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Postby with_pleasure » Mon Mar 22, 2004 5:09 pm

A bunch of friends and I are doing our first fantasy league ever.
Here's who I drafted.

10 teams, AL only

C- Javy Lopez
1B - Mike Sweeney
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr.
3B - Eric Chavez
SS - Jose Valentin
OF - Vladimir Guerrero
OF - Magglio Ordonez
OF - Jose Guillen
UTIL - Jermaine Dye
Bench - Larry Bigbie, Erubiel Durazo, Miguel Olivo, Pokey Reese

SP - Derek Lowe
SP - Kyle Lohse
SP - Darrell May
SP - Mark Hendrickson
SP - Cliff Lee
RP - Arthur Rhodes
RP - Mike Macdougal
RP - Fernando Rodney
SP/RP - Carlos Silva
SP/RP - Eric DuBose
RP - Erasmo Ramirez
BN - Jon Lieber

I know my pitching is a little weak, but in AL only leagues the arm supply is thin. I think I'm okay in the saves department with Rhodes, Macdougal and Rodney, and Silva and Lieber could surprise with decent years. I'm trying to ship out Jose Guillen for Contreras or Vasquez, but I don't know if they'll bite. I also want to try to exploit someone's worries about Christian Guzman and get him instead of Jose Valentin, who could kill my team BA.

My questions are: How should I try to deal Javy for pitching? I'd want to package deal him with a pitcher for someone like Matthew LeCroy and a better pitcher. Suggestions?

Is it worth actually dealing Magglio or Vladimir for pitching? Vlad for Bartolo? Having Derek Lowe as my first starter is an uncomfortable position, but he'll have a good year pitching in the third (or fourth - Francona is talking about pitching Wakefield between Pedro and Schilling to further confuse hitters) slot with a better 2B behind him.

Comments on my ideas and further suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Postby Rio » Mon Mar 22, 2004 5:44 pm

If you are going to trade Vlad I would do it only for a stud (ie; Pedro Schilling, Halladay) My guess is there are no other pitchers available but check for a sleeper . How about Affeldt with KC. He has looked outstanding this spring could be the ace by the end of the year. If need be I would look to trade Javy for someone like Colon or Sabathia. Good luck.
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Postby shortsavage » Mon Mar 22, 2004 6:18 pm

Wow, that offense could compete in a mixed league! But, you are right, the pitching is weak to put it kindly.

Guillen is definately the guy that I would look to move. Your backups for U are your bench's biggest strength.

I like Rio's idea of searching for a sleeper pitcher rather than an established ace. And, perhaps even someone like Mark Buerhle or Johan Santana would be a reasonable way to go.

Good luck ;-D.
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