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    Super-scrubs

    I love guys like this. Scrub level salary, but productive enough to start.

    Johnny Pierre

    Despite hitting 37 HR last season, and 100+ RBI for 2 straight seasons, and a passable .739 OPS, his salary DROPPED to 477K. Bargain!

    Another recent example in TML was Edward Cox, who's made less than 1 mil for the last 5 seasons, despite hitting 204 HR's in that time. He even had passable RA in CF for much of his career. His salary peaked at 1.3 mil after a 60 HR, 116 RBI, .857 OPS campaign. Bargain! He's declining now, but I'm going to get him to 500 HR this season. I doubt there are many players with lower career earnings that have hit 500 HR.
    2ML - Padres 1906, 1909, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1942, 1945, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971
    BD - Antarctica 1993,1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2019, 2041, 2044, 2046
    CBF - Duck 2053, 2056, 2058, 2060, 2070, 2071, 2075, 2077, 2087, 2088, 2091, 2092, 2102, 2105,2106, 2107, 2116
    CWS - UNC 1953, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1979
    HR - Phillies 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1934
    CarL - Port Royal 2026, 2039
    62-48 in WS

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    Re: Super-scrubs

    Yeah those power-only guys can be really cheap sometimes... I've had this guy for a while, not quite as good as your examples but very affordable and consistent power at the plate.

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    Re: Super-scrubs

    Another Example, though he's maybe a bit above scrub level salary:

    https://www.csfbl.com/player/view.asp?playerid=4602865

    He plays decent defense, as well.
    2ML - Padres 1906, 1909, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1942, 1945, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1971
    BD - Antarctica 1993,1994, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2019, 2041, 2044, 2046
    CBF - Duck 2053, 2056, 2058, 2060, 2070, 2071, 2075, 2077, 2087, 2088, 2091, 2092, 2102, 2105,2106, 2107, 2116
    CWS - UNC 1953, 1954, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1979
    HR - Phillies 1901, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1934
    CarL - Port Royal 2026, 2039
    62-48 in WS

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    Re: Super-scrubs

    Ken Calderon just retired from one of my teams. He would certainly be in this class of players. I was going to give him one more season as a starter if he hadn't hung it up. Was thinking one more full season then a few as a #1 backup on the depth chart might get him to 700. Guess I'll never know.

    The salary drop in 2091 was crazy. Previous two seasons he combined for 114 HR and 249 RBI. His pay was then cut by more than half to $500k. These guys are gold when you're able to grab one.
    NLT - WSWins 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023
    ANH - 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
    ESO - 1981, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001
    BNB - 1985
    JR - 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
    AB - 2078, 2087, 2091, 2093, 2094, 2096, 2098
    KED - 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
    TCB - 1986, 1993
    PS - 2096, 2097, 2100, 2105, 2111, 2115, 2117

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    Re: Super-scrubs

    Quote Originally Posted by EtaCar927 View Post
    Yeah those power-only guys can be really cheap sometimes... I've had this guy for a while, not quite as good as your examples but very affordable and consistent power at the plate.
    Yeah, I've had a couple myself. One I can think of was a a regular 30 HR guy (off a .220-.230 BA, and about .270-.280 OBP) and he actually a decent if not great LF (and backup 1B, when I wanted to rest the regular). I picked up for about 1.7M, but after that year he was generally 1.2M-1.3M.

    Had a long time SS who was 40/40 guy in his prime with good defense, but once he passed age 31-32 and I had to move him to 3B, he got cheap. I think his career BA was in the high-.230s so that can give an idea of him being HR or nothing offensively.

    Of course, on the other side I had a guy who had 5 100-SB seasons with 15-20 HR, and a regular 120 BB guy. Who in his advanced age a .220 hitter 10/10 guy (with lots of BBs, admittedly). After one bad year (age 36 season, I think) and earning around 4M, I decided if he just drops to the 2-2.5M range, I'll keep him for at least another year. His salary dropped a measly 2K. Had to cut him to make ends meet. Still bitter about, if he could've compiled stats for 2-3 years, I think he had a chance at HOF. (still don't have one in that league, I don't think)

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    Re: Super-scrubs

    I do kind of wish we could still get those defensive specialist middle infielders for scrub salary. Especially considering a semi-decent pitcher is going to be at least near 2M.

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