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Friday 15th Dec 2017

Back in mid-January, I wrote a Hotpage The Kershaw Report (Part I) in which I noted a few things.

1) First is that over the first seven seasons of their respective Major League careers, Pedro Martinez' and Clayton Kershaw's numbers were nearly identical.

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.

Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and thanks for your participation! (Please note the subject of the missive as "Keshaw Report.")

As for the rest of my team:

C: Derek Norris ($12): Coming into his own on an improving team.

C: Andrew Susac ($3): Think he emerges as Buster Posey's solid back-up and doesn't hurt me as a #2 backstop.

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: Scott Van Slyke ($7): Kills lefties, should get 250 at-bats, and if Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier (or Pederson) miss time, his at-bats go up.

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.

UT: Tommy La Stella ($1): He can get on, and even has a little bang. Although, I should have grabbed Dilson Herrera for this slot (I thought Herrera would fall to the reserve rounds).

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.

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