what Lopez did last season was probually his ceiling, so i wouldnt expect more than that. Casilla is interesting and risky. in 2008 while in AAA he had .219/.350/.250/.600/ but this season while in AAA he had .316/.353/.392/.745/ hes not going to offer help in HR, the 7 he had last year was a fluke. in 417G/1565AB in the minors he only had 7 HR total, while last year with the Twins he had 7 HR in only 98G/385AB. Escobar is also interesting. he hasnt pitched in the majors since 2007, so i wouldnt really expect alot from him in 2009. i highly doubt he gets back to his 2007 type numbers after all the time hes missed. last season in the minors Escobar only had 5 total innings. this season he had 15.2 total innings before pitching for the Angels. i would say hes a huge risk. if you can get someone else other than Escobar it might be worth looking into, but for these players i would have to say not good enough package right now for Lopez, even though Lopez himself isnt that special.
i don't like the trade. a decent 2B - especially in a AL only league - is MUCH harder to find than SPs, who often come out of nowhere. added to that the injury risk that escobar presents and i would hold off unless he offered a better SP
I agree that you don't take this deal. The dropoff in production in a 2B in a league that deep is too steep a price to pay for a questionable-at-best health risk in Escobar. In a perfect world...one where Escobar has pitched the last two seasons...I would take this trade. Just not in the one we live in.