I try to keep 1 starting pitcher each year, last year it was Verlander but for $35 I'll just send him back, my reason for keeping Shields (who I got in a trade for Jarrod Parker). Slightly regret it, but still get a quality pitcher for next season.
I wanted to build around the outfield and have Reddick and Trout out there, forgot that I had Seager on the team still. Jennings, I kept him last season also and lucked out getting Trout - I trade Smoak for him, the other guy wanted him or Montero.
So I found Smoak on waivers at year end in an attempt to offer him back to that same guy for something else.
We do have pre-draft trades available, that's how I got Trout. And I've been looking around to make it easier to pick a 5th player, whether it's giving up Anderson for a comparable pitcher with less health issues.
If I had to rank the priority right now of keeping them it looks like this:
Then from there it was any combination of two:
in that order
Not the easiest choice to me. Last year I drafted Sergio Santos, and that really went well. Until June when I picked up Reed I was dead last in saves, at least this would give me a little better chance without paying double or more for someone who may not be the closer in June.
I'm probably going 3 years for Trout, to bump him up to $22, just to have room for someone like Cabrera, Pujols, etc. Appreciate the input. I'm sure my list of what 2 to go with will change many times from now and six weeks. Hopefully none of the top 3 are broken during S/T month. Would be similar to my 2011 season where about half my roster was on DL for long parts of the season.
This post was edited on 2/14 at 1:00 pm