Diary of a Fantasy Baseball Madman: Back to the future

by MastersBall.com on August 10, 2011 @ 09:04:09 PDT

 


By Zach Steinhorn

Sunday, July 31 - 9:35 PM

So much for saving all those NL-only FAAB dollars for a high impact player getting traded from the AL to the Senior Circuit. The MLB trade deadline has come and gone and who's the big prize? None other than Derrek Lee! What a bummer. Lee's first career season in the American League has been a rather mediocre one as the veteran first baseman is batting .246 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs through 85 games with Baltimore. I've always been a believer that non-mixed league owners shouldn't go out of their way to conserve most of their FAAB bucks for the trade deadline with the idea that they'll be greatly rewarded. It's just too risky and limits their ability to add useful pieces throughout the first four months of the season. Anyway, I might as well just about empty my bank account for Lee. Who knows, maybe he finds his stroke now that he's back in the more familiar league. I'm bidding 42 out of my remaining 44 dollars on the newest Pirate. First base has been a problem for me ever since Adam LaRoche went down. I could use all the help I can get.

Monday, August 1 - 7:12 AM

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie
Lawrie's legend precedes him

Whoa. At first, I wasn't sure if I was reading this correctly. Late last night, minutes before my money league's trading deadline, a mega-deal was agreed upon, a 4-for-4 swap between one owner way out of contention and another with an excellent chance of taking home some cash. And the more I break this down, the better I'm feeling about my Matt Kemp trade from last week, because the white flag owner is getting absolutely fleeced. I mean, this was the best he could do? Here's the trade:

Felix Hernandez ($35)
Ian Kinsler ($26)
Jon Lester ($25)
B.J. Upton ($15)

FOR

Jered Weaver ($17)
Michael Brantley ($10)
Neil Walker ($5)
Jordan Zimmermann ($2)

I get it. Weaver is the best keeper in the deal. But did the guy really have to give up two aces, an upper-tier (yet overpaid) second baseman and a quality (yet inconsistent) outfielder for Weaver, two so-so keepers plus Brantley? He's simply not making the most out of his trade chips. I would've saved one or two of those players for use in a second trade rather than pay such a high price for Weaver. Maybe the pressure of working against a rapidly approaching deadline got to him and he figured that any deal was better than no deal. Waiting until the last minute to do something usually doesn't work out too well in real life, and it certainly doesn't work out well in fantasy baseball.

Tuesday, August 2 - 11:42 PM

Want to get me in a bad mood? Mention the name Paul Goldschmidt. Yesterday, the kid made his big league debut and tonight he hits his first homer, a towering shot off a pretty good pitcher named Tim Lincecum. With Brandon Allen now in Oakland, Goldschmidt will receive everyday at-bats for the rest of the season and most likely the rest of his major league career. And I let him slip right through my fingers.

Friday, August 5 - 4:36 PM

Never underestimate the power of hype. Not to say that Brett Lawrie won't be a very good big league hitter. Hey, he could be a perennial All-Star. But for now, he's just an ultra-talented prospect who has yet to play a game in the majors. That will change tonight as the 21-year-old is set to don a Blue Jays uniform for the first time. And fantasy owners should be excited. But let's not get carried away.

Here's a sampling of Lawrie-related questions sent to us at the MLB.com Fantasy 411 this week. Some are reasonable, others are pushing it, and the last one is flat-out crazy. Keep in mind that these are all for non-keeper leagues.

  • Lawrie or Freese?
  • Lawrie or Kelly Johnson the rest of the way?
  • Am I foolish for sticking with Ackley and not rushing to the waiver wire to pick up Lawrie?
  • Pick up Lawrie and drop Valencia?
  • Howie Kendrick or Brett Lawrie?
  • Between 2B and SS I have Tulo, Rollins, Utley, and Kinsler. Would you swap any for Lawrie?

Now let's see how long it takes for everyone to jump off the Lawrie bandwagon after he starts off 1-for-15.

What can I say…… I love my job.

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