At start of the offseason we cut down to 10, then cut to either 5/6 (each teams option on which) before the draft.
I have already traded one of the 10 away for an extra draft pick, here are the 9 remaining and their draft round cost to keep:
Miguel Cabrera -1
Josh Hamilton - 1
Cole Hamels - 1
Matt Holliday - 2
Cliff Lee - 5
Ian Desmond - 16
Adam Wainwright - 19
Kris Medlen - 21
Mike Napoli - 25
So have to lose 3 of those names over the course of offseason either via trade or outright cut. I have already started to receive a lot of trade interest on Hamilton since yesterday BUT the trading negotations are hard because other teams would ahve to trade a pick to me AND then use their high draft pick to cover his cost to keep. I have gotten offers of 13th rd, 10th rd, and one team is "debating an 8th rounder" for him. I prefer to move Hamels over Hamilton but that market has been all my outreach with not much success (because again he costs a lot to keep - much like in real MLB you have to trade something of value to obtain a player and then cover his "salary"). Because of the compensation system it would be near impossible to keep three players of 1st round cost so one of Hamilton or Hamels HAS to go, even if I just let them walk or take pennies on the dollar in trade.
This is a 15 team unlimited year keeper standard 5x5 roto scoring and because of all the keepers the guys taken in the 1st round arent exactly "1st round guys" if you get my drift.
Some names from past two years first round for those who had open picks: ubaldo, uggla, corey hart, gardner, victorino, youk, ethier
Basically the 1st round post all the keepers is somewhat like a 6th round type talent level
2nd round usually a lot of closers and role guys
eventually the drfat evens out and has similar results as a standard redraft draft talent level around round 9-10 or so.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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