Will Derek Holland help an AL-only team?
ESPN colleague Jason Grey, who also wrote Thursday about his team from that LABR auction, tends to build his offenses much the way I like to. We don't spend $30 for anyone, instead aiming to build deep, balanced offenses. In this case, we both followed that game plan, although my hitters are considerably older, a common trait among my teams. But since he's more focused on young players -- especially when it comes to pitchers -- there are few similarities on our pitching staffs. I have a trio of 200-inning options, plus two closers I think will perform well enough. He took more chances with pitchers, playing the upside game.
About halfway through the auction, when we both were looking to add a starting pitcher, he was seconds away from acquiring Holland, the young Texas Rangers lefty, for only $3. I looked around. Nobody else in the room was speaking up. The auctioneer was seconds away from confirming the transaction by yelling, "Sold!"
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