C- Mike Lieberthal
1B- Jeff Bagwell
2B- Jose Vidro
SS- Rich Aurilia
3B- Corey Koskie
OF- Chipper Jones
OF- Manny Ramirez
OF- Johnny Damon
U- Roberto Alomar
OF- Vernon Wells
3B- Aramis Ramirez
C- Charles Johnson
So okay, I virtually tanked saves, but other thoughts?
Not really. The closers were nabbed early. I kept saying to myself "why take a closer for one category when i can get a really quality pitcher like odalis perez or fill a positional scarcity with Koskie"
I liked grabbing both Alomar and Vidro because it weakens some other team, since second base isn't abundant. I might work a deal, but it depends. I really like the notion of Roberto Alomar's big comeback year being a bonus to me.
The only problem w/ not getting a closer is that you have to tank an entire category. a 1 in a category requires a 9 in another just to get a 5 average. That means that whether it makes sense or not - a solid closer is going to be worth more than Odalis Perez. Granted he helps in 4 categories BUT not in the one you need. You really have the pitching covered in RJ and Morris. This isn't a flame or anything, just food for thought. I still think you have a solid team. just scour the wire for saves....
gagne is an exception.....most closers arent able to pich 2 innings and get 3 k's but not give up runs and get the save. most closers will get you about the same amount of K's and their innings pitched wont be enough to really swing your team era or whip unless it is really bad or really good. that said, maybe try and deal for gagne or even smoltz(he will strike out a lot more this year and with his two great set-up men gone, look for him to be pitching more 8h and 9th inning games, meaning more k's and more influence of his era and whip).
Fairly good job. You could have gotten a late closer though, even a bad one like Milwaukee's. There's mainly one thing I don't like - Charles Johnson. I used to think he was good for reason, probably cause he was in a World Series, but he's brutal. He can't do jack.
The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.