Re: My gut feeling is to blow it up early....
I think your team is pretty solid actually. I am used to 12 team leagues, which are a little deeper than your 10 team league. But all in all your team looks quite good to me.
Your starting pitchers are solid. Your closers are solid. No help needed there.
Your infield is quite good actually. I would leave it alone. You have the best 2B in the league. Hall is pretty good offensively so not a problem. Chavez was one of the best 3 third basemen for years prior to last year. I think he will play well this year. Lee is a good choice too.
Crawford and Abreu are awesome players to have. Baldelli is a weak link. Helton is the guy you need to worry about. He could have a great season or he could really drop off like he did last year. I would keep him though for sure to see how he does.
I would ditch Aurilia. I have to believe there are better options out there on your waiver list.
Kendrick is a guy you should upgrade too.
Use Patterson only in home games.
I think you will do well.