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Archive for November, 2007

Well, What Happened to 2007?

Kinda missed a whole season there.

Nutshell version: Again found myself in 7th in June, and similar to 2006, I tried to make a push. Only after most of July, I had only gotten to 5th, and catching the leaders wasn’t possible, so sold off to stock up for 2007. Kind of like the Expos in 2002 when they were “in it” at the All-Star Break and traded for Cliff Floyd, and then were “out of it” by the trading deadline, and dealt Floyd to Boston.

Applying a little more analysis, the 2007 AaRr squad had some questionable protections (Scott Thorman, I’m lookin’ at you), and missed some targets in the draft. Coming into the draft with only $80 available, you shouldn’t be leaving $10 on the table.

Selected players let me down constantly: Morgan Ensberg ($17) dumped at the deadline, Adam Kennedy ($8) barely hit .220, Moises Alou ($12) missed half the season. Others proved valuable, but not enough to push the squad into contention: Joey Votto ($1), Ryan Theriot ($1), Carlos Ruiz ($2) were nice selections. No comment on Terrmel Sledge ($1 – estimated at $10), other than “Enjoy Japan.”

Needing only three pitchers, and getting Tim Lincecum for $7, there shouldn’t be much of a downside, right? Well, can you say “Jorge Julio for $16”? I selected him the one week that he didn’t stink and was anointed the Marlins closer. Whoops.

Protected Roy Oswalt ($32) and Derek Lowe ($19) didn’t really deliver, and Clay Hensley ($5) left his shoulder in back in 2006. And Dan Wheeler ($4), finally getting out from under Brad Lidge did get 11 saves, before getting traded to Tampa.

A brief chronology of 2007:

April 2007:

  • Hitters stink
  • Pitchers stink
  • Prospects (Pie, Lincecum, Votto) in minors
  • Carlos Quentin and Clay Hensley on DL
  • Tim Lincecum is 4-0 with a 0.29 ERA with 41K’s in 26 IP – for AAA Fresno.

May 2007:

  • Linceum up to stay.
  • Picked up Padres 3B prospect Chase Headley
  • Dave Roberts has surgery for elbow bone chips (6-week DL)
  • Moises Alou on DL (He’s 41)
  • Todd Linden up and released by Giants, sent to Marlins AAA squad

June 2007:

  • More shuffling of deck chairs
  • Fred Lewis is my best OF, Chris Iannetta and Craig Counsell vie for top utility honors
  • Clearly should have sought more offense sooner

July 2007:

  • Acquired 3B Garrett Atkins for free talent Rick Ankiel (FAAB) and Felix Pie (7th Round)
  • Acquired 3B Chipper Jones and OF Corey Hart for P’s Oswalt, Lowe, and OF Carlos Quentin
  • Won FAAB bidding for OF Milton Bradley
  • Traded Dave Roberts for Closer Bob Wickman
  • Scott Linebrink traded to Milwaukee – end of the line
  • Morgan Ensberg DFA’d by Houston, Dan Wheeler sent to Tampa for Ensberg’s replacement, Ty Wigginton
  • Won FAAB for Tadahito Iguchi
  • Traded Joey Votto for Billy Wagner

August 2007:

  • Not gaining in the standings, time to cut bait at the deadline
  • Traded Billy Wagner, Garrett Atkins, and Milton Bradley for 2B Brandon Phillips, finally fixing my 2B problem
  • Shane Victorino injured, on DL
  • Bob Wickman DFA’d by Atlanta
  • Chuck James on DL with his annual “dead-arm period”

September 2007:

  • Limped along
  • Tim Lincecum shut down for the year for his protection
  • Picked up great 1B/OF prospect Steven Pearce for Pittsburgh
  • Jose Reyes slumps, I send him down, as I have 80 more Steals than 2nd place.
  • Finished in 5th place