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  1. In one of Fangraphs chats, the moderator said that the Cardinals would not trade Rasmus for Kemp. Is that still true? At the time it was hard for me to see why they wouldn’t and even more so now. Before last year, he was on a great track, WAR increasing each year. This year, performing again. Seems persons were weighing 2010 really heavily, or am I missing something else?

    Comment by ryan — April 19, 2011 @ 9:32 am

  2. For that last tier do you mean David Murphy, not Daniel?

    Comment by Josh — April 19, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  3. Looks like there’s a typo in the Berkman section – maybe the paragraph was rearranged and you forgot to put it back in the right order.

    Comment by Drew — April 19, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  4. Alex Gordon???

    Comment by Bob McKee — April 19, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  5. No he’s means Daniel. This is an NL ranking and Murphy is still OF eligible.

    That last tier is shuddersome. I’m not seeing either Hairston or Rick Ankiel (and likely others) who are marginally more useful than some of those final tier names.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — April 19, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  6. NL. NL NL NL.

    Comment by Matt K — April 19, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  7. So where would you put Sands

    Comment by Blue — April 19, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  8. Chris Dickerson got traded to the Yankees for Sergio Mitre right before Opening Day.

    Comment by Jon J. — April 19, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  9. So Pat Burrell doesn’t get a mention? Lots of walks, lots of K’s, lots of HR … all the things we’ve grown to love from Pat the Bat! I think he fits into the middle of the 2nd to last tier until his AVG climbs a little, probably in the Venable/Ludwick range.

    Comment by mymrbig — April 19, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  10. In real life, I could see not making the trade. Rasmus is an excellent defender while Kemp is a poor one.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 19, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  11. fixed, thanks.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 19, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  12. Burrell and climbing AVG don’t belong in the same sentence.

    Comment by tdotsports1 — April 19, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  13. Sands might be in ‘starting to scrape’ just because his PT is up in the air, and even his performance is not guaranteed. I might see some power with a bad BA coming if pressed to answer.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 19, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  14. and he’s gone!

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 19, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  15. he’s in there now, don’t think he deserves much better but thanks for the headsup.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 19, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  16. I guess my outfield of Beltran, Seth Smith, and Logan Morrison sucks then.

    Inaccurate!

    Comment by Joe — April 19, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  17. You probably didn’t pay much for em, but none of the three is a lock to hit more than 20 home runs, so I wouldn’t get too excited. If your infield is sweet, then you did well.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — April 19, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

  18. In my keeper league I have Mcutchen, Tabata, Markakis, and Bourn. I like McCuthen more than Upton. I agree that Upton has the higher ceiling but I don’t think we have seen the best of McCutchen yet either.

    I’m not a big Bourn fan but I was able to grad him real late in the draft, 9th round I think after each team having 5 keepers.

    Tabata has been better than I imagined. I also don’t think the power will be quite this explosive but I could see him hitting 15 or so with 30+ steals. That is pretty impressive production.

    Comment by SF 55 for life — April 19, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  19. Logan Morrison has only 350 ML PA, perhaps his power his legit? He’s 6’3″, somewhere around 240 pounds, and is only 23 years old.

    Similar size to Votto, similar MiLB BB/K and ISO rates, Votto’s ML ISO was .210 or so after his first 600 PA. Votto was also a bit older than Morrison was in his first ML go-round.

    Might not be .327 legit, but .225+ wouldn’t shock anyone, right?

    Comment by Travis — April 19, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  20. WTF does Chris Coughlin give you? How long is that rookie year fluke AVG going to carry you? He’s obviously NOT a “true” .320 hitter, more like .280ish…. he doesn’t hit HR’s or steal bases. The only category in which he could be considered above average for OF is runs, maybe. I don’t get it.

    Comment by batpig — April 19, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  21. Kemp’s defense is up for debate. UZR crapped all over him last year, which was partially deserved, but when the guy who is recognized as having one of the best arms in baseball gets hammered by the ARM rating, you have to question the metric. +/- has always like Kemp more. Also, Kemp has far better potential as a batter and baserunner.

    Comment by AA — April 19, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  22. I wouldn’t try to go fishing for complements for that outfield. It is not pretty.

    Comment by Travis — April 20, 2011 @ 1:58 am

  23. I would take Ethier over anyone in his tier and over Colby as well. Otherwise I really like these rankings.

    Comment by Travis — April 20, 2011 @ 2:01 am

  24. With guys like Jay and Blanks in the pick ‘em pile… I think I’d add Chris Heisey to the list too.

    Comment by Dave S — April 20, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

  25. If you have a bench or DL slot, you’d be silly to take anyone in the the “starting to scrape” category over Domonic Brown.

    Comment by AF — April 22, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  26. Where is Shin Soo Choo??

    Comment by Danny — April 27, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  27. Never mind, forgot it said NL

    Comment by Danny — April 27, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

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