Back in mid-January, I wrote a Hotpage The Kershaw Report (Part I) in which I noted a few things.
2) That back in Martinez' heyday of dominance, John Hunt opened with a $50 bid on Pedro, heard crickets, and won the league.
I decided back then I would see just what the impact of having Kershaw under similar circumstances would be. So, knowing the LABR NL auction was coming up, I decided to road test this poser.
Although, since pitching has improved (or hitting has gotten worse, or some combo therein) between the two aces, I decided that when Kershaw was nominated in LABR, I would jump the bid to $40, and that if the Dodger southpaw made to my nomination turn, I would simply say "Kershaw, $40," and hope for crickets.
I did decide that if someone upped my bid to $41, he (or she) bought him, in that I did not want a bidding war, but I did want to make a statement.
So, that is what I did, and as a result I assembled my team around the Dodgers ace. Note that after the draft, I was told by my league mates that had I opened at $35, they would have bid up to $40, and I was also asked if someone had bid $41, would I go to $42? The answer was "No."
So, my instincts were correct, and, after the rights to Kershaw was cast, I got to build a hopefully successful supporting cast.
But, before we look quickly at my roster and brief thoughts, I would again like to look at Kershaw and his impact on your team and position in your league.
So, if you would be willing to participate, can you send:
-The cost/draft position of Kershaw in your league.
-Your league format (# of teams, scoring system, etc).
-During the first month of the season, we will look at those preliminary results, then collect the mid-season numbers for review, and once again as a post-mortem after the season to see the results, and if we learned anything from the exercise.
As for the rest of my team:
C: Derek Norris ($12): Coming into his own on an improving team.
1B: Lucas Duda ($21): Hit 32 homers last year. If he can hit 25 this year, I will make a few bucks.
2B: Kolten Wong ($25): Cost a little more than I thought, but I had the money, and he has 15/25 potential.
3B: Josh Harrison ($22): Power/Speed and position flexibility. And, he plays hard.
SS: Brandon Crawford ($8): I swear he has a .270-15-70 season living in him somewhere.
MI: Jung-Ho Kang ($8): A crap-shoot, but one I like.
CI: Martin Prado ($15): I think Prado returns to big productivity on a fun young team with some big sticks.
OF: Marcell Ozuna ($25): Part of that productive young Marlins team.
OF: Joc Pederson ($17): Big power/speed potential. I just hope he is ready.
OF: Chris Heisey ($1): Has power and speed also. He needs to show he can deliver, but for a buck, he need not deliver too much.
OF: John Mayberry, Jr. ($1): Kind of like Heisey. And, in a tough deep league, well, you need $1 gambles coming out of the draft.
SP: Clayton Kershaw ($40): 'Nuff said.
SP: Brandon McCarthy ($14): I think he is poised for his best season ever.
SP: Gio Gonzalez ($13): Couldn't let him get by at that cost.
SP: Mike Fiers ($13): Big talent, coming off a killer second half.
SP: Brett Anderson ($2): Big talent, big injury risk, but not much of a gamble.
SP: Patrick Corbin ($1): Out till June, but I can DL Corbin and stream some of the starters from my reserve list nicely within LABR rules.
RP: Sergio Romo ($3): Think he is the closer by May. Still has the best slider in the league.
RP: Kevin Quackenbush ($6): K's and potential saves.
RP: Jonathan Broxton ($1): K's and maybe a couple of saves.
RES: Jeremy Hellickson: I will drop him into Corbin's slot to start.
RES: Robbie Erlin: Another starter chance to stream on a rising team in a pitcher's park. He strikes guys out, too.
RES: Kyle Schwarber: .344-1-53 with five swipes over 79 games after being drafted #1 by the Cubs.
RES: Chris Heston: Think he sees time with the Giants this year.
RES: Junior Lake: Has power and could see at-bats if some of the young Cubs are not ready.
RES: Joaquin Arias: Infield bench support, just in case.