My fantasy lineup -- this week's transactions

I'm currently participating in a 12-team mixed league with 11 members of Hardcore Country.

The scoring system is 5x5 roto with one disabled list spot. Each week I'll list my rosters, the moves I made and a brief update on what I'm thinking with some of the players.


Currently, I'm in third place.

1. Added: Ubaldo Jimenez, P (COL)


Where's Ubaldo? He's on my fantasy team now since he was the third most valuable pitcher in 5x5 leagues last month. How does five wins, a 1.74 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP sound? Sign me up.

1. Dropped: Jonathan Sanchez, P (SF)

In the first three months of the season, Jonathan Sanchez averaged one bad start per month but was outstanding the rest of the way. Now it looks like he's hit the wall and has become fatigued. He's never pitched this many innings before and he's wearing down. Christopher Harris from said on "THE Hardcore Fantasy Show" last week that you have to keep him for now because of his high strikeout total, but I'm glad I got out after seeing him throw another bad outing. He's allowed 20 earned runs in 21 innings pitched this month.

2. Added: Billy Butler, 1B/DH (KC)

Billy Butler won't be on my roster very long unless he starts mashing. This was kind of a knee-jerk reaction when I knew I had to drop Jorge Posada. With Posada expendable, I was playing with the house's money. But admittedly, this move was like when a girl gets cash from Daddy and buys the first pair of shoes that catch her eye in the mall, then comes home to realize that it was a waste of money. Paul Maholm may end up on my roster for Butler shortly.

2. Dropped: Jorge Posada, C (NYY)

On the day of the 2008 Hardcore Fantasy Baseball Draft, I recall saying something on the air along the lines of, "You know what, I'm gonna take a catcher in the ninth round and secure what is traditionally a weak position for me. I'm tired of surfing the wire for guys like John Buck and David Ross."

Yada, yada, yada... Posada could be ready for the start of spring training next year.


3. Added: Chris Iannetta, C (COL)

I wouldn't mind if Yorvit Torrealba was off doing something other than cutting into Chris Iannetta's playing time, but for the time being I'll have to learn to share. But Iannetta is back to on a hot streak after struggling through May. He has five home runs and 17 RBIs and 10 runs this month and those numbers earned him a spot on my roster. That's solid production for a catcher.

3. Dropped: Ramon Hernandez, C (BAL)

I've got the quickest trigger in the league when it comes to adding and dropping -- although my moves are calculated -- but I'll admit this one may have been premature. I added him, saw him connect once in eight at-bats against the Toronto Blue Jays and just figured that I was buying at the very end of his hot streak. He's 6-for-13 with a couple of runs and a home run since I dropped him.

Current Lineup:

C - Chris Iannetta (COL)

1B - Albert Pujols (STL)


2B - Dustin Pedroia (BOS)

3B - Mike Lowell (BOS)

SS - J.J. Hardy (MIL)

OF - Curtis Granderson (DET)

OF - Carl Crawford (TB)

OF - Milton Bradley (TEX)


UTIL - David DeJesus (KC)

BN - Billy Butler (KC) -- Don't ask because the answer is I don't know; shopping for someone better.

BN - Brad Hawpe (COL)

DL - Rafael Furcal (LAD) -- With Manny cleaning up, it would be nice to get this guy back in the lineup.

SP - Erik Bedard (SEA) -- Send me a text when you feel like being a valuable fantasy pitcher again.

SP - Ubaldo Jimenez (COL)


RP - Francisco Cordero (CIN)

P - Jose Valverde (HOU)

P - Dan Haren (ARZ)

P - Ervin Santana (LAA)

BN - Scott Baker (MIN)

BN - Jonathan Broxton (LAD)


BN - Matt Cain (SF)

BN - Justin Duchscherer (OAK) -- 8 ER in his last start, I'm not used to seeing that.