Bonzai Baseball wrote:Maybe I am putting too much weight on being able to keep guys unlimited years without penalty. This rule in particular is why I think a guy like Bryce Harper could go in the first two rounds. I guess in reality guys like Cabrera still have several years left of elite production.
Winning this year is just as important as winning 5 years from now. Heck the league might not even be together 5 years from now. While you might miss out on Harper in the early rounds, you will at get something just as good.
I would give a slight bump to Justin Upton while a slight down grade to Pujols and Bautista but not enough to drop them out of the top 10. I would go at this very similar to any other draft but again giving guys who are younger a slight increase but not too much. If other teams want to take Strasburg or Moore more than a round or two than they normally go, then let them. It isn't like all veterans are suddenly going to drop off a cliff and not have any value.
Rookies and young guys take longer than people think to usually get going. Look at guys like Justin Upton, Kershaw, Kemp or Tulo and see how quickly they made the leap to stardom (hint: not immediately). Again championships are all that matter so go for a win now if everyone else is preoccupied with the future.