Friday, September 29, 2006

Need a reliever? An outfielder? Come on down!

Well, as you can see from the last round of signings, I got two relievers. The truth, however, was that I was not expecting to get both.

My original plan was to have Alfano come back for one final year and possibly transition to Cowherd to be the closer of the future for me. However, I lowballed Alfano when making offers to him last year and didn't think he'd return to me. I made him another offer anyway, but also offered a contract to Morales (who I figured I did have a good shot at).

Well, as it turns out, I got both of them -- and now have a crowded bullpen. I have three pitchers who could be closers - Alfano, Morales and Cowherd. Between the three of them and Pompey and Maus, I've got a VERY solid five man bullpen.

That leaves me with two relievers on the outs. One of them is Daniel Hosmer. Hosmer is a guy who is showing improvement. I actually recruited him originally to be a starter (he has an endurance of 7), but then thought better of it and returned him to the bullpen. He had his best season in 2008, going 4-2 with 8 saves and a 3.95 ERA. Despite his control rating not being so hot, he still had a better than 2:1 strikeout/walk ratio last year. He won't make a good closer, but I think he could be an ideal man in your bullpen and maybe even a spot starter.

The other guy I have is George Quinn. George is an old player for a rookie - he's 29. He made his debut last year with 1/3 of an inning at the end of the year. George is a player with AMAZING stuff and TERRIBLE control. Despite that, his numbers in AAA over the last two years have been very good. I truly think that he could be a benefit to some bullpens, especially since he works for the minimum.

In addition to a crowded bullpen, I also have a crowded outfield. I already have my three starters (Collazo, Cuesta and Merriweather) penciled in for this year. I brought back Roberto Casarez for one last go-around as a bench contributor. But that leaves me with several extra backup outfielders.

Gregory Rico is a left-handed hitting centerfielder, who will hit for average, but not a lot of power. He made his debut last year, hitting .267 in 28 games. He is a good runner and should steal some bases for you. If he could hit better, he'd be in my starting lineup. He'd also make a good pinch runner.

Leonard Matz is a guy I picked up off the scrap heap before the 2007 season. He's not going to hit for average, but he has good power numbers - over the last two seasons he hit 46 homers in AAA. Of course, he's not going to do that in the majors (at least not right away), but certainly he might do better than another player sitting on your bench. Leonard plays rightfield and catcher (?!).

Efren Penrose is a righty hitter who can play all three outfield positions. He also made his debut last year, hitting .250 with one home run in 24 at bats. Although his power ratings aren't so great, he does have some pop in his bat, hitting 22 home runs over the last two years in AAA and the majors. He's hit over .300 in the minors for the last three years in the minors. He's ready to move up to the big time.

Last, but certainly not least, is Ryan Oquinn. Oquinn has the most experience of the bunch, with 201 major league games under his belt. He has pretty much average ratings across the board. Last year, he hit .330 coming off the bench. He could be ideal as a pinch-hitter or even a regular at a weak position.

So, that's it. I have extras in the pen and in the green. And now for what I need in return:
What I need is a third baseman. For several years, I had Jonathan Dillow at third and two years ago turned the job over to Marcus Bond. Now, don't get me wrong -- Bond is a serviceable player. He has great ratings, he can run, etc. I just, for some reason, seem to have bad luck with the left side of my infield (players such as Spencer Solomon and Richard Hassel who were good players before they got to Brooklyn, suddenly stop hitting as soon as they hit my infield. (Maybe there's some radioactive material buried between second and third at Wolf Stadium??) I think that elsewhere Bond could be a good hitter. But last year, he hit .221. He also stole 19 bases and, had he gotten on base more, could have stolen a great deal more.

But I need new blood there. It should be a player who can hit well, and, in an ideal world, one who can steal bases. I've never had a legitimate leadoff man since day one in this league -- which is probably why I'm dead last in steals over the history of the league. I think this may be the last piece of the puzzle that will allow me to topple Mack off the top of the league.

Of course, I'm willing to look at prospects too.

As for the bullpen, I'm really only looking to trade Hosmer or Quinn. However, for the right deal, I might be persuaded to part with one of the other relievers.

So, send your offers down by email!

Zev

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Day 4 Done! Signings News!

Day 4/Round 4 is done.

Brooklyn shored up it's bullpen today by signing two relief pitchers. Closer Samuel Alfano, the Wolves closer since Day 1 and the all-time leader in saves has re-signed with the Wolves this year for $1.5 million for 1 year. Alfano led the league in saves last year with 37 and has 214 saves in his career. He'll be joined in the bullpen by reliever Pedro Morales who signed a five year deal for a bit over $5 million per year. Morales split last year between Seattle and Danville. He saved 28 games while posting a stingy 1.24 ERA.

Houston acquired 2B Steffan Gehring by signing him to a two year deal worth a bit under $4 million per year. The second baseman was with New York last year where he hit .286 with 15HR and 76RBI and won the Slick Fielder Award.

Third Baseman Michael House joins the South Bay Scorpions, inking a one year deal for $550,000. House played 42 games for Houston last year, mostly as a bench player. He had 60AB, hitting .300 with two home runs.

Next sim -- Saturday night.

Zev

We'll try again tonight

I'm sorry folks... it's been a bit crazy around here of late. I've hit a busy period at work, plus the holidays and the fact that my oldest is going to become Bar-Mitzvah in less than two weeks has made everything here a little cuckoo.

I will try to get the sim done tonight.

Zev

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Day 3 Done. First Signings!

Free Agency Day 3 and Amateur Draft Round 3 are done.

Players signing today are:

Seattle resigned closer Samuel Contreras to a 4 year/$4.65m deal. Contreras is 31, has excellent ratings and posted 28 saves for Walla Walla and Seattle last year.

Walla Walla brings back 34-year old 3B Bill Johnson with a 2 year/$5m deal. Johnson hit .249 with 17HR and 62 RBI.

Hurler Ronald Kirkwood, last seen in New York posting a 5-11 record has landed in Hickory with a $615k/2 year deal.

Lastly reliever William Augustin returns back to South Bay with a $2m/3 year contract.

On a minor, unrelated note: due to human error, I mistakenly gave Denver a draft pick in Round 2 that belonged to South Bay. I reversed the trade after this round, so all should be well again.

Round 4/Day 4 will be Monday night.

Zev

Monday, September 18, 2006

Day 2 done. Day 3 on Wednesday night

OK, Day 2 signings are done (no one signed) and the second round of the amateur draft is done. The game's draft order was incorrect in some places so I had to engineer two "trades" to make it work out properly.

Day 3 signings and Round 3 draft picks are due by Wednesday night.

Zev

Sim tonight

OK, I think that between Will and I we figured it out the problem. If a player has history attached to him, it's because the text file where player history is kept has been "recycled" from a retired player. I can probably go in and fix that manually if necessary.

So, we'll do the sim and round two of the draft tonight.

Zev

Friday, September 15, 2006

Can Someone Verify This For Me?

I put last night's sim on hold at the request of a league owner. He reported to me that in his copy of the league file, the amateur players being drafted have a history (whereas, of course, they shouldn't). Unfortuantely, I don't have access to the league file at work and will not have a chance to persue the matter further until Saturday night.

Can someone please check for me and verify whether or not the players available in the draft have a history?

Zev

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I'm not sure what happened...

... but it seems that everyone's offers (except Walla Walla's) are gone. I'm not sure why, but I would suggest that everyone re-submit their offers.

As to why Walla Walla is the exception, I have an answer. The WW owner didn't send his offers via FTP, he sent them by email. However, he titled the email "WAL moves." Thinking that it involved roster moves, I didn't even open it until after the sim was done. However, since there were no signings, there was no harm, no foul, so I put them in afterwards. That's why his offers still exist.

Please upload your offers again. The next sim will be tomorrow night.

Zev

Don't trust what you see... I goofed!

OK folks, here's the status of the draft...

Day 1 free agency was done last night, as was the amateur draft. I also uploaded the league file to the site. However, I uploaded the wrong set of files to the site last night. So, aside from the league file itself, don't trust anything you see on the site unless the date on top says 2009. The player files are OK, but not the team or league files. I'll correct that tonight.

As for the last two picks of the draft, I found that I could not change the draft order in the game without voiding all the traded draft picks. So, for Seattle and River Cities (who should draft 11th and 12th, but show as 12th and 11th in the game), I gave each player the one they would have selected had they drafted in the correct order. I will continue to do that throughout the draft.

I'll have the next sim done tonight (barring my wife commandeering the computer for homework).

Zev

Notes on last night's sim...

Firstly with regard to the draft...

I found that I could not change the draft order in the game without voiding all the traded draft picks. If you change the draft order, you have to assign a pick to each team. That would have upset Nate as he had three picks in the first round. So, with regard to the last two picks (Seattle and River Cities), I gave each player the pick they would have gotten had the last two picks been held in the proper order. I will conduct the rest of the draft in a similar manner.

Secondly, a number of teams did submit offers for free agents, not just Walla Walla. What happened there, however, was an odd case. He gave me his offers via email, rather than through the game. However, he labeled his email "WAL moves" and, as such, thinking that it entailed roster moves, I didn't even look at it until after I finished the free agency sim. However, there was no harm as no players signed the first day. I simply applied his bids after the fact.

Next sim tonight (if my wife doesn't commandeer the computer for homework).

Zev

The first day...

1. So how 'bout it, Mark? Folks, for a while Mark's been bugging me about who I'll take in the draft. I take it he wanted someone in particular and was worried I'd take him instead. So out with it, boy!

2. What? Only Walla Walla made FA offers for day one? Are we going to end up with 40 Jody Reeds or something? THAT would depress salaries across the board.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sim postponed to Monday

At the request of one of the league owners, the sim (Day 1 of free agency & the first round of the draft) will be postponed until Monday night.

Zev

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Was there a sim?

If so I can't find it.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

2008 SDMB OOTP ALL WORLD TEAM

It is my great pleasure to announce the 2008 SDMB OOTP All World Team.

Catcher: Waylon Blassingame, Seattle

First Baseman: Gregory Mudge, Seattle

Second Baseman: Bill Turek, South Bay

Third Baseman: Robert Fout, River Cities

Shortstop: Ricky Peppers, South Bay

Leftfielder: Paul Shunk, Denver

Centerfielder: George Rawlins, Walla Walla / River Cities

Rightfielder: Brian Frison, Saskatoon

Starting Pitcher: Chad Nelligan, Hickory

Reliever: Junior Cuomo, South Bay


(This announcement, conveniently timed for the start of free agency, has been brought to you by Scott Boras, agent to All World Centerfielder George Rawlins.)

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Coach Signing is done. Free Agents & Amateur Draft are next

The coach signing period is over -- next up is Free Agent signings.

Nate brought to my attention the fact that we can run Free Agency and the Amateur Draft at the same time (something I was not aware of). So, in the interests of saving time, we'll run both together.

The league file has been updated and can be downloaded from the league site. The first day's free agency bids and the first round of the Amateur Draft will be due by Wednesday night.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Zev

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