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As the 1977 season proved, it is whom you select, not how much you spend, that brings satisfaction from the free-agent draft. Owners and fans should keep that in mind as they look over this rundown of the best—and worst—of this week's reentry entries.
If there are any sure bets in the draft, they are these five players, each of whom can expect a contract for between $250,000 and $500,000 a year. They just might be worth it:
Lyman Bostock, Twin outfielder, 27 years old, bats left. A good all-round player who hit .300 in each of his two complete big league seasons. Key '77 stat: .336 batting average.
Rich Gossage, Pirate reliever, 26, throws right. The American League's top fireman in '75 with White Sox, he had 26 saves and a 1.62 ERA with Pittsburgh this season. Key '77 stat: 151 strikeouts in 133 innings.
Larry Hisle, Twin outfielder, 30, bats right. A bust during early years of his career as a National Leaguer, but has matured in five AL seasons into a solid run producer. Key '77 stat: league-leading 119 RBIs.
Mike Torrez, Yankee pitcher, 31, throws right. Has won 53 games the last three seasons and had two victories in this year's World Series. Key '77 stat: 17 complete games.
OVERPRICED AT ANY PRICE
These players would like no-trade, no-cut, long-term, big-money contracts, but don't deserve them: