I'm in a deep dynasty league (20 teams, 25 keepers) and have recently put out some feelers to see what kind of offers I could get in a Mauer trade.
I've gotten two offers so far, and just am curious to see what other people think.
Trade 1: Giving: Joe Mauer, Yunel Escobar Receiving: Alexei Ramirez, Ryan Doumit, and Kevin Slowey
Trade 2: Giving: Joe Mauer, Pablo Sandoval, Denard Span Receiving: Brian McCann, Jorge Cantu, Andre Ethier
The first one doesn't feel close; and I try to stay away from imbalanced deals.
The second one feels closer, but I don't know how crazy I am about giving up Sandoval. I could try to cut the Sandoval/Cantu part out, but not sure he'd go for it.
My main motivations for looking to move Mauer now is that I'm just not sure the power will carry over to next year and, consequently, I think he may be at a higher value now than he'll ever be again. I'm also a bit nervous about what kind of impact the new park will have on both his and Span's statistics since the Metrodome had a "hitter's park" reputation and this new stadium is intended to be "neutral."
Even in a deep league like that where the talent is more dispersed (hence getting multiple top notch players is likely more difficult) neither of those packages is appealing to me. Unlike others, I wouldn't necessarily need a "stud," back, and would probably take a different type of package, that said, neither offer is good. If I were you, I'd re-visit the McCann owner, I'd probably take a package of McCann/Ethier and a young upside guy like Nolan Reimold, Andrew McCutchen, Matt LaPorta, Desmond Jennings, Chris Carter, etc. in return. In a league that deep, I'd probably feel better about having quality depth, and two very good players plus a promising player then Mauer.