We can keep 7. I don't need a referendum on our rules, essentially, the Yahoo ranks dictate the round penalty for keeping someone.
I am thinking of keeping three arms, against regular advise.
Here are my definites: Wright, Prince, Tex, Haren, Gallardo.
I can keep a REALLY cheap hamels, nelson cruz, zobrist (might be overrated) brian mccann (hate keeping catchers) or choo. I am thinking the choice is really amongst the first three as hamels will be round 20 something. but cruz and zobrist could be money.
I would keep Hamels for sure and then I think it is between Cruz and McCann. I feel Zobrist is very overrated and is in for a regression this year. My first impulse is to keep Cruz and he really showed he could hit last year. But, he could be fighting for playing time in that Texas lineup as crazy as it sounds. He will definitely miss games but should still get his 30 bombs. On the other hand, you could keep the second best catcher in baseball and a very consistent one in that. I Know keeping catchers not named Mauer sucks but I think that is what I would do if I were you. So, I would go with Hamels and McCann.
thanks. Actually, I was looking at this a little more closely and the way it works is if you have two guys say ranked as a first rounder, it just scales down a round. (mind you I did a lot of trade consolidating last year to get the top three guys)
So here is a list of my potential guys, although obviosuly, my top three are being kept no matter what.
1. Prince 2.Tex 3. Wright 4. Either leave open or keep Haren 5. McCann 6.Open 7.Cruz or Gallardo (leaning gallardo) 8. Billy Butler (not that serious about him)
Skipping Zobrist, Choo throwing them back.
Hamels would be a last rounder, and I forgot I had lackey who would ranka 20th rounder. You obvioulsy don't want to start picking until round 6 and jam yourself.
Im wondering if the best bet is prince, tex, wright, pick, mccann, then either taking gallardo, or skipping him, taking butler, then keeping hamels and lackey.
definitely keep Hamels. He is a bargain at that spot and I expect to see more of 2008 than 2009 out of him this year. He was injured to start the season (after pitching his arm off the year before and being out of shape from doing the WS media circus off season rounds) probably rushed back a bit early had a nice stretch of starts in the 2nd 3rd of the season. Then he has his first child born right as they go into the playoffs. Lots of reasons to expect a rebound.
Why is everyone discounting Zobrist. That is a solid lineup that will produce runs all year and the guy has 3 position eligibility. I would like any data that indicates he is due to fall back statistically. Generally speaking, when you hit for power and average at that level, its not by chance.