Yesterday, ESPN's Eric Karabell held a fantasy baseball chat, where I disagreed with his response to a chatter's question. Here is the question and his response:
Mike, Boston: keeper for the next three years; Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, or Tulo (already have Sizemore and Prince locked up)
Eric Karabell : Tough one. Most people would say Upton, but why not Tulo? A 20-90 shortstop for three years would be nice. Upton could be a monster, but he didn't look good in 2008, and he might need another year to take off. For now, I'd say Tulo is just as safe, and when you consider the position... you could go with him.
I disagreed with Eric's response. I would take Kemp, of course, or Upton over Tulo. He likes Tulo because he can give you 20-90 for each of the next 3 years. Fine....but doesn't JJ Hardy come close to that?
Besides Kemp can give you 20-90-30 for each of the next 3 years. Upton hasn't broken out yet, but its just a matter of time. He could easily go 30-100. Kemp could get to 30-30.
So, I responded to Eric response with my question below:
Ray, Burlington, NJ: Doesn't Kemp have more upside than Tulo?
Eric Karabell : Sure, but isn't Tulo already there? I don't overpay for upside when I can get someone else who is already near the top of his position ranks.
So for the next 3 years, he would keep Tulo over Kemp or Upton??