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- Brock W Brock W Mar 1, 2015 2:06 PM Flag
With questions like this, it always helps to post the rest of your roster. If you've got 6 catchers and 20 starting pitchers already, probably doesn't make much sense. However, if you're trying to get a little bit younger and need need a future catcher, go ahead. As McCutchen ages, I think he'll end up playing like Torii Hunter, which is still pretty good. I'm not sure what kind of player Puig is yet.
In - Stephen Strasburg
Out - Javier Baez, Yovanni Gallardo, Bruce Rondon
20 team dynasty league, meaning we keep the entire roster from season to season. I feel like I ought to push accept for a variety of reasons. I'm essentially in win-now mode with this roster, even though it's still pretty young, after finishing 4th out of 20 last season. Baez's strike-out rate is absurd. The power and bat-speed are there, but I don't trust him to develop into anything more than Adam Dunn or Dan Uggla. Gallardo isn't a 200K pitcher any more, and he's moving to a band-box in Texas. Seems like a recipe for another Prince Fielder situation. Rondon, while having upside, doesn't have a closer's job, at least not yet. With Strasburg, I'd have 4 pitchers that can likely hit 200Ks, and keep their ERA around 3.00. Plus, I've got Paxton and Walker developing in Seattle. Losing Baez poses a little bit of an issue just because I won't have an instant backup for Murphy and Castro, but I've still got my pick in the draft coming up, and I'll be able to pick up a prospect (Schwarber, Paulsen) or replacement (Grant Green, Jung-ho Kang) at some point as well.
C - Gattis
1B - Freeman
2B - D. Murphy
3B - Machado
SS - Castro
OF - Stanton, A. Jones, R. Davis
Util - Soler, P. Alvarez
Bench - Marisnick, Spangenberg, A. Hanson
SP - Bumgarner, Greinke
RP - C. Allen, Mejia
P - Samardzija, Gallardo, Betances, J. Paxton
Bench - T. Walker, Walden, Farquhar, B. Rondon
- Brock W Brock W Apr 6, 2014 10:43 AM Flag
If it were me, I would be immediately shopping Upton, Hamilton, Davis and Pujols in an effort to improve the infield and pitching staff. Here's my question: how the hell'd you manage to get Trout, Goldschmidt and Davis?
- Brock W Brock W Apr 6, 2014 10:39 AM Flag
I'd take Bruce and Belt. Yes, Trumbo is 1B eligible and that should factor into your decision. However, Bruce has about .030 points of batting average on Trumbo. In addition, Sandoval has never become the player that many hoped he would. He seems to be more .280-.290 and 20HR rather than .300 and 30. Belt still seems to be coming into his own, so we haven't seen the full upside there. I like B, but I may be in the minority.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 6, 2014 10:36 AM Flag
Unless your league employs different ones than the leagues that I am in, you won't be playing Bonifacio at short. So, personally, I think Stanton could hit 40-45 homers pretty easily, assuming he's around for the entire season. If you need the power, then yeah, I'd probably go ahead and make the deal, but I'd be looking for another shortstop and putting them on my watchlist right now.
- Reply to hivoltage3 Apr 4, 2014 8:55 PMBrock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 11:51 PM Flag
Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton are not in the same class when it comes to speed. That said, when given the opportunity, Gordon is pretty good when it comes to stealing a bag. First 140 games in the league, 55 bags stolen. Last 130, 42 SB. Gordon looks, on paper, like he did the first two years. I think it probably helps to have a little job security at 2B. I'm not sure Hamilton can hit the ball like Gordon, but if he gets a .235 average, I think he's more than capable of stealing 50 bases, if not more.
- Reply to SAVE FRANK! Apr 5, 2014 10:15 PMBrock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 11:44 PM Flag
Well, it would be a lot easier for us to make suggestions if you were to give us league settings. If you're in a 10 team league, it's going to be a hell of a lot easier to find someone than if you're in a 20-teamer.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 11:43 PM Flag
Scherzer isn't the best player in the deal? It sounds like you value offense over pitching, I can get that. But, Scherzer has had two really dominant years now and he looks poised to take over from Verlander. Add to that, this is the last year of his deal, and now he's got motivation. It is giving up a lot, but Votto is covered for by Goldschmidt. Let's also be honest about Hanley. I hate the guy just as much as you apparently do. He's likely not going to play the entire season. But, I doubt he's going to miss 3/4 of it either. I'd say 1/4 is more likely. And I would say that Hanley, when healthy is potentially the best or 2nd best player in this deal. He's capable of 30/30. So, that's my argument.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 11:26 PM Flag
Depends on composition of your team and whom you're attempting to sell him to. In my opinion, if you could get something in the range of Jay Bruce, that would be pretty good. Not sure what those two are ranked now, but I believe the preseason had Harper at #9 and Bruce at #41, so... Yeah. What were you really hoping to get from Harper? We'll find you something in the aggregate, all Billy Beane and Moneyball style.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 11:04 PM Flag
Well said on Hamilton. Definitely gives me reason to pause. The real value is probably a long way off from the real value, especially in a dynasty league. I still would love a Stanton, Jones, Davis, Hamilton combination of speed and power. My upgrade at SS comes when Baez makes it up to the show later this year. I've shopped around and I even offered a guy something for Derek Jeter just so that he could be my backup. He wanted more than Goins or Hart. At that point, I wasn't very much interested any longer. As for Stanton, that boy is bull strong. You'd have a hard time convincing me to trade him. He's doing fairly well so far anyway. I appreciate the response though.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 11:00 PM Flag
In a 20-teamer, yeah. Not much of one, but a spot none-the-less. If I could get 125-150 innings of the 2012 version, I'd be more than happy. If he returned to 2008 form, I'd flip my wig. Besides, it's a DL spot. Not like there's anybody else I really need to put there.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 10:56 PM Flag
Already been done. Benched Goins and moved Murphy into utility. Walden is in a P spot. Shaw isn't because I'm not sure I trust him not to kill my team's WHIP. I meet my pitching requirements without needing Shaw. He's more of an insurance policy on Allen, I guess.
- Brock W Brock W Apr 5, 2014 10:55 PM Flag
Trust me, I've been shopping Soler like a hooker spreading her legs on the street corner. No dice. Any time I try to sell Soler, folks see Baez like the hot disease free chick that just happens to be on the other corner. I'm not giving up though.
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