bigh0rt wrote:I may try and sell Glavine at this point, depending on your league's impression of him. I'd also try and move Vazquez, if somebody likes his Wins.
I doubt I can get anything out of Glavine or Vazquez. They're basically the best SP's I could get and at this point I need some warm bodies that are at least better than the FA garbage out there. The nice thing about both of them is that even if they don't rebound from where they've both been the last few starts at least they give me a better than average shot at a win just by virtue of the run support they get. I got Glavine very cheaply (downgraded a 7th round pick to a 12th) and got Vazquez in a massive deal that also brought me Saito and Peralta but saw me lose Jimmy Rollins. I just had a bad feeling about Rollins as a keeper and with the chance that Tulo might start next year I figured that deal was the perfect one to turn to move him.
Not that I wouldn't love to flip Glavine or Vazquez for something...I definitely wouldn't mind that at all. But when the best FA pitcher is probably Ohka at this point Glavine and Vazquez both look really good and the only way I'd get an upgrade to them would be to deal away some picks to do it.
bigh0rt wrote:Also try shopping Crede, if you can get a better 3B keeper in some sort of package.
I don't understand why...maybe it's just the track record...but I couldn't get any bites on Crede when I was trying to sell him off for picks next year. I think I may try again though now that I have 5 closers and see what a closer + Crede (and maybe a pick as well to spice things up) could get me at the hot corner. I'm not really looking for a long-term keeper for the 6th slot though because Alex Gordon will most likely be my 6th keeper going into the 2008 season (Pujols, Utley, Gordon, Crawford, Kazmir and Bonderman as my six keepers
). That's why I was so frustrated when I lost out on the bidding to get Curt Schilling - he would have been perfect to keep for 2007 and then let go in 2008 and he would have been a better upgrade that Brad Penny to my pitching staff as well.
bigh0rt wrote:I would think this team would make a real hard push at making and advancing in the playoffs this season. Not sure I'd sacrafice for this season, as I don't think it's a strong enough team to feel certain enough it'd be worth it.
Yeah, that's my feeling as well. I've weakened my draft next year a little bit since I started this entire process. Gave up a 2nd for Bonderman and a 14th, a 12th and a 3rd for Penny and a 12th and a 7th for Glavine and a 12th but also swung some deals to bring back picks as well in the flurry of moves so really the only depth I've lost is the 2nd and 3rd that dropped to a 12th and 14th in the Bonderman and Penny deals...everything else stayed about the same (I think one of my 7th dropped to an 8th and my 11th actually climbed to a 10th). That's why I've been really hesitant to go higher than a 5th rounder on Clemens.
The big issue for me surrounds Sheets. If he's healthy then giving up my 1st round pick for him would look like pocket change next year. With k/9 as a category a rotation that would start with Kazmir, Bonderman, Sheets, Matsuzaka and Sowers BEFORE I DRAFT A SINGLE PLAYER would be absolutely frightening. But to give up a first round pick on that kind of a gamble when I've got the safe keeper in Penny available...I just don't know there. On the plus side we actually keep 8 until next February so I'd have at least until then to decide between Sheets or Penny if I made that deal. I have to admit it's tempting to take the chance on Sheets.
bigh0rt wrote:Your minors are insane.
Would it make it even more amazing if I told you I already dealt Howie Kendrick away for picks next year and I actually had Andy LaRoche and got him as part of a larger package that brought me Sowers?
Oh...and this was our inaugural year for our farm teams...I had a few extra draft picks in the prospect draft than the rest of the teams but most of those came from the end of round 2 on.