411 Question of the Week
What was the biggest strategic draft mistake you made last year with one
of your teams that you vow to not make again in 2010?
I was too quick to abandon my Tout Wars draft plan and budget when I
started seeing some top-shelf players go for what I felt was a discounted
price. I ended up taking Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun at what I felt were
discounts, but still at prices that didn’t fit my original budget, and that
caused a ripple effect that ultimately resulted in a stars-and-scrubs roster.
Both players earned their money but I wasn’t prepared to build around them, so
next year I’ll make sure to stick more closely to my original plan, even if it
means not doing as much price enforcing.
Drafting too many
injured pitchers: I outsmarted myself in AL Tout this year on draft day by
getting Ervin Santana, John Smoltz and Dustin McGowan. The total cost was only
$17 for the three ($11, $6 and RES) and I was able to trade Smoltz before he
pitched an inning for me for Saltalamacchia (bust for both sides). But I went
to the well on this once or twice too many and it hurt my flexibility on draft
day. That $11 or $6 towards a better bat may have made the difference between
2nd and 1st. We’ll never know.
I was simply too conservative in my NL-Only auction bidding which
resulted in a team comprised of several great value picks but lacked star
players. When my lone legitimate star, Carlos Beltran, went down due to injury
my hopes of winning a title were crushed. It turned out that I did an
outstanding job in pitchers, drafting Wandy Rodriguez ($8), Ted Lilly ($13),
John Lannan ($2) and second half stud Bronson Arroyo ($4) for a combined $27. I
surely could have used the money I saved there to snag at least one additional
big bat. Left with a sub-par offense highlighted by Brad Hawpe, Adam LaRoche,
Rafael Furcal, Chase Headley and Kosuke Fukudome, I finished middle of the
pack. Next year will be different.