A fellow owner and I have been discussing a trade involving me trading A-Rod for Miguel Cabrera. One of my main concerns for A-Rod is his age and how much longer he can keep putting up great numbers. We're in a 12 team, 5x5 head to head league (R, RBI, HR, OBP, SS/ERA, WHIP, K, W, SV). My team keepers for next year are A-Rod, Ian Kinsler, Troy Tulowitzki, B.J. Upton, Aramis Ramirez, and Jon Lester. With two third baseman, I figure I can give A-Rod up and fill my first baseman spot with an elite player, rather than using A-Ram in the utility spot and going into the next season with 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, and OF off to a decent start. What do you guys think? Who will have the better season and who is the best player to have in a keeper league?
I wouldn't be concerned with a regression just yet with A-Rod. The thing is, I don't have much confidence in A-Ram, so I'd rather see you move him for a 1B instead. Perhaps you can deal him for a high upside guy like Votto or even Billy Butler and get a little something back.
You have a very valuable commodity with 2 good 3B considering the lack of depth at 3B this year. Hold on to ARod and see if you can get someone to overpay for Ramirez. There seems to be a lot of depth at 1B this year so I wouldn't necessarily look for a 1B in a trade. You could look for a SP or OF also.
Also, I'm not sure if your H2H league is weekly or daily lineups, but Ramirez doesn't seem to be as valuable in weekly lineup leagues. I'm a Cub fan, and regularly watch games, and it seems like even when Ramirez steers clear of the DL, he's taking lots of days off for rest and has has lots of the injuries where he misses games but isn't out long enough to hit the DL, which is killer.
If you are looking long term, go with Mcab, but if you are looking at just this year, go with Arod. It pretty much comes down to whether you think your league will last more then just this year or not.