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2009 Protected List – The No-So-Muches

This is the final installment of the 2009 Atomic Roadrunner Protected List preview series.  Protected lists are due for submission this Sunday, February 1st, by midnight, Eastern.  Here are the folks that are saying goodbye, as they will not be protected for 2009:

Chris Coste
2 Years – $5
.263 Average, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 28 Runs, 0 Steals
Coste was a great pickup with incumbent Carlos Ruiz struggling. Although a heavier workload brought down the average later in the season (when he had been replaced by Pablo Sandoval on the AaRr squad), he did an admirable job. The Phillies also brought in Ronny Paulino from the Pirates, so Coste’s security might be in jeopardy.

Gregor Blanco
2 Years – $5
.251 Average, 1 HR, 38 RBI, 52 Runs, 13 Steals
Blanco was a 7th-round minor league pick, though he really wasn’t much of a prospect. He did pretty well in spring training, and won at-bats from Matt Diaz (injured), Josh Anderson (sent to AAA) and the oft-injured (and then traded) Mark Kotsay. However, other than average (which fell his second time through the NL) and the occasional steal, he didn’t seem to do much, though his totals in the counting stats look decent. With some high-profile OF prospects coming up soon, there isn’t much certainty in Blanco’s world right now.

Brett Myers
2 Years – $31
10-13, 4.55 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 163 K’s
Myers was supposed to be my top-tier pitching acquisition, but he had a horrible first half, was sent down to AAA for three weeks, and then came back and pitched like a decent No. 2 starter. He kept up the strikeouts, but also walked more than expected. Apparently he needed a full year to get used to the move back from the bullpen, where the Phillies had him closing for 2007 before the Brad Lidge acquisition. He’ll be a decent starter in 2009, but not for $31 – that’s bollocks.

Jason Marquis
2 Years – $10
11-9, 4.53 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 91 K’s
Marquis was a minor league selection as a fill-in starter. He wasn’t very good, and I didn’t activate him very often, but he lasted the year, which is more than many other pitchers can say. He had a bit of a hot streak in July and August, and we rode him for that. He was traded to Colorado, so that can’t possibly be good for his numbers.

Tony Pena
2 Years – $3
3-2, 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 52 K’s and 3 saves
Pena was won at auction as a “handcuff” for the then-protected Brandon Lyon. This was after it was announced that Chad Qualls would handle the 7th inning, Pena the eighth, and Lyon the ninth. Pena didn’t do as well as his 2007 numbers, and he never had the chance to close, especially after the Diamondbacks acquired Jon Rauch. While Pena will be a decent set-up man, Qualls is the closer going into 2009.

Noah Lowry
2 Years – $1
— did not pitch —
Lowry was a transaction deadline pickup viewed exclusively for 2009. Injured in spring training, he had two surgeries on his throwing arm, and further complications in October pretty much killed any enthusiasm for protecting him. Plus, I think we’ve seen his peak three years ago, and he never had good stuff, for that matter.