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thatguy27 wrote:Well, to put it bluntly, I see why the previous owner ditched this team - you have some serious work to do to fix this squad. And frankly, I don't know where you should begin. I would say you should try to package some big name players for overall depth and upgrades at other positions, but unfortunately, you don't really have any big name guys. Perhaps you can shop Brian Roberts for a lesser 2B and a SP (I'm not high on Roberts, but he may still have enough name value that you can find a buyer). The only place where this team is probably okay is at RP. You'll definitely need to very actively work the waiver wire for hidden gems/upstart players. Be very very aggressive. Normally I err on the side of caution before dropping a known commodity for an unknown, but in your case, I would grab any hot bats as soon as you can and hope for the best - but obviously make sure to grab guys with solid pedigrees, not just any guy who starts out hot. You do have some young upside guys on offense, so I would hold onto them - guys like Headley, Pearce, Maybin - and I would definitely hold onto Pence and Choo. Everyone else, I would try to trade to get younger higher upside players. You aren't going to fix this team in a season, so don't worry too much about this season. Perhaps see what you can get for Hunter - he too may still have enough name value, and short term value to a contending team, that you may be able to get some solid players in return. As for SPs, you have some upside guys, but no one that gets me too excited, save for Liriano. I'd hang onto all of them though as they all have some upside, but don't expect too much and aggressively target other young upside pitchers via trade/WW.
Sorry for the harsh analysis, I call it like I see it. Anyway, I'm sure you know that this team is a huge work in progress. I commend for taking it on and wish you luck in turning it around. It can be very rewarding to turn a team like this into a contender. It will simply take some time.
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