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Postby stumpak » Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:27 pm

If if the Rangers wanted to play him every day (which they don't) I don't think that he would be ableto hit 400 ABs. If your league format allows unlimited daily transactions and line-up changes, however, he may be worth picking up periodically to play against lefties. I agree that Johnny Gomes 2006 is the likely outcome overall , but his splits mean that he is still servicable against lefties if you have a hole in your line-up due to injury or whatever else.

If he hits .270 with 30 HRs I will personally eat a big plate of poop.
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Postby stomperrob » Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:33 pm

As long as they keep an eye on his bat and his urine, I don't see him contributing much at this point in his career.

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Postby hookem2003 » Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:13 pm

Yoda wrote:We'll see the real Sosa when pitchers start throwing for real.


BINGO. Apparently, he's been the real-life Pedro Serrano this spring. Straight ball he hits very much, breaking ball not so much. Worth keeping an eye on, I guess, but this is one ranger fan who is still VERY skeptical.
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Postby jfg » Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:23 pm

stumpak wrote:If if the Rangers wanted to play him every day (which they don't) I don't think that he would be ableto hit 400 ABs. If your league format allows unlimited daily transactions and line-up changes, however, he may be worth picking up periodically to play against lefties. I agree that Johnny Gomes 2006 is the likely outcome overall , but his splits mean that he is still servicable against lefties if you have a hole in your line-up due to injury or whatever else.

If he hits .270 with 30 HRs I will personally eat a big plate of poop.


Like I said earlier if you get him just to play lefties it's not worth it because his power comes against right handers. 280 average and few homeruns is not going to look very good in the utility spot. I still think he's worth a spot on the bench though if he can bring that RHP average up 15-20 points which would still be 10-15 points below his averages from the seasons just before 2005, so it might be possible.
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Postby Esen » Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:05 pm

well in an 18 team, he is worth a $1 bench spot. period
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Postby Deuce » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:32 pm

I picked him in the 25th round of a 10 team keeper. If he has a break out, I'll be there. That spot is usually taken by a rotating SP, but this early in the season, hopefully my pitching is on. If not, no problem, time to find who's hot on the WW.
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Postby Denmarch » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:29 am

Did Sosa see Frank Thomas's little renaissance and say "me too"!?

You can point to the Rangers' outfield of youngsters and subpar performers, but there are still about five potential outfielders in addition to Sosa. There's also that Botts guy who has some real power potential and can challenge Sosa for the DH spot. Sosa will get at-bats, but there are enough players banging at his playing-time door that he'll have a pretty short leash if he slumps.

The Rangers speak highly of Cruz and Botts, they signed Lofton for a reason, etc. This is not a team that will easily give Sosa a full-time gig.
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Postby The Jury » Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:32 am

Well he's not going to be doing anything special unless he's big again. Sammy Sosa the same size as he was in Baltimore isn't worth much.

Has anyone seen him this year to see if he's bulked again, which would give him a better chance of being useful?
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