My team: C: Mike Napoli 1B: Paul Konerko 2B: Brett Lawrie 3B: Evan Longoria SS: Jose Reyes OF: Drew Stubbs OF: Ichiro Suzuki OF: Jason Bourgeois Util: Cameron Maybin Util: Logan Morrison BN: Brandon Phillips (benched because of injury today) BN: Corey Hart (ditto Phillips)
SP: Felix Hernandez SP: Matt Cain RP: Ryan Madson RP: Mark Melancon P: Jason Isringhausen P: Chris Perez P: Vance Worley P: Kevin Correia (only spot-starting him) BN: Brandon Morrow BN: Anibal Sanchez BN: Jeremy Hellickson DL: Jair Jurrjens Standard H2H 12-team mixed league
Today, I was offered his David Price and Freddie Freeman for my Felix Hernandez. In batting categories, from worst to best, I'm tied for 9th in RBI, tied for 8th in HR, 6th in R, 5th in AVG, and 2nd in SB. So I need RBI/HR/R the most in that order. In pitching categories, from worst to best, I'm 11th in ERA, 9th in WHIP, 5th in Saves, and 3rd in both Wins and K's. As far as I can tell, Felix's and Price's schedules are of similar difficulty, with Price's being slightly harder because he's in the AL East. Furthermore, Felix usually pitches deeper into games and consequently gets more K's per start on average. I also think Felix will have a better ERA/WHIP for the rest of the season. So Felix seems to be slightly better than Price, but I could use Freeman's power. I consider both Correia and Bourgeois to be very expendable, and I would slot Freddie into a Utility spot, so I would have no trouble with playing him. Another consideration is I could essentially give up the ERA category weekly (and possibly even the WHIP cat) and stream pitchers for the rest of the season. And Price could get more wins because he has a better batting team behind him, though it seems that Felix will K more. But it worries me that Price has been somewhat significantly worse lately, so I wonder if he'll continue to pitch badly. Should I make the trade? Thank you and WHIR.
With so many innings from last year's playoff run, as well as the yanks, sox, and improved jays lineups looming in September, I'd steer clear of price. He has been shaky of late and Felix actually seems to be turning it on now. I'd shop just for Freeman. Maybe leverage one of your speedsters and backend starters for Freeman and hang onto king Felix when the games against Oakland and Anaheim are plentiful.
I also think you should stay away from Price. Though everyone knows his talent and how he can be a dominant pitcher, I still think Felix is better and always seems to go deep into games. From the looks of it your pitching stats are pretty solid but i agree that you need some power numbers and Freeman could help with that. You have a lot of speed and could trade one of your base burners for a player who can give you both HRs and RBIs, getting a boost in 2 categories in exchange for losing a little in one. I personally also have a tough time giving up my aces in any situation so thats another reason I wouldnt give up felix but that may just be me.
sigriffey wrote:With so many innings from last year's playoff run, as well as the yanks, sox, and improved jays lineups looming in September, I'd steer clear of price. He has been shaky of late and Felix actually seems to be turning it on now. I'd shop just for Freeman. Maybe leverage one of your speedsters and backend starters for Freeman and hang onto king Felix when the games against Oakland and Anaheim are plentiful.
The innings is a good point I hadn't considered, but the interesting thing about their schedules is that Felix's is only SLIGHTLY easier than Price's. Felix faces a team worse than average twice for the rest of the season (I believe the A's and the Angels once a piece), but Price faces the Mariners once anyway, as the only team worse than average he will face again. But Price HAS been super shaky of late. And I didn't really consider counter-trading yet, so that's a good idea too.
EDIT: Hosmer is also available on the FA list, and he essentially does the same things Freeman does, so reject this trade and just take Hosmer?
With Hosmer available I'd say no to the trade. Both Freeman's and Hosmer's rates of production have been very similar, I'm not exactly sure who I'd take over the other. I'd say the difference between Hosmer and Freeman in the long run is marginal, but the difference between Felix and Price is much bigger.
Felix and Hosmer > Price and Freeman, so no.
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