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March 22, 2004
BASEBALL: My 2004 Roto Team

Skip this if you're bored to tears by someone else's fantasy baseball team, but in the interests of putting my mouth where my money is, here's my 2004 rotisserie team. AL league, traditional roto rules (4x4, 12 teams, $260 for 23 slots, 10 reserves).

PosPLAYERSalary
CJorge Posada22
CVictor Martinez8
1BJohn Olerud10
3BCorey Koskie17
CIDoug Mientkiewicz10
2BOrlando Hudson8
SSMelvin Mora13
MIMiguel Cairo1
OFTrot Nixon16
OFAlex Sanchez19
OFTim Salmon13
OFKevin Mench13
OFMichael Cuddyer2
DHBenito Santiago6
PRoy Halladay29
PBarry Zito27
PFrancisco Cordero18
PRich Harden11
PGil Meche4
PJulio Mateo2
PMike Maroth1
PJimmy Gobble5
PBen Weber4

Reserves:

#PLAYERPos
1Homer Bush2B
2Victor ZambranoP
3Miguel AsencioP
4Chan Ho ParkP
5Nick Punto2B
6Omar DaalP
7Valerio de los SantosP
8Marvin BenardOF
9Dustin McGowanP
10Morgan Burkhart1B

Thoughts:

*Due to being busy at work, I was nowhere near as prepared this season as I'd like to be, and it shows, not least in the near absence of prospects on my reserve list. Then again, I'm pretty deep in starting pitchers who might catch lightning in a bottle.

*I definitely didn't get the kind of bargains that came with last year's team (many of last year's players went for double what I paid for them, which helps explain how I finished third last season). There are, however, a few holdovers from last season - Meche, Cordero, Harden, Maroth.

*Closers are cheaper than they used to be, but $18 for Cordero (heavily influenced by Jeff Zimmerman's recent woes) still concerns me.

*I definitely invested too much in Halladay and Zito, although I am a big believer in having top-quality starters, and it's no longer possible to get three good ones for less than $20 each unless you get youngsters on the upswing. I'm hoping to get that with Harden, although his control will need real improvement against last season.

*Nixon and Sanchez are risks - Nixon because of his health, Sanchez because he isn't any good. Still, Carl Crawford went for $30, so big steals were at a premium.

*I paid too much for Posada, given that there were actually an unusual number of decent catchers in the AL this year with the arrival of Martinez, Santiago and Joe Mauer. I may wind up dealing one of my catchers.

*My usual approach to the lineup is to snag the big stars and fill in with cheap players, but this year was the opposite: nobody here's likely to crack 30 homers, but everyone but Cuddyer and Cairo has an everyday job or something close to it, and that adds up.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:39 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (8) | TrackBack (1)
Comments

Yeah – that doesn’t look like a championship squad to me. Sanchez can steal bases at least. And you do have good front-line pitching.

Than again, you don’t have Coco Crisp!

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at March 22, 2004 1:41 PM

"Due to being busy at work, I was nowhere near as prepared this season as I'd like to be..."

...and yet you found the time to turn "Rubberband Man" into an anti-Kerry tune.

May your misplaced priorities cost you many spots in the rankings of your fantasy league.

Posted by: C Giddy at March 22, 2004 4:44 PM

That is a horrible team! You should finish no better than DEAD LAST! Why do I have your site bookmarked again?

Posted by: Gordon Gekko at March 23, 2004 8:17 AM

Although Olerud stands out like a weak-hitting sore thumb, I think you'll be able to trade some of that pitching for offense as the season goes along. My experience shows that everything on offense except for saves is more easily obtained than pitching (especially strikeouts).

Posted by: Ricky at March 23, 2004 12:50 PM

I'm not so sure about that - the hardest thing to get by trades is more guys who play every day (unless you're looking for total zeroes like Rey Sanchez). Teams with loads of everyday players are much underrated in a 12-team one-league league. I'm more likely in the short run to deal Santiago.

I think Olerud should bounce back and hit at least .280, and he's in no danger of losing his job, which means 70 RBI or so is a safe bet.

Posted by: The Crank at March 23, 2004 12:58 PM

Carl Crawford at $30 is a steal, no pun intended. And don't knock Rey Sanchez, either -- this could be the year he returns to his 1999 four-category form (2/56/11/.294). He's no Homer Bush, but he's serviceable.

Posted by: The General at March 25, 2004 9:58 AM

Crawford a steal at $30?!?!?!? What league do you guys play and can I join? Jeez, you guys are clueless!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Gordon Gekko at March 25, 2004 11:24 AM

Ass Clown.

Posted by: TigerFan at March 25, 2004 5:04 PM
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