Vernon Wells may be a buy low...certainly not a sleeper, but a top tier OF you can get for a drastically reduced price.
Chipper's buy low.
I love Josh Beckett in a keeper league...not TJ, but blisters.
Guys who make breakout soon:
Harden has a higher ceiling than he's showing at this point
Rafael Soriano has electric stuff...could succeed as a closer, or even as a Santana esque reliever turned starter
Upton's struggling, but he's so hyped that he may not be a good buy
Maybe Rocco Baldelli if his body fills out soon
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the 2 i would target is rich harden and rocco baldelli....if harden ever gets his control down(which he has lately) and if rocco will continue to develop muscle wise, i say watch out for both of them......
I'm with warrick (although I'm still miffed at that Marte homer costing me a Contreras win ).
RSoriano could be a great guy to slip under the radar due to his entire 2004 season apparently being a lost cause. I keep seeing him referred to as Seattle's closer of the future (where he would likely put up K-Rod type numbers), but I'd almost rather see him as a starter. warrick's reference to Santana is not hyperbole.
all signs are pointing towards Justin Morneau being a great keeper option, i swear this kid is sitting on a 30+ home run season.
i would trade a few guys for a great one, in a keeper league, if you dont think you can make a run at it anymore.
i traded away matt clement and barry bonds for albert pujols and a pitcher who i wont keep next year, though will still help me out quite a bit this year - plus i happened to pull one of the best keeper options out there right now in pujols.
ive done my fair share of dealing to get my keepers solid. out of a possible 8 keepers, i now have
prior, santana, halladay, burnett, maggs, vlad, and soon to be sexson.
the last player will likely be used to keep benitez, as ill need some sort of closer. ive traded off casey, contreras, maddux, both atlanta jones', tori hunter, jaque jones, jose lima, and more to bring in these players.
i would not keep a closer unless it is gagne. otherwise, go after someone else. also, try and get reyes and/or giles. both are young players who were injured early in the season, and their stats are not that great because of the few number of games that they played. another reason to target them is their positions. reyes should be extremely valuable because he will probably play ss next year for the mets, and thus having dual position eligibility at ss and second.
You have gotten some good advice so far, a lot of valuable guys to keep, I am really looking forward to Raphael, he has a lot of potential but not worthy of a keeper spot just yet. Maybe try to trade for someone like Glaus if you could buy low on him, I think many have become used to seeing him as a useless injured player and he might be a good candidate to buy if that is the case.
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i think he saw i had burnett and misread it for burnitz.
marcus giles is intriguing, although i doubt hed be that much of a buy low candidate at this point, maybe when he was still on the dl but now hes back to normal.
im definately watching sorianno, but hell be avaliable in the draft. hes a fa right now, and i seriously doubt anyone will pick him up. hell i had even forgotten about him. unless they start major hyping him when he returns, he should be avaliable.
i too, had forgotton about glaus. definately gonna see if i can nab him.
and i greatly appreciate all the responses so far. thanks a lot