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We talked about picking up Travis Snider at the tail end of September, so you can imagine that we’re pro-Snider in 2009. (Or at least I am. Not sure why I always say we. I guess I got a We Complex.)  I don’t want to get the hype machine going too rapaciously (Word of the Day and I’m not sure it’s used correctly), but Snider’s most similar comparisons are Chris Davis and Jay Bruce. He can’t, obviously, walk on water as well as Jay Bruce and I’ve never seen him cure the Pox like Chris Davis. But Snider can hit home runs and strikeout like those two rookie nookie phenoms. When I went over Matt Wieters’s 2009 fantasy outlook, I preached caution. Take a wait and see approach. Travis Snider is in a better situation than Wieters for 2009 and could be more valuable in fantasy baseball.

Travis Snider September callup in 2008 showed that the Jays are excited about his prospects and they’ve committed to giving him a chance to make the club out of spring training. In the minors, Snider did exactly what should be expected of him in 2009 — home runs and Ks. In 2009, I think Snider will be a bit of a batting average liability, but I think he can evetually move past that. If he gets the OF job out of spring training, Snider could be a cheap source of 20 home run power. Initially, I see him splitting time with Lind and, if he can get off to a hot start, it should mean he’s here to stay. In AL-Only leagues, he’s absolutely draftable. In mixed leagues, I’d be a bit more cautious, but I could definitely see a late round flier taken on him, especially in deep leagues.

20 Responses

  1. Shogun says:
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    Grey, You’ve gotta draft Bruce over Snider this year, right? I’m actually thinking Bruce might have a big breakout year. I’d draft Bruce, Davis, Snider, in that order. What order would you take them in?

  2. Doug Ault says:
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    I watched my share of Snider this year,he’s a lock for 500 ab’s if he stays healthy.Snider may end up being one of the few bright spots on the Jays this coming season,other than watching Burnett tank for whoever signs him,and he will.

  3. Eric W says:
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    several Japanese media outlets are reporting Junichi Tazawa is going to sign with the bosox for around $6 million. I just hope he can live up to his fellow countryman Kei Igawa and wear sunglasses well he pitches so i have something to laugh about if he gets shelled

  4. Shogun says:
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    @Doug Ault: Yeah, it’s a foregone conclusion among fans that Burnett is going to tank wherever he ends up, but teams are still willing to overpay him. Whoever overpays him the most, and ends up with him, will regret it.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Shogun: I agree with your order — Bruce, Davis then Snider. Bruce might give you the least amount of home runs, but his other numbers should all be better. Davis will prolly give you the most home runs, but I worry about his average and he won’t give you any steals. Snider has the most rookie downside and would only peg him in for Davis’s 2008 numbers.

    @Doug Ault: I agree that Snider could be a bright spot in 2009. I just wanted to make sure I cautioned people properly. He’s still only rookie with rookie obstacles ahead of him.

    @Eric W: If he’s only going for $6 million, some people most have got cold feet on him (maybe cause they had to take their shoes off at the door — oofa!)

  6. Jimmy ray says:
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    I just traded for snider (chris perez) this weekend. I am only counting something like 350 ab. Lots of rumors swrilling of the jays going after milton bradley….I bet snider will open the year at AAA and be a May/june call up. Your right Grey, caution is the key word!

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jimmy ray: You traded Perez for Snider? That’s a solid trade. J.P. has said he doesn’t want any free agents this year. Of course, that could be a negotiation tacit.

  8. Jimmy ray says:
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    Thanks Grey! In our league we have 13 major league Keepers and 3 Minor league Keepers are kept.. Under our league rules perez can be kept as a minor leaguer this off season! Lots of owners are keeping more than one closer, I know of one owner keeping 3!! I am keeping two, nathan and broxton. This is a 10 team league. How many keepers would you keep in a league like this?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jimmy ray: I’d keep the number of guys that will actually be productive in 2009, so I’d have to know the keeper possibilities to say how many I’d keep. If you had 13 + 3 Minor Leaguers that were all worth keeping, I’d keep them. Though I might be more stringent on who I’d be keeping in a ten team league.

  10. Jimmy ray says:
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    I’m sorry, I meant to ask how many closers would you keep, sorry about that. BTW my minor leaguers are snider, ian stewart and either alcides escobar or keven slowery. I plan on playing stewart at 2b…thanks

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jimmy ray: I’d keep the closers that were worth it. If I had 3 closers that were all quality and I didn’t have any other worthwhile guys, then I’d keep three. Though I’d try to only keep two at the most. In a ten team league, three closers kept seems excessive, but everyone’s team is different.

    With Stewart at 2nd, I’d go with Slowey.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jimmy ray: FYI, that’s no dig on Escobar, who I really like.

  13. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:Don’t get me started on JP,Bradley would be a typical JP signing.

    Davis,Snider,Bruce is the order I expect by years end,strikeouts being Bruce’s weakness

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: A tacit negotiation? Is that where you literally try to make the other guy blink?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: I take it you’re not a fan of the J.P.

    @Steve: Yes, that’s exactly what I meant! I hate you. (Fill-in ‘blinking’ smiley face here.)

  16. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Well, I don’t have any pressing fantasy baseball issues right now, which leaves me plenty of time to be a smart-ass.
    You’ll note that I let the baseball conversation flow before jumping in with something completely irrelevant.
    On that note, the monkey serving beer in the Japanese bar was on TV here last night.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: That monkey got a TV deal in Zealand?

  18. Steve says:
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    @Grey: There are a lot of monkeys with TV deals in New Zealand! Boom-tish!
    Nah – they just had a minute to fill in the late news.
    I used to work in tv (sports) news and you were always looking for quirky stuff or spectacular footage to fill gaps when needed.
    I always used to get baseball in there when I could.

  19. Rob says:
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    I was offered Stephen Drew, Jacob Ellsbury and Chase Headly for Snider, Elijah Dukes and E. Encaracion in a keeper league. Headly wouldn’t be a keeper, but Drew and Ellsbury seem like the best players in the immediate future. Should I take this deal?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rob: I like the three guys you’re giving up, but I’d still do this deal. Drew and Ellsbury are the best two players in the deal.

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