Fantasy Baseball Tumbling Dice: A Halladay and a Prayer

by Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com on February 12, 2013 @ 11:45:20 PDT

 

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It also means that teams with one or two too many potential keepers they cannot trade will have to let them go back into the free agent pool, and that means I could probably fill out my sixth through eight slots with their discards, as opposed to freezing Barry Zito, Ben Revere or Mark Buehrle.

This hopefully will work as following the 2011 season, which was a good one for Tiger's Blood, I had to drop Michael Young (coming off a .331-11-95 season), Brett Gardner (.254-8-42 with a league leading 49 swipes) and Michael Cuddyer (.271-19-95).

And, though I did try to swap all three of those guys, not to mention letting them go was fortuitous based upon their 2012 production, what I hope is players equal to them will be let go by some other Murphy owner whose roster is overstocked.

In truth, I would like to trade someone -- maybe Kershaw -- to get a couple of freezes and maybe someone's 19th round selection, but the few nibbles I have gotten so far are for an aging vet whom I likely would not freeze, and a couple of prospects whom I would feel obligated to freeze.

And, that would mean a big gamble in both present and future terms, as three prospects would suddenly become my keepers, meaning three less opening day starting slots as we all go into Round 9. That is a disadvantage, for sure.

But, the flip side of the gamble is that the prospects do indeed make The Show, and then start to produce at a keeper level within the next couple of years.

And, with all due respect to Mike Trout, his first foray into the majors was not as shiny as his second.

Still, I do think in the Scoresheet format, with the smaller allotment of keepers, it is indeed possible to flesh out a competitive team year to year and not undergo the radical rebuild -- and associated year or two of lesser finishes -- like the MidWest League or the XFL, where I have indeed sacrificed up to two seasons in hopes of a brighter future.

So, hopefully the rebuild in the Murphy League will be a little more direct than other Ultra type leagues going into 2013. At least I can hope.

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About Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com

Lawr Michaels has been a player in the fantasy baseball industry since he began writing for John Benson in 1993. He has written for STATS, Inc, was the first fantasy columnist for CBS Sportsline, and has appeared in numerous journals and on websites. In 1996, he founded CREATiVESPORTS, a staple for serious fantasy players, which he merged into Mastersball in 2010.

Over the years, Lawr has participated in a wide variety of playing formats and won numerous titles, including AL Tout Wars crowns in 2001 and 2009. Along with his Mastersball duties, Lawr works for MLB.com as a statistician.

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