So I need some help... I suck at figuring out trade values. I'm good at stacking my team full of high potential, buy low guys, but I suck at making trades. I've collected a lot of good buy low guys off the waiver from impatient owners (Chris Davis, Alexei, Verlander, Kershaw, Cueto, Nolasco, Lackey) So I need a good trade "barometer" basically a quick breakdown of who I could get for any two or three of these guys. Standard 10 team mixed H2H 5x5 league.
I have a few too many hitters and I hate having good hitters sitting on my bench, I'd rather load up on some more talent pitcher wise. Here's my roster. I feel like the guys I can get good trade value out of compared to their potential is Kendrick, Rios, and Chris Davis. Martinez, Crawford and Jones kinda feel like I shouldn't even consider trading them, first I can't get any better at Catcher and with it being such a shallow position I don't want to give up the dominance I have at Catcher. Second, Crawford gives me an almost guaranteed win in steals every week. Third Jones is on fire, but given the fact that it's a breakout year, he's not going to get the trade value of a top 25 hitter which he probably deserves, just because everyone is thinking that he's "sell high." Plus I just believe in him.
The rest of my guys are buy-low material and I don't think I would get good value for them at the moment(Teix, Hardy, Hamilton, Chipper, Alexei, Vlad) but I have faith they will pull it together by the end of the year for playoff time.
So I want pitching preferably, and I want to give up just two hitters for a good pitcher. What kind of trade value does any combination of two of Kendrick, Rios and Chris Davis can I get? I've thrown out some trade offers for Hamels, Bedard, Liriano, Webb, Cliff Lee, Sabathia(although after his last couple starts, the buy-low train has left the station) and I'm waiting for the responses. Am I low balling these guys by going for these buy-low pitchers like Hamels, Liriano, Webb? Should I lower my sights a little? Maybe go for people like Harden, Joba, Slowey, Lilly, etc?
I'm just super desperate to unload some hitters and stack myself up a little heavier on pitching, I'm really hating having to constantly guess who's gonna have the big day out of my hitters when I could just trade them for pitching or maybe even a bigger bat.
That brings up my last question. What two or three players would I have to give up out of this lineup to get someone like Jose Reyes? A slumping top 10 hitter?
Víctor Martínez Mark Teixeira Howie Kendrick Chris Davis J.J. Hardy Carl Crawford Álex Ríos Adam Jones Josh Hamilton Chipper Jones Alexei Ramírez Vladimir Guerrero
Justin Verlander Félix Hernández Jon Lester Adam Wainwright Clayton Kershaw Johnny Cueto Ricky Nolasco Matt Cain Jake Peavy John Lackey
As far as Reyes goes, you would have to give up too much, so I doubt it would be worth it. The only way I would go after him is if his owner's team is lacking in one area considerably. I'm assuming you punted saves, or did you just not post your RPs? In H2H, I would consider looking for 2 decent closers, or at least some 'next-in-line' guys. No reason to lose a category without a fight, specially in H2H. As far as Kendrick/Davis/Rios, I would package two of them, preferably Rios and Kendrick (Chipper could give you headaches with his 'headaches/legaches/hipaches/armaches/etc'). From an offensively starved team, you could nab the likes of C. Lee/Shields/Oswalt/Beckett/Kaz. These would be the guys I would go after, at least. In all honesty though, I like your rotation, basically the Peavy/Lackey/Felix/Lester/Cain monster. Wainwright/Nolasco/Verlander/Cueto/Kershaw are great guys to line up the end of your rotation with. I would look to deal Kredrick and Rios straight up for closers. Rios could nab you a solid 2nd tier guy, and Kendrick a solid 2nd-good 3rd tier closer.The balance of your team after deals like this could make your team scary come playoff time.