Joe Nathan is hurt and all of a sudden everyone wants to trade for him. How much do you discount Nathan's trade value in a keeper league with the injury? Does he still come back next season as a top 3 closer? He isn't very young either. Here's the offer I have received:
I receive - Francisco Cordero, Elvis Andrus and a 2nd round pick in the supplemental draft I give up - Alex Rios, Joe Nathan, Trevor Hoffman and Brandon Lyon
14 Teams, 17 Keepers, Rotisserie Scoring, Normal 5x5 Stats, Start LF/CF/RF. Keepers as of now: C Mauer 1B Pujols 2B Roberts 3B Wright SS Y.Escobar LF Abreu CF McCutchen RF Bruce UT M.Cabrera 2B/3B Beckham CF/RF Rios SPs: Halladay, Haren, Beckett, Buchholz, Feliz RP Nathan Cutting: CF R.Davis, SP E.Bedard, RP T.Hoffman, RP B.Lyon
Cordero for Rios, Hoffman and Lyon is basically a done deal so is Nathan worth too much to get the keeper upgrade at SS and a draft pick that is worth something, but is still basically a 19th round pick? Thanks for any help you can give.
If you can unload Nathan, do it. You can find cheap saves from FA all the time, so Nathan really doesn't have much value at all in keeper leagues, especially now with the injury.. I'd do this trade, Andrus should end up being pretty solid. Rios is okay, and who cares about Hoffman and Lyon, b/c it looks like you are dropping them anyway. So basically it's Nathan and Rios for Cordero, Andrus, and the pick? For sure do it.
I don't know if he has announced he is getting Tommy John surgery yet. But I would think that if he is and you can get any value for him I would do it. I mean there are no guarantees with Tommy John surgery that he is going to come back as Joe Nathan. He may come back just as an average closer, in which case why hold onto him for a year + hoping when you can get value.