Roster is below. What to do? I need another option at UTIL in case Fields fizzles. But I could wait on a guy for later. I also need some more pitching.
So, 2 picks (end of 18th, start of 19th)?
Here's what I'm looking at: Josh Anderson Max Ramirez John Baker
Rich Hill Brandon Lyon James MacDonald John Smoltz Andy Pettite Kyle Lohse Jamie Moyer Hong-Chih Kuo
20 team, 6x6 H2H (OPS/HLD) 25 round draft MLB in progress 15 round prospect draft not yet started
C - Jesus Flores, C-WAS (15:281) 1B - Derek Lee, 1B-CHI (7:121) 2B - Brian Roberts, 2B-BAL (3:41) 3B - Chipper Jones, 3B - ATL (4:80) SS - Hanley Ramirez, SS-FLA (1:1) LF - Jason Bay, LF-BOS (2:40) CF - CoCo Crisp, CF-KC (12:240) RF - Brady Hawpe, RF-COL (6:120) Util - Jose Guillen, LF/RF-KC (10:200) Util - Josh Fields, 3B-ChW (14:280)
SP - James Shields, SP-TB (5:81) SP - Scott Baker, SP-MIN (8:160) RP - Mariano Rivera, RP-NYY (9:161) RP - Joel Hanrahan, RP-WAS (13:241) P - Gil Meche, SP-KC (11:201) P - J.J. Putz, RP-NYM (16:320) P - Jason Motte, RP-StL (17:321)
Baker - You need somone else besides Flores, and Baker has a lot of upside.
Lohse - SP must be getting pretty thin in the draft based on the options left. You need somone reliable in case one of your top two go down, hence I pass on Smoltz given your current team makeup. Smoltz a nice risk/reward pick if he's still around in round 20/21.
Lohse will give you 200IP guaranteed, and I think he can repeat his ERA and WHIP from a year ago. St Louis seems to think so , signed him for 4 years. I think the key is the GB/FB ratio which was 1.43 last year. He had a simiar ratio in 2005. Duncan has seemed to help him fix that and get it back to where he can have success.
Well then, I'd probably just take pitching and go wtih Lyon and Smoltz. Then with the free spot add an upside catcher. Everyone is down on JR Towles this year. I think he'll improve. The kid has 20 homer upside and 15-20 SB potential. He's a poor man's Martin.
I wouldn't take another 'upside' catcher right now unless its him.
You will have Hanny, Lyon, and Mo. That is way better than anyone else have. One of these makes good trade bait to upgrade at catcher. The rest of your team looks very good for a league so deep.
I'd be trying to acquire another 3b also to stash on your bench. What 3b are available in a pinch right now?
What SP are available?
You can get SP later.
Target guys like Kawakami, Maholm, Adenhart (who will start the year in Angels' rotation with Santana out who knows how long), Pelfrey, Colon, Pavano, A. Reyes (CLE) who represent late round value.
Are any of these guys available?
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