Re: Keeper League: Which 8 players would you keep for next year?
Well lets start w/ the locks baring any major circumstances:
So that leaves 6 guys. Now lets look at the guys that will most likely be locks by the end of the season based upon history/expected progression:
Ben Sheets (mostly dependent upon Injury)
So now were down to 3 slots to protect. Most of this will depend on how players do this year, and where you expect them to be drafted. I'm guessing in a keeper league (I've never been in one) your young guys that break out this year (possible Kearns, Fielder, Hammels) will likely go ahead of older guys w/ longer track records like Helton in a draft.
If Coffey is eventually converted into the Closer's role, he might become one to consider. It doesn't appear that you many top end closers, and I'm guessing that the top ones are usually locked up. If he doesn't move into the closers role for much time this year, he would certainly be one to look to draft a little earlier than expected next year if he's still on a path to Close for the Reds.
If Willingham losses his Catcher tag, then you can drop him.
Soriano is probably a near lock, however probably much better if he has a 2nd base tag in addition to the OF tag.
Kearns, Granderson, Rios, and Fielder could all break out in a big way and be considered locks by the time the year is up.