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2007 Moneyball Draft

The 2006 draft will be painful for us. If only Dotel And Durazo held up, we could have had two as many as four draft picks before the second round, but instead we'll have to sit out the first round this year. The good news is that we may have a good draft in 2007. It looks like we'll be keeping Zito this year, and if Meyer/Brandon/Windsor pan out we may not have to resign him. That will give us two additional draft picks. We also have JayPay and Joe Kennedy, who will walk after this year. Neither one is earning big bucks, so if they each have a good year we would be able to safely offer them arbitration. I realize the primary goal is to win now, but if Macha ever has the chance, he should pad the stats on these two to make them more desirable. If we are ever up by 3 in the ninth inning and have three average lefties up at bat, let Kennedy get the save so he can put it on his resume. Each of these guys has the incentive to make this year count and thereby earn a good free agent package. I hope Macha gives these guys the opportunity to prove themselves. If we have 3 free agents leave us, we could have as many as SEVEN draft picks before the 2nd round. It would be the Moneyball draft all over again, but with the lessons learned. (For some reason Atlanta made an exception to their usual strategy and went after the college aged Meyer while we ignored him completely.) The last Moneyball draft gave us two solid ROY candidates in the first round. I hope in 2007 we do even better.

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