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Zachadoodelldoo wrote:I will say that I applaude your effort, it takes a lot to put a list like this together, and people are always going to have problems with it. So I'll start with mine.
The biggest error is you don't have B.J. Upton anywhere on this list. I have to believe most people would put him somewhere in their top 100 outfielders. If there's a place for Wladmir Balentein there has to be a place for Bossman Junior.
Another issue from my standpoint is I think it is a mistake to put Ben Zobrist ahead of Aaron Hill. Granted he's got multiple position eligibility and more steals, but Hill has a track record, while Zobrist's show of power is way outside of any standard diviation from his career norms. If you've got Zobrist he's worth keeping but he is the person you're going to over-pay for more in upcoming re-drafts. Same with Pablo Sandoval, might be for real, might be a One Year Wonder, but I'd take Zimmerman, Youkilis, Ramirez, and maybe Young before him.
Other than that it's just a tweak here and there, thanks for putting the list together and getting the conversation going.
Zachadoodelldoo wrote:You left out the "Maybe" part of my quote. It really depends on what your league is, what your needs are and what you personally value.
Sandoval had a great year for a young player. I'm assuming we're talking re-draft leagues because if we're talking keeper leagues I bet Sandoval won't be abailable.
Young has a career to base his projections on, Sandoval has one year in the bigs. If you are drafting for this season only, I think Young is more predictable. Me, I'd rather take a sure thing like Young and back it up with a risky pick like Brandon Wood then over-pay for a one year sample-size of Pablo Sandoval.
What I can say for sure is if I was re-drafting there would be someone willing to pay more or draft him higher then I would, and I'd have no problem "falling back" on Michael Young. I look at people like Geovany Soto, Jorge Cantu, Ryan Ludwick, and Stephen Drew who were all keepers in my league. These were players that their teams were counting on them to repeat their numbers from 2008 and they didn't. Cantu and Ludwick weren't terrible, but all of them regressed in 2009. Sandoval might be a good young player, but so was Soto, how did that work out for his owners. The guy who fell back on Jorge Posada was a whole lot happier this year.
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