This one is making my head hurt.
I seem to have several decent options but not many great ones. It was an 8-team league, but we're going to 9 next year. Our castoffs can be kept by the expansion team. We have 29 man rosters with 8 prospects, $260 budget. We can keep 8 guys, with a variety of contracts. You can keep a guy for 1 year for salary +3, 2 years for salary + 6, and 3 years for salary + 8. You can also give a guy a salary + 6 deal and resign him at the end of the year to one of the aforementioned contracts.
For starters, I have Justin Upton at 34 bucks. I don't love it, but I'm stuck. Elite guys tend to go for big bucks, and I thought locking him in prior to last year would be a good idea. I'm hopeful he can improve on his 2012 numbers.
I also have Harper and Rizzo at zero dollars. Since they are coming off my prospect roster, they don't count against my 8 keepers.
Here are my other options (I can keep 7 of these guys):
Mauer ($15): I know I shouldn't pay for catchers, but it is a 2-catcher OBP league. Plus, I'm a Twins fan. I'm probably keeping Mauer.
Santana ($13): Don't know if I can keep two catchers, though. He is promising in a 2-catcher OBP league, though.
Dickey ($3): I think I have to keep him for at least a year. Not a huge injury risk since he doesn't even have a UCL.
Sale ($1): Huge injury risk, but hard not to keep him for one year at $4.
Medlen ($6): I love him. 9 bucks for a year?
Hill ($4): If this year was for real, he might be worth keeping for two years.
Kipnis ($0): I could keep him for one year at 3 or give him the resignable contract at $6. That way if he's good, I could have him for another year at 9.
Hosmer ($0): I'm in so deep with this guy. I'd like to give him the resignable $6 contract. If he's great, I can resign him. If he sucks, I can cut him midseason.
Goldy ($4): Intriguing. I'm kinda thinking two years at 10 per season.
Reddick ($3): Probably won't make the cut, but he's worth $6 for next year.
I have a weird set of options. Three 1Bs (Hosmer, Goldy, Rizzo), yet none that I'm totally cool with as my 1B. Two 2Bs (Hill, Kipnis). 3 SPs (Dickey, Sale, Medlen). Two catchers (Mauer, Santana). Three OFs (Upton, Harper, Reddick).
I have some time before I need to decide, but any early thoughts would be appreciated.
8 Team, 5x5 Keeper with OBP instead of AVG, 29 man rosters (2 C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 5 OF, U, 9 P, 6 bench). 2012 salaries, +$3 to resign for 1 year, +$6 for 2 yrs, +8 for 3 yrs. Empty slots on roster because those guys had to go back to auction. I can keep 10 of the guys listed below.
C: Mauer ($15), CSantana ($13)
1B: Goldy ($4), Hosmer ($0), Rizzo ($0 for 2013)
2B: Hill ($4), Kipnis ($0)
SS: Hanley ($31)
OF: JUpton ($34 for 2 more years), Reddick ($3), Gordon ($12), Harper ($0 for 2013)
SP: Dickey ($3), Sale ($1), Medlen ($6)
RP: Nathan ($3)
8-Man Prospect Roster: Harper, Rizzo, Rendon, Lindor, Bogaerts, JFernandez, GSanchez, TWalker