Monday, March 12, 2007

Congrats! You're Having Twins!

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain
For promis'd joy.

-Robert Burns

Occasionally, a little bit of desperation goes a long way. It can also cost you quite a bit of money. I needed starting pitching. Bad. For those of you who have a season or two under your belt, you know the effect of a good (or bad) week from a starting five. A few starters go out, throw up a 5 point or under performance, and you are in trouble for the series.

Going into the FAB with one SP, I reasoned I would need to get at least one top FA. A few top names existed, and much to my chagrin, two (Verlander, Harang) were nominated back to back. No way to make a play for one and have a fall back option a few hours later. I bid aggressively on Verlander, but only came up with a yellow bid. After raising my GM score, it became clear this was more than a two horse race. I raised my bid again, only to stay in the yellow. A little bit of panic set in. So, I decided I better throw my hat in the bidding for Harang. Yellow bid again. With one bid left, I bumped it a bit before the night was over. I could only hope to land one of my guys.

Well, a funny thing happened this morning. Harang signed first, six minutes later, Verlander signed for a combined $16 mil/5 years. 40% of my FAB budget gone in a flash, compounded a few hours later when I was awarded another lofty yellow bid, BJ Ryan, $8 mil/2 yr and Markakis, $3mil/3 yr. Unfortunately, I didn't have that much money, the bid was retracted (for Markakis) and my GM rating took a pounding. I rounded out my staff with Pettitte ($5.5 mil, possibly to agressive) and Pavano ($1 mil). It's a good thing my offense is fairly complete, and A. Gordon is waiting to be signed from my minor league player pool. I will have to find value with the little cash I have left, may have to trim some payroll, and of course, find some early FA value once the season starts. Should be fun.

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