AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez.
NL MVP: Andruw Jones.
Defense counts, and that why these two guys will win these awards, instead of David Ortiz or Albert Pujols.
AL Cy Young: Bartolo Colon
NL Cy Young: Chris Carpenter
Easy picks, once you check the stats and records.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jhonny Peralta, Indians.
NL Rookie of the Year: Ryan Howard, Phillies.
These two teams skyrocketed towards the playoffs when these two players were inserted into the core of the batting order. Both players stepped in for legends- Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome– and have already made their own distinct mark on their teams.
Now, for chapter three of my Perfect Fantasy series– this time, it’s tips on trading for positional players.
We’ll call this week’s strategy "Supply and Demand". Simply said, the easiest way to trade for a position player is with a team that has extra in the position you need. You then find out what they perceive to be their weakness, and see if you can fill it.
Some team owners need you to do all the work, including seeing the needs of their team. Don’t be afraid to throw out ideas– just include a copy of your roster with your proposal, so replacements can be chosen for a counter-proposal.
The key in all trading is communication. Taking the time to listen to your trading partners can make for a great deal. Taking the time to research a team, and understand that owner’s needs, can make for a very easy trading process.
Next time, we’ll look at building a pitching staff.