I've got a problem: I need to pick up a 3B to cover while Nevin is out. I picked up Eric Hinske out of FA, but I know squat about him. Also available are:
I don't know much about any of them either, with the exception of Conine since I used to live in NoVa and am a Birds fan by default since they are the closest local team. (On a slight tangent here, it never ceases to amaze me that the same guy who put together Camden Yards has simultaneously managed to make such horrible financial decisions about his personnel. Now that Cal is gone, I wouldn't be surprised if more fans are coming to see the stadium than are coming to see the team!)
Any suggestions as to who I should pick up?
P.S. This just in! FBC Sleeper pick Sean Burroughs is also available through FA. Will his production increase with Nevin's absence?
I think you made the right choice, Beltre's potential notwithstanding. Hinske was very underrated coming into the season thanks to the Burroughs/Blalock/Ensberg hype, but he may well be the best of them all. He certainly looks more mature than most guys new to the show. Stick with him.
Yeah, I love Camden, too. Where in NoVa did you live?
Well, another post that I agree with Arlo. Blalock and Burroughs garnered so much hype that Hinske slipped through the cracks. If you look at his stats, .304 BA...5 HR's, 19RBI's, 23 Runs, and 4 SB's. For comparison, look at Scott Rolen. .251 BA...6 HR's, 24 RBI's, 23 Runs, 1 SB. Am I saying that Hinske is better than Rolen, well stat wise as of now, he is neck and neck. Will he keep it up? Since he is a rookie, that is the fun of fantasy, we will have to see. With the veterans we can look at their previous years and establish a pattern. I say hold tight and hopefully you will be using Hinske's name in the same sentence as Pujols.
Wow, it looks like I stumbled across a winner. Now here's a bit of a follow up question. If Hinske's worth keeping through the season, does it make sense to put Nevin on the trading block to try to get a quality pitcher (which is my main weak point)? I figure he won't be out too long and if he was packaged with, say, Matt Clement, do you think that might be enough to garner some interest?
As to Arlo's question, I grew up in Fairfax, VA.
And thanks for the feedback, I feel a lot better about losing Nevin for a few games