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Postby swarmee » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:00 am

2004 NL-only ($260, 4x4, 15+3 kept from 2003)
C Brian Schneider (1C)
C
1B Phil Nevin (4B)
2B Jose Reyes (-B)
SS Kazuo Matsui (-A)
3B Morgan Ensberg (4B)
CI Hee Seop Choi (10C)
MI
OF Juan Encarnacion (13C)
OF
OF
OF
OF
U/P
P Mark Prior (20G6) * Guaranteed to 2006
P Zach Day (-B)
P Brett Myers (-B)
P Claudio Vargas (-B)
P
P
P Brad Lidge (-B)
P
P Trevor Hoffman (12B)
Dollars remaining: $194

R Rickie Weeks (-B)
R Bryan Bullington (-B)
R John VanBenschoten (-A)
R Jeff Francoeur (-A)

Basically, as you can tell, I ditched all of last year to prepare for the 2004 season, and got some steals in the draft and during season trades. Basically, my question is, am I keeping anyone (Choi?) who I shouldn't? Should I extend Encarnacion for another season at a cost of $5, or not?
I have the first pick in the reserve draft, and these players are available. Which one should I take a $10 flier on:
Fred McGriff, Sidney Ponson, Antonio Alfonseca
I'm currently leaning towards Ponson.

The guy in the league who has both Gagne (40B) and Wagner (32B) is playing for 2005, and therefore will keep them into the draft and trade them immediately after for prospects. Which one should I target, and how much should I offer? He won the league this year, so he's not going to accept anything stupid. ;-)

Thanks for your help in advance, I hope to contribute to this site in the future.
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Postby Madison » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:09 am

First off, Welcome to the Cafe'! ;-D

You certainly have a young team and will need the kids to perform well in order to have a chance next year.

List of keepers looks ok to me, Schneider is the biggest question mark in my opinion.

With so many closers signing as set up men, Alfonseca might get a shot to close somewhere. Not anything special, but saves are saves. Ponson is a possibility depending on where he lands.

It would probably be be a better deal if you go after Wagner. Obviously Gagne is better, but it will cost more to acquire him, and going into next year, Wagner should be very good again.

I'm not sure any of that actually helped at all. Just some random thoughts to consider. :-)
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Postby bloatedcrab » Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:24 pm

I'm from the Milwaukee DMA, so the hype may not be 100% warranted, but I have heard GREAT things about Weeks. Another owner in my league (form Minnesota) won't stop talking about him. From what I have read, he's an excellent keeper... Except, when he arrives in the majors, he'll be playing for the most desolate franchise in the history of baseball! I may be from Wisconsin, but I hate all of the pro teams here!
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Postby Heavy Lumber » Tue Dec 30, 2003 8:56 pm

First off, to answer one of your questions about keeping Encarnacion. He is probably worth $5, however, he will be hitting in Dodger Stadium for 81 games this year and it is not a hitter friendly park.

I would probably at least hold on to Morgan Ensberg, Claudio Vargas, Trevor Hoffman, Brad Lidge, Phil Nevin and Kazuo Matsui. I don't think Hee Seop Choi is ever going to pan out.

As far as your choice in the reserve draft goes, I would grab Ponson. Good luck!
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