OpinionAugust 10, 2009


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Monday Mail Call: Holliday, Votto and Acquiring Closers

By R.J. White

Hello all, and welcome back to the Mail Call. We’re getting a lot of great questions, which is definitely understandable with most leagues’ trading deadlines fast approaching. You can reach us all week at fbcmailbag@gmail.com, and we’ll post the best e-mails next Monday, like we always do. Let’s get to it!

Hello gents. First of all, love the site. Thanks very much for the work you do — it’s helpful and fun to read! I think that with [my] lineup I have a decent shot at winning the championship, but RPs are a glaring weakness. I feel like I have a very strong outfield and might want to deal away one of those guys to get an elite closer like a Nathan, Rivera, or Soria. So my question is this: do you think it’s worth it to part with someone like a Holliday to get someone like Nathan or Rivera? Is my need for a reliable RP significant enough to merit such a blow to my offense? Thanks a lot for your help, and keep those articles coming! — Mark

Thanks for the kind words, Mark! In no way would I trade Holliday for a closer, as he’s primed to have a huge run with the Cardinals. I would definitely look to trade Lind or Cruz for a mid-tier closer of the Brian Wilson/Andrew Bailey mold. If you can get away with trading Ludwick for a decent closer (Howell/Valverde/Hoffman possibly), that would be your best bet. If neither of those come to fruition and you feel you must have a closer, I’d trade one of Lind/Cruz for one of the guys in that third tier (the Howell tier).

Another tactic is to trade Adrian Gonzalez for a closer and shift Morales to 1B and Beckham to CI. A-Gon’s value could net you an elite closer, and I’d much rather have Holliday than Gonzalez for the remainder of the season.

5×5 with OPS league. I lead in HRs, RBIs, Runs, Average, and OPS. I am thinking of offering Votto and Weiters for Sandoval, who is catcher eligible. I can then pickup Butler or LaRoche, etc to fill in at CI. Am I giving up too much for the upgrade at catcher? If so, what RP could i target for Votto? Thanks. — Steve

I do think you’re giving too much for the upgrade. Votto, depending on the needs of the team you’re targeting, should bring in a top-ten closer. Find the guys with bad 1B/CI starters and see who their top RP is, and tailor your offer accordingly. It’s always best to do a bit of research before you start sending offers out; you want to find the team’s that have weaknesses that match up with your strengths and the players you’re trying to deal. If you do in fact make that deal, look to see if Kyle Blanks is available as an add over the two 1Bs you mention.

So, someone in my league has offered me Casey Blake and Brian Fuentes, and I’d be giving up Vladimir Guerrero. Should I accept this deal? My current closers are Franklin, Bailey and the committee of Lindstrom/Nunez (I have both). My outfield now is Ichiro, Justin Upton, Quentin, Rios, Vlad and Beltran. I would have to drop either Casey Blake or Orlando Cabrera to make this deal work if I were to accept. Does this deal seem like a good deal for me as it is? Thanks. — Bryant

Sure, you’re picking up a very good closer and dealing from a position of strength. I think I’d wait to hear definitive news on how long Upton will be out, to make sure you’re not hamstringing yourself at the OF position. He thinks he might only need the minimum amount of days on the DL, so I think this trade is a good one to make to upgrade at the all-important closer spot.

Alright, that’s going to be it for this week. Once again, send your questions to fbcmailbag@gmail.com, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

 
R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
 
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