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Ex-Cub Ryan Freel dead at 36
Former Major League Baseball utility infielder Ryan Freel has died at the age of 36. Freel's death was first reported late Saturday afternoon by First Coast News in Freel's hometown, Jacksonville, Fla. A few hours later, Jacksonville.com reported that ...

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Former MLB Player Ryan Freel Commits Suicide. It's sad to report about death, especially suicide, at any time of the year, but it's even more heartbreaking when it's around the holiday season. Unfortunately, former MLB player Ryan Freel committed suicide.

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Former MLB Player Ryan Freel Commits Suicide. It's sad to report about death, especially suicide, at any time of the year, but it's even more heartbreaking when it's around the holiday season. Unfortunately, former MLB player Ryan Freel committed suicide.

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Former MLB Player Ryan Freel Commits Suicide. It's sad to report about death, especially suicide, at any time of the year, but it's even more heartbreaking when it's around the holiday season. Unfortunately, former MLB player Ryan Freel committed suicide.

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IamAliSina RT @McDeezWhats: Ryan Freel you were a helluva baseball player #rip

DaveMorelli Former Cincinnati Reds Player Ryan Freel took his life today. What a sad story. Man, I remember he used to give my Mets fits with SB's. RIP.

coreyburkhardt RT @michael_schlact: #RIP Ryan Freel. Prayers go out to his family as they move forward. Baseball is one big family & it's really tough when these things happen.

MARIOlito_34 #RIP Ryan Freel

LittleBigBachus Ryan Freel was THE MAN #RIPbuddy

luishh19 Ryan Freel uno de mis ídolos beisbolisticos se mato :(

Paul_Levinsky RT @Plesac19: Thoughts and prayers out to the family and friends of Ryan Freel. RIP.

Kevraap10 RT @TotalCubsMove: RIP Ryan Freel

dabarkinshark RT @jonweisman: Such sad news about Ryan Freel. http://t.co/9o6ZBzoE

JoseCalderon13 Mierda se suicido Ryan Freel :s que locura

Daddy_Bolhorn69 Just heard the news about Ryan Freel #TooSad 😢

KelseyLeigh15 Ryan Freel was my favorite Red when he played in Cincy. I loved his hustle every play. He was the reason I started diving in CF!! #RIP

sarahannieward RT @Athletes4Him: Thoughts and prayers to the family Ryan Freel; apparent suicide. Suicide hotline: 800-273-8255. RT, you might save a life.

Snoop_1017 RT @Schu_1017: RIP Ryan Freel #MLB

mysqueezeplay RT @TheMayorsOffice: RIP Ryan Freel!! Great teammate, great guy,n loved his family! Such a sad day today with his passing!Awful news!Prayers are with his family!

Discussions

Who are your top 5 game changers? by Hank Q: By top 5 I don't mean like THE top 5 game changers. I mean give me one player who changes a game by doing one of these things: 1. Clutch Hit- 2. Hitting a Home Run- 3. Stealing A Base- 4. Making A Great Catch- 5. Striking Someone Out- Here are mine: 1. Joe Crede 2. Albert Pujols 3. Carl Crawford 4. Ryan Freel 5. Pedro Martinez Who are your individual play "game changers"?

A: 1. Clutch Hit- Derek Jeter 2. Hitting a Home Run- Albert Pujols 3. Stealing A Base- Jose Reyes 4. Making A Great Catch- Jim Edmonds 5. Striking Someone Out- Mariano Rivera

is freel a good option at 3B? by saints'n'cardz4life Q: is ryan freel going to be an everyday starter this year? if so, what can i expect for stats?

A: Freel is starting everyday at center field. What can you expect? 40 stolen bases 285. avg 10 homers 70 runs 45 rbis Is he a good option at third base? He's okay.

wat is the list of cincinnati reds players at bat music ? by worriedteen Q: can any1 tell me what the list of cincinnati reds baseball players @-bat music is...please ?

A: Jeff Keppinger uses "T.N.T." by AC/DC Joey Votto uses "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. (I've also heard him use "Black Betty" by Ram Jam & "Tom Sawyer" by Rush) Jay Bruce uses "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra (I've also heard him use "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath) Brandon Phillips & Corey Patterson use hip-hop songs and I hate hip-hop so I can't tell you what in the hell they are Edwin Encarnacion & Francisco Cordero use Spanish language music that I don't know I've heard Aaron Harang use "I Disappear" by Metallica before, I've heard Gary Majewski use "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi, and I've heard Ryan Freel use "Tom's Diner" by Suzzane Vega before Hope this helps, if I think of more, I'll post 'em!

Which Team for Fantasy BAseball is better? by MR Baseball73 Q: We have been arguing over this. Any reasons why would help Team 1 Michael Barrett 1B Richie Sexson 2B Howie Kendrick 3B Ryan Freel SS Édgar Rentería OF Juan Pierre OF Willy Taveras OF Carlos Beltrán Util Travis Hafner BN Pedro Feliz BN Aubrey Huff BN Luis Castillo SP Jake Peavy SP C.C. Sabathia SP Barry Zito Ryan Dempster RP Octavio Dotel P Joe Blanton P Nate Robertson BN Claudio Vargas BN Oliver Pérez DL Freddy García Team 2 C Víctor Martínez 1B Adam LaRoche 2B Jeff Kent 3B Joe Crede SS Troy Tulowitzki OF Craig Monroe OF Barry Bonds OF Alfonso Soriano Util Lyle Overbay BN Eric Chávez BN Moisés Alou BN Adam Kennedy BN J.D. Drew BN Coco Crisp DL Freddy Sánchez SP Dontrelle Willis SP Brandon Webb SP Derek Lowe RP Joe Nathan RP Scott Linebrink P Greg Maddux P Jake Westbrook DL Chien-Ming Wang I am a beast!

A: Team 1- Will have many stolen bases with Pierre,Beltran,Freel and Tavarez. It will lack home runs and rbis and with the pitching staff the era will suffer but it is a descent team Team2- My favorite because even though it lacks big names it will still get a .300 or above average and all of those pitchers will rack up strikeouts wins and a low era. Team 2 has a better chance of winning

How's my fantasy baseball team? by yankzrule911 Q: C-Russel Martin 1B- Derek Lee 2B- Orlando Hudson 3B- Miguel Cabrera SS- Stephen Drew OF- Hideki Matsui OF- Delmon Young OF- Austin Kearns Util- Prince Fielder Bench- Ryan Freel SP- Ben Sheets SP- Rich Harden RP- Taylor Tankersley RP- Joel Zumaya P- Jonathon Broxton P- Fernando Rodney P- Jered Weaver Bench- Rich Hill Bench- Nate Robertson Bench- Anthony Reyes Bench- Chuck James Bench- Jeff Weaver Bench- Brian Wilson 14 person league, 23 man roster categories are as follows for hitting... R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, AVG, OBP, SLG categories are as follows for pitching... IP, W, CG, SHO, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, K/9

A: your pitching is poor and your hitters are inconsistent good luck

Injury to Freel opens up a trade offer? by morganfreemason Q: 12-team H2H: I give: Rickie Weeks, Mark Reynolds, Barry Zito I get: Johan Santana, Ryan Freel My staff needs strengthening (Peavy, Sheets, Kazmir, Zito in a league w/negative pitching cats that devalues mediocre SP), and Weeks is my back-up to Utley. Freel was starting for the other owner at 3B, but now is on the shelf. Unfortunately, he has no room on his DL, whereas I have a spot open. The other owner has offered multiple trades to me, offering mediocre SP (Mark Hendrickson in one, Daniel Cabrera in the other) for Reynolds, so I know he wants the 3B. I'm thinking that this move gives me some open spots to pick up some young talent from the waiver wire (Kouzmanoff, Quentin, Gallardo, etc.) while still getting value (as neither of the other pitchers do anything for me). What're your thoughts? Should I be adding a 3rd player to even it out, or is this enough value while filling the needs of both teams? Response to the "players as extras" response: Reynolds should be a strong add for him at 3B, given that a.) Reynolds will rake as long as AZ finds a spot for him in the lineup, and b.) the other owner has no 3B. Weeks is a pretty major upgrade on his 2B (Polanco), whereas I've still got Howie Kendrick backing up Utley. In other words, I don't feel that I'd call either player a scrub...they just don't fit my team needs. But, they do fit his. Either way, thanks for the input.

A: Having Peavy, Johan and Sheets in your rotation is unfair. do this in a second and don't worry at all about the other players involved. But if you really want to think about it, Reynolds is still very unproven despite a hot start, and Weeks is killing people's averages. Zito is not very fantasy-worthy, especially in your league.

What do you think of my Fantasy team? by Commish Q: C: Ivan Rodriguez 1B: Justin Morneau 2B: Placido Polanco and Jeff Kent 3B: Ryan Zimmerman SS: Bill Hall OF: Josh Willingham OF: Ryan Freel OF: Torii Hunter Bn: Brian Giles Bn: some other guys too SP: Johan Santana SP: Chris Carpenter RP: Joe Nathan RP: Brian Fuentes P: Dave Bush P: Joel Zumaya P: Scot Shields Bn: Ryan Dempster See what I like about my team is that on my batting side I have all underrated superstars and on my pitching side, I've got amazing stars. I've got Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter who are MLB's first and second starters. I've got Brian Fuentes who is underrated and will improve and then Joe Nathan, MLB's number one reliever. Freel, and my other outfielder (forgot) are both underrated and are going to go above average this year. Torii Hunter will deliver what is expected of him: Awesome Defense, 30+ homers, and lots of stolen bases. Jeff Kent might be a little old, but he still steals bases perfectly. Ryan Zimmerman and Bill Hall are upcoming stars as Bill Hall can play outfield and infield and Zimmerman is an awesome hitter. So what if Justin Morneau is my best power hitter? He's an amazing player, alright (highlighted by 2006 AL MVP). Ivan Rodriguez...everyone says he'll fail this year, but I don't think so. By the way, my league is 12 teams and Head to Head.

A: i like your team. you have a lot of very underrated players in freel, bill hall (who will be eligible for OF by the end of the week) and willingham. your pitching staff is stacked. dempster will bounce back this year b/c he has a manager that has his head on his shoulders, not up his ass and can handle a pitching staff. i dont know if you will take first going into your playoffs, but you should make it to the championship week and its a coin flip from there. good luck. you should do just fine.

any suggestions on my fantasy baseball team? by ... Q: my team is the following:HITTERS c.benjie molina 1B paul konerko 2B mark loretta or ryan freel 3B alex rodriguez or garrett atkins SS khalil greene OF jim edmonds,torii hunter,jermaine dye,trot nixon,aubrey huff,dave roberts util chris shelton PITCHERS: SP pedro martinez SP c.c.sabathia P tyler walker P ervan santana P tom glavine P tony armas RP derrick turnbow RP dave weathers what should i do i know i need a outfielder and shortstop but who should i get? im in 8th place with 62 pts in a 12 team league and 5x5 roto

A: lopez (2nd/ss) for the reds holliday (of) of the rockies, blake (3rd/of) of the indians, willingham (of/c) of the marlins, or swisher (1st/of) of the athletics

Should I make this trade in fantasy baseball? by nick a Q: Here is my team C- Ivan Rodriguez 1b- Paul Konerko 2b-Chase Utley 3b-David Wright ss-Carlos Guillen LF- Adam Dunn CF- Kenny Lofton RF-Sammy Sosa Util- Frank Thomas Bench- Jason Giambi, Dave Roberts, Ryan Freel, Moises Alou, and Nick Swisher Pitchers SP-John Maine SP-Jose Contreras SP-Tom Glavine SP- Dice K SP-Mark Buerhle SP-Mike Mussina SP- Chien Ming Wang RP-JJ Putz RP- Jonathan Pappelbon Here is the trade- I have to give up: JJ Putz David Wright Chase Utley I get: Mariano Rivera Vladimar Guerrero Case Blake Brian Roberts At first I turned it down and no I am thinking about it. He even offered me Chase Utley and David Wright for Vlad G. and Brian Roberts straight up. No way on that. I would do it in a heart beat but not sure who would be good pickups for 2b and 3b. Any thoughts are appreciated. I wrote my team down so you know who I have left once the trade is done.

A: no deal

How far are the Reds away? by dnkyg Q: With Dusty, and some tremendaous farm players ,and a weak central I see the Reds right there in the mix. What do you think?

A: I'm a life long Reds fan (man 1990 seems like a LONG time ago). But, I'd say we're closer to long odds than short odds to win the division next year. However, if two things happen, then we CAN definitely be in the mix and challenge for the division title. First, Griffey HAS to stay healthy and play about 150 games. Second, someone other than Harang or Arroyo must emerge and contribute solid innings, something like 13-9 with a 3.75 ERA over close to 200 innings - because our bullpen isn't good enough to be expected to bail out 3 of our 5 starters for 5 or 6 innings the whole year. As far as Dusty is concerned, I'm not necessarily for or against him... yet. And I stress "yet." I'll be watching very closely how he handles things the first month or so of the season. Is Votto or Hatte gonna play 1st? Who's gonna lead off? Who's gonna play center field most. Does pull Dunn in the 7th inning with a 1 run lead for a defensive sub? etc. etc. I'll predict 83-79, which may or may not be good enough to win the central, but I guarantee that won't be good enough for a wild card, b/c the Mets/Philly loser pretty much already has that wrapped up. 2 or 3 years though, if Bruce/Votto/Bailey really are the goods, and we keep Harang around that long, then we should have a shot at the division every year. "...and THIS ONE belongs to the Reds!" - Marty B. @ the guy who said it was a bad move to trade Hamilton: No, it was definitely NOT a bad move. We had: Adam Dunn, Ryan Freel, Norris Hopper, Jay Bruce, Ken Griffey Jr, and Hamilton. All fighting for 3 spots in the outfield. Well, I can tell you right now Dunn and Jr are starting, so that leaves 4 guys fighting for 1 spot. We NEED pitchers!!! So, which OF are you gonna trade? I'd trade the one we got for basically nothing and is a 5 time drug addict. Let some other team deal with whether or not he picks back up the nose candy. Meanwhile, we make off with Edinson Volquez, the Rangers #1 pitching prospect, and still have Jay Bruce/Freel/Hopper in center. Great move I think.

Can someone rate my fantasy team and tell me what changes can be made? by Jeff Q: C Ivan Rodriguez (C , DET) 1B Mark Teixeira (1B , TEX) 2B Dan Uggla (2B , FLA) 3B Ryan Zimmerman (3B , WSH) SS Derek Jeter (SS , NYY) OF Ryan Freel (2B,3B,OF , CIN) OF Johnny Damon (OF , NYY) OF Craig Monroe (OF , DET) P St. Louis Cardinals (P , STL) Bench Adam LaRoche (1B , PIT) Johnny Estrada (C , MIL) Edwin Encarnacion (3B , CIN) Xavier Nady (1B,OF , PIT) Jhonny Peralta (SS , CLE) Kazuo Matsui (2B , COL)

A: infiled needs really bad work 1st base 2nd base 3rd base OF DETROIT OF CIN

Who has played 3rd base for the cubs in the last two years? by Chad Wickard Q: Do not include reed, aramis, or Fontenot.

A: Besides those three... 2009: Bobby Scales (8), Ryan Freel (5), Jake Fox (3), Aaron Miles (2), Koyie Hill (1) 2008: Mark DeRosa (22), Ronny Cedeno (7), Casey McGehee (6) 2007: Mark DeRosa (37), Ryan Theriot (8), Ronny Cedeno (4)

Does any body think Ryan freel will be traded? by stacholland Q: my friend was telling me that ryan freel would probley be traded and i dont think he will be, but i just wanted to get other peoples opinion on what they think.

A: i doubt it

Please rate and give suggestions on fantasy baseball team? by chrisc615 Q: This is a Yahoo standard Roto league auto pick team 5x5 Looking for suggestions CA.J. Pierzynski (CWS - C) 1BTodd Helton (Col - 1B) 2BChase Utley (Phi - 2B) 3BAramis Ramírez (ChC - 3B) SSRafael Furcal (LAD - SS) OFLance Berkman (Hou - 1B,OF) OFTorii Hunter (Min - OF) OFÁlex Ríos (Tor - OF) UtilMiguel Tejada (Bal - SS) BNRyan Freel (Cin - 2B,3B,OF) BNNick Markakis (Bal - OF) BNJohnny Estrada (Mil - C) SPJeremy Bonderman (Det - SP) SPBarry Zito (SF - SP) RPB.J. Ryan (Tor - RP) RPBilly Wagner (NYM - RP) PSalomón Torres (Pit - RP) PJoel Zumaya (Det - RP) PTim Hudson (Atl - SP) BNDoug Davis (Ari - SP) BNGreg Maddux (SD - SP) Thanks

A: i like it you have spped rbi's and hr's. Looks like a good year if everyone stays healthy

If you could make any changes to your teams roster what would they be and why? by chupacobra108 Q: Have to be realistic changes.

A: As a Reds fan, we have a lot of problems (aka need to make a lot of changes) and a lot of options so we can improve. First change: trade Ryan Freel. He tries hard, but he makes too many errors and mental mistakes to be playing on a team that wants to win the division. All I want is a prospect for him or maybe a #2 catcher. Second change: trade Griffey for a setup man. Griffey is past his prime and isn't really helping our team. His 30 homers, and somewhere between .252 and .277 batting average (BA from 2006 and 2007 season) isn't going to help this team win this year. The Reds are a young team that is trying to build, so let's keep trying. Griffey is also in the last year of his contract, making it wise to trade him before it's up. Weathers (current setup man) is not a guy that can consistently put people away. I want Health Bell (SD) or Rafael Betencourt (CLE) to improve our team. With Griffey's run for homers (closing in on 600) and his past make him a valueable trade option and we could get 1 or 2 good prospects with a great setup man. Third: trade Dunn for Russell Martin (or another young catcher with upside). We currently have nothing at catcher. Dunn is also in a contract year and we can neither afford him nor his batting average (which hurts the team). Dunn isn't quite declining like Griffey, but I'm sure someone competing for a title this year wouldn't mind giving up a prospect at pitcher and an elite catcher for someone like Dunn. Basically, I want our defense to be Patterson (RF), Bruce (CF), Keppinger (LF), Votto (1B), Phillips (2B), Gonzalez (SS), Encarnacion (3B), Martin (C) with Hatteberg making spot starts. Keppinger may not be able to play the outfield, but if Gonzalez is going to start, he's going to have to play there. I wouldn't mind keeping Keppinger at short, putting Votto in the outfield and starting Hatteberg too. and our starting lineup being: Patterson, Martin, Keppinger, Phillips, Encarnacion, Bruce, Votto, Gonzalez, Pitcher. Yeah, they might not make the playoffs with this new team, but this team at least has a lot of promise for the future (Harang, Volquez, Cueto and Arroyo have a lot of potential) .

who should i trade to get a decent closer? by saints'n'cardz4life Q: Here is my team. I don't want to give up a ton, and I really want somebody like isringhausen or a good closer that won't cost me a lot in a trade. Any suggestions? If you have any other suggestions about my team, please feel free to comment... C-Victor Martinez 1B - Albert Pujols 2B - Dan Uggla 3B - Scott Rolen SS - Edgar Renteria OF - Carlos Lee OF - Juan Pierre OF - Nick Swisher Util - Jason Giambi BN - Ryan Freel BN - Willy Taveras BN - Melvin Mora SP - Brandon Webb SP - C. C. Sabathia RP - Salomon Torres RP - Jorge Julio P - Adam Wainwright P - John Smoltz P - Tim Hudson BN - Anthony Reyes DL - Bartolo Colon

A: I am going to agree with whomever said to trade Carlos Lee, I don't think he is going to be a TOP OF this year, but if you can find a guy willing enough you could yield a top closer for him. Don't trade Nick Swisher, he put on 20 pounds of muscle this year and was tearing the ball up in ST, I think he could have a monster year.

How's my fantasy baseball team? by Draper Q: What do you think of this team? What am i lacking in? C-Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada 1B- Carlos Delgado, Nick Swisher 2B-Chone Figgins, Brandon Phillips 3B- Aramis Ramirez SS- Bill Hall, Rich Aurilia OF- Carl Crawford, Jermaine Dye, Ryan Freel, Milton Bradley SP-Jeremy Bonderman, Justin Verlander, Dan Haren, Barry Zito, Derek Lowe, Freddy Garcia, Jonathan Papelbon (possible RP) RP- Tom Gordon, Jason Isringhausen

A: Get another closer, helps keep your era low.

Need some help with my fantasy baseball team? by the cool.. Q: Here's my team: C-Miguel Olivo (FLA-C) C-John Buck (KC-C) 1B-Albert Pujols (StL-1B) (CAN'T CUT LIST) 2B-Ryan Theriot (ChC-2B/SS) 3B-Joe Crede (ChW-3B) 3B-Ryan Freel (CIN-3B/2B/OF) SS-Edgar Renteria (ATL-SS) OF-Jermaine Dye (ChW-OF) OF-Darin Erstad (ChW-OF) OF-Jose Cruz (SD-OF) OF-David DeJesus (KC-OF) OF-Sammy Sosa (TEX-OF) OF-Curtis Granderson (DET-OF) SP-Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS-SP) SP-Tom Glavine (NyM-SP) RP-David Aardsma (CwS-RP) RP-Bobby Jenks (CwS-RP) SP-Javier Vázquez (CwS-SP) SP-Tim Wakefield (BOS-SP) SP-Jarrod Washburn (SEA-SP) SP-Carlos Zambrano (ChC-SP) (CAN'T CUT LIST) This is my first year playing fantasy baseball and I've been in last place in my league for a couple of weeks now. Anybody got any suggestions for any pick-ups or trades that I can make?

A: Yes you DO NEED HELP WITH YOUR TEAM. Fantasy baseball is not easy and it takes a lot of startegy to build a succesful team. It all starts in the draft, and to me it looks like you did not do to well. I'm guessing you had the number 1 overall pick too. Lets start with the goods. Albert Pujols is slumping but is still probably the best player in baseball. Edgar Renteria is a solid shortstop. Jermaine Dye is your best outfielder. Unfortunately that is about it. You always have to have closers on your team and it looks like you have 0. That right there is an automatic last place in the saves category unless you pick up some closers (which most are taken by now.) Ideally a team should have at least 3 closers. 3rd Base is a position where you need a pure power hitter which you do not have. Freel can be used in the OF for SB's but should not be in at 3rd base. Crede is struggling but he might be your only choice since you are going to need to make so many changes. Drop Erstad, he is not worth anything in fantasy baseball. You really need help in your OF. You have 1 good outfielder and 5 bench worthy players. Try to make some kind of trade for some outfielders. At least pick up 2 solid OF's. Definitlely find a way to get closers, like I said earlier. Your starting pitching is your strength of this team. You don't need to make any changes there. I think your best bet would be to trade one of your best players, maybe Albert Pujols and get 3 good players in return. That is really the only way I can see you even coming close to making these improvements. Do I see you contending for the championship this season? No, probably not, but you can use this season to get a feel for fantasy baseball and see what strategies other players use. I think you should try to get out of last place though. Hope this helps and good luck in fantasy baseball.

How can I improve my team? by Cory Q: Russell Martin (C , LAD) Mike Piazza (C , OAK) Paul Konerko (1B , CWS) Frank Thomas (1B , TOR) Brian Roberts (2B , BAL) Alex Rodriguez (3B , NYY) Chad Tracy (3B , ARI) J.J. Hardy (SS , MIL) Miguel Tejada (SS , BAL) Ryan Freel (2B,3B,OF , CIN) Carlos Lee (OF , HOU) Moises Alou (OF , NYM) Magglio Ordonez (OF , DET) Brian Giles (OF , SD) Detroit Tigers (P , DET)

A: I agree with the last answerer. You need another OF. I'd keep both your Catchers, as injuries seem to creep up for them fairly often. Frank Thomas would be a great player to trade. I can't think of any scenario where you'd start him over Konerko at 1B. I also don't know when you'd ever start Tracy over A-Rod. There are plenty of good free agent 3B's out there you could pick up in the event of an A-Rod injury, so maybe package Thomas and Tracy and see who you can get. If you want a little more frill, throw in one of the outfielders you're trying to replace. Someone in your league might value quantity over quality and give you a stud for 3 mediocre players.

What are all the players on the Chicago Cubs Baseball team-2009? by Kabusnow Q: I want to know all the players on the Chicago Cubs Baseball team that are on it now. If it's not baseball season then go to the last season they were there. I know there's a guy called Fumone or something like that. Or tell me a site where I can find the BASEBALL players on there. I don't want football.

A: Chicago Cubs 40-Man Roster: Pitchers 58 Jose Ascanio 60 Mitch Atkins 64 Justin Berg 33 Esmailin Caridad 48 Neal Cotts 46 Ryan Dempster 44 Chad Fox 22 Tom Gorzelanny 43 John Grabow 63 Kevin Gregg 37 Angel Guzman 40 Rich Harden 22 Kevin Hart 47 Aaron Heilman 30 Ted Lilly 49 Carlos Marmol 45 Sean Marshall 54 David Patton 29 Jeff Samardzija 52 Jeff Stevens 51 Luis Vizcaino 43 Jason Waddell 36 Randy Wells 38 Carlos Zambrano Catchers 55 Koyie Hill 18 Geovany Soto Infielders 28 Jeff Baker 13 Andres Blanco 17 Mike Fontenot 4 Ryan Freel 5 Jake Fox 25 Derrek Lee 7 Aaron Miles 16 Aramis Ramirez 24 Bobby Scales 2 Ryan Theriot Outfielders 21 Milton Bradley 21 Tyler Colvin 1 Kosuke Fukudome 27 Sam Fuld 4 Joey Gathright 6 Micah Hoffpauir 9 Reed Johnson 12 Alfonso Soriano 99 So Taguchi

Does anyone have the list of the 79 players who declared free agency today? by The Fightins' Q: Who are the big names and where do you think they will end up?

A: Here you go. Potential Free Agents for 2010 The following players have contracts expiring or should have the six years of service necessary to become free agents after the 2009 season. * - current contract includes 2010 option (A) - projected as Type A free agent (B) - projected as Type B free agent Player Club First Basemen Hank Blalock TEX Russell Branyan SEA Carlos Delgado NYM (B) Nomar Garciaparra OAK Jason Giambi COL Ross Gload * FLA Aubrey Huff DET (B) Nick Johnson WAS (B) Adam LaRoche ATL (B) Kevin Millar TOR Robb Quinlan LAA Matt Stairs PHI Mike Sweeney SEA Jim Thome LAD Chad Tracy ARZ Second Basemen Marlon Anderson NYM Ron Belliard LAD (B) Jamey Carroll CLE David Eckstein SD Orlando Hudson LAD (A) Akinori Iwamura * TB Omar Infante ATL Felipe Lopez MIL (A) Mark Loretta LAD Placido Polanco DET (A) Freddy Sanchez * SF (A) Shortstops Orlando Cabrera MIN (A) Juan Castro LAD Alex Cora NYM Bobby Crosby OAK Adam Everett DET Alex Gonzalez * BOS Khalil Greene STL Ramon Martinez LAD John McDonald TOR Marco Scutaro TOR (A) Miguel Tejada HOU Jack Wilson * SEA Third Basemen Adrian Beltre SEA (B) Geoff Blum HOU Craig Counsell MIL Joe Crede MIN Mark DeRosa STL (B) Pedro Feliz * PHI Chone Figgins LAA (B) Troy Glaus STL (A) Jerry Hairston NYY (B) Mike Lamb MIL Melvin Mora * BAL (B) Juan Uribe SF Catchers Rod Barajas TOR (B) Josh Bard BOS Michael Barrett TOR Henry Blanco SD Ramon Castro CWS Ramon Hernandez * CIN (B) Jason Kendall MIL (B) Jason LaRue STL Victor Martinez * BOS (A) Chad Moeller BAL Benji Molina SF (A) Jose Molina NYY Miguel Olivo * KC (B) Mike Redmond MIN Ivan Rodriguez TEX (B) Brian Schneider NYM Yorvit Torrealba * COL (B) Jason Varitek * BOS (B) Gregg Zaun * TB Outfielders Bobby Abreu LAA (A) Garret Anderson ATL (B) Rick Ankiel STL Rocco Baldelli BOS Jason Bay BOS (A) Marlon Byrd TEX (B) Mike Cameron MIL (B) Frank Catalanotto TEX Endy Chavez SEA Coco Crisp * KC Carl Crawford * TB (B) Johnny Damon NYY (A) David Dellucci CLE Jermaine Dye * CWS (A) Darin Erstad HOU Cliff Floyd SD Ryan Freel TEX Brian Giles SD (B) Ken Griffey Jr. SEA Vladimir Guerrero LAA (A) Eric Hinske NYY Matt Holliday STL (A) Geoff Jenkins * PHI Reed Johnson CHC Andruw Jones TEX Gabe Kapler TB Austin Kearns * WAS Mark Kotsay CHW Hideki Matusi NYY (B) Jason Michaels CLE Xavier Nady NYY (B) Magglio Ordonez * DET Scott Podsednik CHW Manny Ramirez * LAD (A) Dave Roberts SF Gary Sheffield NYM Fernando Tatis NYM (B) Randy Winn SF (B) Starting Pitchers Brandon Backe HOU Josh Beckett * BOS Erik Bedard SEA (B) Daniel Cabrera ARZ Bartolo Colon CWS Jose Contreras COL Doug Davis ARZ (B) Justin Duchscherer OAK (B) Adam Eaton COL Kelvim Escobar LAA Jon Garland * LAD (B) Tom Glavine ATL Mike Hampton HOU Rich Harden CHC (B) Livan Hernandez WAS Tim Hudson * ATL Randy Johnson SF (B) John Lackey LAA (A) Cliff Lee * PHI (A) Braden Looper * MIL (B) Jason Marquis COL (B) Kevin Millwood * TEX Brett Myers PHI Vicente Padilla * LAD (B) Carl Pavano MIN (B) Brad Penny SF Odalis Perez WAS Andy Pettitte NYY (B) Joel Pineiro STL (B) Sidney Ponson KC Jason Schmidt LAD John Smoltz STL Tim Wakefield * BOS (B) Jarrod Washburn DET Brandon Webb * ARZ (B) Todd Wellemeyer STL Randy Wolf (A) Relief Pitchers Luis Ayala FLA Danys Baez BAL Miguel Batista SEA Joe Beimel COL (B) Joaquin Benoit TEX Rafael Betancourt * COL (A) Chad Bradford BAL Doug Brocail * HOU (B) Kiko Calero FLA (B) Elmer Dessens NYM Brendan Donnelly FLA Octavio Dotel CWS (A) Alan Embree COL Scott Eyre PHI (B) Josh Fogg COL Chad Fox CHC Ryan Franklin * STL Gary Glover WAS Mike Gonzalez ATL (A) Tom Gordon ARZ John Grabow CHC (A) Kevin Gregg CHC (A) Eddie Guardado TEX LaTroy Hawkins HOU (A) Mark Hendrickson BAL Matt Herges COL Trevor Hoffman MIL (A) Bobby Howry SF (B) Jason Isringhausen TB Masahide Kobayashi * CLE Brandon Lyon DET (B) Ron Mahay MIN Gary Majewski WAS Guillermo Mota LAD (B) Will Ohman * LAD (B) Darren Oliver LAA (A) Chan Ho Park PHI (B) Troy Percival TB J.J. Putz * NYM Juan Rincon COL Fernando Rodney DET (B) Duaner Sanchez NYM Scott Schoeneweis ARZ Brian Shouse * TB (B) Rafael Soriano ATL (A) Russ Springer TB (B) Brett Tomko OAK Jose Valverde HOU (A) Claudio Vargas MIL Ron Villone WAS Luis Vizcaino * COL Billy Wagner BOS (A) Jamie Walker BAL Jeff Weaver LAD Kip Wells CIN Jamey Wright KC

When is Jay BRUCE going to get called up? by J Man Q: Ryan Freel?? Corey Patterson? come on!

A: I would think really soon. I have been scouting him for a while now too, and Corey Patterson has gone a whopping 0 - 7 so far in today's long game against the Padres. The Reds have been acting ridiculously with this Jay Bruce situation, and I think the time has come where Bruce has completely forced his way onto this team now. This can't go on much longer. UPDATE: JAY BRUCE WILL BE CALLED UP BEFORE TOMORROW'S GAME ON MAY 27!

Who is Starting For the Cincinati Red's at Center Field? by Barnaby Q: Ryan Freel, or Corey Patterson??????

A: Looks to me like Patterson gets the bulk of the ABs in CF, with Freel serving as backup there and elsewhere. Freel is very valuable in his super-sub role, and should see plenty of playing time at any rate.

im not doin to good with my fantasy baseball team how do i get more points? by ... Q: my team is: C benjie molina 1b paul konerko 2b mark lorretta 3b garrett atkins ss miguel tejada OF jermaine dye jim edmonds cliff floyd bench:eric byrnes,torii hunter,dave roberts util ryan freel pitchers: sp pedro martinez sp josh beckett rp derrick turnbow rp dave weathers p c.c. sabathia p tom glavine p ervan santana bench tony armas,tyler walker its a 5x5 roto 12 team league i want to get a closer or someone good at relief someone dropped scot shileds in my league i would like to get him but who should i drop to get him???? i have a trade pending right now: i get: of adam dunn he gets: c.c. sabthia

A: WELL, if you want my opinion..... OK?

What is your fantasy baseball draft strategy in a normal 5x5 league? by John Doe Q: Mine is hitters over pitchers, and NEVER blow off a category. Further specifics will be kept to myself because I want to hear what you have to say.

A: This is my strategy, I'll use the draft I did a couple days ago as an example: I think hitting over pitching is the only successful way to go. Even if you have second pick, with Johan ranked on Yahoo! as the second best player overall, you still should take a hitter. I never take a pitcher until round 5 or 6. One thing I've done lately is that I take a good starter round 5, a good reliever round 6, and then another good reliever round 7 to assure that I can win saves multiple times. This strategy ended up getting me Billy Wagner and J.J. Putz along with the starter I took in the 5th round, Brandon Webb. I think I am to stick with that startegy. As for the first 4 rounds, never take more than 1 outfielder in the first 4 rounds because that position has the most depth obviously and valuable OF's can still be found in rounds 8-15. For example, I got Andruw Jones round 3, Corey Patterson round 9, and Nick Swisher round 13. I love this outfield which furthermore makes me love this startegy. Now, what about those other 3 first 4 round picks? One I used on Andruw Jones (duh) and the other I used on infielders, considering there are only 4 or 5 reliable ones for every infield position. My first pick (I had the 10th pick out of 12 teams) I took Chase Utley because I think 2B and C are the hardest positions to fill. My second pick I took Derek Jeter. Third obviously, Andruw Jones, and my fourth pick I took Victor Martinez. So I stick to this gameplan: -NEVER take a pitcher until round 5 -NEVER take more than one outfielder in the first 4 rounds -Use an early draft pick on an upper echelon 2B or C because I feel they are the hardest spots to fill -Rounds 5-7 take 1 SP and 2 RP - From there, fill in the gaps with guys who can help in particular stats -You hit it right one the head, never blow off any category. It only takes 1 guy sometimes like a Chris Duffy or a Chone Figgins to win SB's or a good week out of Robinson Cano to lift your team .avg slightly over your opponents This is how my "strategy" played out: C- Victor Martinez 1B- Gary Sheffield 2B- Chase Utley 3B- Bill Hall (Glad I got this guy) SS- Derek Jeter OF- Andruw Jones OF- Corey Patterson OF- Nick Swisher Util- Ryan Freel B- Ryan Shealy B- Chris Burke SP- Brandon Webb SP- Freddy Garcia SP- Mark Buerhle RP- Billy Wagner RP- J.J. Putz P- Jose Valverde P- Takashi Saito B- Tim Hudson B- Gil Meche (I know it was stupid, but I thought, the Royals must see SOMETHING in him) If this team doesn't win me the league, I'l be stunned. I think I'm probably weak in SB's and my SP could use some improvement, but I love this team and plan on sticking to this strategy. Feel free to use!

Where do you realistically expect your team to finish in 2008? by Jeff S Q: My team is the Seattle Mariners. I expect them to finish this year as second in division. I hope to be talking about the possibility of being in the playoffs well into September.

A: My Team: Cinicinnati Reds Finish: 3rd in NL Central Reds have always had a strong batting lineup. Features Scott Hatteburg, Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Ryan Freel and Brandon Phillips. I expect that to only get better. What will keep us from the playoffs is our pitching. We have 2 strong starters in Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo, but have no legit presence behind that. We got a good pickup in closer with Francisco Cordero form the Brewers, so then we can move David weather to a setup role which should improve our bullpen significantly. But as is, I think we will need a Colorado Rockies-like streak to get into the playoffs.

Michael Bourn is killing my BA, should I drop him? by The Don Q: I'm trying to trade but if that doesn't pan out should i drop Bourn for either ryan freel or erick aybar? 10 team league and i don't have much else in the way of steals except alex rios..but free and aybar are on the waiver. on the bench i have kevin youkilis, robinson cano, jeremy hermida and jorge posada....so no speed.

A: i'm with the guys above.. need more info. But without the info, I've gotta say.. Just bench the guy. Freel and Aybar are weak options. I'd find it hard to believe you wouldn't have a more suitable option already sitting on the bench. But again, I don't have your roster info, so I can't really give any advice here.

How does my fantasy baseball team look? Suggestions? by Andrew S Q: Just did a live fantasy baseball draft yesterday. Here is my current team: C - Jorge Posada 1B - Lance Berkman 2B - Rickie Weeks SS - Rafael Furcal 3B - Alex Rodriguez OF - Matt Holliday OF - Carlos Lee OF - Jermaine Dye DH - Frank Thomas UTIL - Rocco Baldelli Bench - Tadahito Iguchi Bench - Chad Tracy Bench - Ray Durham Bench - Ryan Freel SP - Jered Weaver SP - Dan Haren SP - Bronson Arroyo SP - Rich Harden SP - Andy Pettitte RP - Chad Cordero RP - Bobby Jenks Bench - Francisco Cordero Now, any suggestions on who I should drop, pickup, trade? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

A: Well your team looks pretty good but i do see one thing that might be a problem. I see a lot of injury prone players on your team such as (Harden, Pettitte, Weeks,Thomas). If they stay healthy you should definately compete in your league. You might want to add a couple more starting pitchers and drop a couple of your bench players like Iguchi and Durham, i think they are the weakest.

Can you please tell me what you think of my Fantasy Baseball Team? by cena'shomeboy Q: be as brutely honest as possible. My team is as follows: C) Michael Barrett 1B) Prince Fielder 2B) Dan Uggla 3B) Ryan Freel SS) David Eckstein OF) Juan Pierre OF) Pat Burrell OF) Sammy Sosa OF) Randy Winn MI) Josh Barfield CI) Mike Lamb Util) Placido Polanco DH) David Ortiz P) Daisuke Matsuzaka P) Dave Bush P) Andy Pettite P)Francisco Rodriguez P) Scott Shields P) Freddy Garcia P) Joel Piniero P) Dan Wheeler P) Seth McClung Bench: Seth McClung (P), Boof Bonser (P), Rod Barajas(C), Jared Wright(P). Keep in mind that I am in a 16-team auction ESPN league. Our cap was 270.00. The categories are: runs, avg, bb, hr, sb, rbi and for pitching they are: W,BB,ERA,Holds,SV,WHIP,K/9. I might be forgetting some of the categories, but you get the idea.

A: well the categories are kinda strange to me and as a result ur team looks overall good...seems to me that u want more relief pitchers than starters, so shields is great..i would look up craig henson from boston if he begins to shine through as he could end up takin up the closer spot or at least get a lot of holds..... u have a lot of speed which is great for the categories that are in place in your league but, should prolly try to trade a freel or pierre for a guy that bats in the middle of the lineup and can get u hrs, rbis, and bbs

Why the hell is Ryan Freel not starting for the Cincinatti Reds?!?!?!?!?1? by bossmaster5001 Q: Why the hell is Ryan Freel not starting for the Cincinatti Reds?!?!?!?!? Is the manager an idiot or soemthing???????

A: Don't worry, he's supposed to get a lot of playing time anyway.

What do you think of my fantasy team? by nick a Q: C- Ivan Rodriguez 1b- Paul Konerko 2b-Chase Utley 3b-David Wright ss- Carlos Guillen LF- Adam Dunn CF- Dave Roberts RF- Ryan Freel UTIL- Nick Swisher BN-Mike Cameron BN-Jason Giambi BN-Frank Thomas BN-Kenny Lofton BN-Moises Alou Pitching SP- Daisuke Matsuzaka SP-Mike Mussina SP-Curt Schilling RP-Jonathan Papelbon RP-JJ Putz P-Jose Contreras P-Chien-Ming Wang P- Tom Glavine P- Ian Snell Any comments are appreciated!

A: It's alright

Your thoughts on former Reds player Ryan Freel committing suicide? by jim Q: This guy made over $11 million in his 8 yr MLB career. Why would he end his own life?

Do you think the Reds wil be good this year? by es_harper2007 Q: I think they have potential with Arroyo, Harang, Ryan Freel, and Adam Dunn, but after last year, I don't know.

A: We can only hope. I say trade Griffey for a couple of good hitting prospects and go and get a bullpen. and please move Dunn to firstbase.

What do you think of my fantasy baseball team? by F1reflyfan Q: Jason Varitek (C) Jason Giambi (1b) Josh Barfield (2b) Ryan Freel (3b) Jose Reyes (ss) Carlos Lee (of) Jason Bay (of) Magglio Ordonez (of) Jim Edmonds (util) Brian Giles Jonny Gomes John Smoltz (sp) Jeremy Bonderman (sp) Francisco Rodriguez (rp) Todd Jones (rp) Jason Schmidt (p) John Patterson (p) Chris Young (p) Francisco Liriano Kerry Wood Mark Mulder

A: First thing first Liriano needs to go he had Tommy John Surgery and is out till 2008. Next your batting avg is weak I believe Mulder is out till July and Edmonds is starting the season on the DL. The good: Starting Pitching is good Schmidt will do good in Dodgers staduim and Smoltz, Bonderman will get you K's, Patterson if healthy could be a nice surprise(2005stats:31 starts W/L9-7 K's 185 ERA 3.13 Whip 1.19 2006 injuried) K-rod, Jones good closers. Its a good starting point but id say some work is need.

Can Ryan Freel help the Cubs? by [email protected] Q: I'm anxious to see what Ryan Freel can do for the Cubs when he plays tonight vs. the Brewers. He's very versatile on defense, and he hits decent for his average. I think he could help the Cubs offensively and defensively until Ramirez returns. Do you see Ryan Freel as an impact player for the Cubs? Until Ramirez returns from his injuries, let's see what Freel can do for the Cubs.

A: He could potentially be a GREAT Trade.His defensive versatility could help the Cubs a lot.He could play 3B today and RF tomorrow.He also hits for a decent average and is a good base runner.

Can you help improve my last place team? by hellogovna Q: Hey there.... I am so lost with this team.. Please make suggestions C Victor Martinez 1B Lance Berkman 2B Chase Utley 3B Ryan Freel SS Miguel Tejada OF Delmon Young OF Rocco Baldelli OF Nick Markakis Util Brian McCann Bn Shawn Green Bn Scott Rolen DL Howie Kendrick P Noah Lowry P Chien-Ming Wang RP Ryan Dempster RP Joakim Soriah P Ben Sheets P Braden Looper p James Shields Bn Chad Cordero Bn Felix Hernandez Bn Ian Snell FA include Felipe lopez Geoff Jenkins Josh Barfield Alex Gonzalez Mark Teahen Kenny Lofton Eric Chavez Ervin Santana Javier Vazquez I'm especially torn with Scott Rolen and any suggestions will help!

A: Well one move I would make is to add Javier Vasquez, and drop Chien Ming Wang. I have Javier asquez on my team and he has performed well.So far he is 2-1 with about a 3.5 ERA. He will probably end up with 200 k's.Chien Ming Wang was a fluke last year. He can't put up 15 wins again with only striking out 75 batters ni a seasin. Vasquez is much more valuable for fantasy baseball. Also, if you take out Freel at third base and put in Scott Rolen your lineup will be mch more productive.

Do you think the Reds wil be good this year? by es_harper2007 Q: I think they have potential with Arroyo, Harang, Ryan Freel, and Adam Dunn, but after last year, I don't know.

A: I'm a big Reds fan as well but I dont think their best time has come. I think they finish about the same this year.. maybe a few games over .500. But despite this I think they look really good for the near future... hopefully we can get Homer Bailey and Joey Votto a lot of playing time later this season and the current team has plenty of young talent as is.

How does my fantasy team look? by Ashman78 Q: C- Ivan Rodriguez 1B- Carlos Delgado 2B- Josh Barfield SS- Jimmy Rollins 3B- Mark Teahen OF- Carlos Beltran OF- Tori Hunter OF- Curtis Granderson Utility- Barry Bonds Utility- Dave Roberts Utility- Ryan Freel Utilty- Chris Duncan SP- Roy Oswalt SP- Jason Schmidt SP- A.J. Burnett SP- Mrk Buerhle SP- Nate Robertson SP- Tim Hudson RP- Jason Isringhausen RP- Chad Cordero RP- Huston Street

A: Looking at your team I must say that I am quite impressed. It is obvious to me that you must be very experienced and possess a great deal of baseball savvy. Your team is among the finest that I have seen this season and I commend you on your choices. You have assembled a team with a great mix of speed and power, as well as a very solid pitching staff. Although there may be some injury concerns, the depth that you have built into this team is extraordinary. You appear headed to victory and a very satisfying season. If you haven't done so, I suggest that you look into the possibility of making this more than a hobby. You certainly have some keen insights on the way a baseball team is assembled. Good Luck

How is my fantasy baseball team? Is this a team that is capable of a championship? by saints'n'cardz4life Q: C - Victor Martinez 1B - Albert Pujols 2B - Dan Uggla 3B - Scott Rolen SS - Edgar Renteria OF - Carlos Lee OF - Juan Pierre OF - Nick Swisher Util - Jason Giambi BN - Ryan Freel BN - Willy Taveras SP - Brandon Webb SP - C. C. Sabathia RP - Salomon Torres RP - Jorge Julio P - Adam Wainwright P - John Smoltz P - Tim Hudson BN - Anthony Reyes DL - Bartolo Colon

A: I think you have more than good chance to win. You have power with Pujols, Lee, Swisher, and Giambi. You have average with Pujols, Renteria, and maybe Pierre. You have great starting pitching. The only thing I would worry about is your saves. You don't have a lot of potential saves on your roster.

How would u rate my Fantasy baseball team in 1-10? by MR Baseball73 Q: I know my team isnt that good. Im in a H2H 14 team league 5 by 5 categories. Any suggestions on what I should trade to get my team to the playoffs. Michael Barrett 1B Richie Sexson 2B Howie Kendrick 3B Ryan Freel SS Édgar Rentería OF Juan Pierre OF Willy Taveras OF Carlos Beltrán Util Travis Hafner BN Pedro Feliz BN Aubrey Huff BN Luis Castillo SP Jake Peavy SP C.C. Sabathia SP Barry Zito Ryan Dempster RP Octavio Dotel P Joe Blanton P Nate Robertson BN Claudio Vargas BN Oliver Pérez DL Freddy García

A: okay bro check it..... c- Michael Barret....Barrett hit 16 HR for the third time in three years, though he did it in just 375 ABs in '06. He also had a career-high .302 average and .885 OPS. A foul ball off his nether-regions ended his year on September 2, but he'll be okay for spring. In a league bereft of consistent fantasy catchers, he's solid....good for 15-20/70/.300 which are rather excellent numbers for a catcher.... 1b- Richie Sexson.........How'd this guy hit 34 HR and 107 RBI last year? Better yet, how'd he hit .264? Sexson struggled through a terrible first 2.5 months, hitting .205 on June 18. Thereafter, he hit .311 with 23 dingers. Seattle tried to trade him, but he's still a slugger, with an .842 OPS in a bad year. He's always a good value in the long run.....saying this the seattle offense has improved some what and sexson is poised for another really good year so he shouold get you about 40/120/.270 and thats good enough..... 2b- Howie Kendrick.....Kendrick is as swing-happy as Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice, but he has elite B.A. skills, solid power and some speed. He's hungry, hard-working, and he has the Angels' starting job.....expect to get 20/70/.310 and 16 stolen bases as well..... 3b- Ryan Freel.....Freel gets on base and steals a lot, but he has very poor power for an outfielder in shallow leagues. He's past 30 and he is somewhat brittle, so what you see is what you get.....and what you will end up getting is about 6/30/.280 and close to 40 stolen bases.... ss- Edgar Renteria.....As long as the Braves don't return to Boston, Edgar's bounce-back is for real. Count on him for numbers across the board, but don't expect elite levels in any category. .....20/80/.300 and 15 stolen bases as well for renteria who has a resurgence since playing out in boston......... of- Juan Pierre....Speed kills when you don't have it. Pierre offers elite SB and solid BA every year, and his runs bounce back after a season on the jinxed Cubs of '06. As a mid-tier OF1 in NL, or OF2 in Mixed, he guarantees you can ignore steals for a while. May be undervalued after perceived so-so year.......last year had 203 hits and dont expect those numbers to go down either.....look for him to give you numbers in the area of 3/40/.295 and get ya around 55 stolen bases as well..... of- Wily Taveras.......Steals make Taveras a more valuable fantasy commodity than his hitting might otherwise indicate, but then, he's also a really good defensive centerfielder. A lock for at least 40 SB, Fast Willy needs to improve his career OBP of .329 to climb out of the Scot Podsednik school of ugly leadoff men.....saying that...look for him to give you 3/50/.270 and steal ya about 56 stolen bases as well out in colorado..... of- Carlos Beltran.....Beltran is one of the top power/speed players in the game and in his prime. Even with Shea's negative effects, he will hit better at home this year than last so expect a slight rebound in BA. He's also announced to the world that he'd like to get back to his old base-stealing habits for the run-happy Mets. adn he has the same protection as right hitting in frotn and behind him so sees alot of good pitches to hit...so you should get thse kinds of numbers out of him 35-40/110/.290 and 30 sb this year...... util- Travis Hafner.....Pronk can anchor an offense, but is oft-discounted for his lack of positional eligibility. Feel free to take advantage. He has 50 homer, 150 RBI upside, and no, two consecutive seasons ended by errent pitches do not make him injury-prone....and he is hitting in an extremely young extremely underrated lineup out in cleveland so expect him to really produce this year and he could be mvp as well...so he should get you about 45-50/140/.315 on the year... bn- Pedro Feliz.....do you think pedros batting eye getting worse? Success is based on how feared Barry Bonds is by opposing pitchers. Since the answer is Kinda, expect right at 20 HR and a terrible AVG....he is still good due to eligibilty at multiple positions so that raises his value and the fact that he hits 20+ is good look for him to go 20/80/.250 on the year with san fransisco.... bn- Aubrey Huff.....Huff will provide some value in '06 because he'll start with position eligibility at 3B and OF, and play 1B, too. His days as a 30-HR man are frozen in time back in 2003, and his long, loopy swing has always scared people. An .800 OPS season with frustrating slumps is likely.....look for him to contribute to your team about 25/90/.270 and 5 stolen bases as well.... bn- Luis Castillo....At a position with only one truly elite player (Utley), Castillo is part of a large upper-middle class. He's a solid contributor in terms of runs, BA and steals, but he won't carry you in any of those categories. Castillo is like ordering salmon in a nice restaurant. Guaranted to be good, almost impossible to be great.....look for him to give you 3/50/.295 and steal 20+ as well.... as for your pitching rotation...... sp- Jake Peavy.....Bounce-back player of the year candidate. After pitching in the WBC, he never seemed to find his rhythm all year. Watch for renewed focus, especially with Yoda Maddux nearby. SP1 with 200 K in all formats....lol...so saying that means watch him contend for the cy young this year....look for him to post a 14-11 record and era around 3.50 and 210+ strikeouts for him out in san diego with the padres... sp- CC Sabathia......He's been around forever, but he's only 26 and primed to have a career year or two sometime soon. Can anchor a staff, ravage a buffet table and, with better run support, contend for the Cy Young....with a revamped bullpen in clevalend is on tab to win 17 games this year with an era around 3 and a half on the year sp- Barry Zito....Remember how everyone treated A-Rod after his contract was signed? Zito doesn't have the makeup to handle that type of criticism. What's more, his numbers won't be that much better than Matt Morris.....look for his record to be about 15-11 with 170 strikeouts and era around 3.90 for the entire year in san francisco..... rp- Ryan Dempster....All that money the Cubs spent everywhere else, and this guy's still blowing, er, closing games for them. Don't get us wrong: Dempster's accomplished a lot with what he's got. But his career WHIP is 1.55, he blew nine saves in '06, and was replaced down the stretch by Bob Howry. The leash is short....look for him to give you 25 saves and an era around 4 and a half....thats not what you want out of a closer.... rp- octavio dotel is on the dl as of right now....Being the closer for the Royals means few save opportunities. Coming back from Tommy John means ups and downs. The two together mean Dotel should see 20 saves, but you'll hate yourself in the morning.....expect almost exact numbers as dempster right above except even fewer saves.... p- Joe Blanton.... The A's are upset that Blanton has put on weight. We're upset that his repertoire has gone from that of a power pitcher in college, to that of a roto bench player. There's more in the tank for Blanton -- he's got fantasy #3 starter potential -- but draft him as a #5 or #6 fantasy starter in '07.....look for him to give you about 13-12 and era around 4.30 and 160 strikeouts as well.... p- Nate Robertson....Whatever it was that infected Detroit's pitchers in 2006, Robertson had it too. He posted his best major league season, not an unlikely feat at age 29, and offers wins and strikeouts without posing much of a risk to the ratios. Don't reach for him, but he's good middle-of-the-rotation filler......expect the same numbers as joe blanton but a lower era as well.... bn- Claudio Vargas.....Vargas will benefit from getting out of Arizona. His road WHIP in '06 was 1.21 (1.63 at home); his road BAA was .243 (.303 at home). He struck out 123 in 167.2 IP, and is a flyball pitcher, which made him a bad Diamondback. He's Milwaukee's fourth starter, but he could have a surprisingly good year......look for him to have a 10-9 record and k around 150 on the year and era around 4........... bn- Oliver Perez....The Mets may be desperate enough to let Perez try to reclaim his past form while starting for them, but you aren't. The Ks aren't worth the Jon-Favreau-Post-Swingers-sized ERA and WHIP....not even worth putting up numbers because he wont do good at all... dl- Freddy Garcia....Drop in K's and rise in hits over last three seasons, but the move to the NL should fix some of that. Freddy wins, slots in as the Phillies No. 2 , and is worth owning in all formats. But unless the K's come back, he's a weak SP2 in NL, decent SP 4 in Mixed. Look elsewhere for ERA and WHIP strength.....16-9 150k and era around 4 for the year overall your lineup is FAST and has a good mix of power as well i think....you knwo your going to get sb out of kendrick, freel renteria, pierre, taveras, beltran, and castillo and thats more than plenty and you will get the bulk of your power from sexson, renteria, beltran, hafner, and huff, and most of your hitters hit for a good average as well..here is a list of sleepers if you do indeed want to put someone else on your bench... c- iannetta who could have breakout year 1b- adrian gonzalez who will hit around 30+homers 2b- ty wigginton who can hit the deep ball and is eligible at multiple positions 3b- iwamura who will hit for average ss- troy tulowitzki will as well have a breakout year at ss in colorado of- chris duncan will hit around 30 homers this year of- jonny gomes will hit alot of hw as well if healthy of- brad hawpe is good for around 20 homers in colorado util- nick markakis is going to have a stellar year for baltimore this kid is here to stay and as for your rotatoin you have 3 aces on that staff and the rest are quailty decent starters...as for your rp( theyr non existent) that to me looks like your most glaring weakness......here is a list of sleepers if you want to improve your team Sp- Jason jennings is going to have a very solid year in houston proving that on his first outing sp- chuck james who has kept his era this spring around 1 in 5 starts will be stellar in atlanta this year sp- clay hensley who has a good k rate should do fine in sd if healthy rp- dan wheeler could close out the year in houston if lidge cant go.... rp- torres could shock alot of people has kept ball down this yera and could save around 30 games p- wainwright who also has kept era around 1 this spring....... p- jeremy sowers who proved he could pitch in cleveland last year shall repeat again thsiy ear p- westbrook is consistent as they come overall this team needs more rp but other than that quality team hope i helped goodluck and have fun!!!!

Out of these players, who will hav the best season? by The quiet one Q: I hope u werent expecting id say super stars, but out of these players, who will be best this year? Jhonny Peralta, Melvin Mora, Mark Teahen, Ryan Freel and Jonny Gomes.

A: Melvin Mora, he is a great fielder, and has a decient bat. He should have a great season this year

How does my fantasy baseball team look? by yo yo Q: C Jorge Posada 1B Jason Giambi 2B Dan Uggla 3B Ryan Freel SS Miguel Tejada CI Adam LaRoche MI Hanley Ramirez IF Edwin Encarnacion OF Vladimir Gurerrero OF Ichiro Suzuki OF Adam Dunn OF Andre Ethier OF Luis Gonzalez UT Michael Barrett (C) BN Pedro Feliz BN Reed Johnson BN Trot Nixon SP C.C. Sabathia SP Curt Schilling RP Mariano Rivera RP Jason Isringhausen P Randy Johnson P Ervin Santana P Scot Shields P Justin Duchscherer P Brad Penny P Adam Wainwright P Duaner Sanchez Fernando Rodney Cla Meredith How good is it and what do I need to improve on? The categories are like regular public, but as u can see, there are a lot more positions in this league.

A: It depends on how many people are in your league. If it is more than 10 then your team looks good.

The Dodgers and Padres have an interest in Adam Dunn. How should the Reds treat this? by Schubert Q: I think that since the Padres play in a pitcher friendly ballpark, we could get Jake Peavy, a dominant number one starter with an ERA under 2. Do you suppose we could: Trade Dunn and (starting pitcher, like Kyle Lohse) for Jake Peavy? This would give Ryan Freel the opportunity to play everyday, putting Freel in left, Josh Hamilton in center, and Ken Griffey in right? That way, Freel and Norris Hopper could split time. Wayne Krivsky could also go to the Braves possibly and get a long relief pitcher to help the Reds horrendous bullpen.

A: Good deal for the Reds, but there's no way the Padres give up Peavy for anyone, especially a guy who will be a free agent soon enough. The Dodgers are a more likely candidate, because they have plenty of pitching to deal and have looser purse strings. I'm sure they could part with a starter, and they desperately need some power in that lineup. The Reds need pitching badly, and they have to get a #2-3 starter in return for Dunn.

Can anybody tell me how to improve my team? by The quiet one Q: C-Pudge 1b-Justin Morneau 2b-Brandon Phillips 3b-Chipper Jones ss-Jimmy Rollin OF-Jermaine Dye OF-Juan Pierre OF-Magglio Ordonez Util- Jhonny Peralta bench-Melvin Mora b-Mark Teahen b-Ryan Freel b-Jonny Gomes SP- Johan Santana SP-Justin Verlander RP-Joe Borowski RP-Chris Ray P-Jason Schmidt P-Derek Lowe P-Dave Bush B-Noah Lowry Any suggestion on how to make it better? Or would i just be messing with a good thing?

A: The only suggestion I would have is you might need another closer to get you some saves.

How is my fantasy baseball team looking heading into the playoffs? by Kyle K Q: I have already clinched a playoff spot. 10 team league, with 6 team playoffs. I am the 5 seed. Playoffs start tomorrow. C- Victor Martinez 1B- Lyle Overbay 2B- Tadahito Iguchi 3B- Miguel Cabrera SS- Orlando Cabrera LF- Jason Bay CF- Juan Pierre RF- Jeff Francouer Utility- Garret Atkins Utility- Joe Crede Bench- Juan Rivera Bench- Ryan Freel SP- Roy Oswalt SP- Jered Weaver SP- Josh Johnson SP- Jeff Francis RP- Joe Borowski RP- Justin Duchscherer (filling in for Huston Street) P- Scott Olsen P- Jose Contreras Bench- Ben Sheets Bench- Jason Jennings Bench- Freddy Garcia DL- Francisco Liriano DL- Huston Street

A: your team is full of a lot of role playing baseball athletes those who just blend in with the rest there is no great player on your team who can put up great daily numbers these are who you would love to have together on a real baseball team not a fantasy but no doubt about it your team is pretty good so good they got you to the playoffs thats two thumbs up for you and good luck peace .

What do you think of my fantasy baseball team? by Trent Q: Ok, this is the first time i did a live draft and I want to know if I did good or bad. Batters C-Joe Mauer, Min 1B-Adam LaRoche, Pit 2B-Tadahito Iguchi, CWS 3B-Scott Rolen, StL SS-Carlos Guillen, Det OF-Vladimir Guerrero, LAA OF-Adam Dunn, Cin OF-Corey Patterson, Bal UTIL-Stephen Drew, Ari SS Bench BN-Barry Bonds, SF OF BN-Pat Burrell, Phi OF (DTD) BN-Ryan Freel, Cin OF BN-EMPTY DL-Freddy Sanchez*, Pit 2B, 3B, SS (DL15) Pitchers P-Chris Carpenter, StL (SP) P-Roy Oswalt, Hou (SP) P-Huston Street, Oak (RP) P-Trevor Hoffman, SD (RP) P-Brad Lidge, Hou (RP) P-Akinori Otsuka, Tex (RP) Bench P-Adam Wainwright, StL (RP) Adam Wainwright is going to be starting pitcher this year, but they have him classified as a releiver.

A: good team u got some nice balance their

Can anyone tell me when was the last time a player banged out two triples in the same game? by wrepete1951 Q: Ryan Freel of the Cincinnati Reds did it in yesterday's win over Colorado. Does anyone know when this was last done? Given the fact that even the speediest baserunners are lucky to accumulate ten triples over the course of an entire season, I would think this would be quite rare. If you have an accurate answer to this question, it would be greatly appreciated!

A: Rollins Triples Twice As Phillies Hold Off Giants POSTED: 11:29 pm PDT May 3, 2007 San Francisco, CA -- (Sports Network) - Jimmy Rollins hit two triples, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 9-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game set.

Do you think the injuries are hurting the Cubs on offense? by [email protected] Q: Never before have I seen as many injuries as we are dealing with right now. I am still hoping Ryan Freel can help the Cubs on offense, and I can't wait to see what he can do for the Cubs in the starting lineup. I do know Derrek Lee is coming back during the Padres series at Wrigley Field, and his return will help the Cubs. Once Lee and Ramirez return, will they both be able to stabilize their offense? Trust me, we need them back soon.

A: Theres still 130 games left, no need to panic yet. You need to put things into proper perpspective. Aaron Heilman, however, now there's a problem. He's going to cost you game after game after game after game after game....I think you get the picture...

Why is corey patterson still playing on the reds major league club? by George B Q: The guy went 0-8 so far today, batting right at .200, how is this guy stealing time from ryan freel and how is he still on the club? send his ass down and bring bruce up?

A: Dusty will stick with Patterson through thick and thin, he did it with the Cubs, now he's doing it with the Reds, Corey will be out there until Dusty or he leaves the team.

When is Jay Bruce being called up to the Bigs? by LBC-Lakers Q: I can't wait to scoop him up once he is in the bigs. Corey isn't hitting and ryan freel is horrible, so Jay might get a chance this year.

A: soon if Adam Dunn, & Corey Patterson keep playing the way they are

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