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Protected List – The Probables

Here’s Part III of my 2008 Protect List rundown, looking at the third likely group of protections – “The Probables”. This group consists of players that are probably going to be protected, having a decent value, but they’re not star caliber, and casual fans might not be sure of who they are, exactly, but Rotisserie players will nod in appreciation. Still, each requires a justification.

The Probables:

  • Carlos Ruiz
    • 2 Years – $2
    • .260, 6HR, 54 RBI, 42 Runs, 6 Steals (for a catcher!)
    • Justification: Starting C Rod Barajas hasn’t been retained, so Ruiz will be Opening Day catcher
  • Ryan Theriot
    • 2 Years – $1
    • .266, 3 HR, 45 RBI, 80 Runs, and 28 steals.
    • Justification: Theriot became the starting SS, so should benefit, but faded down the stretch.
  • Brian Wilson
    • 2 Years – $10
    • 1 Win, 6 Saves, 18K, 2.28 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP
    • Justification: Named Giants closer for 2008 after September call-up. No other options for Giants, really.
  • Chase Headley
    • 3 Years – $5 (protectable as Minor Leaguer)
    • .330, 20 HR, 78 RBI, 82 Runs and 1 steal (AA stats)
    • Justification: AA MVP, and has a good shot to start the season in San Diego at 3B or LF.

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