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Finding Keepers:New York Yankees

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Finding Keepers:New York Yankees

Posted on 11 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

I know a lot of people will say this is pretty easy to do.  The New York Yankees are arguably the best team in the American league and one of the best teams in baseball.  They have a ton of talent but I think it is hard to go over a team like this.  I am going to try my best and find a little different wrinkle then just yeah keep this guy and keep this guy.  Lets see what I can come up with and I hope you will enjoy this and get some value out of it.

2B Robinson Cano is a pretty easy one to say keep.  He is one of the best players in baseball, a rising star.  He is so good and to think a few years ago they thought he was lazy and unmotivated.  He is the best second baseman in baseball and quickly becoming a top ten player in the game today.  You have to keep this guy around if your lucky enough to have him.  He is going to be a top of the line player for many many years.

LF Brett Gardner is due to have a bounce back year.  He does need to bat better then 259, he does have a high on base percentage though and is capable of stealing lots of bases.  I would expect him to hit more in the 280 range and think he can steal around 50 bases with a 380+ on base percentage.  I wouldn’t say he is one of the best left fielders but think he is a very valuable piece to keep around on your team, even if it is just a backup position.

CF Curtis Granderson had an MVP type season last year.  Is he able to keep this up??  I would say you can’t predict the exact same numbers but I think he is.  He has embraced New York and isn’t scared at all of it.  He is an ambassador of the game and takes everything in stride.  He had a lot of problems with lefties when he first came over to the Yankees a couple of years ago and has now seemed to solve that.  If he hits lefties pretty good on a consistent basis then he will be in the upper echelon of players and is a keeper.  I right now would bet on that being the case and keeping him around, I would expect him to have a great rest of his career and be a star player in New York for many more years.

SP Phil Hughes had a terrible year last year.  It started off bad then he got hurt and he never seemed to find it again.  I think he will have a bounce back year though.  I look for him to be more of the pitcher he was in 2010 then in 2011.  He won 18 games in 2010 and I think he can approach that number once again.  The early signs from spring training are encouraging and I think you should keep him around on your team.  If he has another tough year then it will be time to dump him.  He is still a young player and I wouldn’t give up on him just yet.

DH Raul Ibanez is a veteran and his best days are behind him.  He is noted as one of the best guys in the game by just about everyone you talk too.  I think he fits in perfect in the Yankees clubhouse and will do well in New York.  He is coming from Philadelphia which may be an even tougher place to play so that isn’t a problem.  He had a tough year last year but still put up good power numbers, I expect him to do better this year especially on this team and in Yankee Stadium.  It is perfect for a left handed power hitter.  I think he is a guy that is worth keeping on your team, he is a perfect DH.

RP Dave Robertson was the best eighth inning guy last year.  I like what he brings to the table.  He does put too many men on base but they call him Houdini for a reason.  He knows how to get out of jams and is a strike out pitcher which helps him.  I know with bullpen guys sometimes they change from year to year.  I think this guy is coming into his own though and will be a good reliever for a long time.  He may even become the next closer of the Yankees.  I wouldn’t let this guy go and especially not now.  I know some may be worried about his foot.  He just the other day tripped down the stairs in his house moving boxes.  The Yankees were a little scared but the diagnosis came back with just a bone bruise.  I am sure they will be cautious with him but I don’t expect him to miss much time and I think he will be ready to go for the season.

SP Michael Pineda is a huge guy.  He burst onto the scene last year with the Seattle Mariners.  He is a fastball slider guy and working on a changeup now.  He struggled in the second half last year and a lot of people questioned that.  Was it fatigue, did the league catch up to him etc.  I think he will be great with the Yankees and win a lot of ballgames.  I think he will learn a lot from guys such as CC Sabathia and Freddy Garcia.  I wouldn’t let this guy go, if he develops his changeup he is a number one type pitcher and can be for years to come.  He is just coming into his second year in the league and should also know the hitters better.

If there is anyone you think I could of went over that you would of liked me to cover let me know.  I have twitter and can be reached @gmarchesej, you can also comment here on the website and I welcome all opinions.  Just make sure you keep it civil and we can have a good debate, I don’t mind constructive criticism.  As always thank you for reading and I hope you will continue to do so not just for me but my colleagues as well and spread the word about our site.

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Finding Keepers: Minnesota Twins

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Finding Keepers: Minnesota Twins

Posted on 07 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Minnesota Twins have been the darlings of small budget baseball for so long.  They may be the best example of money ball as they have consistently been able to win with a low payroll.  The Twins do have talent on their team though, they have built a lot of it through their farm system though.  Here is a look at their team and who I would say are keepers for fantasy baseball.

C Joe Mauer is looking to stay healthy and have a bounce back year.  If Mauer is healthy there is no doubt you want to keep this guy on your team.  Mauer is a career 323 hitter.  He does have some power although maybe not as much as he should.  His best year he hit 28 homeruns and drove in 96.  13 and 84 were his best besides that so there is a big difference.  I would want to keep this guy around though, he is still young.

1B Justin Morneau is another guy if he is healthy.  His last two years he has not been healthy though, it is a big risk to keep him around.  In the last two seasons he hit a combined 22 homeruns.  In the previous four seasons he hit 34, 31, 23 and 30.  He had 130, 111, 129 and 100 RBI.  In the last two years he has had 86 RBI combined in the two seasons.  He has only played in a 150 combined games the last two years.  He is a guy that needs to stay healthy, I would hold on to him for now, if he doesn’t bounce back this year it will be time to dump him.

SP Francisco Liriano is a keeper to me.  There is too much talent to just dump this guy.  Liriano needs to be focused and he will go out there and pitch well.  He had a pretty bad year last year but the year before he was better.  He is still a young pitcher and he is worth keeping around to me.  He had three of four good years before last year.  Liriano is 47-42 in his career with a 4.19 ERA.  He has a 1.33 career WHIP and a 248 batting average against.  14 wins was his best year in 2010, he can do better then that though.

CF Denard Span may be a guy that you want to keep around.  He isn’t a bad player especially off the bench.  He is a career 285 career hitter.  He has a career on base percentage of 361.  He is not a power guy but will steal you some bases, he can steal 20-25.  He only played in 70 games last year and is looking for a big bounce back year this year.  I would keep him around for my team.

There are some border line players that I would say are possible keepers.  They don’t have any more sure things in my mind though.  Here are some borderline players.

SP Scott Baker is a decent starting pitcher.  In his career he is 63-48.  He is a winning pitcher, his career ERA is 4.15 which isn’t great but it isn’t that bad either.  He has had some elbow issues though and in the last two years his innings have gone down.  He is a guy to look at and keep an eye on though.

RP Matt Capps is a closer.  He has always been a reliever and became a closer in 2007.  He had his best year in 2010 when he saved 42 games.  Last year he saved 15 and blew nine saves.  He had an ERA of 4.25, he definitely isn’t the greatest closer but he is established and isn’t the worst you can do.  I personally would choose other guys first but he is a border line keeper.

LF Josh Willingham is a potential keeper as a reserve outfielder or maybe a bench player.  He is a veteran player who has a career average of 262.  I definitely wouldn’t want him as a starter on my team but he wouldn’t be the worst backup you could have.  He did hit 29 homeruns last year with 98 RBI.  He will provide some power and drive in some runs but won’t hit for a great average.  He does have a good on base percentage as well.  I would look at keeping him as a reserve player.

 

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