I would drop: Ubaldo Jimenez - Definitely has potential, but I'm not liking his home/road splits or his 1.43 WHIP Billy Butler - Will develop into a good hitter, but he still has a ways to go Putz - Never a fan of keeping a CP and because he probably won't get too many save opps in Seattle
Not sure how deep your league is or your other keepers, but I would keep:
Billy Butler - solid after return to majors Chris Iannetta - solid power from deveoping C- esp if this is deep or 2 C league JJ Putz - still a believer that he is elite and the injury caused his control issues
Drop Ubaldo Jimenez - tempting to contribute decline to workload. Might be a good speculative pick if you want another SP or adverse to keeping a closer Connor Jackson - need power from 1B and CJax shows no sign of developing it Mike Aviles - solid BA, but limited 1H power was not sustained nor present in minors. Not much upside.
raiders_umpire wrote:I would keep Butler, Aviles, and Putz.
No Jackson? I am interested to hear why Raiders.
I am keeping Butler, Jackson and Ianetta. Jackson is young, has a great contact rate and plays in a park where his growth in power will pay off. I think last year's demotion really woke Butler up and Ianetta is worth the risk as a power hitting catcher as a previous poster said. Aviles is a one-year wonder, you never keep a closer and Jiminez is not good enough to warrant consideration.
I completely agree with Aqua. Ubaldo may be a dependable #3 pitcher for sometime, but that doesn't warrant keeper status. Putz was not dependable last season, and to even consider keeping a closer, they MUST be lights-out (K-Rod may be the only closer I would consider).
That last spot came down between Ubaldo and Putz. Putz had an off year, but he was a top 5 closer coming into the season for a reason.
As for the discussion on Jackson. He has a stellar BB and K rate, which helps him hit for a high average. His 2B have increased every year, but not significantly. In 3 full major league seasons he has hit 44HR in 1525 AB, which is good for 1HR/34.7 ABs. Even James Loney who is a similar type of player has a better rate (1HR/32.5ABs). Joey Votto who is considered an up and coming 1B similar to Jackson has a HR/AB of 21.8. So while Jackson is a good player, his lack of power limits his upside. He should be good for a .290 80R 75RBI 15HR type of season, but unless you have power hitting MI, your CI are who you rely on for big power numbers, something that just isn't there.