Hey there everyone. I just drafted last night and feel ok about my team, but my bullpen is atrocious. It's beyond atrocious. It's terrible. I play in a deep 12-team H2H mixed league. What moves should I make to improve my pen? There is really no one left on the wire unless any of you know something I don't about a deep sleeper or something. Here's my team:
C-Jorge Posada 1B-Albert Pujols 2B-Brandon Phillips SS-Elvis Andrus MI-Gordon Beckham 3B-ARod CI-Adam Dunn OF-Grady Sizemore OF-Torri Hunter OF-Franklin Gutierrez OF-Garrett Jones U-Nick Johnson
Thanks. Robertson is the only one of those guys available on the wire. The league is very deep. I think I may need to make a trade to make any significant improvement in the pen. Any thoughts of what I should offer?
I have never traded for a closer, personally. I'd look into guys who are next in line to get a shot if the named closer falters or is injury prone. In most years several closers lose their jobs in the first half of the year, make sure you've got the guys who will steal those jobs.
You have enough quality starters that you could trade one for a closer if you have to, though.
LaTroy Hawkins, Joey Devine, Kevin Jepsen, Dan Wheeler, Sergio Romo, Bobby Seay, Grant Balfour, Rafael Betancourt, Nick Masset, Phil Coke, Pedro Feliciano, Darren Oliver, Jeff Samardjia, Jesse Crain ... all duds, imo... that's why I think a trade is in order. No?
I'd suggest bailing on saves category, but you're H2H, not roto. I'd look at your matchups the first few weeks. Get an idea of whether or not saves would end up putting you over the other teams. If you think it would make a difference, I'd say to try to pursue a trade. If not, then try picking someone up that has a chance of closing earlier or later in the year. For example, load up on Minnesota relievers. Or, another example, Jason Motte (STL). Franklin might keep the job all year, but if not, Motte is the man. Point is, there's always a turn over at closer. If you can afford to wait and you're patient, you'll get one or two without having to trade away someone to get them
I agree trading for a closer at the start of the season seems like a small reward for the risk and the talent your giving away. With a good team like Minn. yet to name an everday closer it seems focusing on them would be a way to go. Plus if you are a hawk on the waiver wire you surely will grab someone who becomes the closer by injury or demotion. Unless you are getting a top 3 guy then I would hold off on trading.