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Tuesday, February 03, 2004
a: all the right moves
q: what is lea thompson's greatest role?
oq (other question): what does billy beane do?
Athletics signed first baseman Eric Karros, who had been with the Cubs, to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with an option for 2005.
Karros gets a $550,000 salary this year and the chance to earn $600,000 in performance bonuses: $40,000 for 75 games and each additional five games through 145. Oakland has a $1.5 million option for 2005 with a $500,000 buyout. Karros should become Oakland's first baseman against left-handers. He shouldn't ever start against right-handers -- if Scott Hatteberg or Erubiel Durazo gets hurt, the A's will likely turn to Graham Koonce -- so his upside for fantasy purposes is very limited. He probably won't be worth more than $2.
rotoworld underestimates players who make good contact. the flip side is they overestimate the strikeout kings. karros is better than koonce, and billy beane knows it.
i ran eric's wal con pow in a report on the cubs that ended up being an article about first basemen.
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