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Postby Insanity » Tue May 16, 2006 6:52 pm

I have recently made some trades that hypothetically speaking could make my keeper situation hard..

We have 4 keepers.. This year, because my team was pathetic last year, I wound up keeping all pitchers (Ensberg was the only hitter worth keeping, but I figured I'd go the strategy -- if I keep pitchers I can focus on hitters through the draft)...

Bats: Fielder, Howard, Weeks, Holliday, ARam
Pitchers: Hamels, Liriano, Chris Young, John Lackey, Palpebon, Ryan

What do you decide to do in this situation? It isn't like 4 is a lot of players.. it makes it really tough.. do you really decide based on whether that player would be drafted in the first X (number of keepers) rounds? Or do you decide based on whether you know where they'll fall in the draft?

Like, going into this year I had Patterson.. I wasn't sure where he'd go so I held on to him... Same thing with Schilling.. I knew Ensberg would go in the first two rounds, but figured I'd be able to get other bats mid rounds to make up for it when others were selecting pitchers..

Enough rambling.. Thoughts?
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Postby Pedantic » Tue May 16, 2006 7:10 pm

I wouldn't have kept all pitchers just for the sake of keeping all pitchers, but that's an entirely different story. My keeper philosophy is simply to keep the best available players. Of course, the "best" players will vary depending on individual opinion and factors such as salaries or contract years. I don't like to overthink it, and above all, I don't like to get ahead of myself. It is entirely too early to be thinking about who you might keep, unless it's obvious that you'll not be competing and that you'll need to consolidate talent, which is unlikely, because if you had too much talent, you'd probably be competing. But even that can wait. I would wait for a wee bit more of the season to play out before thinking about keepers. Actually, a lot more of the season, really.
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Postby Matthias » Tue May 16, 2006 7:56 pm

Keep the players who would go highest in next year's draft and then pick the rest of them back up later.
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Postby RynMan » Tue May 16, 2006 8:21 pm

You have some good keepers. Let the season play out before you decide.
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Postby Insanity » Tue May 16, 2006 10:45 pm

I know it's early.. thanks for thoughts.
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