Our league: 12 team
AL only, 5x5 roto, standard $260 salary cap, 8 keepers, draft/auction
Here is my list of potential keepers and their salary levels:
Bedard $9 (I must keep him by league rule because I extended his contract before last season)
Rios $13 (also a must keep by league rule)
Nelson Cruz $10
Quentin $6 (a definite keeper at that salary)
Edwin Jackson $1
I always look for salary value with my keepers. If I make no deals, my keeper list would probably be Rios, Bedard, Quentin, Teixeira, Butler, Cruz, Harrison, and Jackson. I am only luke warm on Teixeira because I think that $31 is in the ballpark of what he will bring at the auction.
Closers are important in this league. I had Putz at a very friendly salary, but he is now lost to the NL.
The following deal has been proposed to me:
To the other guy: Teixeira and Harrison
To me: Chris Ray $5, Arredondo $1, Hughes $14, and Sonnanstine $9
I don't think that Hughes is a keeper at $14 and I don't think that Sonnanstine represents a better value at $9 than Harrison at $1. Ray and Arredondo are two potential closers, but both have question marks going into the season. If I was 100% certain that Arredondo had the job in Anaheim, I would pull the trigger now.
I am conflicted. Thoughts?
(I know that some of the guys mentioned here don't sound like much, but this league uses virtually every available position player, starter, and closer in the AL, so you have to do a lot of bottom feeding. Setup guys even get selected at the draft/auction just for their WHIP/ERA help. I generally like to enter the draft/auction with at least $200 available.)