My leagues keeper rules are a bit different and they just changed too. Originally we drafted and any player taken after the sixth round was eligible to be kept for a maximum of eight keepers total. Our inaugural draft had me grab Mauer, Wright, Utley, Andruw, Wells, Morneau, Verlander and some other busts, not bad to build upon. Originally these players could be kept indefinitely, but the recent chance has us now being able to still keep eight players, but only three can be franchised or kept for more than three years. Therefore, the building I have done over the past few seasons was all for not, Pedroia, Wright, Felix, Holliday, Kinsler, Cutch are now merely players that I have to choose three from instead of being able to dominate the league with years of precision trading.
So due to the new rules I traded Pedroia for Hosmer and a pick, but Hosmer's season has me down on him in a total non-sexual way. I'ma flippin' Area Scout for the Royals for God sakes!!! Now Hosmer doesnt even have a spot on my team now with the recent acquisition of AJax who I love.
The rules are now as follows red for a player who must be kept, traded or sent back to the draft pool, orange is a player kept twice, and green is a player who has been kept once. I have to choose three red to franchise or make some trades. I landed Sale in the keeper rounds last season and he did exactly what I wanted him to do and I like him going forward. Being that this will be the first year that players in the red go back to the draft pool, there should be a little more to choose from rather than taking Uggla and Greinke in the first round due to how shallow the draft pool is.
Today I was offered the 4th overall pick, the managers first keeper round pick, two twelfth rounders and two football players (cross-platform trade) for Wright and Felix! I could snag Verlander with the 4th pick and land a bat with the 9th overall pick.
My question is did I make a good move in acquiring AJax for my 7th rounder? 7th round is really like the 7th round minus 80 of the top players so its more of a value to me if that makes sense. Also, do I make the move to land Goldschmidt with the prospects of him becoming elite and tapping into the power or do I hang on to Hosmer?
My concern is that I will pretty much have my offense set with these moves and being that the pool is as shallow as it is there isnt really anything elite going back other than Miggy, Cano, Pujols, Grandy, and Tex so I could just stack up pitching.
My team would take shape with:
1B - Goldy
2B - Kinsler
SS - Desmond
OF - Cutch
OF - Jones
OF - Heyward
OF - AJax
SP - Sale
I would have 4th, 9th, 12th, 29, 32 overall early picks to do damage with. These picks last year were: Uggla, Greinke, Crawford, Romero, and Aramis.
I would also have three picks in the 12th round.