The draft pick compensation
for qualified free agents in Major League Baseball is something I would expect
to get changed in the next bargaining agreement. We’ve seen lesser caliber free agents get
signed as in turn clubs forfeit the compensatory pick. Front office executives have changed the way
business is done and have held a hard line in regards to spending and draft
choices. The main reason Dallas Keuchel
and Craig Kimbrel didn’t get signed before the MLB draft was due to draft pick
compensation. Other factors could be
cost and length of contract, but being tied to draft pick compensation was a
dagger. The fact that they couldn’t get
signed with the compensation tag scared me off a bit, maybe the duo isn’t as
good as they once were. Is it possible
the league is saying these name brand pitchers aren’t as name brand anymore?
As a fantasy player I have
refused to draft any players that don’t come to spring training at the
start. I watch enough free agents get
signed late, fall behind in spring training and stink up the joint. When both didn’t get signed as spring
training was underway, I anticipated Keuchel and Kimbrel would remain unsigned
until after the compensation date passed.
Owners that drafted those players lost 9 weeks of production. Owners that took the plunge could have used
other players in those spots to possibly win more games. I looked thru my 4
fantasy baseball leagues to see the records of the teams that own Keuchel,
Kimbrel, or both. The results were all
across the board. I was the latest out
of all 4 leagues to pick up Keuchel. I got him on June 2nd. In every other league both were drafted and
League 1 Kimbrel was drafted
in the 11th round of a 10-team snake draft in a daily categories
league. Hindsight that owner passed German Marquez, Charlie Morton, and Kirby
Yates. Then he doubled up on Keuchel in
the 17th round passing on Ken Giles, Alex Colome, and Hyun-Jin
Ryu. Granted no one knew Ryu would break
out like this, but how many more wins would he have with a combo of any of
those players for 9 weeks. This owner is
in 4th place in the league burning 2 roster spots for 9 weeks. He is
a solid player and was comfortable doing such.
He’s made 26 roster moves this season around holing onto those two. He is a solid player and was comfortable
League 2 Kimbrel was selected
in the 12th round of a 12 team snake draft in a daily categories
league. Kirby Yates went just after
Kimbrel was selected. Charlie Morton,
Madison Bumgarner, and Rick Porcello were selected later that round. Tyler Glasnow and Luis Castillo were selected
in the next round. He’s lost the Saves
category with just Roberto Osuna as a closer.
The commissioner of this league is a good player and currently sits in 6th
place. Keuchel was drafted in 21st
round and subsequently dropped a few days later for Matt Strahm. I was able to pick up him on the Sunday
before the MLB draft. I am currently in
1st place in my division 2nd overall in a tightly
contested league. I’m limited to 3 roster
moves each week and 50 for the season.
I’ve made 17 moves so far one of which is Keuchel. There’s no way I have the record I do with
burning a roster spot for Keuchel.
League 3 is a weekly 10-team
dynasty league with an auction draft.
Keuchel and Kimbrel are owned by the same team that sits at a league
worst 1-8. Keuchel cost $2 dollars ($7
next year) and Kimbrel went for $7 dollars ($12 next year). Gained nothing with those 2 donuts on the
roster for 9 weeks.
League 4 is a weekly 12-team
keeper league with an auction draft.
Keuchel went for $5 dollars and is on a 1st place team. That owner is a Keuchel fan and drafts him
every year. Kimbrel went for $11 dollars
and is on a team that has scored more points than anyone else, but is in 6th
place with a below .500 record. That
owner hedged his bet with spending big money on Edwin Diaz and Kenley Jansen as
well. In that scoring format Closers
with high strikeout rates have a high value.
His hitters are thin and that money could have brought some more
firepower to his lineup. That below .500
record could easily have flipped with Kimbrel’s money spent elsewhere.
Each scenario for owning
Keuchel and Kimbrel is different. It all depends if you have enough depth to
cover the donut on your roster for that period.
I just think of all the pickups that I’ve been able to make to help me
win games. Those pickups wouldn’t have
happened if I were sitting on either Keuchel or Kimbrel. For me personally, I don’t recommend sitting
on players in fantasy sports. I would
rather have active players at my disposal.