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This is my team as it currently stands. I made a trade (F. Freeman, J. Willingham, D. Storen for J. Votto and C. Granderson) since the other manager was overreacting to Granderson's injury. In my opinion my outfield is my weakness but could be great. Any thoughts on how I could improve this team (players to target in trades) before the season begins or should I just wait and see how it plays out the for the first couple months of the season.
C - Wilin Rosario
1B - Joey Votto
2B - Howie Kendrick
3B - Miguel Cabrera
SS - Hanley Ramirez
OF - Allen Craig, Shin-Soo Choo, Carl Crawford
UTIL - Lance Berkman, Adam Eaton
BENCH - Curtis Granderson (Inj), Jeff Keppinger, Jonathan Lucroy
SP - David Price, Adam Wainwright, Johnny Cueto, Anibal Sanchez, Matt Harvey
RP - Tom Wilhelmson, Bobby Parnell, Ryan Madson, Sean Marshall, Vinnie Pestano
Right now I am considering picking up a backup SS (Jean Segura?) once I can move Granderson to the DL and also dropping a RP for a high upside pitcher (Andrew Cashner, Julio Teheran, or Drew Smyly) once I know they have a job.
Any other thoughts on this team? Thanks.
That outfield is alright. I love Allen Craig. Choo should benefit from his in state move and Crawford ought to perform better in the Dodgers lineup of wealth and privilege. I also like Eaton as a fourth option and the way you fleeced someone out of Granderson and Votto. You've got nice SP. When Anibal Sanchez is your weakest link you've got a good staff. RP is looking a little week, Madson has the most potential once he's ready to go. Segura would be a nice backup SS or maybe Alcides Escobar, unless there's a super utility IF available that could cover two or three spots of your infield. I wouldn't hesitate on picking up Teheran, and dropping Marshall who has no chance to close. He'd have some value of you have pts for appearances and holds but otherwise he doesn't have much fantasy value, and I just don't like Howie Kendrick!
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Thanks for the advice. Regarding Kendrick, I know he has established that he is not going to win a batting title as previously hoped, but I think that he can still put up somthing like 75 runs, 15 HR, 75 RBI, 15SB and .290 AVG. RBI and Runs may fluctuate depending on where he hits in the lineup. That is better than anything on the waivers. Teherans last outing was enough for me to pull the trigger on his upside.
I disagree with the "you don't need 2 catchers" comment. I try to play all 162 at that spot since it is free stats as many think like that. If I can pull 10-15 runs/5-7 hr/5-15 rbi in that 25-50 games I do it. May be a better one out there in FA.
OF is your weakest point for me. With 5 starters, you have more than enough innings so I'd try to package one of the last three names with one of Craw/Craig/Grandy for an OF upgrade. You should easily be able to pull a few innings from the wire.
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Thanks. Those are my thoughts exactly on the extra catcher. What outfielder do you think I could get with a package of Cueto and Choo? I like Choo a lot this year and think he could end up with 105 runs, 18-20 HR, 60-70 RBI, 20-25 SB and 0.285 AVG hitting in front of Votto and Bruce in that ballpark. Do you think the difference between the player (Kemp, Bruce, etc) and Choo, is worth Cueto's production?