This may seem like an odd question, but for some people this is actually a decision that owners in keeper leagues may have to make. Let’s look at the situation for a second before you draw any conclusions:
- Auction league where both players will have a $2 salary
- Both players are locked in for 2011 and may be eligible to be kept in 2012 (with an increase in salary), but not beyond that
- Assume it is a 13-team league where you keep 7 players (including bench spots each team will have 33 players)
- You start 9 pitchers regardless of starter or reliever
So, the decision is mostly dependent on 2011. While Sale has all the hype and probably the greater skill level, do we believe he is going to outperform Niese in 2011? Given the uncertainty of Sale’s role, it is far from a given.
If you were faced with this decision, who would you select?