Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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8 days till my next draft and my heart is already racing. Wish I could figure out a way to make cash off of this.
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Apr 2 '12
Having a work trip with evening events going into my auction sucks. Taking a flight arriving at LGA at midnight before my 9:30 start time hurts even more now that I'm adjusted to MDT. But training at altitude for a sea level draft might be the new stage 4.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mar 30 '12
A good question. When I mapped out my team I initially slotted a pitcher into the Swing position. The would be Kenley Jansen, who I thought might go for 6 or 7. But the more I thought about it the more I thought that if I needed to add a pitcher to my team there would be a reasonable choice available. Similar to what was available in the draft and reserve rounds.

Meanwhile, I needed as many hitters to compete as always, so better to make the investment there. So I switched Jansen in for a $6 pick (only to see him go for $11 on draft day).

This Swing man as hitter really wasn't unexpected. In our discussions about the Swingman, the rule had nothing to do with doing away with a hitting slot and everything to do with giving teams a different option when there were no hitters available.

No NL teams took a pitcher as swing, and only four took a pitcher in the first reserve round. I think that gives a real sense of priorities. We all want all the AB we can scrounge.

BTW, I heard a few people say that the Swing position would mess with auction values, but I don't think there's any way to argue that's what happened. We'll have to see what happens as we get more used to it, but I think more flexibility in team construction is a good idea. More flex means more option, which means more choices and more chances for the better team to do well. That's a footpath toward Stage Four.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 26 '12
Peter, I noticed Pierre was taken as your swing slot. A good one at that. But I think I also noticed that there wasn't even one pitcher taken in the swing slot.

Why not? I would think at least a couple of teams would take a top set-up guy and count every K he gives them as a gift, while getting other good stuff as well.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 26 '12
Nickels like manhole covers. Ha. It felt like that. I fear I waited a little too long on the midlevel guys I wanted, and lost them to the fear of those who held too much money until the end. But I didn't make any crazy push for anyone but Pierre.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 26 '12
Four hours to my Ottoneu initial year auction. 5x5 mixed 12 team 40 man roster and even minor leaguers are auctionable at any time.
Unlimited keepers. Major leaguers salaries increase by 2 each year, minor leaguers by 1 and the league votes one player off each team at EOS.
As usual, I'm only buying NL-ers.
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 26 '12
He just bought a $22 Strasburg while I was writing that. :)
GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Mar 25 '12
Watching the tout wars NL only spreadsheet, Peter is throwing around nickels like manhole covers.
It will be interesting to watch this unfold.
GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Mar 25 '12
I think you merged incorrectly. Soria is 2, R4, 5, if I remember correctly. You can check it against the text files, which show the new prices and projections, too.

And I'll double check, to make sure the updated PWM files are posted.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Mar 23 '12
I always take the day off before draft weekend.

Unfortunately, Tout now falls on our freeze weekend every year, so my freezes are usually done sitting next to Mike G. on the train back to Philly from NY lol.
John Toczydlowski Toz
Mar 23 '12