I'd go with Rafael Soriano (top 10 closer what is not to like you have no others and he's definitely a solid option). Kyle Seager (very underrated - was a road beast last year, like his power chances with the field moved in and a better lineup around him)....nice sleeper good second utility bat for you. Josh Johnson (I think he will do better than people give him credit for -- seriously the AL East is not quite as dominant as it has been in years past - good players have moved past their primes or just flat out don't play anymore - Gotta love him pitching for a winning looking team - worthwhile risk behind your other arms - in a deeper league top shelf SP will be harder to come by) ----------------------------------- Missing the cut and why: Axford - you can pretty well throw back...could be a draft day bargain in the later rounds as a cheap closer with some bounce back potential. Fowler - is a bit overrated in my book (focus on OF in draft) Alex Avila - catcher is a deeper position than it has been in the past throw Avila back and get one with more consistency or upside in the draft as a bargain (guys like Sal Perez or Tyler Flowers come to mind) or a steady vet (like a Napoli or AJP) Sergio Romo - got by with legal issues but I'm concerned about his role, some risk here, you already have one good closer and I'd probably take a chance in the draft and draft a more secure #2 closer.
I am right there with you MadDog; those are my first instinct choices.
I think my hopes for Fowler, my need for OF, and who he actually is.....is making me think I should hold onto him instead of Soriano....I hate the closer carousel that is sure to happen again this year
Axford had over 12 K/9 last year. A flukey 19% hr/fb ratio killed him. Romo has a career whip of .88. I actually prefer both to Soriano. JJ might do ok, but i don't trust him. His numbers have trended down some, and now he pitches in a hr park, and faces a DH. I guess we will have to wait and see. I like Seager, but he could be had in draft. He''s already keeping suspect guys like Rutledge. I take the 3 closers.
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I don't disagree with you HOOTIE, but in our league those closers will be available in the draft. No one in our league keeps more than 1 closer, if any, so there will be plenty of options....which is why I dont really want to keep 1.
I think Seager, Fowler, and JJ would go in the first round (16th) of our draft. I have last pick because I won last year, and we do not snake the draft.
I like Romo more than Ax and Sori, but who knows....
thats why getting all your input....I still am no where near certain; maybe pair Seager and closer for a keeper OF? I like trading.