I see 4 no-brainers:
Trout - 100% no-brainer
Posey - 100% no-brainer
Strasburg - 100% no-brainer
Goldschmidt - a steal at 17th round AND he has already proven he can handle the bigs
Then it gets tricky....you have several option with great value:
Votto - a legit, no doubt about it 1st rounder
Craig - a steal at 23rd round (I see him as a 6th-7th rounder)
Lawrie - another steal at 22nd round (I have him as a 7th-9th rounder)
Granderson - solid value at 10th round ( i value him in 4th-5th round)....but last yrs avg scares me
Verlander - Solid value at 4th round (he is likely a 2nd rounder in most re-draft leagues)
I would actually go with Craig and Votto:
Craig is the best value in the bunch. And Votto is simply elite....you aren't getting him at a bargain, but you are getting him at a fair price, I wouldn't want to give him up.
If you simply refuse to keep a 1st rounder, I would keep Verlander. Verlander comes at a bit of a bargain (unlike Votto).....but when in doubt I always prefer to go with a hitter over a pitcher.....pitching is simply far less predictable. I like Lawrie a lot, but I would prefer to keep at least 1 elite player in either Votto or Verlander instead.
So, here is my official recommendation:
(with Verlander on the bubble if you hate the idea of Votto)
One other thing: I saw lots of suggestions for Kershaw......NO WAY would I keep Kershaw!
Kershaw is a 2nd round guy....no way I waste a 1st round pick on him.....especially when you have Verlander (who is arguably better than Kershaw) available for a 4th rounder.
And when you have 6 keepers, the maximum number of pitchers to keep is two (and I would prefer to keep only 1 pitcher). Since keeping Strasburg, Verlander and Kershaw is out of the question......... and since Verlander is a MUCH better value than Kershaw......Kershaw is simply not a legitimate option (imho).
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