Tuesday, March 27 – 1:02 PM
What’s gotten into me? I never like to do this kind of stuff, but in the case of my Mixed Tout team I might be forced to make a trade before the season even starts. That’s how desperate I am to add starting pitching depth behind my two anchors, C.C. Sabathia and Matt Cain. Thanks to a few blunders on auction day, beyond Sabathia and Cain I have pretty much nothing. Ivan Nova might not even start the year in the Yankees’ rotation. I like Drew Pomeranz but he’s totally unproven. Edinson Volquez is, well, Edinson Volquez, a high-upside lottery ticket. Randy Wolf? Ryan Vogelsong? Scary! I’m actually going to have to start these guys in Week 1?
The biggest challenge of the auction is that although you can draft any player if you’re willing to pony up the dough, you can also be stuck with someone you don’t really want at all if you mismanage your money. And that’s exactly what happened to me with respect to my starting rotation. Something has to be done about this. I’m very pleased with my hitting and do have some depth there, but pulling the trigger on deals before the calendar turns to April is not my thing.
Tuesday, March 27 – 2:58 PM
A little over an hour ago, I sent out an e-mail to the owner of Anibal Sanchez. He’s a good fit as my #3 SP. Anibal broke out in a big way last year, significantly improving his strikeout rate while enjoying his second straight fully healthy season. Plus, I think it’s safe to expect more than eight wins this time around, as the Marlins gave him very little run support last season. Anyway, here’s the offer he proposes: Sanchez and Kelly Johnson for Dan Uggla. At first, I didn’t like it. Then, I started to like it. Now, I’m back to not liking it. The way I see it is that I’m trading one sure thing for two not so sure things. We all know Uggla will hit 30 homers. They might come with a .250 average, but 30 homers from your second baseman is plenty valuable. That’s why I drafted Uggla in the first place for the very reasonable price of $22. I owned Johnson in a couple of leagues last year and he gave me fits. I was so fed up with him that by the time he was traded to Toronto he had found a permanent place on my bench. I cannot bear to be tortured by him again, can I? But then again, if he matches Uggla in AVG, hits 20 homers and swipes 15 bags, maybe Anibal does make up for the 2B downgrade.
Wednesday, March 28 – 7:20 AM
Wait a second, am I crazy? Uggla is a top-50 player and Anibal is no ace. The more I think about it, Uggla should be enough to land Dan Haren, the ace of this owner’s staff. But Haren and Johnson for Uggla is too lopsided in my favor, and no way would I trade Uggla without getting a decent second base replacement. What if I asked him to add Gavin Floyd to his offer? That would add more depth to my rotation, and sooner or later Floyd will put together that long-awaited career season. Is Floyd the missing piece to this trade? Maybe. Nah. Maybe.
Friday, March 30 – 8:48 PM
For me at least, the most stressful time of the fantasy baseball season isn’t trade deadline time. It isn’t late-September, when you’re in first place by two points but terrified that a few poor lineup decisions could flush five and a half months of masterful managing down the drain. Nope, the most stressful time of the season is right now, the time between draft day and real game action. It’s the time for second-guessing, the time when you carefully examine your team’s roster over and over again, compare it to the other rosters and come away convinced that your squad just isn’t good enough. It’s the time when you are most vulnerable to making panic trades based solely on projections and not on actual performance. I know all of this, so why exactly am I staring at my computer screen about to offer up Uggla for Johnson, Sanchez and Floyd? This isn’t a panic trade. I don’t make panic trades.
Friday, March 30 – 11:45 PM
I’m back to staring at my computer screen, getting ready to propose my counter-offer. I should probably be going to sleep right about now. Let’s put this on hold, but sooner or later I need to decide.
And I almost forgot that I have a draft on Tuesday, my fifth and final one. Preparing for it might be a good idea, though at this point I’m probably prepared already.