If your name is not Pinko Punko, Halford,
Seitz, or Brando, you might just want to skip out right here. It gets gory ….
The league: Mixed 16 team head-to-head draft format, 5X5. We have $200 FA dollars and bid for draft position. I had the #8 pick overall, after bidding $33 for draft position. Very competitive league and lots of reserve spots.
Chase Utley – the consensus #8 pick. Surprisingly, Jose Reyes slipped to #7. I wanted Ortiz, but he went #5
Derrek Lee – I wanted a basher to complement my middle infielder. It was him or Morneau, and I just hope he runs this year
Andruw Jones – Surprised he fell to me. The guy I wanted, Garret Atkins, went one pick before me
Jonathan Papelbon – I went along with the closer run to pick a guy I really see as the #2 closer out there.
C.C. Sabathia – Heartbreak here. Dice-K went one pick before me and Lackey, Smolt, and Kazmir went just earlier
J.D. Drew – A homer pick, but I like him more than Hunter, who went right before me
A.J. Burnett – Super super risky, but you have to love what he can do when healthy. I needed an upside pick here
Derek Lowe – Super super safe, because I picked Burnett the previous pick. Probably should have taken Ibanez
Melvin Mora – All the good 3B had been going, and I like his well-roundedness. Bonds went at the beginning of the round
Russell Martin – Didn’t really need to take a catcher this early, but I really like the guy.
Scott Olsen – I think he’s good. I was too busy being heartbroken by losing Markakis the previous pick.
Jhonny Peralta – All the other SS were gone, and I had him his breakout year before he actually sucked
Nate Robertson – Trying to build some SP depth with K upside. I doubt he’ll be as good this year.
Brian Giles – He used to be so good. Maybe not great for a #3 outfielder, but solid and predictable
Scott Podsednik – I think he’s healthy enough. I have no speed on my team. He could win a week for me.
Dan Wheeler – All the crappy closers were gone and I have no faith in Lidge. He’ll get saves and doesn’t suck.
Kenny Rogers – Do I have anything to lose? I can throw out 5 pitchers that won’t kill me in ERA and WHIP. Will get wins
Jeff Suppan – See Kenny Rogers. You cannot have enough starting pitching depth. I wish the Sox remembered that.
Brandon Inge – Suprised he was still there. An adequate backup of Mora and maybe trade bait.
Fernando Rodney – You don’t really think Todd Jones will do it again, do you? Zumaya was already gone.
Matt Murton – Outfield depth with potential for upside. Hope he gets enough at bats.
Jarrod Washburn – See Kenny Rogers and Jeff Suppan
Dustin Hermanson – Might actually have the Reds closing job and might not suck. It’s getting to really late rounds
Mike MacDougal – In case Jenks can’t do the job. Actually, probably a better pick than Rodney. Solid
Randy Winn – Even I have to stifle a yawn drafting him here. Could bounce back with speed, though.
Overall, I don’t love my team, but it could be OK. I think the strengths include balance and reliability. I don’t have many risky picks or many overly injured players. I don’t have many people with terrific upside, but don’t see many disasters waiting to happen to me, unlike last year with Lidge, Teixeira, Matsui, Helton, etc … My big weaknesses are speed and saves. Saves could work out if Hermanson gets the job and Lidge/Jenks/Jones fail. At least it will generate good ERA, WHIP, and K numbers. Podsednik alone could save my ass in steals, but I can’t count on that.