johnsamo wrote:Shelton shows all the signs of being an EXTREMELY streaky hitter based on the past 2 seasons... Those types are too frustrating unless you've got a lot of bench spots so you can ride out the cold times.
Yeah, I probably won't have offensive bench slots and I've got a lot invested in winning in 2007...I have young very good keepers which should put me in a good position for years to come (Pujols, Utley, Rollins, Crawford and Carpenter for 5 of my 6 keeper slots). But I really have a lot invested in next year too. I've got Gordon, LaRoche, Milledge and Matsuzaka on my minor league roster and all 4 of them will likely be up next year and starting opening day...but once they're up I'll only be able to keep one of them MAX for 2008. I also have an unbelievable draft for next year - 4 second round picks, 3 third round picks, missing a 6th round pick but have 3 seventh round picks and then my last picks are an 11th and 15th. That's a ridiculously strong draft to go along with a great set of keepers and a great crop of young stud minor leaguers coming up. Given that draft though and my offensive strength I'll probably have at least 11 if not 12 of my 21 roster slots devoted to pitching which leaves one bench slot at most.
I'm tempted to trade some of those draft picks for a sixth keeper but that would be a one year keeper at most - Alex Gordon is too good of a player for him to not be a keeper for 2008. I'm really hoping that Youkilis, Crede, Shelton, Kemp or maybe R. Soriano will step up to be a keeper for next year since I really don't want to overpay for a guy that's only going to be a keeper for one year.