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Bargain Basement: The 5 Best Low-Payroll MLB Teams in History

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Baseball Power Rankings | 0 comments

In early 1964, The Beatles recorded the song “Can’t Buy Me Love,” in which they sung about the perks that money can and can’t buy. In Major League Baseball, money doesn’t always buy championships, either. Here are five of the lowest-payroll teams in MLB history that went on to greatness.  1. 1990 Cincinnati Reds In 1990, the Cincinnati Reds had the 21st lowest payroll among the 26 teams in MLB. Behind the bats of Barry Larkin, Eric Davis and Sabo, combined with great pitching from Jose Rijo and an outstanding bullpen, the Reds upset the heavily-favored and high-powered Oakland Athletics in the World Series to win their first championship since 1976. 2. 1987 Minnesota Twins For many years, the Minnesota Twins wallowed in mediocrity, yet worked on building a homegrown stable of talent that would come together and gel...

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Rays of Hope: Damon and Manny

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders | 1 comment

Keeping up in the American League East is not an easy task, but the Tampa Bay Rays have done a good job of competing with the two richest franchises in MLB over the past few years.  And, now the Rays are reuniting teammates Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon who helped the Red Sox break the Curse of the Bambino in 2004. Damon, 37, will get $5.25 million plus $750,000 in attendance clauses while Ramirez,38, will pick up $2 million.  Its a bargain basement price for the two ex-Red Sox stars.  Damon earned $13 million per year from 2006 – 2009 with the Yankees.  Ramirez signed a $45 million contract for two years with the Dodgers in 2009 – 2010. Damon is a career .287 hitter with 215 homers, 1,047 RBI and 385 steals in 16 seasons with Kansas City,...

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Week 21 Baseball Power Rankings

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Baseball Power Rankings | 0 comments

Fantasy Baseball Dugout is proud to have one of the six voting spots in Yardbarker’s Blogger Poll for MLB Power Rankings 2010. In addition to providing our insight on ranking each MLB team 1-30, we also monitor the NL East each week and drop a little insight on each team. See below for our rankings for MLB Week 21. It’s been about 10 weeks or so since we last published our poll. At the time, the Yankees had just taken over the Rays as the top team on the list. Due to going 7-3 in their last 10 games and seeing how they’ve once again tied the Yanks atop the AL East, the Rays once again sit atop our power rankings. In other major AL East news, the Orioles finally moved out of the cellar in our power rankings…...

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Week 14 Two Start Pitchers

Posted by on Jul 4, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Are you two-start pitcher streaming? If not, you’re likely missing out on a great opportunity to increase your weekly strikeout total, win total, log more innings pitched, and potentially lower your team ERA and WHIP in head to head leagues that allow daily lineup changes. Some leagues don’t allow such activity by limiting the number of player adds you can make each week. However, if you can find a loophole in your league settings and add/drop pitchers all season long – you’re going to have a great chance to win the whole thing come September! For the third consecutive season, we will be tracking two start pitchers to make sure you always win your pitching categories. That way, if you’re cutting Wandy Rodriguez because of his 8.30 ERA over the last month – you can add someone who can...

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Week 13 Two Start Pitchers

Posted by on Jun 27, 2010 in Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

Are you two-start pitcher streaming? If not, you’re likely missing out on a great opportunity to increase your weekly strikeout total, win total, log more innings pitched, and potentially lower your team ERA and WHIP in head to head leagues that allow daily lineup changes. Some leagues don’t allow such activity by limiting the number of player adds you can make each week. However, if you can find a loophole in your league settings and add/drop pitchers all season long – you’re going to have a great chance to win the whole thing come September! For the third consecutive season, we will be tracking two start pitchers to make sure you always win your pitching categories. That way, if you’re cutting Wandy Rodriguez because of his 8.30 ERA over the last month – you can add someone who can...

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