I'm so thankful that Wieters is being called up. Hopefully Hanson is next!
Okay, so I can finally drop Baker, but I don't know who to pick up. 3B is probably my biggest need with Aramis on the DL but there isn't anybody in the free agent pool calling to me. My starting pitching is probably my strength but the free agent starting pitchers are really tempting.
Here's my team:
C Baker 1B L Berkman 2B Aaron Hill 3B C Davis SS J Rollins OF C Lee, C Hart, M Ordonez Util Adam Jones Bench: Wieters (Called Up - Due to Start Friday!!) Bench: Alexei Ramirez (at this point, he'll probably replace Hill in the starting lineup) DL: Aramis Ramirez SP: Grienke, F Hernandez, Joshn Johnson, Vazquez, Bedard, Wainwright, Tommy Hanson RP: Fuentes, Heath Bell, Dan Wheeler
Here are some available free agents. You guys like any of them as obvious pick ups?
Garrett Atkins (1B, 3B) Ryan Doumit (C) DL James Loney (1B) Jason Kubel (OF) Mark Teahen (1B, 3B, OF) Manny Parra (SP) John Smoltz (SP) DL Scott Kazmir (SP) DL Waivers Ramon Ramirez (RP) Mark DeFelice (RP) Kelvim Escobar (SP) DL Michael Wuerz (RP) Daniel Bard (RP) Joel Zumaya (RP) Armando Galarraga (SP) Jason Isringhausen (RP) Ricky Romero (SP)
How many DL spots do you have? I'd rather have Smoltz the rest of the year then Kazmir. Either is a worthwhile stash if you have a 2nd DL spot. I do agree you need help at 3B... and though he's not flashy, he's been raking since his awful awful 0-18 (I think 0-18) start... Andy LaRoche. He's slowly creeping up the lineup which should help his counting numbers and I expect a little more HR power, though even if not, his batting average will be quite useful.
I only have the one DL spot, so if I pick up a DL player, he would be riding my bench. It's a H2H daily, 12 team league. My philosophy has always been to play for the end of the year, so I am happy holding onto a player even when he's not playing if I think he can help my team in the future.
I would grab Kazmir if he clears waivers, Escobar if he does not. Smoltz moving to the AL East scares me a lot more than Escobar coming back from a year and change off. Escobar's been hitting 95 so you know he's back in top shape. I don't know how Smoltz's recovery has gone, but even if he is back to perfect health the shift from the NL to AL scares me. No more free outs and deeper lineups in itself will increase his ERA, not to mention the move from Turner Field to Fenway doesn't bode well for him either.