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  1. Zach Cozart not about Escobar or Desmond? I’d take Cozart. Good power/speed combo!

    Comment by riverboatgambit — November 8, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

  2. “I’ve purposely excluded him simply because I honestly don’t know where to include him.”

    Suuuure you did.

    Comment by Telo — November 8, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  3. Even if that’s honest, it’s a cop out. You’re ranking the shortstops and didn’t rank one of the most relevant guys at the position because you don’t know where to include them? Isn’t figuring that out the point of the article?

    Comment by Ben — November 8, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  4. he probably could have avoided a bunch of insult-hurling had he just mentioned that from the start. “Guys, I’m going to leave Hanley out of the ranking tiers because of the great uncertainly surrounding his performance and injury status, and instead I will cover him at the end in an in-depth piece.”

    Comment by batpig — November 8, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  5. So wait, are you not just covering these guys by the dollar values they returned in 2011? Is that not what the dollar values mean then (as in, are they projections), or is it just a coincidence that they’ve been descending with each individual entry?

    Comment by MH — November 8, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

  6. Yeah, I find it hard to believe that he never had any intention of including Hanley in these rankings. If true, there’s no reason to leave that information out of the first post in the series. Nothing is gained by waiting until Tier 4.

    Hanley belongs in the top tier, but I could see a pessimist believing he belongs (a) at the top of the 2nd tier, (b) in the 2nd tier by himself or (c) in the second tier with Jose Reyes, leaving Tulo alone in the first tier.

    But yeah, not including him at all works too…

    Comment by whonichol — November 9, 2011 @ 8:12 am

  7. dollar values are from 2011, they are just there for reference. It has caused confusion in every single fantasy ranking article they have posted :-)

    Comment by batpig — November 9, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  8. 2 words: Dee Gordon

    Comment by CDI — January 4, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  9. Sorry but I felt the need to rant further:

    The problem I have with these so-called “keeper” ranking threads that everyone’s doing is they all seem more like single-year rankings to me. There’s *NO* good reason to put Alcides Escobar, who appears to already have reached his performance limit, above Dee Gordon, who has a similar profile but brings way more potential upside to the table (182 steals in the last 3 years and a .300+ average at every level except AA, including the majors), unless you’re only concerned about THIS season.

    These threads are interesting articles just to get “more opinion on a guy”, but the tier breakdowns are completely worthless.

    Comment by CDI — January 4, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

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