How’s this for transparency?

Phew. I can breathe easy for a minute. Seven drafts down, no more to come (thankfully). Before I start obsessing over my lineups and tracking standings, rosters, waiver wires, etc. in several different formats across several different sites with many different people, I though I’d take a minute to share my teams.

I’ll show you where I put my money where my mouth is—Cory Luebke I bought for $16 in one of my leagues, which could be downright silly—and where I sadly whiffed—my apologies, Brett Lawrie; I tried. Plus, you can track me passively throughout the season. I’ll throw in an update come October.

BLOG WARS (15 team mixed league)
Characteristics:
-Snake draft
-Weekly league
-Two catcher
-ESPN.com

Pick Player
2 Albert Pujols, LAA 1B  
29 Cliff Lee, Phi SP  
32 Hunter Pence, Phi OF  
59 Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP  
62 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP  
89 B.J. Upton*, TB OF  
92 Dee Gordon, LAD SS  
119 Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B  
122 Cameron Maybin, SD OF  
149 Adam Lind, Tor 1B  
152 Edwin Encarnacion, Tor 3B  
179 Jeff Francoeur, KC OF  
182 Sean Marshall, Cin RP  
209 Daniel Murphy, NYM 2B  
212 Chris Sale, CWS RP  
239 Frank Francisco, NYM RP  
242 Denard Span, Min OF  
269 Scott Baker*, Min SP  
272 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Bos C  
299 Erik Bedard, Pit SP  
302 Josh Reddick, Oak OF  
329 Luke Hochevar, KC SP  
332 Ryan Hanigan, Cin C  
359 Lance Lynn, StL RP  
362 Juan Francisco, Atl 3B  
389 Casey McGehee, Pit 3B  
392 Drew Smyly, Det SP  

Quick Notes:

-Yes, this was my first 15-team league.
-Yes, I was surprised how many players I liked and was happy to have (see my last five or six picks) ended up on my roster.
-Yes, I did get locked out of the draft room shortly before my second overall pick.
-Yes, I would’ve taken Matt Kemp over Albert Pujols.
-Yes, I’m quite worried about my batting average.

Hardball Times (12 team mixed league)
Characteristics:
-Hardball Times folk only
-Auction draft
-Innings cap of 1500
-One catcher
-Yahoo!

Player Cost
Carlos Gonzalez(Col – OF) $44
Cliff Lee(Phi – SP) $36
Cory Luebke(SD – SP,RP) $13
Jemile Weeks(Oak – 2B) $8
Michael Cuddyer(Col – 1B,2B,OF) $14
Josh Hamilton(Tex – OF) $23
John Mayberry(Phi – 1B,OF) $4
Alejandro De Aza(CWS – OF) $2
Chris Sale(CWS – RP) $5
Brennan Boesch(Det – OF) $7
Erik Bedard(Pit – SP) $3
Yoenis Cespedes(Oak – OF) $7
Delmon Young(Det – OF) $3
C.J. Wilson(LAA – SP) $10
Jimmy Rollins(Phi – SS) $10
Bryan LaHair(ChC – OF) $2
Corey Hart(Mil – OF) $10
Jim Johnson(Bal – RP) $3
Mike Moustakas(KC – 3B) $7
Jordan Zimmermann(Was – SP) $9
Carlos Beltran(StL – OF) $8
Kelly Johnson(Tor – 2B) $5
Edwin Encarnacion(Tor – 1B,3B) $5
Rafael Betancourt(Col – RP) $5
Daniel Hudson(Ari – SP) $9
Ramon Hernandez(Col – C) $1
Sergio Santos(Tor – RP) $7

Quick Notes:

-Yes, I finally balked and drafted Josh Hamilton. Had to own some stock.
-Yes, I have the most balance on any of my teams right here
-Yes, in hindsight, I believe Alejando de Aza for $2 might be the steal of the draft.
-Yes, I feasted on cheap, second-tier starting pitching late. Loved every minute of it.

Hero sandwich (14 team mixed league)
Characteristics:
-Auction draft
-Innings cap of 1425
-Two catcher
-Yahoo!

Player Cost
Clayton Kershaw(LAD – SP) $40
Dee Gordon(LAD – SS) $21
Carlos Gonzalez(Col – OF) $40
Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B) $32
Mike Minor(Atl – SP) $4
Dan Haren(LAA – SP) $23
Jason Heyward(Atl – OF) $17
Wilson Ramos(Was – C) $5
John Mayberry(Phi – 1B,OF) $5
Adam Jones(Bal – OF) $14
Brennan Boesch(Det – OF) $6
Brett Myers(Hou – SP) $5
Javy Guerra(LAD – RP) $6
Salvador Perez(KC – C) $3
Cory Luebke(SD – SP,RP) $8
Mat Gamel(Mil – CI) $1
Mark Reynolds(Bal – 1B,3B) $6
Lucas Duda(NYM – 1B,OF) $3
Scott Baker(Min – SP) $6
Angel Pagan(SF – OF) $1
Bryce Harper(Was – OF) $4
Marco Scutaro(Col – SS) $1
Clay Buchholz(Bos – SP) $3
Gavin Floyd(CWS – SP) $3
Zack Cozart(Cin – SS) $1
Henderson Alvarez(Tor – SP) $1
Trevor Bauer(Ari – SP) $1

Quick Notes:

-Yes, the money I spent on Jason Heyward could’ve been better spent elsewhere. Sigh.
-Yes, my closers both have the potential to suck.
-Yes, I likely overspent on both of Magic’s new toys, Dee Gordon and Clayton Kershaw.
-Yes, I made up for that by getting Adam Jones and Cory Luebke for what I see as cheap.
-Yes, I think I have a fighting chance.

Hardball Times vs. FanGraphs (12 team mixed league)
Characteristics:
-Hardball Times fights FanGraphs
-Auction draft
-Innings cap of 1500
-Two catchers
-Yahoo!

Player Cost
Clayton Kershaw(LAD – P) $29
Jacoby Ellsbury(Bos – OF) $35
Dexter Fowler(Col – OF) $6
Freddie Freeman(Atl – 1B) $8
Pablo Sandoval(SF – 1B,3B) $23
Hunter Pence(Phi – OF) $21
Jordan Zimmermann(Was – P) $12
Paul Goldschmidt(Ari – 1B) $7
Jhonny Peralta(Det – SS) $3
C.J. Wilson(LAA – P) $17
Chris Young(Ari – OF) $9
Neil Walker(Pit – 2B) $5
Brandon Beachy(Atl – P) $9
Alejandro De Aza(CWS – OF) $4
Adam Jones(Bal – OF) $20
Mark Reynolds(Bal – 1B,3B) $4
Joel Hanrahan(Pit – P) $7
Jason Kipnis(Cle – 2B) $7
Brandon League(Sea – P) $5
Frank Francisco(NYM – P) $3
Delmon Young(Det – OF) $4
Johan Santana(NYM – P) $4
Edwin Encarnacion(Tor – 1B,3B) $3
Jarrod Saltalamacchia(Bos – C) $1
Carlos Ruiz(Phi – C) $2
Alex Rios(CWS – OF) $5
Tim Hudson(Atl – P) $2
Justin Masterson(Cle – P) $1

Quick Notes:

-Yes, Justin Masterson did strike out 10 batters yesterday.
-Yes, I did trade Mark Reynolds and C.J. Wilson for Brandon McCarthy and Jered Weaver.
-Yes, I may well regret that when Wilson wins the Cy Young award, but I had offense to spare.
-Yes, I love being able to pounce when no one else has money left and bargain shop for whomever I choose.

TRIPLE CROWN AL (12 team AL-only)
Characteristics:
-Blog or site affiliated writers
-Auction draft
-No innings cap
-Two catchers
-CBS run

Player Cost
Olivo, Miguel C SEA 7
Cervelli, Francisco C NYY  1
Konerko, Paul 1B CHW 22
Kipnis, Jason 2B CLE 22
Young, Michael 3B TEX 26
Ramirez, Alexei SS CHW 20
Donald, Jason 2B CLE 1
Trumbo, Mark 1B LAA  7
Jones, Adam CF BAL 25
Trout, Mike CF LAA 8
De Aza, Alejandro CF CHW 17
Chavez, Endy RF BAL 1
Wells, Casper RF SEA 1
Fukudome, Kosuke RF CHW 1
Hernandez, Felix SP SEA  28
Moore, Matt RP TB  20
Haren, Dan SP LAA  27
Johnson, Jim RP BAL  10
Harrison, Matt SP TEX  7
Bard, Daniel RP BOS  5
Turner, Jacob SP DET 1
Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL  2
Soria, Joakim RP KC  1

Quick Notes:

-Yes, I had no clue what I was doing.
-Yes, I do realize now that my team is littered with minor leaguers.
-Yes, I overspent on pitching. Considerably.
-Yes, I recognize the potential for this team to finish in last place.
-Yes, Alejandro de Aza is one of the cornerstones of my team. Troubling.

AARP (10 team NL only)
Characteristics:
-The original league
-Auction draft – keeper league
-No innings cap
-Two catchers
-AllStarStats run
-Reigning champ

Player TM Pos Sal Con
David Ross ATL C 1 C
Chris Snyder HOU C 4 C
Michael Morse WAS 1B 5 A
Dan Uggla ATL 2B 32 C
Starlin Castro CHC SS 5 A
Martin Prado ATL 3B 17 C
Lucas Duda NYM 1B/3B 5 B
Dee Gordon LA 2B/SS 5 B
Brian Bogusevic HOU OF 4 C
Matt Kemp LA OF 38 B
John Mayberry PHI OF 5 B
Carlos Gonzalez COL OF 44 C
Angel Pagan SF OF 3 A
Juan Francisco ATL UTIL 5 C
Steve Cishek FLA RP 5 C
Sean Marshall CIN RP 12 C
Santiago Casilla SF RP 5 C
Daniel Hudson ARZ SP 10 B
Lance Lynn STL SP 3 C
Cory Luebke SD SP 1 B
Yovani Gallardo MLW SP 24 C
Francisco Rodriguez MLW RP 5 C
Rafael Betancourt COL RP 2 B
Brett Wallace HOU RESER (1B) 5 C
Taylor Green MLW RESER (2B) 5 C
Jedd Gyorko SD RESER (3B) 5 C
Starling Marte PIT RESER (OF) 5 C
Dave Sappelt CHC RESER (OF) 5 C
Trevor Bauer ARZ RESER (SP) 5 C
Tyler Skaggs ARZ RESER (SP) 1 C
Randy Wells CHC RESER (SP) 5 C
Josh Johnson FLA RESER (SP) 24 C
Tim Hudson ATL RESER (SP) 10 C

Quick Notes:

-Yes, I did keep the core of Starlin Castro, Michael Morse, Dee Gordon, Cory Luebke, and Lucas Duda for under $20.
-Yes, I did spend $24 on Josh Johnson, but only because top-flight pitching was kept for extremely cheap (Madison Bumgarner at $5, for example).
-Yes, I believe in Yovani Gallardo, and yes, that was only a late-prep discovery.
-Yes, my offense is susceptible to injury, to say the least.
-Yes, Taylor Green will steal 200+ at-bats when Rickie Weeks‘ annual injury strikes. I hope

Hometown (9 team mixed)
Characteristics:
-Auction draft
-1700 innings cap
-Two catchers
-ESPN run

Player Cost
Ryan Braun, Mil OF   $39
Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos OF   $34
Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF   $33
Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B   $27
Cliff Lee, Phi SP   $30
Cory Luebke, SD SP   $16
Aramis Ramirez, Mil 3B   $12
Michael Morse*, Wsh 1B   $11
Ian Kennedy, Ari SP   $15
Brandon Beachy, Atl SP   $6
Billy Butler, KC DH   $7
Brett Gardner, NYY OF   $9
Dee Gordon, LAD SS   $7
Mat Gamel, Mil 3B   $1
Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B   $1
Frank Francisco, NYM RP   $1
Mike Minor, Atl SP   $1
Sean Marshall, Cin RP   $1
Delmon Young, Det OF   $1
Aaron Hill, Ari 2B   $1
Ike Davis, NYM 1B   $1
Daniel Bard, Bos RP   $1
Henderson Alvarez, Tor SP   $1
Grant Balfour, Oak RP   $1
Carlos Marmol, ChC RP   $1
Derek Holland, Tex SP   $1
Wilson Ramos, Wsh C   $1

Quick Notes:

-Yes, this does embody everything that is wrong with mixed leagues.
-Yes, Joe Nathan is on the waiver wire.
-Yes, I could’ve done so much better with my stars and scrubs.
-Yes, Cory Luebke was partly to blame for that.

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