World baseball classics
Will the World Baseball Classic be, in fact, classic? An Olympic-style
competition featuring the world’s best players competing
for their country to determine which nation reigns superior
sounds like a perfect celebration of baseball. But the World
Baseball Classic has already endured a few hiccups, including
the U.S. government’s initial rejection of Cuba, some
big name players bowing out, and A-Rod’s endless indecision
as to which country, if any, he will represent.
Do the Blue Jays have enough to challenge Boston and
The Blue Jays have added pitcher A.J. Burnett, 1B Lyle Overbay,
3B Troy Glaus, and closer B.J. Ryan to an already young and
talented team. The Red Sox added Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell,
and Coco Crisp while the Yankees signed Johnny Damon.
These 3 teams will likely compete for 2 playoff spots. Does
Toronto have enough to unseat one of the superpowers? If everything
goes right in Canada and injuries and/or age beset the big boys,
the Jays will be ready to pounce. Otherwise, it’s 3rd
Is Miguel Tejada happy enough in Baltimore to bounce
back from a sub-par year?
In his first year with the Orioles in 2004, Tejada hit .311
with 34 HR and 150 RBI. The average and RBI totals were the
highest of his career and the HR were on par with his career
best. But he was unhappy in 2005 and “slumped” to
.304-26-98. After the season, he asked the Orioles to trade
him due to their inability to build a winning team. He has since
withdrawn the request, but will the focused, energetic Tejada
that made him the best SS in the game be out there every day
In order to make this kind of trade, you will need to
do some preparation.
As described previously, you will need to rank your own players.
After that, you will need to rank the other teams probable keepers
to determine which teams would make good trading partners. For
this type of trade to work, you must be able to trade them a
player that increases the value of their keeper list. Remember,
you want to increase your quantity of keepers and ultimately
improve the overall value of your list as well.
Lastly, you need to evaluate your league’s rules as described
before. If, for example, your league allows six keepers, you
may be better off with six keepers even if their total value
is the same or slightly less than the five keepers you started
with. It helps in this analysis to include the sixth player
that you considered a non-keeper in the total value of your
keeper list prior to making the trade. By doing so, an apples-to-apples
comparison of the total value of your keeper list before and
after the trade can be made. The illustration below describes
how this can work to the benefit of both teams. Again, for simplicity,
it is assumed that only six players can be kept.