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Playing to win now and in the future

Postby Beeblebrox » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:55 am

12 teams, keep 10 with no restrictions.

I half-expected to coast to the title this year, but the game ain't played on paper. Various injuries and down-years have left me in a 3-way fight for the top spot. And I'm also trying to keep an eye open towards next year too.

(*) = keeper heading into this season

C - Salvador Perez
1B - *Pujols*
2B - *Pedroia*
3B - Chris Johnson
SS - *Andrus*
LF - *Braun*
CF - *Kemp*
RF - *J. Upton*
UTIL - *Ellsbury*
UTIL - Crawford
Bench - Kubel, Olt
DL - *Bautista*, V-Mart

SP - *Kershaw*, *Hamels*, Wainwright, Fiers, Samardzija, Matt Harvey
RP - J. Johnson, R. Soriano, Street, Clippard

Bautista will be losing his 3B-eligibility next year...which will give me 6 elite-to-good OF's with only 5 spots to play them. So I need to trade one of my outfielders before our league's trade deadline in a couple weeks.

Besides that, I'm not so sure that Bautista will really be very productive for the rest of this season with that wrist injury, and while riding the hot hand at 3B has been working so far, I'd like to have a rock solid bat in that spot, and not just for the rest of this year. So I'm strongly considering trading Bautista, but I'm open to trading any of my OF's.

One of my challengers for the title has Miggy and Hanley, so I'm not going to be able to trade for either of those guys. It seems like the most likely trade targets are either Beltre, Sandoval, or Wright. I think I'm leaning towards Sandoval (mostly because of his age, since we can keep players forever).

Looking at my roster, who would you give up for Sandoval?
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