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Protected List – The Almost Automatics

In Part II of my look at possible protections for 2008 (due February 1st), I’ll highlight the second group of protectables – the “Almost Automatics.”  Something about them makes you pause, just for a moment, before you commit.  In this case, it’s the price, which is close to what they’ll go for at auction, but certainty may be better than risk.

The Almost-Automatics:

  • Jose Reyes
    • 1 Year – $38
    • .281, 12 HR, 57 RBI, 119 Runs, and an MLB-leading 78 steals
    • Not as great a season as 2006, but with him, you don’t have to worry about trying to get Juan Pierre.
  • Brandon Phillips
    • 1 Year – $16
    • .288, 30 HR, 94 RBI, 107 Runs, and 32 steals
    • Hello, Mr. 30/30!
  • Brandon Webb
    • 1 Year – $25
    • 18  wins, 194K,  3.01 ERA and a  1.19 WHIP
    • While he didn’t win a Cy Young this year, his numbers were much better this year.
  • Chipper Jones
    • 2 Years -$23
    • .337,  29 HR,  102 RBI, 108 Runs, and 5 steals.
    • And he was injured during the season.  When Chipper is in the lineup, he’s great

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