I'm playing in a 12 team H2H points league with no keepers and a set salary cap. While I'm feeling pretty good about my team as is, I still believe that I would stand to gain something from dealing some of my depth for an upgrade elsewhere. Before asking my question, I'll post my current roster:
C- Russell Martin ($13/108 points) 1B- Miguel Cabrera ($39/157) 2B- Brian Roberts ($25/93) 3B- Aramis Ramirez ($24/79) SS- Jose Reyes ($25/155) OF- Andrew McCutchen ($28/126) OF- Jacoby Ellsbury ($27/131) OF- Carlos Beltran ($17/121) U- Eric Hosmer ($0/37) B- Chipper Jones ($13/111) B- Jed Lowrie ($14/81) B- Brandon Belt ($0/24) DL- Joe Mauer ($27/12)
P- Zack Greinke ($22/37.50) P- Yovani Gallardo ($17/94) P- Michael Pineda ($10/113) P- Gio Gonzalez ($12/103.50) P- Zach Britton ($0/101.50) P- Brandon Morrow ($17/49.50) P- Jeremy Hellickson ($16/87.50) B- Wandy Rodriguez ($18/85) B- Ted Lilly ($20/63) B- Derrek Holland ($9/74.50) B- Vance Worley ($3/44) B- Alex White ($0/24.50) DL- Johan Santana ($12/0)
The scoring seems to be a bit more hitter-friendly; while pitchers like Roy Halladay are right near the top of the scoring list, the drop-off after that is a lot more significant than what you'd see for the top hitters.
Now, I was really looking around for an offensive upgrade, and I just received an offer that is pretty interesting:
Michael Pineda ($10/113) and Carlos Beltran ($17/121) for Carl Crawford ($34/60)
This was exactly the type of deal I was looking for insomuch that it is a (Position I want to upgrade) + (A player from a position of depth) for (Definite upgrade at position). I get an excellent upgrade at what is essentially my 3rd OF slot as well as a free roster spot. At the same time, I'd still have a handful of solid starters (correct me if Im wrong in assessing the rest of my rotation as such). In this league's scoring system, Crawford was projected as the 8th most productive hitter, and he was drafted 10th overall. Still, I can't help but feel like I'm giving up too many successful parts for one guy who hasn't made any sort of impact yet. Is this a good deal, or should I try replacing Pineda with another one of my starters (like Hellickson)?
I think I would do this. Crawford will turn things around. Once he adjusts to Fenway he will get it together and turn things around. Pineda will eventually go on an innings limit or skip a start here and there.
I would do that deal. Beltran isn't the guy he is looking like right now. IMO. He has no speed left and should only hit 23-25 HR max from here on out. Crawford would be a pretty pig upgrade IMO. Pineda has been nice, but you are dealing from a position of strength. DO it.
Is my staff really deep enough to withstand losing a pitcher like Pineda? Despite the relative successes of many of them, none are ranked nearly as well in current listings. Should I try a different pitcher, like Hellickson, first?
I don't know if I would be comfortable with this trade. Pineda has had one bad start and while they are monitoring his IP, he will continue to pitch well. I just think you're giving up too much for a guy who's playing in a much smaller ballpark than what he's used to. I doubt that Crawford will have a season in Fenway that compares to his previous ones.
Anyone saying not to take this deal is nonsense..... This is classic deal you want. JUMP ON IT. Even if you have regrets.... I dont think you will. Crawford has the past track record.... Great lineup... Crawford has plenty of trade value. There is no excuse not to take this.