This article is part of our Bogfella's Notebook series.
This is an article I truly enjoy writing. Each year I put together a staff of pitchers who will go for about $1 in most drafts. Some might even sneak up to $2 or $3 but all are generally considered fillers. Some of the names might be a bit controversial, but I try to be as realistic as possible - I would have included Shelby Miller if I thought there was any chance he could be bought for a buck. The staff typically consists of eight starters with two alternates to cover for injuries or significant role changes, and four relievers with one alternate. I have two goals in mind when constructing this staff. First, I am hoping for a solid contribution to a fantasy staff in 2012, and because I play almost exclusively in keeper/dynasty leagues, I am always looking for that inexpensive long term guy.
Introducing Bogfella's 2012 $1 Pitching Staff:
Dustin McGowan (TOR)- This spring has been an extension of his late season in 2011 where he began the long path back from a series of injuries. A few years ago he was one of my top young guns, and with the returning velocity and sharp movement, he may get there again - just not so young anymore. There's a very good chance he opens the season as the Jays' fifth starter, and if his command continues to improve with more work, he could be a solid middle of the fantasy rotation steal. I am inclined