I'm thinking you don't trade Albert...but....here is the offer, so other opinions would be fantastic.
I give up: Pujols, McCutchen, Brett Anderson
I receive: Votto, Carl Crawford, Ethier
My pitching is still stocked with Greinke, Felix, etc....
I'd have Votto/Butler at 1B (and we have an infield slot as well as a utility slot where I can plug one of them in). My OF would become Crawford, Ethier, Heyward...with Rasmus, Lind as a Utility option.
Does this make my team better or worse?
I'd certainly have a killer OF.....and still have two great players at 1B (who are both young as well).
I too am Pujols owner, and while for ht emost part he in not tradeable, this one makes me think. After a great first week Pujols has been a little pedestrian by his standards, which is why someone is probably trying to "buy low" on him. Ethier is actually the one playing like Pujols, and while his numbers are inflated right now, he is the real deal. I'd rather have Crawford then McCuthen......slightly...but those are pretty even. I probably don't get Brett Anderson as much credit as I should, but I don't think he is a differnce maker, leaving Votto/Ethier for Pujols. I hate to say it, but I'm leanign with doing it if I were you.
Here is my entire roster as currently stands (if this helps in any decision making)
POSITION PLAYERS Mike Napoli LAA C, DH Matt Wieters Bal C, DH
Albert Pujols StL 1B Billy Butler KC 1B, DH
Brandon Phillips Cin 2B Alberto Callaspo KC 2B, 3B
David Wright NYM 3B Adrian Beltre Sea 3B
Stephen Drew Ari SS Erick Aybar LAA SS
Adam Lind Tor OF, DH Jason Kubel Min OF, DH Andrew McCutchen Pit OF Colby Rasmus StL OF Josh Willingham Was OF Jason Heyward Atl OF Fernando Martinez NYM OF (PROSPECT)
PITCHERS Zack Greinke KC SP Brandon Webb Ari SP - DL Felix Hernandez Sea SP Chad Billingsley LAD SP Brett Anderson Oak SP - DL Scott Baker Min SP Ted Lilly Cubs SP Aaron Harang Cin SP Jon Garland SD SP Scott Olsen Was SP
Joakim Soria KC RP Mariano Rivera NYY RP Jeremy Affeldt SF RP
Got two pitchers on the DL as you can see....
Anyway...any other thoughts would appreciated - thanks again.
Maybe I think differently here, but this one is not even close to me.
First, like somebody mentioned, Pujols is actually playing below his standard. I am pretty sure he has not hit a hr in his last 13 or so games. If his line looked like .345/13hrs/35rbi you would not even be thinking twice about this deal. So yes, whoever is trying to get you to do this deal is trying to buy low on him because this is about as low as he will get. Meanwhile he is selling you Ethier at as high value as you get. Don't get me wrong, I love both Ethier and Votto and I'm not saying they aren't great players, but neither is on the level of Pujols.
If you were going to trade pujols you HAVE to get a top 5 player in return. You will lose too much value by giving up the best player in the game otherwise.
With that said, I give credit to whoever offered you that deal because McCutchen is also a VERY nice young player, and he will be close to Crawford in value all year. If you break it up, I would never take Votto/Ethier for Pujols and Crawford/McCutchen side I would actually rather have McCutchen in a keeper league.
Just wait for Pujols next hot streak and then just smile when you realize he is still on your team.
I wouldn't do it. Pujols is worth more. Anderson is a legit stud in the making. Votto is overrated a bit imo. Crawford is nice, but his wheels will slow down soon in a keeper. Ethier is a power guy, but has struggled versus LHP before.
It's not close imo.
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