Had our auction draft this afternoon. Only had 9 spots to fill, had 25 keepers. And I had $162 to do it.
Here’s how it went down–players I got, salary, and reasoning:
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners OF ($39) = A fantastic–and most importantly for fantasy baseball, consistently great–player, Eeeeeeee-cheeeeee-rooooo will help with batting average, runs, stolen bases and on-base percentage…at least.
Chone Figgins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B/OF ($34) = Very much like Ichiro, should help in same categories. Since I didn’t get Miguel Cabrera, I went another way and figured on Figgins.
Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies 1B ($19) = He’s not the superstud slugger he used to be, but he hits for average, still gets RBIs, and will be a monster for OBP and slugging percentage.
Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants C ($4) = This was a steal, even though I already have two catchers. But they’re kind of unproven young guys (Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki and Texas’ Jarrod Saltalamacchia), so grabbing the best-hitting of the three Molina brothers for only $4 was a no-brainer. He may even bat cleanup for the Jints.
Khalil Greene, San Diego Padres SS ($6) = He’s no Jimmy Rollins or Jose Reyes or Hanley Ramirez. But last year, he scored 89 runs, hit 27 homers and knocked in 97 runs. And since I don’t need a speedy SS, I got the best power guy at the position.
Shaun Marcum, Toronto Blue Jays Starting Pitcher ($10) = A really solid young pitcher surrounded by other good young pitchers. Had really good stats last year, and that’s even as a young guy pitching in the tough American League East (hello Yankees and Red Sox). Marcum was the last guy I got in the draft, and so I used all $10 I had left even though I probably could have gotten him cheaper.
Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles Dodgers Relief Pitcher ($12) = I actually traded for Broxton last year, but couldn’t afford to keep him. He’s a giant bulldog of a pitcher who blows people away, and should end up as the Dodgers’ closer some day soon. In the meantime, he’ll help me with ERA, strikeouts and WHIP.
Rafael Betancourt, Cleveland Indians Relief Pitcher ($10) = Like Broxton, a guy who will give me stellar numbers and is a closer-in-waiting. He’s behind Joe Borowski, who might turn 56 this season.
Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Relief Pitcher ($28) = One of the top three closers in the game. Matthew Berry (The Talented Mr. Roto) of ESPN.com swears by never paying for saves, but this is an exception I’m sure he would allow. My only other true closer is Brandon Lyon in Arizona, but his hold on the job is not exactly tight.
All in all, I addressed many if not all of my needs. So here’s my full roster:
C: BMolina, KSuzuki, Saltalamacchia
2B: Dan Uggla (FLA)
3B: Figgins, Mark Reynolds (ARZ), Brandon Wood (LAA)
OF: Matt Kemp, Ichiro, Nick Swisher (CHW), Delmon Young (MIN), Cameron Maybin (FLA), Reggie Willits (LAA)
Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander (DET), Dontrelle Willis (DET), Phil Hughes (NYY), Francisco Liriano (MIN), Marcum, Micah Owings (ARZ), Mike Pelfrey (NYM), Max Scherzer (ARZ), Gio Gonzalez (OAK), Nick Adenhart (LAA)
Relief Pitchers: F-Rod, Broxton, Betancourt, Manny Delcarmen (BOS), BLyon
Prospects: Scott Elbert (LAD SP), Chuck Lofgren (CLE SP), Jeff Samardzija (CHC SP), Donald Veal (CHC SP)