Finch Files: No love for Richie Sexson
Hey out there, Finch Files readers! What a crazy few days. Just when you think things are settling down I zipped up to Phoenix for that appearance last week and nearly missed my flight out to Palm Springs. Traffic in that town is getting heavy, and it took ages to get to the airport. I almost thought I was home in L.A. for a second. In Palm Springs, I helped out at a charity golf fundraiser, which was a great success, and Monday I headed to L.A. to catch up with my parents. Ace is such a trooper and has been traveling with me, but now he'll have a few days with my mom and dad as I head up to Chicago. I'll be there on Tuesday to promote some things with the Bandits. I can't wait to see my teammates, and catch up with owner Bill Conroy and the rest of the gang. It's hard to believe that opening day is only a little more than a week away. I'm ready! And I'll be answering some of your questions in front of the camera for ESPN while I'm there. I'll let you know, and keep an eye out for those!!
We've got some great questions this week. Keep 'em coming. I love hearing from you!
As for Richie Sexson, he's off to a typical Sexson start. Last year he hit just .213 in April and .198 in May. He'll wind up with .250 - .260 batting average and about 35 home runs, but he's an albatross in too many categories and you should trade him if you can. He just kills you.
Dave Webster (N.J.): Jenny! The whole Delmon Young thing didn't work out, but there were plenty of free agents out there worthy of a roster spot. Out of some young guys (Dan Johnson, Luke Scott. Hunter Pence and Tom Gorzelanny (PIT)), who do you think will have the greatest 2007 impact?
If you need offensive help, Hunter has more value than Luke Scott, although I still believe Delmon Young will turn it around. He's too good of a ball player to continue in the same vein. He's young and he's making adjustments, that's all. He's already got seven walks in May after getting only three all of April. It's some progress, at least.
Mark (Seattle): My team is struggling in the power categories but i recently traded for Miguel Cabrera and picked up J.J. Hardy from free agency. Is there anyone out there that I could try and trade for that won't force me to give up my top draft picks, any players that could go for power under the radar that i could get cheaper than most?
Amanda (Raymore, Mo): Hey Jennie, I was just wondering what you think of the Kansas City Royals?
Fantasy-wise, that means you need to be very selective in whatever pitchers you pick up, but the position players can provide good value. Mark Teahen, David DeJesus, John Buck and even Esteban German aren't highly regarded, but they do put up solid numbers, and that's all that matters in fantasy. In a deep league, K.C. is a great place to shop.
Ryan (Rosemount): I've got Francisco Liriano in a keeper league and another owner wants to give me Rich Harden and Ben Sheets for him. Do I take the production for this season or hold onto Liriano so I can pair him with Johan Santana for next season? I'm struggling with this. Do I trade an injured player for two injury-prone players? Plus, I'm a huge Twins fan so that makes this decision tougher.
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