I had offered J.Upton, Britton, C.Perez for Price, Hamels, Rajai Davis, and he returned with the same deal and Chris Carpenter replacing Hamels. I need pitching (top offense, below average pitching). No doubter for me, right?
My team: C: J.P. Arencibia 1B: Kevin Youkilis 2B: Neil Walker 3B: Evan Longoria SS: Jhonny Peralta IF: Lance Berkman OF: Justin Upton OF: Matt Joyce OF: Curtis Granderson OF: Michael Bourn U: David Ortiz BN: Jayson Werth BN: Aaron Hill DL: Grady Sizemore
SP: CC Sabathia SP: Tommy Hanson SP: Mat Latos RP: Chris Perez RP: John Axford P: Josh Beckett P: Mark Melancon P: Ryan Madson P: Zach Britton BN: Eric Bedard DL: Andrew Bailey
How competitive are saves/closers in your league? It seems risky to me to trade perez, with axford being your only other solid closer. Lidge could be back in a few weeks and could possibly replace madson. And who knows what happens with the houston bullpen with melancon.
I would much rather have hamels than carpenter. At this point, carpenter and britton seem like an even deal right now.
Well, I'm not the fastest guy on the waiver wire, but I grabbed Madson and Melancon after they 'won' the jobs.
League is VERY stratified with respect to saves (66, 55, 36, 35, 29, 20, 20, 15, 14, 14, 14 8) (I'm the bolded 36); two guys each have 5 closers, and when Bailey comes back, I do too. Guy I'm dealing with has 20 saves, so I'd be giving him a couple points in saves, but I'm going to lose at most 2 most likely. And given my track record on jumping on replacements, I'm not afraid of losing out if, for example, Uehara wins the job, etc.
Bailey's coming back Friday, and the job is his to lose, and the Astros and Phillies' managers have claimed that Melancon and Madson are current 'the closer's.
I agree that Hamels > Carpenter, especially since I really need Ks. I'll see if I can't finagle an extra player on my end, or Rajai Davis dropped from his end, in order to facilitate the difference.
Yea, maybe losing perez wont be as big of a hit as i first thought. Bailey should be back very soon, and should be top notch assuming he stays healthy. It looks like madson is going to be the permanent closer this year, with the phillies talking about trading lidge. So i would say youre in good shape with axford, madson, and bailey. Not so sure what will happen in the astros bullpen once lyon comes back...but atleast youre riding melancon while he's hot.
Like i said earlier...for me, britton and carpenter are even for me, considering what theyve done so far this season. If carpenter get hots and pitches like years past, and if the orioles put britton on some kind of rookie innings limit....then that would be a different story.
What kind of OF free agents are available in your league? Im not crazy about having bourn and davis on the same team honestly.
I've always liked price, and i think he'll continue to get even better....so that would be a great addition to your team.
Btw, I replied that I'd like to change Carpenter for Hamels if at all possible, and he returned with
J.Upton, Britton, Madson for Price, Hamels, and Austin Jackson.
I think I have to accept this.
Now, Jackson is droppable on my end. Which is ok, as I need to clear a roster spot for Sizemore and Bailey (I'll likely also drop Aaron Hill if I can't find another 3 for 2 or 2 for 1 deal to make). I think this is a deal I have to make, especially since I've had others interested in C.Perez.
I'm not really looking at FA OFs, since I have Werth/Granderson/Joyce/Bourn/Sizemore, and have no roster room to make an add/drop.