No matter what has happened in the first half of the season, there will always be a few owners in every league who decide to pack it in and begin looking ahead to next year. A few hints and suggestions if you've decided to rebuild...
Move your highest priced stars, especially those with the shortest contract time left. Making those trades now will give the owners who are still in the money the most production from those players.
Try to get two or more cheaper players in the beginning year of their contracts in return for each star.
Look to end up with a core of about eight solid young players who are finishing their early struggles at the MLB level, players whose values are low right now.
The ideal age range for rebuilding is 23 to 26 for batters and 25 to 27 for pitchers. That also gives you the best chance of avoiding the disaster of a core player going down with an injury.
These core players should include:
- a young base stealer from a team whose manager likes to run
- a couple or three power guys
- two young starters with histories of solid base performance indicators
- possibly a middle reliever with a good chance to move into a starter or closer role
- a future closer or two from MLB teams whose regular stoppers are aging or likely to be gone next year.
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