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jfg wrote:In a 12 teamer, getting top 4 with that lineup might be difficult but not impossible. The guys who were bound to regress already have and you are loaded with a bunch of good not great players with a weakness at 2nd and starting pitching. I see a few options:
1. In a 12 team H2H, closers probably aren't at a premium but you could try trading off your closers for starters or offense and punting saves.
2. I think this would be the option I'd take with your team considering it's not a keeper league. Trade Carlos Gonzalez for Cano and a starter that's better than Happ. Carlos Gonzalez's steals are doing nothing for you, I'd bet that you lose that category ever week. Problem is, he still helps you in the other 4 cats. But, I'd move him for a guy who could really upgrade you somewhere else especially since Kemp will be back and Cano is that guy. He fits the makeup of your team perfectly.
3. Bet on Chris Sale getting shut down and try to get a top 5 2nd baseman and a 3rd tier ace for him. Even if you make the playoffs, if you have Sale, you probably aren't going to win anything if he does get shut down. I just don't think he will, so this would be my last option.
4. Get rid of Dee Gordon. You have no use for his steals. When looking at free agents, go over to baseballmonster.com and uncheck stolen bases for your league settings because you should be completely ignoring them at this point.
jfg wrote:I guess you gave yourself a chance to win stolen bases some weeks by getting McCutchen, but I think you're still going to lose that category more often than not. For your team, I don't know if McCutchen is that much of an upgrade over Stanton, but you do have the knee issues with Stanton so this works out I suppose. Not to nitpick, but you should have brought in more for Sale. Like I said in my post, I don't think he's going to get shutdown. You got a slight upgrade at OF (again this is considering your team, if you were average in SB, McCutchen is a huge upgrade) and a lesser pitcher.
I still think I'd trade either Cargo or the newly acquired McCutchen for Cano and another starter to replace Happ. Cano makes much more sense for your team than those two.
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