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Postby Smuckers » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:48 pm

I am in a 9 team AL-Only League. Each team is required to carry 2 Catchers. That means that 18 catchers from the American League need to be drafted. I have a couple of questions for everyone.

1. I already know that Mauer, Posada, Pierzynski, and Johjima are being protected. How high would you go for Catchers like Martinez and I-Rod. Right now one of my draft strategies is to spend 20-25 dollars on each of them. Is this the right move?

2. If spending that much on Catchers is wrong, who are the sleeper catchers I could get at a low price. Are there any catchers out there that have a good chance at producing a lot more than most of us think they will at this point? Right now I am intrigued by Mathis of the Angels. Should I target guys like him, and if so who are some others I should look for. What about J.R. House of Baltimore????

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Postby CadensDad » Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:53 pm

I'd say go for it on Victor he seems like a bargain if you have 2 catchers
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Postby grammysboy » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:23 pm

Not knowing enough about your league, I might mention Mike Napoli of the Angels. He won't put up the numbers of Victor or I-Rod, but depending on your league, your $20-$25 price may not be enough. for those two. Napoli should go reasonably compared to those two front line back-stops. Jojima of Seattle might go overlooked as well. Either would give you adequate numbers at the position, though not spectacular. Just some thoughts :-?
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Postby Ender » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:59 pm

I'd take VMart in the 1st round in your league depending on who is being protected of course.
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Postby Pedantic » Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:45 pm

I wouldn't spend that much for a catcher. It's not going to be that shallow. Theoretically, only four teams will be stuck with a catcher that won't be starting. I would look for two bargain catchers rather than a spendy one and a crappy one. You could easily end up with a decent set of catchers on the cheap. Inflation could make getting a top catcher very unpleasant.
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Postby The Jury » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:44 am

First of all, do a little research and create some good catcher rankings!

Pudge is decent but the elite catchers are Mauer, Victor Martinez, and Brian McCann, and not necessarily in that order.
The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.
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Postby sadlyajetsfan » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:04 am

any love for kenji?
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:17 am

I wouldn't spend more than $2 on any C in a league with that structure.
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Postby Surfs up » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:02 am

Thing is Pudge hit .300 and had 547 at bats and 8-10 steals last year. Kenji hit .290 and 16 hrs last year. These guys put up better numbers than many outfielders that cost more money.Why waste a spot if you can get two qality players? Fill a middle or shortstop spot a little cheaper or even a MR pitcher or two cheap to allow you to save some money for top catchers.In a small league no need to have any bums. Also don't forget Gerald Laird. Decent power and will steal a few bases.
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Postby The Jury » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:21 am

sadlyajetsfan wrote:any love for kenji?


Apprently enough love to be protected by a team already ;-)
The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.
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