10 team H2H non keeper league. Fairly active league (although not that informed). I have made 7 trades this year and think overall the team has improved. 25 min IP/wk.
R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, TB, Ave.
IP, W, L, CG, SHO, sv, K, ERA, WHIP
Here is my team and a few FA available
C R Hernandez
SS M Young
OF L Gonzalez
BN B Clark
BN C Biggio
SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P
SP-Santana, Burnett, Hudson, C Zambrano, Vazquez, Loaiza
RP F Cordero, Turnbow, Ryan, Brower
i wouldnt drop cameron for sanders/everett. your pitching is amazing and it looks like your offense is doing well....at least has the potential to. your weaknesses seem to be speed and RP. im sure you do quite well in the power catagories. I might pick up lawton for some SB production but i would wait cameron out. he just came back off the DL and could be very important for the Mets.
Tsao is available in my league as well and I have an even worse pen than you. Tsao scares me...any news on him as the everyday closer?
as for offensive FA...Klesko is interesting. check out my thread, there is some discussion of Klesko as a FA (just picked him up)
Thanks Dooz- I am probably going to sit tight with Cameron for now but Sanders is looking more and more tempting (especially after last night).
I also considered dropping Cameron and picking up a temp 3rd baseman until Chavez finds his stroke. Guys available are- Castilla, Freel (his speed would help), Hillenbrand, Crede, Cantu, heck even Aaron Boone's numbers are close to Chavez.
I think your team is very solid, and the pitching in particular is impressive. I would try to get at least one more good hitter on your team, specifically a speedster like Crawford/Pierre/Podsednik. Trade away one of your starters and get some more offense. I like the idea of picking up Freel while Chavez is searching for his stroke.
I agree w/ the rest - move a starter for a big bat, maybe two. When Shill gets back, I'd trade two of your starters for upgrades at the bat. The great thing for you is that you have options as to how good a player you want to get.
Phenomenal pitching even before I noticed Schilling on DL.
Hitting is solid, I agree you may need more speed. You have soriano and cameron to get you speed, and w/ cameron batting in front of beltran, piazza, wright you might want to hang on to him. You need a producer at 3rd, for now, and speed. Your HR should be ok, but make sure when getting another player, LOW K's. Dunn gets more than his fair share so be careful. Chipper would be a great target to trade for as 3B until Chavez comes back, then he could be utility.
Here's a thought, and it's not for everyone. I have 21 stat categories in my league, you have 17. I don't care about saves/closers. They are only 1 of 17 categories. You will get enough in every other category from your starters so you won't need closers. If you trade your closers to someone who overvalues that person/stat, and pick up a quality OF, or Chipper, or a speed man, then you can improve your odds at winning the other 16 categories while accepting a loss in saves every week. Just my personal preference, but I'd rather take the 16 over the 1.
One last thought is sell high on Vazquez. He could be really back, and I'd like to believe he is, but if not then you'd get something for him. If he is back, well, your pitching will still be fine w/o him and you might strengthen offense in the meantime.
I'm not sure about selling high on Vazquez. I personally would hold onto him. All his statistics point to him being back to pre-2004 form. His K/BB ratio ~5 and he's had bad luck with a hit ratio of .350. The Diamondbacks are much improved and I think he'll be a superb #3 and very good #2.
I'd actually trade Schilling, who probably will bring more back in a trade then Vazquez -- you're in a great position to reduce risk and still get value from a player who could struggle to get back to form. Also, your pitching is superb even without Schilling. I would wait until the hype starts to build on him though. Not sure when he's coming back, but maybe start to shop him when the Sox announce his comeback date.