Unread questions for 4/2/08
Hey guys, love the show. 12-team, mixed h2h, 5×5. Looking at pitching. My staff consists of: Scott Kazmir, Felix Hernandez, Pedro Martinez, Andrew Miller, Clay Buchholz, Joe Nathan, Kerry Wood, Jonathan Broxton, Brian Fuentes, Pat Neshek. Starting pitching lacks and missed out on a good second closer. I’m thinking I’m going to do pitch or ditch (pod) with both Miller and Buchholz at this point. Need your opinion on whether I pod both these guys (until I find someone to stick with, E Volquez is still available) or whether either is worth holding onto. Closer-wise, no one available except guys like Broxton, Fuentes and Neshek. I’ve got Broxton and Fuentes in hopes they get opportunities this year. Marmol is not available. Others to consider Rauch, Benoit, Turnbow, Embree.
Fat Dad in Seattle.
With the status of Pedro a huge question mark following last night’s outing and considering Kazmir’s health issues, it’s pretty clear to me that you can use at least one more reliable starter. I’d try making a trade to acquire a Derek Lowe/Tim Hudson type, someone who at a reasonable cost can give you quality innings. As for your pitch or ditch options, Buchholz seems like the better choice. He’s more developed at the big league level than Miller and plays for a much better team. I wouldn’t hesitate to cut Miller at this point. The bigger issue is that in a 12 teamer, there’s got to be several safer waiver wire options, guys who might not be as talented as Buchholz and Miller but have more of a consistent track record. At the moment, your bullpen can compete. The instant Kerry Wood either gets injured or loses his closer job, you’ll be in trouble! Joe Nathan signing a contract extension hurts Neshek’s value, and though Fuentes is more than capable of closing, Corpas hasn’t done anything to warrant a change. Definitely take a flier on Rauch, as Cordero is already banged up. I might consider dropping Neshek to pick up Rauch. Most importantly, monitor the Cubs situation very closely. Hopefully, you have enough bats to spare. Yet another trade could be the best solution!
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com
I’m a commissioner in one league (12 team mix, 5 by 5) and there is a trade pending: Matt Holiday for Trevor Hoffmann and Adrian Gonzalez. What do you think?
Love your show and greetings from Germany…Moritz
I think the trade’s a bit one-sided in favor of the team getting Holliday. The guy’s a fantasy beast–few players can simultaneously hit for massive power and top-five average the way he does. Granted, he doesn’t steal bases, but in my opinion he’s just as valuable as Hanley Ramirez or David Wright. That said, Gonzalez is an underrated power hitter–30 HR and 100 RBIs last year–and will probably put up numbers that are about one tier lower than Holliday’s. Add Hoffman’s 30-35 saves to the mix, and the deal is sufficiently balanced for you to approve it.
Hi guys, Loving the show and learning loads (I think). Very quick question: I am in a mixed, 12-team 5×5 rotisserie league in London, England. Like many others, I suspect, I drafted Jarrod Saltamacchia. Our league allows three bench spots plus a DL spot. Is there any value in holding onto Salty in case he’s called back? Thanks…Steve
Tough call on Salty, as there’s been very little reported since the Rangers optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma. You’ve got to go with what you know, which is that the team very clearly prefers Gerald Laird’s defense behind the plate and wants to get Salty as many at-bats as possible on the farm. My guess is that they’ll call him up before the All-Star break, especially as their pitching begins to falter and they rely more heavily on big-time run support from their bats. If your starting catcher is solid, I’d say drop him…backup catchers are usually fairly useless in fantasy.
Corey Gottlieb, MLB.com