I know it's super early, but every year after the winter meetings I like going over my team from the previous season and try to get some idea of who I'd like to keep and also who I might look to trade prior to selecting keepers. I do this for all of my keeper leagues. This season I just have so many options that any recommendations would really help.
Anyway it's a 10 team 2 Catcher 5x5 keeper league. Keeper rules are simple. We get to keep 4 Major league players for up to 5 years and also 2 minor league players. Here are my options with the last year I can keep them:
*Can only Keep players drafted After Round 4
**Another Rule to keep in mind is that teams are a loud to trade Keeper slots. So it is possible to keep more, or less, then the 4 major league and 2 minor league keepers.
***I came in 2nd place last season and have the 9th pick in the 2013 fantasy draft
C - Salvador Perez - 2015
C - Carlos Santana - 2014
1B - Paul Goldschmidt - 2016
2b - Chase Utley - 2016
SS - Erick Aybar - 2016
OF - Andre Either - 2016
OF - Desmond Jennings - 2015
OF - Adam Jones - 2016
OF - Jason Heyward - 2016
SP - Justin Verlander - 2013
SP - Jon Lester - 2013
SP - Jarrod Parker - 2016
SP - Kris Medlen - 2016
SP - Lance Lynn - 2016
Keep in mind it's a 2 Catcher league
As you can see my keepers were those not with 2016 contracts. So Santana, Perez, Jennings, Verlander, & Lester. Perez was a minor league keeper and the reason it looks like I kept 5 players. Looking at my keeper options it really isn't clean cut on who I should keep with my 4 ML keeper slots. The only definite without question keeper is Justin Verlander.
I'll be trying to acquire at least 1 ML and 1 Minor league keeper slot, but it's only a 10 teeam league and most teams lready have 4 players they want to keep. So trading a player for a ML keeper slot isn't easy. I should be able to acquire a minor league Keeper slot or 2 and you'll see why I need more right now.
Minor League Keeper options:
SP Dylan Bundy - Baltimore
SP Gerrit Cole - Pittsburgh
3B Mike Olt - Texas
1B Jonathon Singleton - Houston
OF Oscar Taveras - St. Louis
So here's my problem with minor league keepers. I'm not sure Bundy or Cole pitch in the majors this year. Same goes for Oscar Taveras. Singleton is said to have a good shot at being Houston's starting 1B on opening day and Mike Olt will be playing somewhere on some team. Obviously his value would be higher on Texas if he'd get regular ABs, but with how they screwed Chris Davis and Mitch Moreland theirs no guarantee Olt sees every day playing time. It's tough to pick just 2 and hope to end up with 4 slots because these are 5 primo prospects. I could also use a ML slot on one of these guy, but that would be crazy with the ML players I have.
So who are my major league and minor league keepers using just the keeper slots (4/2) I currently have.