Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Finished my on-line NL draft a little after 12:30 AM on Friday night and after working the past 2 days, I find myself a little bit on the tired side. But overall I think I did OK. I came into the draft with 7 hitters: Stanton ($31), Goldschmidt ($26), Solarte ($6, who was just put on the DL and I have him in 2 leagues), Mark Reynolds ($6 and a bad keep), Jason Hayward ($25), Odubel Herrera ($6), and Curtis Granderson ($12). I came in with no pitchers and Jeff Samardzija ($14) was my first buy. I added Jean Segura ($22) and Chris Carter ($11) a short time later. I bought Marcell Ozuna for $18 and still needed 8 pitchers. I went to work on my staff and bought SP's Kenta Maeda ($16), Julio Teheran ($20), and James Shields ($16). I had $33 left to spend and still needed 14 players (2 catchers, 2 middle guys, 5 pitchers, and 5 reserve guys). I added Danny Espinosa ($1), Asdrubal Cabrera ($4), Devin Mesoraco ($5), and Miguel Montero ($4). The rest of my staff went like this: Jimmy Nelson (a surprising $1), Bartolo Colon ($1), Juan Nicasio ($1, no one thinks he's real, at least in this league), Tony Cingrani ($1), and Adam Warren ($1). My bench consists of Ryan Howard ($6), Sergio Romo ($2), Nick Ahmed ($1), Taylor Jungmann ($1), and Melvin Upton ($1). So time will tell if I did a real good job or my usual mediocre work.

Good time at the $360 Rainbow NL draft even if my draft was somewhat devoid of money (for the final 3/4). But the food ordered by Pat was great (the best ever there) and Anthony Young wasn't able to draft but did have an able substitute. Anthony is the type of owner that has to stop the draft to look up in his book who Andrew McCutcheon is. I came into the draft keen on acquiring the services of Nolan Arenado from the Rockies. The first guy brought up (by his parents) was Max Scherzer and, by the time the music stopped, I had made a $61 purchase on Mad Max. Arena do came up a few throws later. I did bravely go to $69 on him but another owner who probably would have gone to over $75 for him secured Arenado for $70. The next 3 players I purchased were pitchers, Tyson Ross ($38), Jeff Samardzija ($26), and the Rockie closer Jake McGee ($22). That gave me 8 pitchers including the 4 I came in with. I had to buy an offensive player, didn't I? The Braves' Freddie Freeman was my guy, though I overpaid at $44. I also spent too much on Gerardo Parra at $39. The rest of my offense includes catchers Jordan Pacheco ($1) and Martin Maldonado ($4). Orlando Arcia is the only SS on my roster and went for $4. I will have to replace him (he's in the minors) on Monday. I also drafted the heavyset Yasmany Tomas ($19), Scott Van Slyke (Andy's son $8), Kirk Nieuwenhuis ($1), future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki ($1), and my UTIL guy Howie Kendrick ($19). I didn't say this was my best work and a lot would have to go right (let's say perfectly) for me to come in the money. Someone posted on my Caminiti draft on another thread, "Love your hitting, hate your pitching." Well in this draft I love my pitching and hate my hitting.

Ian Desmond was offered a contract and I believe it was for 7 yr/$107-mil before the start of the 2014 season. Desmond was also offered the $15.8-mil qualifying offer from the Nationals after the '15 season. Ian Desmond is still a free agent. And, after a subpar 2015 season, Desmond won't sniff anything close to $100-mil. “Greed…is good.” According to corporate raider, Gordon Gecko, greed is the motivating factor in human behavior. In examining the dynamics of baseball, one would be forced to agree. But what exactly is greed good for? First glance reveals that greed allows fat-cat agents to negotiate outrageous contracts not only for the big stars but also for the slightly-better-than-mediocre player who is up for free agency. After all, what a particular talent for throwing or hitting might yield depends on what the market will allow, and we all know that a free-market is at the heart of a capitalist society. Do you remember Jody Reed? He was a little better than marginal middle infielder who played with a number of teams in the '80's and '90's. He played 6 seasons with the Boston Red Sox hitting .280 with a .357 OBP. He even led the AL with 45 doubles in 1990 utilizing the Green Monster at Fenway. Reed signed with the Dodgers in 1993 for $2.5-mil and hit .276 in 445 AB. The Dodgers seemed to like Reed so after the season the club offered him a 3 yr/$7.8-mil deal. On the advice of his brother-in-law agent, Reed turned down the deal. Jose Offerman was the Dodger SS at the time and between the 37 errors and his penchant for late throws to the second baseman, Reed may have been in fear for his life. The Dodgers ended up trading young SP Pedro Martinez to the Expos for 2B Delino DeShields. After Reed's "gaffe," he played with Milwaukee (.271) in 1994, 2 seasons in SD and, for $675,000, 52 games with the Tigers in 1997 batting .196. In the final 4 seasons of Reed's career, he earned $2,875,000. By not signing the Dodger offer Reed lost almost $5-mil. He finished his career with 1231 H, 566 R, 392 RBI, and a .270 BA. After the 2000 season, Juan Gonzalez was offered an 8 yr/$148-mil deal by the Tigers. Never known as the smartest man in the world, Gonzalez rejected the offer. This is a guy that was married 4 times before his 30th birthday. Apparently, he didn't like the cavernous dimensions of Comerica Park. Gonzalez played 5 more seasons on three 1-yr contracts and one 2-yr deal earning a total of just over $38-mil. Another "smart guy" was Nomar Garciaparra, who in 2003, rejected the Red Sox 4 yr/$60-mil offer. Garciaparra felt he was worth as much as A-Rod and Jeter but no one else thought so. He signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in 2005 for $8-mil. Between 2005 and his last season in 2009, Garciaparra earned just over $33-mil. Believe me, I’m not messing with the Great American Way. However, I think that greed might be good for another less obvious reason: those insatiable ball players who are holding out for the contract of the century often find themselves priced out of their own market, and forced to accept a less lucrative deal because the clock has run out. They learn that the knife of greed can cut both ways and teach a golden lesson in the bargain: sometimes the market just ain’t there.

Tony Phillips was a member of quite a few of my AL-only back in the day. He was kind of a late bloomer who didn't come into his own until he was 31. Ended up with 1300 runs, 2023 hits, 160 HR, 819 RBI, and a 1499/1319 K/BB. And he always argued with the ump over the called strike. Even if it was right down Broadway! I think he was a guy who was better being on your real team than as an opponent. Phillips was an intense player to put it mildly. I read on Yahoo that he died of a heart attack. Wouldn't surprise me. ery underrated player. Back in the 80s, when stats people focused mostly on batting average, Bill James (stats guru ahead of his time) would rave about Tony Phillips because of his on-base percentage (lifetime .374). 56 is a little too young, especially when you're sitting where I am!

You guys are absolutely right when you say that Joe Blanton is one of my all time favorites. And yes, I did read that the deep-pocketed Dodgers signed him to a 1 yr/$4-mil deal. But what's money to them? I actually still owned him in my AL-only for $6 (I picked him up early in the season) but after reading this surprising news, I dropped him from my squad. The last time I drafted Blanton was in 2013 when he was with the Angels. Blanton gifted me with a 2-14 record, a 6.04/1.61 ERA/WHIP, 180 HA, and a 108/34 K/B in 132 2/3 IP. He was so bad that the baseball God's made him take the whole next season (2014) off while still getting a paycheck from those very same Angels. Fast forward to mid-2015 when Blanton came to the Pirates. There he saw nirvana (not the band) in the bullpen and went 5-0 in 34 1/3 IP with a 39/9 K.BB, 26 HA, and a 1.57/1.02 ERA/WHIP. But with a lifetime ERA/WHIP of 4.44/1.35 in 1643 IP, who knows what to expect from the overpaid Blanton in 2016.




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