE

171 Guardado, Eddie A. RP TE

172 Jones, Andruw OF TE

173 Rodriguez, Ivan T. C TE

174 Vizquel, Omar SS TE

175 Barajas, Rod C TO

176 McDonald, John 3B/SS TO

177 Millar, Kevin OF TO

178 Scutaro, Marco 2B/SS TO

179 Bard, Josh C WA

180 Hernandez, Livan SP WA

181 Kearns, Austin ** OF WA

182 Villone, Ron RP WA

183 Young, Dmitri 1B WA

** Potential Free Agent Per Contract Terms

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