unread for may 26th 2006
Before we get to Bob from Boston a reminder there will be no show on Monday so we’ll see you Tuesday and have a safe Memorial day!!!!
BOB, FROM BOSTON
I AM IN A TWELVE TEAM, MIXED LEAGUE. I LOOKING TO UPGRADE MY OUTFIELD. I AM LOOKING AT RIOS, BERKMAN, ABREU, OR SIZEMORE. I AM WILLING TO GIVE UP A RELIEVER EITHER ISRINGHAUSEN, RAY, RIVERA OR PAPLEBON. WHAT WOULD BE A FAIR DEAL? ALSO IS HANLEY RAMIREZ FOR SORIANO A FAIR DEAL?
Sizemore and Abreu provide the best combination of speed and power so focus on them. Berkman is the right target if you need a more pure power hitter, but I’d take any of those three over Rios, who was a reasonable gamble for a 20-20 season this year but is clearly overachieving right now in any case. Offer Isringhausen for Sizemore or Abreu, and if the other guy asks for Papelbon, pull the trigger.
Also, no way would I give up Soriano for Hanley Ramirez… but if I could GET Soriano for Ramirez, though, I’d jump on it. Both are playing beyond expectations, but one has a track record of 30-30 seasons and the other one has barely any track record at all… and his minor league track record certainly doesn’t support what he’s doing.
If you can get Soriano for Hanley Ramirez do it yesterday and then invite me and Schwartz to your league next year so we can play with 9 owners like that!
As far as the OF for Closer deal. Here is how I rank them . Abreu and Berkman tied for first depending on the need for speed and power or just plain power. I know Abreu has been struggling but he’ll struggle his butt to a 20-20 season which would be a very good year for Sizemore. Rios is having a superb 2006 but is still not at the level of these guys. For the closers it’s Rivera, his Papelness, Ray and Izzy. The point of this is too show you who could cost what. Want Berkman or Abreu be prepared to pay with Mo or Papelbon, want Grady or Rios it will cost Ray or Izzy.
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