Fantasy Baseball Keepers?

As pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report south to Spring Training 2012, I am reminded that I have little time left to complete a very daunting task: find 8 players worth keeping on my roster.

Normally, I would find this task enjoyable. This February, it is more than tedious – it’s painful. I am up for a challenge as much as the next fantasy baseball fanatic, (or nerd, if that’s how you’d like to label us) but this beast is unlike any I have ever tried to tackle.

So, two years ago, I thought it would be a fun project to adopt a bottom of the barrel team from a (8 Player/10 team) Keeper League, National League only. I love me some small ball and double switches, but I don’t even want to get started on what a bad idea I think an NL only league is – but that’s a topic for another day!

Twenty-five (27 with the injured) guys on my roster, and trying to find 8 of them to keep is like pulling teeth, or running a marathon, or waking up early on your day off, or….

You get the point.

To make matters worse, this league requires each team to have TWO starting catchers and no roster player can be benched. Slumping member of your team facing The Freak out in San Francisco tonight? Too bad, commissioner says EVERY member of your roster is a starter, and any lineup otherwise is illegal. Yikes.

With the hope of saving fantasy face, I can’t even list the entire roster – it’s that bad! Instead, here are the few that I am somehow considering as “keeps”.

  1. Geovany Soto
  2. James Loney
  3. Placido Polanco
  4. Casey McGehee
  5. Corey Hart
  6. Chris Young
  7. Chad Billingsley
  8. Tim Hudson
  9. Ryan Vogelsong
  10. Travis Wood
  11. Roy Oswalt
  12. Brett Myers

To be honest, just looking at the “top” half of my players makes me a little sick to my stomach. With the exception of maybe Tim Hudson, I am not sure any of these guys would consider keeping themselves on their own fantasy teams.

Can James Loney stay sober? Is Roy Oswalt going to sign with a National League team? Does a change of scenery make Travis Wood a potential sleeper in an NL only? Was Ryan Vogelsong a fluke last season?

These are the questions I find myself asking….myself. The clock is ticking.

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