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The Draft

My awesome fantasy team, The Green Sox in the MLBloggers fantasy league is set. My rotation and lineups are nice but my bench and relief pitchers are not so hot. I had to leave before I could draft my bench/ relievers so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining.

Braves World draft Prince Fielder with the first pick which I though was very interesting. My first two picks were my keepers, Tim Lincecum and Ryan Howard. With my third I was about to draft Mark Reynolds but I had some computer issues and it drafted a former Red Sox left fielder who’s last name is three letters. Ya you probably thought I ment Manny.
In the fourth I was going to pick either Javier Vazquez, Chone Figgins, or Josh Johnson. In the end I chose Josh Johnson to go with Tim Lincecum. Then in the fifth I picked Billy Buttler, the first baseman for the Royals who was on my team last year.
With the 119th pick I was trying to get someone at DH. I didn’t end up putting him there but I picked Jason Kubel as my right fielder.Then in the seventh I got J.D. Drew’s younger brother Stephen Drew as my starting shortstop. 
Red Sox DH David Ortiz got his first hit of the season at Fenway Park, and it was a big one. This grand slam gave him two home runs on the young season.
In the eighth I got someone on my team last year. I believe he was a steal for an eighth round pick, On the Boston Red Sox, number 34 . . . DAVID ‘BIG PAPI’ ORTIZ! Now you see why I moved Kubel from DH to right. I think Papi will regain Papi form and hit 35-40 home runs and drive in 100 plus.
In round nine I got the former best prospect in the Red Sox, the no-hit kid, Clay Buchholz who is going to win the fifth spot (sorry Wakefield) but is the third man in my rotation. In the tenth I got former Padre Kevin Kooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzzzmanoff. I will probably keep him on my roster but I would like Adrian Beltre or Mark Reynolds or even Troy Glaus.
Then in the eleventh and twelfth I drafted a pair of Cubs teammates, Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd. I always though that Byrd should be playing backup but then when I really looked into his stats I wanted him.
In the unlucky 13th round I got Dice-K who I think will come back with his 2008 form, when he almost won the Cy Young. In the 14th I drafted a guy who might start the season on the DL, Freddy Sanchez. Sanchez though will do better this year since A.) he  is out of Pittsburgh and B.) he is playing with the Giants.
In the 15th round my friend came over and since he is an Indians fan I drafted Matt LaPorta who I might use as trade bait. In the 16th I drafted another guy on my team last year (who helped me out by hitting two grand slams in a game), Josh Willingham.
In the 17th I drafted yet another guy I drafted the year before, Justin Duchscherer. Only difference is that last year he was not healthy, this year though he is and I can put him under starter, reliever, or pitcher.
In the the 18th I drafted speedster, Carlos Gomez. In the 19th I drafted my first reliever, Ryan Madson. Then in round 20 I drafted Nationals ace (you know you team is bad when your ace gets drafted in the 20th round), Jason Marquis.
In the 21 round I drafted another bad teams ace, and 2009 all-star Zach Duke. In round 22 I drafted someone ESPN suggested, Eric Young Jr. who will be one of my main stolen base guys.
In round 23 I got Nick Blackburn as my last starting pitcher. Then in round 24 I got Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez. In the 25th I got the Padres, Tony Gwynn Jr.
After that I had to go to the Rodeo which was AWESOME!!!! Something that was not awesome was who I got. 
I set it up so I could get Hideki Okajima and Ramon Ramirez. I got them I got Chad Durblin, and Gabe Kapler after Okajima and Ramirez.
Then though I got Steve Pearce (1B), Greg Burke (RP), Adam Rosales (3B), Ryan Roberts (2B), Sean Green (RP), George Kottaras (C), Sergio Escalona (RP), Renyel Pinto (RP), and Jeff Stevens (RP)
I’ll be honest the only guy I knew out of those is George Kottaras because he use to play for Boston but now plays for the Brew Crew. Ohh well thats what I get for not staying I guess.
I need a closer for sure and there are a few players I would like to have had but one things for sure I am winning it all!
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First- Michael Young will move to third and will not be asked to be traded. Don’t ask me about this one.

Second- Scott Kamir and J.P. Howell, bot Tampa Bay Rays will play in the World Baseball Classic.
Third- David Eckstein signed with the Padres.
Forth- Big Papi (no not me) hopes to play for the Dominican.
Fifth- Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, and Prince Fielder went for arbitration.
Sixth- This has nothing to do with baseball but my phone broke yesterday. ūüė¶ Today I got one of those AT&T go phones. I don’t like it so much but it was twenty bucks and I can get an upgrade (a new phone) in July when I’m at summer camp.
Seventh- I found this cool link. http://www.redsoxdiehard.com/players/unifnums.html 
Sorry I don’t know how to make website URL’s into words. it has every single player to play for the Red Sox by number. A useful tool when dedicating your ranking to a player’s number. No one really good wore #28. So I’m going to dedicate it to Doug Mirabelli.¬†
Kevin Youkilis signed a four year, $40 million dollar contract with an option for 2013 with the Red Sox. The deal hasn’t been made official. Youk finished third in the 2008 AL MVP voting and the person who won, Dustin Pedroia, got a deal with Boston six weeks ago. When my sister first went to a game at Fenway and Youk was up I said YOUK, she didn’t know what see was doing and said BOO. People just stared at her. Imagine that a girl in Red Sox gear booing Youk! This season he hit .312, with 29 home runs, and drove in 115. Youkilis won the 2007 Gold Glove at first base. In 2008 he won the Hank Aaron award. Youkilis will play for team U.S.A. in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Youk can play gold glove defense at first or third which is great for the team. Youk made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on May, 15, 2004. He was not apart of the 2004 World Series team though. He was apart of the 2007 World Series winning team though. Youk had carer highs in batting average, home runs, runs, RBI’s, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, and slugging percentage. He also started at first base in the 2008 all-star game at Yankee Stadium. I was surprised that Youk will only get paid 10 million a season. I thought it would be around $15 million to $20 million. Maybe it is due to the economy . . . on second thought it is due to the economy. One thing is for sure. If there was a best go-tee award, Youk would win it hands down. I mean just look at that thing.
Kevin Youkilis by NGottwald.

The Roster Game- Infielders

First- Happy Eve of Christmas Eve . . . okay, that doesn’t make much sense but you get the idea.

Second- My Celtics are going for a 19 game winning streak today against the 76er’s.
Third- The Nationals upped up their offer to Tex’. Lets hope they get him so we don’t have to trade Lowell. I will say out of all the free agent signings the past few years this one has many mixed feelings for Red Sox fans.
Fourth- David Wright is going to play for team U.S.A.!
Fifth- Yes, it is true. I will not blog any more do to personal reasons. So, I will let my son take it over from here. We share many of the same feelings.
Okay, hi I’m Bob. I have my new bio in the top right if you want to read it.
So I’m Going to pick of from where we left off the infield.
1 base- Prince Fielder, .276, 34 home runs, 102 RBI’s, 3 Stolen Bases, $670,000
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Prince had a down year from 50 home runs last year, but he is still young and hits for power. He is slow but he is doing the best he can with his weight. Prince is very cheep also.He could use a little work on his average though. Prince players for the love of the game thats why he ran out 2 or something like that  inside the park home runs.

Honorable Mention

Carlos Pena

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2nd base- Dustin Pedroia- .326, 17 home runs, 83 RBI’s, 20 stolen bases, $457,000

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I know that he got a big new contract but I’m using last years salaries and who wouldn’t want an MVP on their team for only $457,000. He also won a Golden Glove and a Silver Slugger. Pedroia is young and a great guy in the club house. He hits for decent power and great contact. He can bat any where in the order 1st, 2nd ,cleanup, or last, of course who would want him last? Peedie is only going to get better by age.

Honorable Mention 

Ian Kinsler

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Shortstop
Hanley Ramirez- .301, 33 home runs, 67 RBI’s, 35 stolen bases, $439,000

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Hanley is a classic example of a great player playing for a bad team. Okay the Fish aren’t a bad team they aren’t just not that good. Hanley is a hall of famer in the making. He is fast, hits for power and contact, cheep, and a great influence in the clubhouse. He is still very young also.

Honorable Mention 

Stephen Drew

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3rd base

Kevin Youkilis- ¬†.312, 29 home runs, 115 RBI’s, 3 stolen bases, $3,000,000

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I know Youk doesn’t play third full time but he probably will after Tex’ comes and signs. Youk is a Gold Glover at first and third. He won the A.L. Hank Aaron award this year along with a third place finish in the MVP voting. Youk just gets better every year, I know I’ve said that a lot but Youk shows the best example. Youk will probably hit 30+ home runs next year.

Honorable Mention 

Davis Wright

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Todays payroll- $4,566,000

Total payroll so far- $12,183,666