We have another week or two to pick keepers, and an owner wants to trade me his Miggy for my T. Hanson + Prince/J.Upton.
Now, I'm not a big fan of the trade, except for the fact that I wasn't planning on keeping any of those three players. Is it a good idea to take this approach of trading away players that I don't even intend to keep? The main reason against this strategy is that I'm basically giving another team a few players at great value. For instance, Prince will cost $34 to keep. If I cut him and he hits the auction floor, I could see him going for $40+, taking more money of the hands of my competition. On the other hand, getting a Stud like Miggy for a bunch of players I intend to cut is tempting too.
We only keep 8, here are the 8 I intend to keep + a few "on the bubble" players. Oh, this is a traditional set up, so if I had Miggy + Pujols, Miggy would start UTIL all year. Pujols $40 Pedroia 24 Tulowitzki 29 N. Cruz 20 J. Heyward 11 Hanson 19 Kershaw 15 Price 11
Bubble: Prince 34 J. Upton 30 D. Young 6 Hamels 17
The above 8 keepers would cost: $169. Leaving me w/ just over $90 (260 budget). If I did the trade, I would only keep 2 SP, Kershaw and Price/Hamels and keep Miggy ($32) in place of Hanson. Bringing the new total to $183 (189 if I go w/ Hamels over Price).
I would stay where you are because you have a pretty good eight. Miggy is a great player, but you would be limiting your roster by having him mainly at UTIL and you would be limiting you draft money to get other players you need. Plus like you stated you can help up the price on some of the players you cut and take away opposition money.
Thanks for the replies guys. So, lets say I toss back Upton, and trade away Prince and Hanson. Here's what my team would look like:
C: 1B: Pujols 2B: Pedroia 3B: SS: Tulo OF: N. Cruz OF: J. Heyward OF: UTIL: Miggy
SP: Kershaw SP: Price
I would have 15 more spots to fill, w/ only $77. In a 10 team league, I should be able to get a decent C + OF for $5 total. For OF, I'm looking at Markakis, C. Lee, Manny, low value/high upside players. 3B I plan to grab a guy that I feel will bounce back, Mark Reynolds, Ianette, etc...
So starting offense aside, I figure I'll have around $60 for 10+ Pitchers, or $6 per pitcher. Thoughts?