C Brian McCann* 1B Albert Pujols* 2B Chase Utley* 3B Alex Rodriguez* SS Jason Bartlett OF Carl Crawford OF Grady Sizemore OF Magglio Ordonez UT Rajai Davis UT Jason Kubel UT James Loney BN Chipper Jones BN Julio Borbon BN Jhonny Peralta
SP Roy Halladay* SP Zach Greinke SP CC Sabathia* SP Ubaldo Jimenez SP Francisco Liriano SP Ted Lilly SP Derek Lowe
RP Joakim Soria RP Juan Guttierez RP Franklin Morales
You team looks great. Saves are fairly easy to come by if you keep up with things. I'd be more concerned about next year with all those contracts expiring. Maybe move some of the players with expiring contracts as the season goes on for other top tier players you can keep. Right now I think youd have a tough time picking 6 players you really want to, and can, keep.
What if anything do you lose in order to keep your guys?
You'll find another arm for that bullpen. Don't sweat it. This may be the end of a dynasty however...
That being said. I'd play to win this year while trying to a acquire a young potential break out guy (Kyle Blanks for instance, I feel like he's going to be this year's Kendry Morales) or a star who could take it to the next level like Choo or Cruz in order to keep. Is Carlos Santana available? I just got him in my keeper league. I have Wieters already, so one or the other will probably end up trade bait at some point. Keep an eye out for a Pedro Alvarez or Starlin Castro call up. Like Santana (Posey and Montero too) they project good offense at scarce positions. Even if you're not that high on rookies, a lot of people are and they make fantastic trade bait - particularly in keeper leagues.
Just some ideas to throw out there. I play with 5 keepers, 12 teams (no contract expiration, player is kept for draft pick compensation relative to his Yahoo rank). I have Pujols, WIeters, Panda, Hill and Wainwright as keepers from last season. I actually had Kinsler and Longoria as keepers in '09 and traded them down the stretch in mega deals that helped me win it all while keeping me stocked with cost-effective keepers this season.
I'm not too too worried about the keepers. I came into the year with Pujols, Utley, A-Rod, Halladay, CC and Greinke as keepers from last year (and last year I had to throw back Jeter, Wainwright and Sizemore at the end because I could not justify keeping them over those 6). But next year all the studs drafted as keepers in '08 go back into the draft -- in other words, we all lose the stud guys after this year -- so if I can enter next year's draft with Crawford, Sizemore, Ubaldo, Greinke and then aim to get two more awesome guys this year keeperwise, then I will fill out my team next year with boppers in the draft.
I have given some thought to dealing Utley in a deal involving Cano (drafted this year, so a keeper thru 2012)... do I dare offer it straight up or in such a way that maybe I get a small second player back?
I always try to get as much as I can. Cano is going to have a monster year, perhaps on par with Utley. Hitting in the 5 hole, he should easily surpass RBI projections. Under those circumstances a swap of Utley and Cano is not out of the question.
If your team truly does look like that you are either severely screwing people over or your keeper rules need to be looked at. You have the best player in 3 out of 4 infield slots not including sizemore and crawford who are also ranked in the top 20. This league is bogus. I dont know what the other managers are playing for because you pretty much have it locked up.
The league you are in is absurd! Half of your roster is Round1-2 picks....How were you trades not vetoed? Just a thought, but hey good for you that you were able to blindfold people and take them for what their worth