We all have internal values

Everyone has internal values, and it’s not just limited to one thing in our lives.  It determines how much we spend on a television, or whether we decide to purchase the movie channel packages from DirecTV.  Our internal value comes in to play when deciding if a small box of Lucky Charms is worth $4 when you can get twice as much of the same thing in Marshmallow Matey’s for the same price.  In fact,...

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Wishing it was baseball season

Wishing it was baseball season here at BUCCO Fans.com Headquarters.  Maybe then my wife’s car would be visible: I probably spent more time shoveling from the door to the back of the cars than I did on the entire Going Cheap series this week: Two feet of snow here, although from what I hear it’s less up north in the Pittsburgh area.  At least we’ve got some Pirates-related news and rumors to hold us over...

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Pirates sign Javier Lopez

UPDATE 6:16 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Lopez will make $775 K guaranteed, with an additional $550 K in performance bonuses, based on appearances.  If he reaches all of his performance bonuses, he will end up making $25 K less than he made in 2009.  The Off-Season Tracker, 2010 40-Man Roster/Payroll Projection, and 2010 25-Man Roster Projection pages are all updated.  Also, I mentioned this below, but you’ll...

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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Going Cheap Pt 2: Where do good players come from?

Yesterday, in part one of this series, I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In my review of the best relievers in the 2009 season I found that 35 were cheap additions, while 18 were expensive options.  The important question to ask today is: what is the difference between a cheap option and an expensive option.  You may be quick to say that money, or the cost of acquiring the reliever via trade, is...

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