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  • pepper pepper Jun 16, 2008 4:08 PM Flag

    Keeper Team.. HELP ME OUT!!

    first, relax. you have a pretty solid team.

    second, identify which guys are your 8 keepers. seriously, as of today, who do you keep.

    third, identify what category you are hurting in. is this temporary or structural. for example, i expect guys like vlad and kendrick to start assisting in batting average, so if that is your problem area, don't sweat it. if your problem is steals, then maybe you need to pull a deal off.

    fourth, i'd be thinking moving vlad for a serious steals threat. can you trade him straight up for ellsbury? give you a young 50 steal guy instead of an aging slugger. Vlad has name recognition that might get you more than what his stats are currently worth. I'd have him targeted as my top trade bait to attract what piece I actually do need on my team.

    fifth, I agree with guy who said you have too many poor 2Bs. research what guys might be top notch and add a few of them for bench positions. adam jones....chase headley. those types of guys. maybe you keep them. maybe you don't. but your trade value is higher having them than having guys like derosa.

    sixth, in the absence of good keeper prospects, i'd take fliers on guys like mike gonzelez or taylor buchholtz that might inherit a closer job. this could give you even more trading material in a few weeks.


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