Sunday, April 7, 2013

Fantasy Focus: Savvy Vets Completes A Trade

With 1 day to go in the first week's head-to-head matchup, my Savvy Vets fantasy baseball team is leading 7 categories to 1 with 2 categories tied.  Friday marked the completion of the first trade in our fantasy league with Savvy Vets trading away closers Carlos Marmol, Glen Perkins and Kyuji Fujikawa for RHP Alexi Ogando.

The rationale for the trade is that those closers were not enough to be competitive in most head-to-head matchups. Instead of working all season and using up half my 40 allotted moves to maybe build a competitive bullpen, why not fill those RP slots with pitchers who can help in other categories  and try to dominate W's and K's while hopefully remaining competitive in ERA and WHIP.

Ogando helps accomplish that goal was he is a SP with RP eligibility.  He turned in a sensational start before the trace was complete.  In 2011 as a starter, he had a very low WHIP which fits right in with my general strategy.

In accompanying moves, Savvy Vets added Shelby Miller, yesterday's starting pitcher for the Cardinals, who also has RP eligibility, from the waiver wire along with Andrew Cashner of the Padres.  Cashner is pitching out of the bullpen as he recovers from spring training thumb injury.  Bud Black has announced that he plans to move him into the rotation in the near future after he builds his arm strength back.

My strategy for building fantasy pitching staffs is to look for big, young, hard-throwing pitchers with big upside.  With Ogando, Miller and Cashner, I think I found 3 who fit that profile.

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