Thursday, March 15, 2007

I Survived The FAB

And all I got was this lousy t-shirt. Hey wait, I didn't even get a t-shirt. Man, I got hosed.

Actually, I think I did ok. I managed to land most, though certainly not all, of the players I'd hoped to get. Taking over a team that had multiple bum contracts certainly presented some challenges. But using PECOTA projections combined with looking at how those numbers translate into GDR fantasy points helped me identify a few players - notably a couple of RPs - that I wouldn't have gone after otherwise. Which is good, since pitching is clearly the weaker of the Bees' categories.

After today's post-FAB free agent frenzy, I feel pretty good about the team. I was able to pick up the backups I need and still have $4M left for the season. One can argue that I overpaid for Jake Westbrook at $4M/1yr, but by my math he was the best SP available, and lord knows I'll need some help on that front.

Barring some kind of tragedy I intend to hold on to my remaining cash as tightly as I can so that it gains in value as the season wears on. That's actually one of my favorite parts of the GDR system - that your budget is effectively doubled once the season is halfway over.

And now comes the hard part. I'm up against some serious competition and I can only hope that my projections don't fail me too badly. I'm actually quite serious when I say that I'm really just shooting for a .500 finish this year. Next year's budget will look much nicer, with waived players coming off the books and a couple of questionable contracts coming to an end. That said, I'm glad I didn't go for the firesale. The challenge of working from a weakened position made this FAB an interesting one indeed.

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