felix pie is in a way another sad victim of babip unawareness, to my way of thinking. (also victim of the utter non-demand for jacque jones on the trade market, but no post can fail to mention babip, of course.) his .264 babip in spite of a 19.3% linedrive figure suggests that he might rightly be owed by the gods another five hits or so, which would at least bring his average up to .251. but that's still just a normalized .302 on-base percentage. if lou piniella considers jacque to be a sufficient offensive improvement over that to offset his defensive tradeoffs.... well, you decide for yourself. i'd certainly rather see the kid play everyday, but then i'm not trying to win the 2007 nl central and have thought the idea a pretty futile one for some time. bp has jacque with a 115 rate in center this year, so maybe it's justifiable. not to mention that jacque is owed some hits by the gods as well. maybe he can take a few from mike fontenot.
|1||Carlos Zambrano||Carlos Marmol||Scott Eyre*||Rob Bowen**||Derrek Lee||Alfonso Soriano|
|2||Ted Lilly*||Bob Howry||Will Ohman*||Koyie Hill**||Mark Derosa||Jacque Jones*|
|3||Jason Marquis||Michael Wuertz||Neal Cotts*||Geovany Soto||Ryan Theriot||Cliff Floyd*|
|4||Rich Hill*||Sean Gallagher||Clay Rapada*||Henry Blanco||Aramis Ramirez||Matt Murton|
|5||Sean Marshall*||Billy Petrick||Cesar Izturis**||Angel Pagan**|
|6||Juan Mateo||Rocky Cherry||Daryle Ward*||Felix Pie*|
|7||Jeff Samardzija||Angel Guzman||Mike Fontenot*||Buck Coats*|
|8||Ryan Dempster||Ronny Cedeno|
|60-day||Mark Prior||Kerry Wood|
|60-day||Wade Miller||Roberto Novoa|
if i had something to add to the mark cuban furor, i'd add it -- but i really don't, beyond saying that i'm a big roman abramovich fan and anything we can do to get a russian oil tycoon into this thing is all for the better. ccd's latest take says everything i might.