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  • Greenraven Greenraven Jan 22, 2013 6:12 AM Flag

    Keep 7

    I agree with your five but I wouldn't take Ryan Howard. I think his best years are over and as others have said, you could maybe get Goldy or Hosmer or Butler or even Craig. Also there are a number of outfielders who have 1B eligibility.

    I'd actually keep Wilin Rosario. I think he'll hit more homers than Ryan Howard easily and he may end up just below Posey and Mauer when all is said and done. A catcher who can give you outfielder stats is a major bonus. Also young so he could become a keeper for years to come. And I promise you if you drop him you are unlikely to get him back in the re-draft.

    Seventh either Brandon Philips or Brett Lawrie. 2B is probably the more scarce position but everyone is saying you can get Josh Rutledge late in a draft. Trouble is everyone is saying that so he might not be available late. 3B is deeper I think over all.

    Also you are not doing this in a vacuum. Go to your old team online and from there you can access your opponents' rosters. Look them over and mentally play owner with each of them and see who you would keep. Then look at who might be available in the re-draft.

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    • Thanks for the response, I've thought about keeping Rosario, he was huge for me after I traded away Greinke for Napoli and Teixeira and they never really produced. Really wish I never made that trade, ended up cutting Tex in the playoffs and Napoli was worthless except for the playoffs. At least I traded Andrew Bailey, Trumbo and my 15th round pick for this years draft before the season started for Trout, Helickson and his 10th round pick this year. Rosario's numbers were very good but he really didn't play very often, his defense is horrible and I am nervous about that costing him playing time or eventually his job. He'd be a decent 1B but not a keeper there. Guess I better watch how he does behind the plate in the spring!

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      • Rosario didn't play that much because of the former Rockies manager who lived in Platoonsville. He made a mess of many an owner of any number of Colorado players. But he is gone. And Rosario is an elite bat. I think he will get lots more playing time this year. 28 home runs in less than two-thirds of a season's worth of ABs can't be ignored. And with aged vet Helton announcing he is back for one more year, he might get some 1B action too as old folks Todd will need his rest. Also Rosario gives classic 1B slugger numbers and Helton doesn't.

        Now that is mere hopeful speculation on my part but seems also logical given the trend over the last decade to doing this with good hitting catchers like Mauer, Posey, Carlos Santana, Napoli etc. Heck before his injury and the trade for Fielder, V-Mart was pretty much slated to move from catcher to regular 1B because he can't catch well either. And he is slated as their DH this year. He is the classic case of a poor defensive catcher getting his AB's.

        I think Rosario may be the next V-Mart catcher ... a rapidly growing group of either older (got to save those legs) or younger, poor defensive catchers whose bats are way to valuable to be pulled from the line-up.


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