I'm trying to upgrade at SS in a 20-team dynasty league, a tough proposition. There's virtually no SS I'd want to start on the FA list, and I've been running out JJ Hardy all year, and sometimes Clint Barmes while Hardy's hurt. Given the size of the league, I've got a pretty good group of young pitchers, and I'm trying to move one or more of them for Castro. Right now, though, it seems I'd have to go as high as Hellickson, and that would be painful.
Anyway, here's the roster. 20 teams, H2H, 6x6, with OPS and holds as the extra categories.
C- Matt Wieters 1B - Mark Reynolds 2B - Clint Barmes SS - JJ Hardy 3B - Chase Headley OF - Ichiro Suzuki OF - Justin Upton OF - Jay Bruce UTL - Franklin Guitierez BN - Jesus Montero DL - Ian Kinsler
SP - Yovani Gallardo SP - Clay Buccholz SP - Colby Lewis SP - Hiroki Kuroda SP - Rick Porcello SP - Jeremy Hellickson SP - Jordan Zimmermann SP - Jenry Mejia RP - Carlos Marmol RP - Sergio Santos RP - Huston Street RP - Nick Masset RP - Chris Perez RP - Kevin Jepsen DL - Aaron Harang DL - Joe Nathan DL - Jake Peavy
What would be a fair package for Castro? Kuroda and Lewis aren't going to get it done, as they're only solid, but Hellickson or one of my other young aces is too much, I think. Marmol is filthy, and the guy who has Castro needs RP, so what + Marmol might get this done?
Well, I tried Mejia/Marmol, and that was a no-go. He countered with Buccholz/Marmol, which again seems a little high. I could counter with Buccholz/Street, but that still seems like a LOT to give up for an unproven talent. What about something like Peavy/Street? It's a dynasty league, and he's playing for next year anyway.
You are right that Hellickson or Buccholz is too much to give up for Castro. There is no guarantee that he will continue this way next year (look at Beckham last year to this year.) If you can get it done for Peavy and Street I would do it, otherwise stand pat and know that at some point a SS will come around to you.
Peavy/Street was a no-go, and he came out and said he'd accept any combination of Buchholz/Hellickson/Lewis/Marmol (with the exception of Marmol/Lewis). I think it's too much. I'd REALLY like to upgrade SS, because JJ Hardy is a big pile of suck, but Castro is unproven.... can't let his recent success cloud my judgment. Right?
This is tough. I agree with you that the other guy is asking for too much for Castro. I probably would stay put or try talking to another manager. You do have a lot of very good young pitching, so you never know you might be able to land someone else. Are there any other guys you are looking at?
Well, the trade deadline is tomorrow, so there isn't really time to look at anyone else. I was trying to get Reyes for awhile, but it those talks stalled at Gallardo/Bruce, which I wasn't going for. This problem is that in a 20-team dynasty league, you just can't get a good SS off the wavier wire. There aren't 20 players with SS eligibility that I'd want starting.
Anyway I've almost talked myself into Buccholz/Lewis. It really is a lot, but I think my pitching can absorb the loss.
I would do Lewis/Marmol before doing Buccholz/Lewis. I think saves are probably the easiest category to get off the waiver wire if you pay attention (and steals/holds). There does seem to be an influx of good pitching coming into the league but I still think it's easier to find a closer than a starting pitcher.
With that said: Marmol is the best closer in fantasy mlb this year and colby lewis is a high K pitcher. Both those guys for starlin castro may seem like a lot but I'd do it. Your starting pitching depth can handle it. And w/Nathan coming back next year you won't be totally screwed in saves.
If you can get some 2nd or 3rd tier closer in return with Castro taht'd be ideal...maybe an Aardsma or something. thanks for the help with mine.