Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Benchwarmer Baseball Bargain Bin: Elijah Dukes

Elijah Dukes has some issues, but who doesn't? I like Benchwarmer Baseball way too much; it's my cross to bear. According to Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus, Dukes attended the same high school as Dwight Gooden (drugs), Carl Everett (dinosaurs) and Gary Sheffield (twitchy bat), so that school must offer a Crazy 101 class in the curriculum.

So, in an injury-plagued 2008, Dukes posted: 276 AB, 48 R, 13 HR, 44 RBI, .264. Forget the projections for 2009 and let's assume Dukes can stay healthy this year and manages 500 AB, sharing time with Josh Willingham, Lastings Milledge, Austin Kearns, and Wily Mo Pena. Dukes is the best of that bunch, so 500 AB is highly possible, especially considering he can play CF. Roughly doubling 2008 stats give about 85 R, 22 HR, 85 RBI. Not bad.

Weren't able to get Corey Hart's projected: 77 R, 20 HR, 83 RBI for 3003 BWB bucks? No problem, Elijah Dukes only goes for 629.

Now that's a bargain!

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