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With the 2008 rankings in the books — yo it’s in the books, ya’ll! — we set our eyes on the top free agents during this 2008 offseason. First we look at some hitter free agents and how they might be affected for fantasy baseball purposes. This won’t be a list of all the free agent hitters. If you want that, it’s here. This is just a list of some of the bigger free agent hitters that I feel like discussing and how their free agency may affect them for 2009. Also, this list won’t mention any guys that are potentially moving this offseason via trade. I hear Billy Butler might be traded so that might affect his 2009, but he won’t be mentioned here, except, ya know, right there where I just mentioned him. Anyway, here’s the top 2008 free agents, the hitters’ edition:

Manny Ramirez – His move from the hitter’s park of Fenway to the pitcher’s park of Dodgers Stadium showed that wherever he ends up, he can hit.  I’m more worried about motivation for Manny in 2009.  Depending on the scope of the deal he eventually lands, he may phone-in the rest of his career. Yo, career, this is Manny. I’m not playing today. I’m IM’ing with Big Papi. Say hello to your mother for me.

Mark Teixeira – The lineup Teixeira ends up in could have a factor on his 2009 production, but Teixeira flip-flops leagues and hits fine — just not as much as he supposedly can. I say “supposedly can” because somewhere along the line he was labeled a 45 home run guy. He’s not a 45 home run guy, unless he goes to Coors.

Milton Bradley – He was in a great hitter’s park in 2008 — See 2005 and 2006 Teixeira — and Bradley’s an injury flake. Don’t let a Major League team overpaying this offseason for Bradley convince you you need him on your fantasy team. Sorry, Milton Bradley is not fun for all ages.

Pat Burrell – Be interesting to see the Mets make a run for Pat the Bat just so they can avoid facing him. Burrell will potentially lose a few home runs with a move, but he’s 30/95/.250 hitter just about everywhere — for at least another couple of years.

Bobby Abreu – If he goes to, say, the Mariners — yuck. If Abreu goes to the Padres — yuck with two sides of blech. Leaving the Yankees could hurt Abreu’s value. If you’re considering keeping him, you need to keep this in mind.

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  1. Steve says:
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    Sure!

    Sorry – forgot. It’s easier for you to access your newest post, right?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Entourage is a strange goose. I watch every episode and am slightly amused by Drama then at the end I can barely tell you what I just saw. There’s a major lack of conflict, which might be the narrative point but it still makes for very disposable entertainment. It’s like a TV snack food. No nourishment.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It does make it easier for me. Thanks, and of course we can talk about whatever. I enjoy that.

  4. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Cool.

    I have heard good things about Entourage and downloaded an episode from the current season last night to check out.

    Too much about guys being buddies, you say?

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No, it’s not that. There’s just no conflict or it’s resolved very quickly. It’s like eating marshmallows for dinner. They’re delicious. Who doesn’t love a marshmallow? But do you want marshmallows for dinner? The show’s kinda fluffy. Most people like the show more than me, so there’s that.

    Have you seen The Wire? Now that’s a show. Or The Pickup Artist. Which I still haven’t seen for this week, so no one ruin it.

  6. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It would seem The Wire has been on here – although it passed me by. I think it was on at some crazy late time.

    Might have to fire up my bittorrent client and check some out. Not that I condone that filesharing stuff in any way…

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: No, of course not. It’s not necessary, but I suggest you start from the beginning of Season 1 with The Wire, if you can. If not, then start at least from the beginning of one of the seasons.

  8. Steve says:
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    @Grey: OK – will do. Like that gritty stuff. Loved The Sopranos.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, The Wire’s better than The Sopranos. At least the last four seasons of The Sopranos. The mother years were great, but it’s so long ago I’m not sure if I remember them better than they were, ya know?

  10. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I know what you mean. It also feels like saying you don’t like The Sopranos is on a par with saying Santa Claus is an asshole.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Well, I am Jewish… Joking. No, Sopranos was appointment TV as some buzzwordy journalists like to say, but The Wire is really that good.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Actually I’m a pizza bagel. Italian and Jewish. So I believe in Santa and Hanukkah Harry.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Know what’s a decent TV comedy? “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” I caught a bit of this past weekend.

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It could just be the way we see things here but it has only been relatively recently (last 10 years or so?) that the US has come to be seen as a source of top quality TV drama.

    We have generally looked to Britain for that. Just to prove that point, possibly my favourite TV series of all time is The World At War (26-part doco series on WWII) – made in England in 1973! 2nd favourite probably Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

    Heard of either of them?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Nope. I tried to rent the John Adams Mini Series this past weekend but my girlfriend was not having it. That was her “one put back.”

  16. Grey

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    @Steve: I’ve actually neither even heard of those two series. I’d prolly have to look at an indie store to find them.

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    @Grey: Didn’t think so.

    I’m not sure I have seen “It’s Always Sunny…”

    For some reason I just thought of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I used to love that. Probably still do. Ted Baxter was a brilliant character. I’ve done a little work in TV news and he’s not a million miles from reality.

  18. Grey

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    @Steve: Know what I’m dying to rent? Mad Men? Have you seen that? Supposed to be incredible.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ted Knight was a brilliant comedic actor in everything he did. I was legitimately sad when a few people I didn’t know personally have died — Ted Knight and Peter Sellers were two.

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    @Grey: Dunno if you’re a doco guy or not – given you’re into non-fiction you might very well be – but the World At War is probably the definitive accounnt of World War Two and well worth checking out. Hugely expensive in its day. Stature of the progamme? It was narrated by Olivier.

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    @Grey: I have seen a bit of Mad Men. Not enough to really get into it though. It’s good. I used to work in advertising too – and it was nothing like that!

    I must be eating dinner when it’s on. Or more likely doing dishes.

  22. Grey

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    @Steve: Wow… Olivier. That’s impressive. I’ll definitely look out for it. I might have to dig though.

    I watched the first episode of Mad Men and was bored. Then two years later everyone’s saying it’s the best show on TV, so maybe I should’ve stayed with it. Oh well. I’m gonna have to rent it. The girlfriend doesn’t want to see that either. This weekend we saw “Baby Mama.” It was the only thing we could agree on. Afterwards, we also agreed it was stale crap.

  23. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve:

    Mrs. Steve: (aka: Miss Auckland, circa 1975): “Steve, get off the damn computer with your ‘friends’ and grab a dishrag.”

    Steve: “Blimey.”

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    @Grey: You watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WUw1axcg4A

    and tell me it’s not the best opening to a TV show you’ve ever seen.

    A lot of it is available in 10-minute chunks on YouTube, but it’s not quite the same as seeing it on TV.

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    @BigFatHippo: Ha! That would be “Crikey”.

    And she doesn’t know about Razzball – the subject has never come up. I can just see myself telling her about it. It would be like trying to explain how I have these imaginary friends.

    But it’s true! They recommend books and everything!

  26. Steve says:
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    I gotta go to a meeting for a couple of hours now – I’m not ignoring y’all.

  27. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: If you don’t rent Lone Star State of Mind and watch it with her I’m gonna pout.

    Baby Mama? Watched it, forgot it immediately.

  28. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: Ah yes, crikey. That’s the word I was looking for. You’re not English are you?

    Demand a raise in your meeting, or you’ll quit and move to America. Just a thought.

  29. Grey

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    @Steve: Man, that doode has a good voice. I wish he were around to narrate Razzball: The Movie.

    @BigFatHippo: I actually think she’d allow me to rent a Joshua Jackson movie and that’s why I’m a bit scared of it.

  30. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Nothing like The Skulls or Dawson’s Creek.

    I’ll give you one line by John Mellencamp, “Earl’s kissin his sister again.”

    And one by Earl, “I’m feelin alright, all bullet wounds considered.”

    Pulp Fiction in a rural setting.

  31. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: I’d argue with the ‘Camp, but I’d be wrong.

  32. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: @Steve: BTW, and hate to bring this back to baseball, but what kind of negotiation tactic is “the train has left the station, Peavy’s gotta go?” Don’t you say, “Hey, we’ll keep him if no one makes us a really big offer?” Do you tell other teams, Peavy’s gotta go? This has me a bit crazy.

  33. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I’m no economics grad, but that doesn’t seem to be the best tactic to extract maximum value.

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