They’re not holes, yet. But before they become holes, big holes, my plan entering the draft was to pre-plug the holes I expect to have opened in the next year or two. Actually this is the theme of my draft every year, though sometimes I sidestep it a bit to acquire what I believe to be the best talent available at the time no matter how he would fit on my roster.
Alex Rodriguez. He’s up for free agency at the end of
this season. That is hole #1 I must prepare for. I’ll have the opportunity to
bid for his services again, and have the advantage of being able to apply our
“Hometown” Discount. But there’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to keep him.
I’ve already stocked two potential replacement for A-Rod at shortstop in Tony
Giarratano (.266/.334/.373 for double-A Erie) and Matt
for single-A Fort Wayne), but neither is making advances in the minors.
So I need more. Hence the drafting of Ronny Cedeno
triple-A Iowa and .300/.356/.375 in 80 AB for the Cubs), Asdrubal Cabrera (.295/.362/.436 combined in minors) and Evan
as All-American 1st team for Long Beach St.). I had
considered Yuniesky Betancourt
but decided that since he has stiff competition from 3 or 4 others (Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Lopez, Adam
Jones & Matt Tuiasosopo) for
My other first round pick was Paul Maholm
(1-1, 3.53 for
triple-A Indy and 3-1, 2.18 for the Pirates). Currently he’s listed as
the #4 starter in
All in all I think I took appropriate steps to plug what most likely will be my biggest upcoming holes, hopefully ensuring my team’s continual rise towards the top and a Brassworld championship.
San Bernardino Stampede