So, last night our league had its annual owners meeting. Our league is set up that we have 22-man rosters, and at the meeting you must cut your team down to 13.
One twist our league has, is that during each owners meeting, we randomly draw five teams from a hat. Any player on those five teams at the end of the next season HAS to be cut (what we call mandatory release). This insures that there are always meaningful players in the draft.
Here's my 13 man team...
Santana, Mussina, Brown, Beckett
Glaus, Renteria, Giles, Anderson, Beltran, Kent, Pujols
(Head to head league...categories are R, RBI, BBs, SOs, Es, BA, SLG, TBs, SBs, W, L, HLD, SV, ERA, WHIP, BBs, Ks, and IP.)
The five teams drawn last night (teams whose players MUST be dropped after the 2004 season) were St. Louis, Florida, Anaheim, NY Mets, and Cincinnati.
Obviously, this kills me.
(Beckett, Glaus, Anderson, Pujols, Renteria). I've won our league for the last two years, but doing so has cost me draft position in our March draft (my first pick is in the 4th round). Therefore, while I return a solid core of players to the 2004 season, I am at a disadvantage relative to other teams on draft day.
My question is, what strategy should I take? I'd mortgage my entire future if I knew I had another title in 2004 coming.
On the other hand, I better be damned sure because going for a championship again means I'll have nothing to show for 5 key guys on my team
; if I decide I don't have a title run in me, I can atleast deal those guys for draft picks and have something to show for Pujols & friends by dealing them to contenders.
Does anyone else have experience dealing with this or a similar problem? What do you guys suggest? Thanks.