Anyway, I was never really in it so I was able to stockpile some players. Here are the rules: we get to keep 14 players and 4 minor leaguers. Right now, I'm looking at these 10 for-sure keepers: Dioner Navarro, Ian Kinsler, Evan Longoria, Alex Gordon, Grady Sizemore, Coco Crisp (see earlier post -- he should play every day now), Travis Snider (missed minor league eligibility by two days), Chin Ming Wang, Philip Hughes, and Chris Ray. That leaves 4 more spots and I have the following to choose from:
The aforementioned Jeff Clement (keeping in mind that I essentially traded Youkilis for him), Howie Kendrick (almost a for-sure keeper), Asdrubal Cabrera (or, Cabrutal as he should be called), Kevin Slowey, Jon Garland (who may sign with the Mets and, therefore, be ineligible), Anthony Reyes, Jessie Litsch, and one of the following 3, if any are going to close in '09: Scot Shields, Octavio Dotel (how great would a trade of Jenks to the Mets, with Dotel moving into the closer's role be for the Blue Sox? And the Mets?), or Jensen Lewis (fat chance!).
As far as minor leaguers, I have 8 good options for 4 spots: Clay Buchholz, Taylor Teagarden, Kai Ka'aihue, Lars Anderson, Elvis Andrus, Austin Jackson, Freddy Garcia, and Dontrelle Willlis (yes, he and Garcia are minor league eligible). I don't consider Travis Buck, Josh Barfield, and Matt Murton good options, but you might.
The major league players have a salary component that I'd be happy to discuss, but the minor leaguer's don't. After you've had a chance to review this list, I would appreciate ideas on who to keep for next year. I guess I should include our categories so that you'll now what I'm "keeping." On offense, we use HR's, SB's, Avg., and Rbi's. For pitching we use Wins, Saves, era, and strikeouts.
One of the reasons I ask for your input is so I don't make mistakes this year like not keeping Ervin Santana, who had a great year.