Roster Doctor – 6/11/09

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Player Pool: Mixed
No. of Teams: 12
Categories: Traditional 5×5
Scoring Type: Roto
Other Notes: Daily updates
Roster:

C – Matt Wieters
1B – Mark Teixeira
2B – Ian Kinsler
3B – Alex Rodriguez
SS – J.J. Hardy
OF – B.J. Upton
OF – Curtis Granderson
OF – Adam Jones
Util – Hank Blalock
BN – Ben Francisco
Bn – Elvis Andrus
BN – Nick Swisher
BN – Jarrod Saltalamacchia
DL – Grady Sizemore

P – Dan Haren
P – Josh Johnson
P – Chris Carpenter
P – Ryan Franklin
P – Andrew Bailey
P – J.P. Howell
P – C.J. Wilson
B – Derek Lowe
B – Ricky Nolasco
DL – Justin Duchscherer

It is a shame this is not a keeper league because otherwise your catching tandem of Salty and Wieters would be incredible. Instead, both are mediocre catchers for this season but who knows how good Wieters will be when he settles into the majors.

Your infield is flawless besides Hardy but as I’ve said to previous Hardy owners in this column, you are better off holding onto him than expecting to get anytihng back in a trade. I do still expect him to have a significantly better second 3/5ths of the season than his first 2/5ths. And Andrus is a worthy replacement if I am wrong about Hardy.

As it should be in a three-OF league, your outfield is very good and will only get better when Sizemore returns, which is looking like it will happen sooner rather than later. Swisher is a great backup who should be plugged in during his periodic hot streaks.

Considering the depth of your outfield, Francisco should be cut because I do not see him fulfilling any role or purpose for your team. He does provide some steals but your team is solid enough with steals with Kinsler, Upton, Granderson, Sizemore (when he returns), and Andrus (who I would consider starting over Hardy while he continues to slump).

This certainly is a top half stolen base team—you would have to trade for another speedster to rise to the elite level—but I feel you will place well enough in steals that it is unnecessary to make a trade that would possibly sacrifice your other hitting categories for the sake of gaining two or three points in stolen bases.

Moving to your pitching, it is clearly dominant. You lucked out so far with Carpenter and Johnson but in general I would say it is not the best of ideas to select pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery (advice for next year). Lowe is also solid and Nolasco is worth holding onto for his potential. With the roster spot freed up from cutting Francisco, I would take an early stab at one of the potential closers Derek mentioned in this Buy on the Rumor post.

Therefore if one of them pans out, you can continue your process of trading closers to bolster your team elsewhere. A strategy that requires some dedication; I think it beneficial for the other readers to see how you put it:

I am always chasing saves because I constantly trade away my closers in packaged deals to acquire other players. It has helped me put together trades that have netted most of the big names on my roster.

Being first to jump on newly anointed closers has its place in fantasy baseball. For all of you too proud owners (a category I fall into sometimes) there is no shame in joining the digging through the rummage of free agency to find the next closer, especially when it leads to you winning hardware in September.


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Chris R
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Chris R

What’s to doctor?  I prefer seeing flawed teams here—and suggested remedies—instead of teams that are already likely to win.

Jason Mccoy
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Jason Mccoy

Man!!!  Is this guy in a 12 team league with 11 dummies?  I mean, how in the world do you draft A-Rod, Mark Teixeria, Grady Sizemore, Ian Kinsler, B.J. Upton, Dan Haren?  And if he didn’t draft all of those players, then he traded for them and his league mates are still dummies.  Man, if this guy is not in first place with this team then he is the biggest dummy of them all.

Charlie
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Charlie

I am so glad you posted his comments on how he obtained all those 1st and 2nd round picks..otherwise this would have slotted into my pet peeve of non-competitive league analysis.

I have used that same strategy as I have traded Heath Bell (small oops) for Matt Holliday and more recently, Fuentes for B.J Upton.

Paul Singman
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Paul Singman

Chris, I’ll pick the worst roster I find in the submissions just for you next Thursday.

Chris Reynolds
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Chris Reynolds

Thanks Paul.  Misery loves company.

digglahhh
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digglahhh
Amusing saracsm aside, Chris’s point is entirely valid. My comment if I was in your postion, Paul? Nice job; now find a more competitive league next year! He’s got 5 players normally drafted in the top 25, plus Granderson and legit top tier pitcher in Haren. He also managed to roster the top prospect in the game. Further, he currently has four guys who went undrafted who were annointed closers at some point. That indicates that not only were his leaguemates unsavvy at the draft, but they are inactive on the wire too. (And, if he garnered some studs through… Read more »
Paul Singman
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Paul Singman

digglah,

Although you got your point across in an overly critical way, yours and Chris’ point is well taken and despite my seeming sarcastic tone, I was serious when I said I would choose a worse roster next week.

I’ll have to do some searching though, because most of the rosters sent in are very good. Must be selection bias.

digglahhh
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digglahhh
Selection bias could very well be a problem; I can see that. Chances are, if you are reading THT, in general, you know what more about baseball, and specifically statistical projections, true talent, etc. and that other stuff than most of your peers anyway. In-depth sabermetric analysis is a goldmine of fantasy-relevant info. FTR, I don’t see my comment as being overly critical, except perhaps to the leaguemates of the person who submitted the roster – though I’m pretty comfortable in my assertions about their fantasy baseball acumen – that is to say, accurately critical. Saying that reading an analysis… Read more »
Paul Singman
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Paul Singman

Alright, fair enough. We both agree that I should analyze a roster that more desperately needs to be doctored next week so your suggestion will be responded to.

Thanks for chiming in.

Steve W. Rosenbaum
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Steve W. Rosenbaum

I need to add one SP to my lineup.  After exploring several trade possibilities—no takers—I am left to select one of these from
our waiver pool:
        Joe Blanton
        Vin Mazzaro
        Matt Palmer
        Jeff Niemann
        Randy Wells
Blanton would appear to be the obvious choice.
Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Derek Carty
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Derek Carty

Steve W. Rosenbaum,
I’d have to go with Blanton or Wells.  Both are pitching better than expected, but the skills are there in our limited 2009 sample.  I’d probably choose Blanton if pressed, though Wells could easily end up being the better of the two.

digglahhh
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digglahhh
FWIW, I’d probably go with go with Wells, though it’s not so far from a pick-em situation with Blanton. Blanton pumping out the Ks is kinda encouraging, but I’ve just seen so much mediocrity from the guy that I’d rather bet on the lesser known quantity in Wells. For me, that would be an easier “fail” to live with, if it didn’t work out. Blanton’s K jump is rather strange. Sure we see power pitching numbers develop in guys as progress, but Blanton seems old for that ship to still be in port. He’s a tough guy to figure out.… Read more »
Drew
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Drew
I am actually in a very competitive league but but to this point using three strategies, all of which I gleamed from my Fantasy Football background and learning from other. 1) Laddering There is no term for this and I have not seen any other fantasy player specifically talk about this. What I did was decide what player I wanted at a specific position and build enough equity through several trades to acquire that player. Let me explain with an example: My man crush on Mark Teixeira knows no bounds. I knew I wanted him before the season started. My… Read more »
Paul Singman
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Paul Singman
Drew is the lucky owner of the team featured in this article if that did not become apparent to you. Concerning “laddering” which is an interesting strategy, usually I am against making a trade that nets me a player I want to trade right back. I mean if the quantum leap from Jackson to Teixeira cannot be done in one maneuver and instead requires those “baby steps” then you did the right thing to get what you want. In general, though, shopping players you just acquired in a trade tends to annoy other people (maybe I am just in leagues… Read more »
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