A modest stars-and-bargains strategy can be a dangerous one to employ in a single-league auction, but sometimes in the frenzied course of live action that ends up being the obvious direction of a team and you simply have to go with it. Such was the ultimate theme of my League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) team selected Sunday night in Arizona. The format is standard 5×5, 12-team and NL-only and I ended up with a squad I might not necessarily recommend, but I do like the stars secured and the dollar buys as well.
Jackson returned on Aug. 26 and homered in his first at-bat.
“I did it over a six-week period, but I got it,” he said.
Jackson had shoulder replacement surgery last year, the delayed result from diving for Sanders’ hit.
“That finally caught up with me,” Jackson said. “I kind of felt something bugging me about 2? years ago. Within 2 1/2 years, it went from just a little bug to I couldn’t lift my arm to put on deodorant.”
His ranking has been in decline since moving to Cleveland, and as he reaches his mid-30s, it is safe to say that his best is probably behind him. Currently, his ADP is down to No. 55. Projections from a variety of sources range from about 30 home runs, 90 RBIs and a .260 average on the low end to about 35-115-.265 on the high end.
There is another player on the draft board whose projections substantially overlap with Encarnacion’s. Forecasts put him around 29-33 home runs, 80-90 RBIs and a batting average between .255 and .265.
Yelich will see most of the time in left field, with Cain the everyday starter in center field and Santana, barring a last-minute trade, handling most of the work in right field after hitting 30 homers in a breakout 2017 season.
Should Braun feel comfortable at first base, he could split time there with the left-handed Eric Thames, while also sharing time in left field with Yelich.
The move helps ease congestion in the outfield but crowds first base. Jesus Aguilar hit .265 with 16 homers last season as a pinch-hitter while splitting time with Thames at first.