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Postby Smuckers » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:48 pm

I am in a 9 team AL-Only League. Each team is required to carry 2 Catchers. That means that 18 catchers from the American League need to be drafted. I have a couple of questions for everyone.

1. I already know that Mauer, Posada, Pierzynski, and Johjima are being protected. How high would you go for Catchers like Martinez and I-Rod. Right now one of my draft strategies is to spend 20-25 dollars on each of them. Is this the right move?

2. If spending that much on Catchers is wrong, who are the sleeper catchers I could get at a low price. Are there any catchers out there that have a good chance at producing a lot more than most of us think they will at this point? Right now I am intrigued by Mathis of the Angels. Should I target guys like him, and if so who are some others I should look for. What about J.R. House of Baltimore????

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Postby CadensDad » Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:53 pm

I'd say go for it on Victor he seems like a bargain if you have 2 catchers
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Postby grammysboy » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:23 pm

Not knowing enough about your league, I might mention Mike Napoli of the Angels. He won't put up the numbers of Victor or I-Rod, but depending on your league, your $20-$25 price may not be enough. for those two. Napoli should go reasonably compared to those two front line back-stops. Jojima of Seattle might go overlooked as well. Either would give you adequate numbers at the position, though not spectacular. Just some thoughts :-?
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Postby Ender » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:59 pm

I'd take VMart in the 1st round in your league depending on who is being protected of course.
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Postby Pedantic » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:45 pm

I wouldn't spend that much for a catcher. It's not going to be that shallow. Theoretically, only four teams will be stuck with a catcher that won't be starting. I would look for two bargain catchers rather than a spendy one and a crappy one. You could easily end up with a decent set of catchers on the cheap. Inflation could make getting a top catcher very unpleasant.
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Postby The Jury » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:44 am

First of all, do a little research and create some good catcher rankings!

Pudge is decent but the elite catchers are Mauer, Victor Martinez, and Brian McCann, and not necessarily in that order.
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Postby sadlyajetsfan » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:04 am

any love for kenji?
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:17 am

I wouldn't spend more than $2 on any C in a league with that structure.
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Postby Surfs up » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:02 am

Thing is Pudge hit .300 and had 547 at bats and 8-10 steals last year. Kenji hit .290 and 16 hrs last year. These guys put up better numbers than many outfielders that cost more money.Why waste a spot if you can get two qality players? Fill a middle or shortstop spot a little cheaper or even a MR pitcher or two cheap to allow you to save some money for top catchers.In a small league no need to have any bums. Also don't forget Gerald Laird. Decent power and will steal a few bases.
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Postby The Jury » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:21 am

sadlyajetsfan wrote:any love for kenji?


Apprently enough love to be protected by a team already ;-)
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