sowapowa wrote:who was your first overall pick? i dont see any first rounders on your roster.
The majority of your team seems like they are sleepers. Juan gone is a serious injury risk. the moment you see him gain value i'd trade him.
You might try to shop brett boone. He is getting up there in age and plays in a very bad home stadium. Loretta on the other hand should be injury free and looks awesome so far.
Basically i believe in getting injury free young players if you are going for sleepers cuz if your sleepers dont pay off and one of your main guys gets injuired then its over for you.
Seriously delayed response on this one as I waited about a month and 1/2 to see how things played out. I didnt have a 1st round draft pick as this is a keeper league. 12 teams, 8 keepers per team, with a max of 4 pitchers and as many hitters as you want if you dont keep 4 pitchers. 96 total players kept along with players we selected in our minor league draft. So my first round pick was essentially a 9th round pick of Carlos Lee, followed bye Matt Clement in the 10th and Aramis Ramirez in the 11th, with several more picks.............
Since this initail post I made, I have made a few trades and add drops off the FA pool and waiver wire.
#1 May 5th. I gave my Brett Boone for Bobby Abreu right before Abreu went on fire! Score one for me as I was aware of his career April stats being horrible and made that trade the first week of May
. Loretta is now my starting 2B, whom I stole off waivers, and I have no regrets.
#2 May 24th. I gave my Carlos Lee for Joel Pineiro about 2 weeks ago. I might have made a bit of mistake here as Gibbons, Kearns (made a return to the state of gimpness)), and Juan Gone have all missed a good amount of games or have been placed on the DL since then. Add to the fact that Pineiro with his slow start, despite his recent run of Qualit Starts ( A quality start = at least 6INN 3ER or less ) isnt getting wins and is still just a matchup fill in for me.
Trade #1 was no questions asked a good move for me. Now trade #2, Its a H-H weekly points league, and Carlos Lee being a strong 2nd half player added with my already weak offense before then, might really come back to haunt me. My only saveing grace on trade #2 is that as advanced as our scoreing format is, our scoreing is essentially 5X5 roto player value. Last year there was less than 1% difference between the points hitters scored VS pitchers in our active lineups. If Pineiro rebounds to come close to his numbers from the past 2 years then it is slight damage control.
My waiver and free agent moves since then are.................
#1. April 28th. I added Steve Finley. I had #1 waiver priority at the time and even though I'm a fantasy vet that knew he would rebound to be worth haveing on any fantasy roster I waited for him to clear waivers. Another score for me
!. My I'm glad he cleared waivers, and had I known what would come I definately would have used my waiver priority on him. For the record I called this one on the Fantasy Baseball Talk Forum, http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... ght=finley
, Its not too often I can say this so "I was right"
#2 April 30th. I added Terry Adams, RP for Toronto. Nothing special there as he was just the closer of the day for the BlueJays and I was looking for trade bait.
#3 May 4th. I dropped Terry Adams for Jason Frasor. Good move and I would give myself props, but my Frasor addition gets ugly the next move
#4 May 14th. I used my #1 waiver priority to pick up Orlando Cabrera (with "I never miss a game" Tejada as my starter and B.J. Upton in the minors) and dropped Jason Frasor to make roster room for O.Cabrera. That hurts bad. I picked up each of them respectively as nothing more than trade bait. Frasor was quickly picked up and now a regular starter on a different owners team. I have gotten jack and sh!T for trade intrest with O.Cabrera
. Hopefully with Nick Johnson finally returning O.Cabrera will get a little protection and RBI opportunities but I'm not holding my breath on that.
#5. May 20th. I dropped Randy Winn for Daryle Ward. That most definately is looking good for me. Even though Winn has shown a spark of life since then, Ward has hit for the Cycle with 3 or so HR's, several RBI's, and a +.300 AVE. I wasnt really still hopeing on much from Winn at this point, there just wasnt a player on waivers that caught my eye untill Daryle Ward hopped out of the woodwork.
#6. June 1st. I dropped Ryan Franklin for Jason L. Phillips. My pitching is deep enough that Franklin would only be used a couple more times this year against really favorable 2start week matchups and I could use 1B help and catcher insurance if Barrett dissapears after the all-star break like past years. Franklin got taken with a waiver bid, but thats ok, he was is worth a waiver bid for them possibly as nobody was going to trade anything of value to me for him.
So after all of that, if you have bothered to read through this boreing post, my roster is currently.....
C. Michael Barrett, Cubs
1B. Josh Phelps, BlueJays
2B. Mark Loretta, Padres
3B. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS. Miguel Tejada, Orioles
OF. Scott Podsednik, Brewers
OF. Steve Finley, Diamndbacks
OF, Bobby Abreu, Phillies
DH. Austin Kearns, Reds ( I should know better bye now, just shoot me )
Utility. Daryle Ward
SP. Javier Vazquez, Yankees
SP. Matt Clement, Cubs
SP. Bartolo Colon, Angels
SP. Jeff Weaver, Dodgers
SP. Eric Milton, Phillies
RP. Matt Herges, Giants
RP. Troy Percival, Angels
RP. Jorge Julio, Orioles
We must start 3RP so Frasor believe it or not actually had a small bit of trade value.
SP. Kris Benson, Pirates
SP. Adam Eaton, Padres
SP. Joel Pineiro, Mariners
OF/1B. Jay Gibbons, Orioles
1B/C. Jason Phillips, Mets
SS. Orlando Cabrera, Expos
SS/2B/3B. Alex Cintron, DiamondBacks
RP. Robb Nen, Giants
OF. Juane Gonzalez, Royals
SP, John Patterson, Expos
B.J. Upton SS Devil Rays is my only one with a chance of makeing an impact this year.
That squad through savy roster management, smoke, mirrors, and a good bit of luck, has somehow managed to have the 5th best record and be 5th place overall on the powerpoll(sportsline league for those of you that know what the power poll is).
Unfortunately, 5th is one spot out of the money, exactly where I finished last year, 5th
Every other owners roster in the league is filled to the maximum just like mine is. No other owner has open reserve spots (7 reserves Maximum) and only a few other owners have open DL spots ( 3 DL spots maximum ).
I've conceded that its time to give up on Kearns putting it together and putting together a great year. I need an above average bat in the OF or at 1B to have true chance at finishing in the top 4. Anyone think I'm too far off with that analysis?
Aside from my top 3 SP of Vazquez/Colon/Clement, I think it would be prudent to let any of my SP go for a slugger with decent upside should I get a trade offer. What do you guys think?
Finally another owner who is weak at pitching and heavy with his bats has Paul Konerko and Dontrelle Willis on his team. Does anyone think it would be too far off of me if I offered my M.Clement and Gibbons or Juan Gonzalez for his two guys in a 2-2 trade?
As always any and all help is appreciatted guy! Particularly if you bothered to read this entire post
"Son we would like to keep you around here but were trying to win a pennant this year."