Full Disclosure: Blowing the budget on DeRosa

I've been waiting for this moment all year.

I planned it from the beginning and didn't back down from it even when I had a roster overflowing with needs. Every single free-agent pickup and every single waiver claim went toward the fulfillment of this goal.

And now it's time to cash in.

People, as of late Monday evening, I have zero FAAB dollars in my NL-only Rotisserie league. I spent every last one of them on Mark DeRosa .

I know what you're thinking. "Geez, Scott, he's not that good. If you have all that money, why not save it for someone bigger, like this year's Manny Ramirez ?"

First of all, I can't guarantee anyone of that caliber will get traded -- not to mention to an NL team -- and if you can, you should probably use your talents for something more altruistic, like preventing car crashes or gas explosions.

Secondly, DeRosa is good enough. His 21 homers last year seemed like an aberration, but the fact he's on pace for more this year even though his batting average trails his three-year average by 25 points tells me the power shouldn't go away anytime soon. He's also on pace for 105 RBI and 98 runs scored, which means he offers a four-category upgrade at whatever position I decide to play him -- which, by the way, is entirely up to me since he qualifies at every position but shortstop and catcher. I don't know what more I could ask from an offensive player in a league this deep.

But the biggest reason I've decided to go all-in on DeRosa -- the one often overlooked but that might actually put him on equal terms offensively with bigger-name players like Matt Holliday or Brian Roberts -- is the fact the Cardinals play a whole 27 games between now and the July 31 trade deadline. That's one-sixth of the season and, considering we're already halfway through the season, one-third of the remaining season.

Since most big trades don't happen until right at the trade deadline, I can assume I'll get 50 percent more out of DeRosa than I'll get out of any other player -- assuming there's even another player.

In a Rotisserie league, where cumulative totals matter more than week-to-week production, that makes all the difference to me.

12-team mixed Rotisserie
Player Pos Tm
Jesus Flores C NYY
Kurt Suzuki C OAK
Kevin Youkilis 1B BOS
Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
Aubrey Huff 3B BAL
Gordon Beckham SS CHW
Dan Uggla MI FLA
Todd Helton CI COL
Shane Victorino OF PHI
Shin-Soo Choo OF CLE
Ryan Ludwick OF STL
Michael Cuddyer OF MIN
Luke Scott OF BAL
Kendrys Morales DH LAA
Chad Billingsley P LAD
Edwin Jackson P DET
John Lackey P LAA
Ryan Dempster P CHC
Gavin Floyd P CHW
Jair Jurrjens P ATL
Brian Fuentes P LAA
Chad Qualls P ARI
Mike Gonzalez P ATL
Jose Reyes (DL) SS NYM
Scott Downs (DL) P TOR

12-team mixed Rotisserie (7th; 5x5 Score: 65.5)

Why do I lead off with the most boring league? No bench, few trades -- not much I can do, really, but watch my once proud (and Jose Reyes -endowed) team slip further and further in the standings.

It's like dying a slow and painful death, only without the tales of martyrdom and made-for-TV movies that inevitably follow. Not to mention the pain.

But while I can't do much to save myself (and I didn't, keeping the exact same lineup from last week), I can tell you about some other people who tried to save themselves.

Someone picked up Jordan Zimmermann . I had him once. He gave me two wins. He probably deserves a roster spot more now, though, given his 1.90 ERA over his last four starts and 69 strikeouts and 69 2/3 innings.

Someone else dropped Gil Meche for Chris Volstad . See, that's a move that interests me simply because I'd love to have both of those pitchers in most leagues. But in a league without a bench, what can I do? I certainly wouldn't drop steadier options like Gavin Floyd and Jair Jurrjens for them. I've grown disenchanted with Chad Qualls lately, but when I rank fourth in saves, I can't justify cutting him. Same for Mike Gonzalez . I just don't have enough scrubby players to make any moves.

So how did I end up in seventh place? I don't know. Lack of offense, I guess. But even there, the parts add up to more than the sum. Not everyone can say that. Take a look at these Scrubby McScrubbersons added or dropped in the last week and imagine how much you'd hate your life if you had them: Carlos Carrasco , Gerardo Parra , Kenshin Kawakami , Josh Bard , Koji Uehara , Joel Pineiro , Sean West and ... my own Willie Bloomquist .

Yeah, OK, so I have a hole at shortstop. But everyone has a hole somewhere. Just look at all those names. And with five of them pitchers, you'd think I'd find someone to take a pitcher off my hands so I could add one of the free-agent pitchers I want.

I think a light bulb just went off. We'll reconvene in a week.

10-team mixed Head-to-Head
Player Pos Tm
Geovany Soto C CHC
Lance Berkman 1B HOU
Chase Utley 2B PHI
Kevin Youkilis 3B BOS
Hanley Ramirez SS FLA
Ben Zobrist OF TB
Melvin Upton OF TB
Shane Victorino OF PHI
Adam Lind DH TOR
Todd Helton DH COL
Josh Johnson SP FLA
Jon Lester SP BOS
James Shields SP TB
Matt Garza SP TB
Kevin Slowey SP MIN
Jonathan Broxton RP LAD
Ryan Franklin RP STL
Bench
Andre Ethier OF LAD
Denard Span OF MIN
Carlos Quentin OF CHW
Nolan Reimold OF BAL
Wandy Rodriguez SP HOU
Chris Volstad SP FLA
J.A. Happ SP PHI
David Aardsma RP SEA
Ryan Doumit (DL) C PIT

10-team mixed Head-to-Head (3rd; Record: 7-5)

You wouldn't know it by its record or standing, but this team has gone from competitive to dominant. It's 3-1 over the last four weeks and should probably be 4-0. Yeah, its overall record doesn't look that great, but it ranks first in overall scoring, third in hitting and third in pitching. And much to my own surprise, I've done it without making a single trade.

That doesn't mean I haven't tried. Just this past week, I offered Kevin Youkilis and Andre Ethier for an underachieving David Wright . Honestly, I've gotten tired of Youkilis missing games here and there with nagging injuries. He's like Chipper Jones , only angrier.

I offered the deal to a guy whose team is moving in the opposite direction from mine -- one of those really competitive types who places in the top four every year no matter what luck throws his way. He needs an outfielder with Juan Pierre about to lose his job, and I figured someone like him might get aggressive with his team falling behind.

He didn't go for it. No surprise, really.

But that offer should tell you I still have plenty of confidence in Wright. His slugging percentage hasn't suffered much this year even if his home runs have, so he hasn't suddenly forgotten how to hit for power. He's not Magglio Ordonez . The luck will even out, and those doubles will become home runs in the second half.

Besides, how cool would it have been to enter next season with Wright, Hanley Ramirez and Chase Utley as keepers? Too cool. They would've kicked me out of the league.

No changes to the offensive portion of my starting lineup this week. I still have the rickety Youkilis at third base and the somewhat slumping Ben Zobrist in the outfield. Might as well go on cruise control with the team on a roll. The only bench player I'd consider moving into the lineup is Denard Span , but Todd Helton or Adam Lind would have to do something significantly wrong for that to happen.

As for my pitching staff, I don't have quite as much clarity there, though I like that Matt Garza got back on track. I opted for Kevin Slowey coming off a poor start over Chris Volstad facing the Pirates, sticking with the better pitcher regardless of trends or matchups. I learned my lesson from starting Wandy Rodriguez over Jon Lester a couple weeks back.

I made only one transaction this week, dumping the infinitely useless Jeremy Hermida for J.A. Happ , but I kind of wish I had picked up Ricky Romero instead. Guess I got caught up in the thrill of the shutout.

12-team AL-only Rotisserie
Player Pos Tm
Gregg Zaun C BAL
Francisco Cervelli C NYY
Aubrey Huff 1B BAL
Brian Roberts 2B BAL
Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY
Jhonny Peralta SS CLE
Placido Polanco MI DET
Billy Butler CI KC
Shin-Soo Choo OF CLE
Pat Burrell OF TB
Andruw Jones OF TEX
Ty Wigginton OF BAL
Gabe Kapler OF TB
Mike Carp DH SEA
Jon Lester P BOS
Kevin Slowey P MIN
Tim Wakefield P BOS
Jeff Niemann P TB
Rich Hill P BAL
Michael Wuertz P OAK
Randy Choate P TB
Matt Guerrier P MIN
Neftali Feliz P TEX
Bench
Alexi Casilla 2B MIN
Russ Adams 3B TOR
Clete Thomas OF DET
Aaron Cunningham OF OAK
Kila Ka'aihue DH KC
David Robertson P NYY
Lance Cormier P TB
Xavier Nady (DL) OF NYY
Luis Montanez (DL) OF BAL
Daisuke Matsuzaka (DL) P BOS
Koji Uehara (DL) P BAL
Shawn Kelley (DL) P SEA

12-team AL-only Rotisserie (8th; 5x5 Score: 54.0)

Don't expect me to place any hefty bids on Chris Perez . I understand the guy has the potential to close someday, but I don't expect him to see many save chances this year. Frankly, after all that talk of team after team lining up to acquire Mark DeRosa , I'm surprised the Indians didn't get more for him.

But I'll save that discussion for Scott Miller and Danny Knobler. I have more important things to think about, like my Fantasy team, which still ranks in the bottom half of the league.

It's getting better. The trades to improve my offense have seemingly made a difference. Then again, I can't expect to get anything out of Xavier Nady now that he probably needs season-ending elbow surgery, which means I basically traded Edwin Jackson and Fernando Rodney for Placido Polanco .

Bad move, Scott. Bad, bad move.

But if nothing else, I at least have the hope of Mike Carp getting semi-regular playing time now that Adrian Beltre needs shoulder surgery, allowing Russell Branyan (hopefully) to play some third base. Throw in three underachievers showing signs of coming around -- Alex Rodriguez , Jhonny Peralta and Pat Burrell -- and I clearly stand to make up ground offensively.

Of course, I wouldn't mind improving my middle relievers with most of my starting pitchers gone, especially with Koji Uehara going on the DL and Rich Hill pitching like a man destined for the minor leagues. Unfortunately, nobody on waivers stands out as a must-add reliever. I ended up adding David Robertson and Lance Cormier in favor of the still-recovering Jose Molina and the now-useless Trevor Crowe . I like Robertson's potential and if Cormier can maintain close to his current pace, his innings will make the kind of impact a situational lefty couldn't.

Unfortunately, I fell asleep on the job this weekend and didn't make these roster moves until after the lineup deadline, which explains why I have Neftali Feliz in my starting lineup in the off chance the Rangers call him up for a little bullpen help. Yeah, that one stings.

Oh well. I'll probably switch these middle relievers out all year anyway. Now I just need to save my FAAB dollars for the day a big-name player moves to the American League. Adam Dunn , maybe?

12-team NL-only Rotisserie (8th; 5x5 Score: 55.0)

12-team NL-only Rotisserie
Player Pos Tm
Yorvit Torrealba C COL
Koyie Hill C CHC
Travis Ishikawa 1B SF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B FLA
Jerry Hairston 3B CIN
Hanley Ramirez SS FLA
Stephen Drew MI ARI
Micah Hoffpauir CI CHC
Carlos Lee OF HOU
Brad Hawpe OF COL
Jayson Werth OF PHI
Scott Hairston OF SD
Nate Schierholtz OF SF
Elijah Dukes DH WAS
Ryan Dempster P CHC
J.A. Happ P PHI
Jorge De La Rosa P COL
Braden Looper P MIL
Jose Valverde P HOU
Mike MacDougal P WAS
Mark DiFelice P MIL
Nick Masset P CIN
Greg Burke P SD
Bench
Mark DeRosa 1B/2B/3B/OF STL
Ryan Roberts 2B/3B ARI
Blake DeWitt 2B/3B LAD
Greg Dobbs 3B PHI
Steve Pearce OF PIT
Micah Owings P CIN
Chris Sampson P HOU
Chad Tracy (DL) 1B ARI
Aramis Ramirez (DL) 3B CHC
Alfredo Amezaga (DL) SS/OF FLA
Angel Pagan (DL) OF NYM
Brett Myers SP PHI

Yes, DeRosa makes an improving starting lineup that much better. In fact, after last week's trade for Brad Hawpe and Scott Hairston , I don't have a clear place to play him. Too bad he doesn't qualify at catcher.

I mean it. Travis Ishikawa and Nate Schierholtz have become starters for the Giants -- at least against right-handed pitchers -- so I wouldn't want to remove them. Schierholtz's potential has me especially excited considering he's hitting .560 (14 for 25) with two home runs over his last six games. I bet that guy in the Hawpe trade wishes he took Schierholtz instead of Garret Anderson now.

I guess I have no choice but to sit Micah Hoffpauir even though I like that I can count on him for a home run seemingly any time the Cubs decide to give him a spot start. Would I actually consider benching Emilio Bonifacio or Elijah Dukes -- two everyday players who have vastly underperformed since April? I don't see it happening yet, but I'll have to make these decisions all over again when Aramis Ramirez and Chad Tracy return from the DL.

Geez, I might actually have too much hitting now. Anybody want to trade a pitcher?

On second thought, I feel good about my pitching staff even if the biggest name on it is Ryan Dempster . J.A. Happ and Jorge De La Rosa are each coming off good starts, and the two of them along with Braden Looper should keep me from falling too far behind in wins while my frontline middle relievers preserve my ratios.

Speaking of middle relievers, I added another one in Chris Sampson . His strikeout rate doesn't do much for me, but his other numbers do, particularly his innings pitched. He's kind of the Lance Cormier of the NL, only I trust him a little bit more: His high number of innings make his ratios count for more, making him worthwhile in Fantasy despite his lack of strikeouts.

To clear a spot for Sampson, I gave Edwin Maysonet the heave-ho after the Astros sent him to the minor leagues. For DeRosa, I cut Chris Perez , ironically enough.

20-team mixed Head-to-Head (4th NL-only side; Record: 6-6)
(10 teams NL-only, 10 teams AL-only)

I'm like a real NL team. I went 0-4 in interleague play.

Glad that's over. I've somehow managed to maintain the same place in the standings even though I've gone 0-3 over the last three weeks. I don't know what that means, but I suspect it's something good.

20-team mixed Head-to-Head
Player Pos Tm
Chris Iannetta C COL
Lance Berkman 1B HOU
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN
Pedro Feliz 3B PHI
David Eckstein SS SD
Carlos Lee OF HOU
Shane Victorino OF PHI
Jayson Werth OF PHI
Nick Johnson DH WAS
Ryan Dempster SP CHC
Randy Johnson SP SF
J.A. Happ SP PHI
Braden Looper SP MIL
Felipe Paulino SP HOU
Chad Qualls RP ARI
Heath Bell RP SD
Bench
Mike Fontenot 2B/3B CHC
Gary Sheffield OF NYM
Randy Winn OF SF
Elijah Dukes OF WAS
Todd Wellemeyer SP STL
Jose Reyes (DL) SS NYM
Chris Young (DL) SP SD
Brett Myers (DL) SP PHI
Anibal Sanchez (DL) SP FLA

Now I can get back to picking on my own kind, restoring that .750 winning percentage. Who cares if I don't have Reyes, Brett Myers or Chris Young anymore? It'll go the same way it did before ... right?

Oy, I need pitching. I wouldn't call the situation desperate yet just because in a format this deep with this particular scoring format, a team with a good enough offense could win without starting a pitching staff at all. But I can't afford close calls every week -- not with a .500 record.

I certainly don't want to decimate my starting lineup to acquire an ace in a format that makes every pitcher hit-or-miss, so I'll aim for an underappreciated low-end guy -- someone like Randy Wells .

I've tried for Wells, by the way. I've tried with Randy Winn and with Elijah Dukes . Neither did the trick.

I actually got a decent performance last week from Russ Ortiz , but I cut him before his second start for Felipe Paulino , who impressed me with a nine-strikeout performance last time out. I then tried to reclaim Ortiz off waivers, but somebody else got him instead.

Yeah, we actually had to fight for Russ Ortiz . It's 2003 all over again.

By the way, I planned to cut Dukes for Ortiz. The Nationals have lost confidence in him, benching him for Willie Harris at times. I still think he could have a big second half, but in a league with so few bench slots, I can't afford to stash him and pray for rain.

Boy, we've come a long way from the first Full Disclosure, when I bemoaned the Nationals' decision to start Austin Kearns over Dukes and hesitantly cut Dukes in every one of my mixed leagues.

I could've made a perfectly good sweater with that time and energy.

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Raised in Atlanta by a board game-loving family during the dawn of the '90s Braves dynasty, Scott White was easy prey for the Fantasy Sports, in particular Fantasy Baseball, and has devoted his adulthood... Full Bio

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