CBS Experts League Roster

I just finished drafting for the CBS Expert League.  Take a look at my roster and let me know what you think.  I’ll have some thoughts of my own at Baseball Prospectus on Monday.  I think it’s apparent that this team will struggle with batting average and maybe a bit with offense in general, but the pitching is very solid and I like a lot of the offensive guys for the prices they went.

Position Player Price
C Mike Napoli $21
C Miguel Olivo $7
1B Adam Dunn $11
2B Johnny Giavotella $8
3B Edwin Encarnacion $14
SS Derek Jeter $18
CI Mitch Moreland $9
MI Ryan Raburn $11
OF Ichiro Suzuki $23
OF Mike Carp $14
OF David Murphy $5
OF Brent Lillibridge $4
OF Luke Scott $3
UT Bobby Abreu $4
BN (C) Travis D’Arnaud R4
BN (OF) Joe Benson R1


Position Pitcher Price
SP Max Scherzer $16
SP Colby Lewis $14
SP John Danks $14
SP Gavin Floyd $8
SP Josh Tomlin $4
SP Jason Vargas $7
CL Mariano Rivera $21
CL Kyle Farnsworth $15
CL/RP Grant Balfour $5
BN (SP) Alex Cobb R2
BN (SP) Scott Feldman R6
BN (RP) Koji Uehara R3
BN (RP) Tony Sipp R5
BN (RP) Louis Coleman R7


Comment from Andrew
Time February 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Really like the prices on Murphy, Scott, Abreu, and Balfour. Did you have a strategy going in? Looks like you mainly bargain-hunted, but I could be wrong. Balanced roster. Should be among the leaders in ABs.

Comment from Derek Carty
Time February 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Thanks, Andrew. I agree, especially on Murphy. I did a lot of bargain-hunting, and that was kind of the plan going in. In past years, this league has played very top-heavy, with the best players going for $10-15 more than I’d have them valued as. While this year was more like $5-10, I still didn’t get any elite talent. I kind of regret it since I wound with some extra money toward the end. Splurging on one big name hitter would have been a smart move, in retrospect. I think my pitching is very strong for not spending big on anyone, though. Deep, at the very least. And if Balfour gets the closer role, I’ll have some trade bait with three closers.

Comment from rob
Time February 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

hey Derek, I figured I could bug you through other mediums than just email. Where can we see the other rosters? just curious as to how they look.

how do you think Dunn will end up? He can’t possibly be any worse than last year….but how much better?

Comment from Derek Carty
Time February 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

No problem, Rob. This was my first draft of the year. LABR NL is this coming Sunday, so I’ll be posting that roster here late that night. It’ll show up on the blog and on this page that aggregates all the rosters:

I think there’s nowhere to go but up for Dunn, and $11 in an AL-only league looks like pure profit to me. There are a hundred guesses as to what happened last year. Ozzie Guillen said his mechanics were a mess (which is most worrisome to me). Scouts said he had trouble catching up with good fastballs, and he saw more good ones this year than in years past. He said he plays better when he’s on the field for defense too, so the team will try to work him in at 1B more this year. He also didn’t hit in the cages at all last off-season, which he has this winter. It could be any number of things, but I think a bounceback — at least to a moderate number of HRs like 25 — is more likely than sustained incompetence.

Comment from rob
Time February 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

‘sustained incompetence’ I like that term! I might have to steal it.

As for the rosters…I meant the other rosters in the CBS league. I like looking how things played out in price to what you got. Don’t know if it helps my prep in any way, but it interests me to see the different strategies put in place

Comment from Ken Raty
Time March 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hey Derek. I agree with Andrew on the “bargain” feel of your roster, and the overall balance. You also have great flexibility with Raburn, Carp, and E5(Edwin).The only exception to all that, in my opinion, would be Ichiro. Other than speed, he offers average to below average production in the other categories, and you spent almost 10% of your money him. You could have splurged more on a corner infielder, or outfield. Your starting pitching is solid, if unspectacular, and relief is in great hands. Overall, a pretty good job. But you hate to walk away from the table with money in your pocket …