2019 Player Adds/Drops

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2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Kevin » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:18 am

A day later than I had hoped, but here is the first cut at the list of players who will be added to, and dropped from, the league roster. As usual, I'm open to suggestions on changes, so feel free to reply. I will be finalizing the list very soon though, because we are going to need to get the draft started a little earlier than usual. Expect an email about that tomorrow.

There are some absolute DTBL legends on the cut list this year. Yes, I'm talking about Nicky Delmonico and Tyler Chatwood! Maybe Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre and Joe Mauer as well.

You'll notice I have Ohtani listed as an outfielder. He did not make an appearance in the field (besides as a pitcher) last season, so the outfield designation is based on the last position he played in Japan, which was actually all the way back in 2014.

Here are the changes for the upcoming season:

Catchers
Added:
Willians Astudillo, Francisco Cervelli, Elias Diaz, Mitch Garver, Yan Gomes, Danny Jansen, Carson Kelly, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Omar Narvaez
Dropped:
Alex Avila, Jason Castro, Evan Gattis, Martin Maldonado, James McCann, Tom Murphy, Salvador Perez, Cameron Rupp, Stephen Vogt

First Basemen
Added:
Jesus Aguilar, Jake Bauers, Ronald Guzman, Mitch Moreland, Max Muncy, Ryan O'Hearn, Luke Voit, Tyler White
Dropped:
Greg Bird, Chris Davis, Lucas Duda, Joe Mauer, Logan Morrison, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Eric Thames

Second Basemen
Added:
Adam Frazier, Niko Goodrum, Jed Lowrie, Gleyber Torres, Luis Urias, Joey Wendle
Dropped:
Brandon Drury, Logan Forsythe, Josh Harrison, Brad Miller, Joe Panik, Dustin Pedroia, Yangervis Solarte, Kolten Wong, Ben Zobrist

Third Basemen
Added:
Miguel Andujar, Johan Camargo, Matt Duffy, Eduardo Escobar, Yolmer Sanchez
Dropped:
Adrian Beltre, J.P. Crawford, Matt Davidson

Shortstops
Added:
Willy Adames, Lourdes Gurriel, Garrett Hampson, Scott Kingery, Adalberto Mondesi, Jurickson Profar
Dropped:
Tim Beckham, Freddy Galvis, Chris Owings, Addison Russell, Troy Tulowitzki

Outfielders
Added:
Ronald Acuna, Greg Allen, Brian Anderson, Harrison Bader, Franchy Cordero, Enrique Hernandez, Teoscar Hernandez, Ramon Laureano, Leonys Martin, Austin Meadows, Cedric Mullins, Brandon Nimmo, Tyler O'Neill, Shohei Ohtani, Daniel Palka, Franmil Reyes, Juan Soto, Christin Stewart, Kyle Tucker
Dropped:
Aaron Altherr, Lewis Brinson, Keon Broxton, Lonnie Chisenhall, Nicky Delmonico, Adam Duvall, Jarrod Dyson, Derek Fisher, Dexter Fowler, Dustin Fowler, Carlos Gomez, Jason Heward, Cameron Maybin, Gerrardo Parra, Hunter Pence, Josh Reddick, Michael Taylor, Nick Williams, Bradley Zimmer

Starting Pitchers
Added:
Shane Bieber, Matt Boyd, Walker Buehler, Jhoulys Chacin, Zach Eflin, Nathan Eovaldi, Mike Fiers, Jack Flaherty, Mike Foltynewicz, Kyle Freeland, Kyle Gibson, Tyler Glasnow, Marco Gonzales, Andrew Heaney, Josh James, Jakob Junis, Joey Lucchesi, Steven Matz, Miles Mikolas, Sean Newcomb, Freddy Peralta, Nick Pivetta, Dereck Rodriguez, Anibal Sanchez, Tyler Skaggs, Mike Soroka, Ross Stripling, Zack Wheeler, Trevor Williams
Dropped:
Tyler Chatwood, Alex Cobb, Johnny Cueto, Zach Davies, Jerad Eickhoff, Marco Estrada, Jake Faria, Lucas Giolito, Luiz Gohara, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Harvey, Felix Hernandez, Dinelson Lamet, Mike Leake, Lance Lynn, Sean Manaea, Lance McCullers, Jordan Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Pomeranz, Garrett Richards, Tanner Roark, Danny Salazar, Jeff Samardzija, Aaron Sanchez, Ervin Santana, Matt Shoemaker, Dan Straily, Taijuan Walker

Relief Pitchers
Added:
Jose Alvardo, Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Corbin Burnes, Ty Buttrey, Diego Castillo, Seranthony Dominguez, Jordan Hicks, Yoshihisa Hirano, Jeremy Jeffress, Joe Jimenez, Jose Leclerc, Seth Lugo, Trevor May, Collin McHugh, Adam Ottavino, Wily Peralta, Ryan Pressly, Taylor Rogers, Sergio Romo, Trevor Rosenthal, Will Smith, Matt Strahm, Hunter Strickland
Dropped:
Kyle Barraclough, Cam Bedrosian, Matt Bush, Alex Claudio, Sam Dyson, Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, Tommy Kahnle, Brandon Kintzler, Dominic Leone, Michael Lorenzen, Tyler Lyons, Ryan Madson, Brandon Maurer, Juan Minaya, Pat Neshek, Darren O'Day, Seung Hwan Oh, Yusmeiro Petit, Jose Ramirez, A.J. Ramos, Addison Reed, Fernando Rodney, Brad Ziegler
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Mike » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:29 am

Only one question really jumps out at me - doesn't Addison Reed have a chance to be the closer in Minnesota this year?
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Kevin » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:40 am

Mike wrote:Only one question really jumps out at me - doesn't Addison Reed have a chance to be the closer in Minnesota this year?


I suppose he technically has a chance since the Twins haven't named a closer. But personally, I have him ranked as the 4th or 5th option on that team and already have three Twins RPs included in the league: May, Rogers and Parker. Reed did not record a single save for the Twins last year, so I would be pretty surprised if he suddenly won this competition coming off a very mediocre season.
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Mike » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:06 pm

That explanation works for me. Thank you!
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Nick » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:33 pm

Thanks, Kevin. What about Garrett Hampson and Touki Toussaint? Hampson should play a lot and Touki might crack the rotation.
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Kevin » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:34 pm

Nick wrote:Thanks, Kevin. What about Garrett Hampson and Touki Toussaint? Hampson should play a lot and Touki might crack the rotation.


I'm definitely willing to give Hampson additional consideration, but he has a couple things working against him. First, I'm not so sure about him playing a lot. The depth charts I've seen have McMahon getting the bulk of the time at 2B, which is the only reason McMahon is not on the 1B cut list. The other problem with Hampson is that he would be a SS for this season, which was a pretty tough position for me to whittle down this year. I had a hard time with my decision to drop Tulowitzki, for example. Basically, if Hampson were to be added, it would come at Scott Kingery's expense... another guy facing depth chart issues. Do people have a strong preference between Hampson and Kingery? I'm willing swap them, but personally give Kingery a slight edge.

As for Touki, his spot in the rotation is probably directly tied to Mike Soroka, who is on the add list. But Soroka is currently nursing a shoulder injury. I could easily swap Touki in for Soroka, particularly if there is any additional negative news about the latter in the upcoming days. Stay tuned.
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Marc » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:37 pm

Looks good, Kevin.

To piggyback on the Hampson item, I think he has a better chance at playing time than Kingery. And I've heard Hampson talked about a fair amount on offseason podcasts, but Kingery seems to be an afterthought. It is tough to call which will actually get playing time.

I have a suggestion: What if we just remove Addison Russell from the player list. Besides being a piece of garbage, he will miss a fair chunk of the season, and who knows what his playing time will be. Cubs can play Baez at SS all year and have guys like Zobrist, Happ and Nico Hoerner that can play 2B. I'll make a bold prediction that both Hampson and Kingery have more ABs in 2019 than Russell
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Kevin » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:51 pm

Marc wrote:I have a suggestion: What if we just remove Addison Russell from the player list. Besides being a piece of garbage, he will miss a fair chunk of the season, and who knows what his playing time will be. Cubs can play Baez at SS all year and have guys like Zobrist, Happ and Nico Hoerner that can play 2B. I'll make a bold prediction that both Hampson and Kingery have more ABs in 2019 than Russell


Oooh... I like this suggestion. Would anybody be sad to see Russell go? Would anybody be willing to admit it if they were?
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Nick » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:01 am

I'm on board with that - didn't realize Russell was still in the pool. And as Marc said I don't think he's going to play much.
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Mike » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:35 am

I wouldn't be terribly sad if Russell were gone. Both from DTBL and the Cubs.
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Re: 2019 Player Adds/Drops

Postby Kevin » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:51 am

Okay, I've made two changes to the list above. First, Garrett Hampson is now on the shortstop add list and Addison Russell will be dropped. Next, due to yesterday's news that Salvador Perez has a torn UCL and will miss the entire season, he won't be of any use to anybody this year. So I've dropped him and Chance Sisco lives to play another season in the DTBL.

I've decided against adding Addison Reed or Touki Toussaint. Both are at positions that are already well represented by their MLB teammates (3 Twins RPs and 5 Braves SPs are on the league roster). I thought about swapping in Toussaint for Mike Soroka, since the latter appears ticketed for AAA to start the season. However, I think Soroka has a little more future value and is ranked ahead of Toussaint on pretty much all of the rankings lists I've seen.

As for Ohtani, I've decided to take Marc's suggestion and will allow the drafting team to choose between designating him as an OF or 1B this season. This decision must be made before Opening Day and will hold for the full season. Should a team decide to keep Ohtani for next year, they will be able to choose between SP, OF or 1B for his position next year (unless he plays in the field at some point this season, in which case that position would be his only non-pitching position of eligibility), but will need to make that decision before the draft. I'll set March 1 as the deadline each year for determining if Ohtani, or future dual role players, will be designated as hitters or pitchers for the upcoming season.

The official 2019 draft player pool will be posted later today. Thank you for all of your feedback. It was very helpful and much appreciated.
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