Awards Predictions and Perfect Fantasy, Chapter 3

Ad1_36It’s that time of year, when baseball people talk about awards and pennants. Here’s some picks for ya:

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.

Peace-Out
Jim Evans

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2 comments

  1. charles

    Jim, you are so broad and extremely vague in your discriptions of baseball philosophy and strategy it kills me. Why anyone would want to read YOUR information is beyond me.
    Examples:

    “Supply and Demand”

    *give me a break, what are we talking about stocks and bonds here or what?

    “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”.

    *Now that sentence makes no sense at all! Actually Jimmy the best way to trade for a player is to find his tendencies and plan of attack, not figure out the other owner guy……..whats up with that?

    Then you say, “You then find out what they perceive to be their weakness, and see if you can fill it”.

    *No, wrong, you need to get more information about matchups you clown.

    “Some team owners need you to do all the work, including seeing the needs of their team”.

    *Isn’t that the whole point, to actually find out what your team needs and style are?

    *I’m done reading you.

    “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”. DA

    “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”.

    Jim a trading process is the willingness to pull the trigger and network, I disagree with your statement.

    “Next time, we’ll look at building a pitching staff”.

    My god I hope not!

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