It's clear that you C and SS are suspect at best. I really really dislike Posada and Jeter this year (and no not just because i'm a sox fan) but there is SO much better out there i'm SURE on Free Agency.
I would outright DROP Posada and Jeter if any of the following are available on Waivers/FA:
C - Chris Iannetta C - Mike Nap0li C - Ryan Doumit C - Matt Weiters (although of course you'd have to stash until he's called up) C - Pablo Sandoval
SS - Peralta SS - Tulowitski SS - Aviles SS - Alexei Ramirez SS - JJ Hardy
Now you're in a 12 team league so probably all of those guys are taken, but i'd try to deal either or both of those guys for anyone on that list...they're pretty big liabilities.
As far as your pitching, i think this is your only other achilles heel. You got some solid Starters but no depth. I'd trade away some of your offensive depth for pitching depth as that's much more valuable (IMHO). Everyone will need pitching throughout the year and it' smuch harder to find on the FA/Waiver market during the year then a hot bat. And injuries are more likely to happen i've found and you dont wanna be caught with just a few pitchers.
beef up the depth and get rid of those Yankee Cancers are i'd say you got a great shot at a title.
I really like your team. Dont even think about dropping Derek Jeter, he is not what he once was but he is still a 300 hitter, good for 90 runs, 10 sbs. I am not a big fan of Jorge, and I agree with the prior post that you should drop Jorge if any of those guys are available. I think your only glaring weakness is stolen bases for your hitting, and I would recommend keeping a close eye the waiver wire for a closer because theres always guys losing jobs and getting injured. Your league cannot be won with the draft, but it can be won with constant attention to the waiver wire and making quality trades.
thanks for the tips, guys. phorts- i got jeter in the 7th round (78 overall), and jorge in the 16th (187) and thought they were both good value moves. As for the list of guys you recommended, all taken. healyja- i also agree that you need to keep a close eye on the ww and make quality trades. because of this site, i'm usually the one that benefits from the late-season call ups, but a cpl others in my league are starting to catch up (don't have the time to live on this site like i used to ) silverZ- i thought the same thing when i was drafting, but these guys were falling to me. i've been putting out trade feelers to gauge interest, but guys are hesitant to pull the trigger before the first week.
here's my draft list of where i landed my players: 1. (6) Miguel Cabrera 2. (19) Matt Holliday 3. (30) Dustin Pedroia 4. (43) Aramis Ramírez 5. (54) Adrián González 6. (67) Magglio Ordóñez 7. (78) Derek Jeter 8. (91) Roy Oswalt 9. (102) James Shields 10. (115) Carlos Zambrano 11. (126) Joey Votto 12. (139) Chris Young 13. (150) Matt Capps 14. (163) José López 15. (174) Heath Bell 16. (187) Jorge Posada 17. (198) Frank Francisco 18. (211) Joe Saunders 19. (222) J.D. Drew 20. (235) Hank Blalock 21. (246) Gil Meche
I love the bench. Solid trade bait and good multi position guys for backups. I don't much like Jeter or Posada either but I doubt there is much better on the WW right now so look to package a bench guy or two or even Adrian Gonzales for a good C or SS. You have Votto who should be really good as a backup if you can pull of the trade.
Good team...offensive juggernaut...but you can only play so many of those guys and I think you got caught up a little in an offensive value draft mentality...I mean 4 guys that qualify at 1B and NO SP depth to speak of. I like Oswalt and Sheilds a LOT....but there is a huge drop off after that....I dunno about trading Votto because I like him this year, but he def has the most value and you could prob package him and a decent closer for a solid SP and an upgrade at catcher...Target the guy who took Weiters and another or Napoli and another and package Posada if he needs a fill in....
Nice draft overall. Definitely a very solid offensive team. I think you're going to be fine for pitching, personally. I'm someone who sees pretty much every year that all you really need is a solid stable of SP to go with a strong offense. It's nice to get a top SP but I generally don't spend a premium pick on a SP and I've won my league the past two seasons.
I'd say that you might want to try to move AGon if he gets off to a hot start. You have Cabrera at 1B and Votto should have a nice season this year. I have both AGon and Votto and may try to move AGon if I can.
I definitely like your OF but I don't love it. Not a big Ordonez fan anymore. Not much power these days and just seems to be in decline in general. Chris Young could pay off but you might be looking at a .240 and it just doesn't seem like he's going to rack up the SB, despite early indications that he would.
Just manage your team well and watch the wire. You have a very solid core and should be in contention all year if you make the right moves.
Basically the same thoughts as everyone else. Great offense with the potential to be even more monstrous if you can swing something to upgrade Catcher, and probably Shortstop too. Jeter is no where near worth what you paid for him in the draft, but he isn't a liability either.
A better #3 pitcher than Carlos Zambrano would go a long way, but your pitching is still average as stands. Love your relievers though; they're the kind of cheap group that will still keep you well more than competitive when it comes to saves and the peripherals.
Overall I like it, 78/100. Votto and Lopez could definitely help you improve via trades. They are far too valuable to have on your bench, try to translate it into actual production value for a starting slot.
all posts replied to! thanks for the advice. at this point i think that votto is someone that i'd have to hold on to (maybe moving AGon like someone suggested). i thought he fell pretty far, 11/126, to me, so at this point that really wouldn't be a value trade on my part. i think i'd be better off staying pat w/ him, or hoping that he comes out strong. i'm looking at different options to upgrade sp and possibly c. looking at guys like billingsley, felix, greinke, and the like right now. any other suggestions as possible targets? thanks again all!