So I declined the original deal and a counter-offer was made...
Matt Kemp/Mat Latos for James Shields/Jacoby Ellsbury
This one looks more appealing to me. Any insight?
12-Team ROTO Re-Draft League ----
C: Carlos Santana 1B: Albert Pujols 2B: Ben Zobrist 3B: Jed Lowrie SS: Starlin Castro OF: Matt Holliday OF: Hunter Pence OF: Jacoby Ellsbury Util: Jay Bruce Util: Dominic Brown BN: Eric Hosmer BN: Chipper Jones DL: Ryan Zimmerman
SP: Justin Verlander SP: Max Scherzer SP: Daniel Hudson SP: James Shields SP: Michael Pineda SP: Bud Norris SP: Homer Bailey RP: Chris Perez RP: Ryan Madson RP: Sergio Santos RP: Mark Melancon RP: Grant Balfour DL: Brandon Beachy DL: Jonathan Broxton
Last edited by BrettCB on Mon May 30, 2011 8:44 am, edited 5 times in total.
It depends on what you think of the situation in Tampa.... They have ridiculous pitching starts every year now, but something always happens. Personally, I wouldn't do it because I just can't bring myself to really trade offense for pitching, and vice-versa. Even if it's a trade where I'm giving power for speed, I feel like I can do the mental calculations... But pitching for offense is too hard to compute, and as someone who is also in first place, I have an aversion to doing any major changes to my team.
Yeah theres no way I would do this, not how its set up. I think a Kemp for Shields is fair right now, considering they are both top ten players and showing better results than last yr, which was an off yr for both of them. In my leagues, James Shields the the #1 rated pitcher overall, and that alone justifies the trade. I do NOT think Ellsbury is different enough to consider this anyways. It would be nice to have Kemp and Ellsbury, but I wouldnt give up any of your current pitching for them. I could see 3 of your current pitchers(which BTW does not list James Shields) coming down from their currently good numbers. Pineda is great,as is Norris, but theyre both first yr pitchers with an expected decline at times. Bailey is never going to consistently be the player we all thought he would be and my guess is youll drop him at some point this season, probably soon. Keep Shields unless you can do a 1 for 1 and get a top ten player.
Jacoby Ellsbury .290 / 15 HR / 100 R / 70 RBI/ 45 SB Matt Kemp .290 / 30 HR / 92 R / 95 RBI / 30 SB
I might be giving Ellsbury a little more credit with his early power than I should, but hitting at the top of the Boston order is going to give him a lot of R and SB chances. They have the potential to be pretty similar players. Kemp is obviously the better player and I'd rather have him but that isn't the question....
Is the difference between Ellsbury and Kemp worth Shields?
Last edited by BrettCB on Fri May 27, 2011 2:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Like you said, Kemp is certainly a lower-risk player... But that doesn't make it worth giving up Shields... also, it's possible that the Sox order could keep Ellsbury's numbers artificially high all season... Seems like you have more doubts than anything else anyways, so it might be a good opportunity to make a counter-offer and haggle; since you seemingly have nothing to lose at this point.