BoBtheMule wrote:There are going to be pitchers who's floors are close to Darvish but the ceiling could be much higher... or am I wrong in that assumption?
What pitchers wouldn't be kept that have a higher ceiling than Darvish? Right now I wouldn't put Darvish higher than a #2 at this point but that is still very good in this deep of a league. So I would just be curious who you think would still be there and have that kind of upside?
I am the other co-owner of the team in question. I have not done as much prep work as my friend the Mule thus far, but the short and easy answer is, we just dont know who will be available. This league's hot stove does not start to heat up until after New Year's, so there are still lots of deals to be made before we can accurately project keeper lists. We went out and got after this deal WAY early so we could be ahead of the curve and not the guys trying to unload spare parts late in the offseason after guys feel that their rosters are set.
Of course we are open to taking other players with the first overall. I mean, if someone drops a guy that we really like, we are not so locked into Darvish with that pick that we will not change course. We are kind of married to taking a starting pitcher however, unless someone drops a hitter that just blows our doors off. The types of SP that you find in this league's draft tend to be guys like Chacin, Floyd, De La Rosa, etc.
I guess the thinking behind the trade is that we feel that Darvish can be a #2 fantasy starter in a 16 teamer. If he is the best available to us with that #1 pick, then we did well to give up the spare parts that we dealt.