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I can keep 9 of the following, what do you think?
I'm leaning towards this 9:
Soto, Howard, HanRam, Cabrera, Sizemore, Bruce, Upton, Hamels, Nathan
I'd keep Hamels, Howard, Cabrera, HanRam, Sizemore, Upton, Kemp, Markakis, and Bruce. No reason to keep a closer, even if it's the best one. With that offense you'll be fine and you can always trade for a starter later.
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No brainers: Howard, Miggy, Hanley, Sizemore, Markakis, Hamels
next possibles: Kemp, Upton, Quentin, Bruce, Shields, Volquez, Soto, Nathan, pick 3 to fill the 9 out.
I would say Nathan to grab another pitcher, Kemp over Bruce, and Upton.
- 1 Reply to Pascal the Gambler
If you want to keep a closer than Nathan is keepable as he is a stud, but think about doing a normal draft. Would you draft Nathan over Upton, or Quentin?
Can't complain about Kemp. And again, if you have Howard and Miggy you can't play Bruce.
Think about Soto... He was a rookie last year and killed it. He will only get better, and the team around him is great. He will be a top 3 C this year with not much behind him... let alone years to come.
I wouldn' keep a closer if it meant you could have a super-stacked lineup. Here's the nine I'd take (in order):
I think you can go back and forth between Markakis and Kemp, and if you decided to only keep one, I wouldn't fault you for taking Bruce and his upside instead keeping both.
Soto - great catcher, will get better on top offense
Howard - ate more subway to be in better shape
Miggy - Tigs offense should improve
Han Ram - duh
Sizemore - just 27, best season still to come
Upton - What a playoff run... wow
Markakis - Phenom... if O's improve... watch out
Hamels - Stud. You need someone to anchor your staff
Heres where it gets tricky...
Bruce - great player, would keep if you didn't have Howard and Cabrera... look to trade him with a pitcher for a better pitcher
Quentin - hmmm... i might keep him over Markakis actually... i missed him and am too lazy to adjust my post
Fuentes - now with the angels... k-rod killed it last year... never keep a closer unless you have elite
Nathan - I wouldn't, but if you think he is elite or others are keeping theirs... you can always get cheap saves down the road
Shields - Great pitcher... I would look to package him with Bruce to someone who does not have a great 1B... let alone 2... and try to steal a stud SP to go with Ham
Volquez - See above
Hope this helps... ya really can't go wrong
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