Snagged the hot commodity
I typically recommend in the first week of Free Agent Acquisition Budget spending that fantasy baseball owners should spend big only in the most significant, urgent cases.
Safe to say I thought it was necessary for my first round of pick-ups in the 13-team Fantasy Sports Trade Association league. Last night, I dropped $337 of my allotted $1000 for the year.
We drafted on January 15. A lot has happened since then -- specifically, plenty of bad stuff to my roster. Let me count the ways:
- Kris Medlen, my ace (sigh), underwent Tommy John surgery.
- Neftali Feliz, my second closer, lost his job to Joakim Soria, whom I failed to handcuff in this draft.
- Heath Bell's (albeit shaky) chance of opening the campaign as Rays stopper were dashed with the Grant Balfour signing.
- Michael Bourn (hip) won't start the season on time.
- Neither will Jesse Crain (biceps), the presumptive favorite for Astros saves.
- Trevor Bauer, one of my pet sleepers, was sent down for more work.
- Devin Mesoraco ended up on the DL.
- Most recently, Casey Janssen, my top closer, joined the others on the DL.
Here's how I responded in my spending spree:
- $226 on Sergio Santos to handcuff the Toronto situation. Santos has the goods to keep the job if he gets hot, and given Janssen's injury history, there's plenty of potential for an extensive absence. I did a similar expensive grab early last year on Edward Mujica, and it worked out. Deja vu?
- $36 for Gregory Polanco. How did we miss this guy in the draft? This price is aptly worth four-ish months of a top prospect with speed who crushed the ball throughout spring. I could've spent more for immediate help with someone like Grady Sizemore, but my offense is the strength of my team. Having this blue-chipper waiting was a better strategy.
- $27 on Taylor Jordan, $7 on Brandon McCarthy and $1 on Robbie Erlin to repair my SP. Jordan will probably get five or so starts to prove he belongs permanently before Doug Fister (lat) returns. I dig his K-GB combo. McCarthy looks like his old self, which has been a top-60 mixed SP in the past. Post-hyper Erlin will have the first shot to replace Josh Johnson (forearm), who obviously has long-standing injury issues.
- $23 on Tyler Clippard and $11 on Jose Valverde for more SV speculation. I've been touting a Rafael Soriano collapse for much of the spring, and his performance has done nothing to change my mind. Valverde could sneak a few wrap-ups in the first month or so while Bobby Parnell (neck) works his way back into action.
- A $6 Yasmani Grandal bid could have more impact for the balance of the regular season than April as he works his way back from knee surgery. Despite his PED involvement, however, he's a fine hitter who should challenge for full-time work, giving him plenty of C2 value.
My DL consists of Bourn, Mesoraco, Janssen, Crain and Jon Niese. Along with Polanco, those are some fine stashes for a late burst.
Hopefully the duct tape holds together to keep me in contention before the summer heats up.
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About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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