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Phoenix Fire

Gotta Be In It…

What is fair market value for a superstar these days? Over the last few seasons, the Las Vegas Vipers have gone out to get two big free agents on the open market. They gave Ryan Anderson a record contract, and signed Adam Shorsher to another big deal last season.

Combined with Ichiro Suzuki (Perhaps the best player in the ULB, mind you…) they have a combined 93,670,000 tied up in these three players.

According to WAR (Wins Above Replacement), Shorsher was worth 6 wins above a replacement player. Ryan Anderson was worth 8.8. Ichiro, had he played a full season and not gotten injured, could have been worth 6. (He was worth 3.0 in 82 games.) That’s a combined 21 WAR for these three players. That’s $4,460,476 per win.

We’ll use that number as an extremely expensive baseline.

David Zed was worth 4.8 wins last season over in the MLB. Free Agent Market Value according to the Vipers would have been $22,302,380. Looks like the Mavs overpaid him by about $5,000,000. How about Jim Thome? He was worth 7.7 WAR last season for the Blue Jays and was worth $34,345,665. Looks like the Fire got a potential bargain for him, paying him about half of what he’s worth potentially.

Of course, these numbers aren’t a guarantee that a player will perform. They could get old (Thome) or skyrocket to superstardom (Zed). The key factor is that no one can really predict the future. Anything can and will happen. The Vipers rolled the dice and spent big and ending up losing 89 games last season. The Fire lost 101 games in 2009 and the Mavs have had two losing seasons after ending up in the plus column for 13 years.

Big Signings Highlight X-Mas Week in ULB

Fire Kept Payne Because of Dead Phone

The Phoenix Fire reportedly had a deal on the table that would have sent future Hall of Famer and ULB Career Home Runs leader Ken Payne to the Playoff hopeful Charlotte Eagles.

Payne was very nearly traded to the Eagles last night.
Payne was very nearly traded to the Eagles last night.

“There was an offer made that was denied, and the Fire came back with another offer about a half hour before the deadline” says an unnamed source in the Fire’s Front Offices.

“Then he hung up on us. McNeal didn’t know what he had said to make it happen. Then he didn’t return our calls. We were baffled.”

According to an insider in Charlotte, GM Kevin Parlett’s phone died while he was commuting to dinner. He sent a text later saying ‘Sorry, Phone Died. Wish I woulda…”

Lidge Traded To Saints

Phoenix Fire Closer Brad Lidge has been traded to their cross division Rivals, the St. Paul Saints. Lidge’s contract demands were reportedly too much for Fire GM Rich McNeal and owner Shane MacMahon.

Contract Talks reportedly led to Shane MacMahon wanting to treat Lidge to his signature move.
Contract Talks reportedly led to Shane MacMahon wanting to treat Lidge to his signature move.

“We would have liked to have kept Brad in our bullpen, but as the season progressed, it was clear this was not in the cards. We wish Brad Lidge all the best in his future endeavors.” said Shane McMahon.

Lidge was sent to the Saints in exchange for 21 year old closer Wes Hardy. The Fire also sent $1,000,000 in the deal. Saints GM Ace Cooan was happy to acquire the fireball throwing closer at a reduced price for the final months leading up to a hopeful playoff run. Lidge currently has 20 saves in 41 games, and a 1.58 ERA.

Trade Deadline Rumblings

The Trade Deadline approaches in the ULB, and several big names are potentially on the move.

Portland continues to shop SP Roy Halladay, and have had discussions with at least one team has proposed a deal that Portland is considering.

Phoenix has not had any bites on either 1B/SH Kenneth Payne who has recently returned from the Disabled List, or for CL Brad Lidge who has 17 Saves and a 1.66 ERA.

The Saints are looking hard at acquiring New Mexico's Joe Mauer.
The Saints are looking hard at acquiring New Mexico’s Joe Mauer.

The St. Paul Saints have been very active in Ace Cooan’s early days as General Manager. They are shopping SS Abraham Nunez and have reportedly proposed a swap of home town prospect C Joe Busch Jr for a home town star in New Mexico’s C Joe Mauer.

When asked about it, Busch was non committal, saying “”I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

The Saints also reportedly covet Buffalo prospect SS Tim Beckham and have made inquires about his availability.

New Orleans’ C Tom Brady also remains on the block, but teams are concerned about his lack of production this season, despite his making the FL All Star Team.

Teams have until Midnight EST on Sunday, August 9th, 2009 to make non waiver trades. (Wendesday September 17th, 7:30PM EST)

2008 ULB All Stars Voting Winners Announced

The 2008 ULB All Star Game Voting Period has ended, and here are the winners for the  14th edition of the ULB Classic.


Players League

C Alfonso Delgado PHO
1B Alex Crooks OKC
2B Gerard King LV
3B John McCurdy SJJ
SS Stephen Drew CHA
OF Josh Hamilton MIL
OF Mark Folsom CHA
OF Ichiro Suzuki LV
DH Kenneth Payne PHO

Federal League

C Andy Burress WAS
1B Eron Morrow POR
2B C.J. Henry NO
3B Mark Schramek JC
SS Mike Peeples SJS
OF Jason Kubel LAS
OF Jason Harrison SL
OF Albert Pujols HOU
DH Jody Gerut JC