First, I wasn't sure if this was the best forum for this question. Sorry if not, the moderators are welcome to move it if they think that's best.
I'm in a Yahoo head-to-head league but was unable to attend the draft (I was cooking lasagna!) so ended up overloaded with with hitters. I usually only want one 'spare' hitter for my bench but lots of pitchers - mostly starters but with one or two extra RPs (the pitcher slots are SP, SP, RP, RP, P and P).
I'm kind of happy with the first choice hitters that were picked for me, but I'm not exactly wedded to them and many of the benched hitters are pretty good, so, the question is, which of the extra hitters do I keep and which to get rid of for whatever SPs are left on the Free Agents list? I should add, I've had no interest with the benched hitters as trade bait, which makes these decisions really hard because many of the benched look too good to just drop!
HITTERS C - Miguel Montero 1B - Anthony Rizzo 2B - Rickie Weeks 3B - Pablo Sandoval SS - Asdrubal Cabrera CF - Shane Victorino OF - Carlos Gonzalez OF - Nick Markakis Util - Paul Konerko Bench 3B - Will Middlebrooks Bench SS - Derek Jeter Bench C - Brian McCann Bench CF - Coco Crisp Bench SS - Alcides Escobar
PITCHERS SP Justin Verlander SP Felix Hernandez RP Greg Holland RP Jason Grilli P Cliff Lee P Jered Weaver
In that Free Agent Market are the following Pitchers (Top 10 by % owned across Yahoo leagues): STARTERS Trevor Cahill Kyle Lohse Ryan Dempster Phil Hughes Clay Buchholz Edwin Jackson Shaun Marcum Jaime Garcia Tommy Hanson Wei-Yin Chen
RELIEVERS (Top 11 here because number 10 is Jose Valverde!) Carlos Marmol Alexi Ogando Bruce Rondon Hisashi Iwakuma Jose Veras Shelby Miller Sergio Santos Drew Storen Ross Detwiler José Valverde Santiago Casilla
The pitching staff you have at the moment looks much better than your batters. Way better actually.
Firstly, get rid of McCann, Jeter, Coco and Esobar. Backup Catcher is useless and unnecessary. Which batters are available? Brandon Belt? Lorenzo Cain? You're gonna need some help. Especially in the power department. I would definitely look to trade Lee or Weaver, preferably Weaver for another power bat.
Look to improve your batting, or else you're going to be in trouble. As far as to strengthen your pitching even moreso, pick up Lohse and Garcia ASAP. Look to see if a guy like Chris Tillman is available too which I'm sure he is. Lohse pitches in not the ideal ball park, but in a division where he should do well. Garcia is gonna rack up the wins in St Louis and has looked pretty good in spring training, looks to be over his injury concerns.
First off, several of the RPs you list are in fact SPs (Miller and Iwakuma) in real life. That makes them intriguing to get already.
But: in my opinion, you go get Cahill and ditch Jeter and/or Escobar (you don't need two backup shortstops), and see if you can find room for Shelby Miller if you feel you need more SP. Brian McCann: droppable or tradeable. You don't need two catchers. For RPs, I'd look into that Japanese guy on the Cubs (he'll get the job sooner than we all think) or Rondon (reluctantly, and only if he's the closer for the Tigers). In short: drop Jeter, Escobar, McCann, look into Cahill, Miller, Cubs-guy.
I also like Marcum, Chen, or Garcia, and if you want to snag-and-trade Lohse, I'm all for that too. Good luck.