SB's are going to be my only problem. I'll try to move some players around to acquire some help there. My strategy was simple: "draft the highest player on my list". I have a lot of talent at the corners (ARod, Adrian G., Miguel, C.Davis) so moving them might be my best bet.
c: P. Sandoval 1b: A. Gonzales 2b: C. Utley 3b: M. Cabrera ss: S. Drew OF: M. Ramirez OF: B. Abreu OF: R. Ludwick UTIL: D. Ortiz Bench: A. Rodriquez (3B), C. Davis (1B/3B), N. Cruz (OF)
SP: F. Hernandez SP: Y. Gallardo RP: M. Gonzalez RP: C. Qualls P: J. Vazquez P: E. Bedard P: A. Harang Bench: H. Bell (RP), Wang (SP), Carmona (SP), Smoltz
Note: ARod was a 5th rd pick. I had him pegged as a 7th rd pick, but gave in to temptation.
i like your pitching staff i call it versatile. where you have a bunch of tier 2 pitchers so that you can 2 start them over playing a tier one pitcher every week, if you know what i mean..good batting. i don't know how you got miggy to be eligible for 3rd but that's pretty cool. if so, then wait for arod to heat up and put him on the block as he is a perenial september slumper.
Some serious power with this team. If you covet steals, I'm sure CoCo Crisp, Carlos Gomez, or Michael Bourne is available. I would drop Smoltz for one of them if you need to. Starting pitching is hit or miss. If Felix and Gallardo play up to their potential, they will anchor your pitching.
I'd definitely wait for a Chris Davis hot streak and move him.
If your league-mates are open to trading (unfortunately, I've found that some leagues are trade-phobic) this could develop into a championship caliber team by seasons end. As long as you don't have any glaring holes, I'm fine with taking value. And SBs ... ehhh, with 6 hitting categories that's less of an issue.
You definately could stand to move a 3B. Maybe wait a little, until you're sure that Big Papi is going to produce like you hope in the Util spot. ARod won't have value until he comes back, so hold on to him. Hope for a good start from Miggy and/or Davis, and see what offers you can get. Either of them (assuming they play well) should provide a big boost to your pitching at little expense to your hitting. I'd prefer moving Davis, since Miggy is such a stud - no single pitcher is close to being worth what he is. In a few weeks, a healthy ARod (but make sure he's healthy and playing well) could allow you to do a similar upgrade. The pitching is serviceable for someone taking a "wait 'till later" - and with the moves you should be able to make it could become dominant. I like the "bounce-back" candidates you have (Gallardo, Bedard, Harang, Smoltz - though that one might take some patience).
Very nice job man, you have no real weak spots, possibly try and acquire another proven, solid starter. I like the combo of Gallardo and King Felix, but don't forget that they are both playing for mediocre teams and might not get that many wins. I would trade Arod (when he gets back and plays for awhile,) or Chris Davis for a top level starter. If you make that move you will be in great shape in your league!