C- Matt Wieters 1B- Paul Goldschmidt 2B- Ian Kinsler 3B- Brett Lawrie SS- Jimmy Rollins OF- Ryan Braun OF- Jacoby Ellsbury OF- Andrew McCutchen UTL- Vernon Wells UTL- Adam Dunn BN- Jason Kipnis
SP- Cole Hamels SP- Madison Bumgardner SP- Mat Latos SP- Jordan Zimmerman SP- Brandon Beachy SP- Brandon Morrow SP- Corey Leubke SP- Bud Norris SP- Mike Minor RP- Brian Wilson RP- Jason Motte RP- Javy Guerra RP- Tyler Clippard RP- Eric O'Flannery
Absolutely do this deal. CarGo or Upton will positively affect all the hitting stats, while hamels will not help w/ holds/saves. A format like that always takes hitting over pitching. Think of it his way, you're trading hamels straight up for CarGo or Upton and then trading 2 waiver wire fodder types for Wainright and opening up a roster spot. Thats a win all day. As to which one you get between Cargo & Upton, they're pretty even in my book.
I like both, but I'd dissagree that CarGo offers the same power + better average/steals. Upton is only 24 and his best years are ahead...He offers more power potential and is more consistant in his home/road splits which can be a big deal in H2H (CarGo is awesome at Coors, but pretty average away). Also, CarGo is coming off a wrist injury, which is why is numbers were down from 2010.
Looking at the rest of your team, you should be pretty set w/ steals, but might not have the growth in power from McCutchen and a there will probably be some regression in power from Ellsbury. I think Upton is a better bet with the team you have, but if you like CarGo better, there's nothing wrong with that.
My bigger question is, how in the world you ended up w/ Braun, Ellsbury, McCutchen, Kinsler, Lawrie & Hamels in a 10 team league? Do you draft w/ morons? Did you draft before Braun's suspension was lifted? Is this a Keeper League? (if so, Upton is your guy)
I chose Upton and I'm hoping there is still room for more power growth! Any thoughts???
Regarding my league, I got Braun pick #5, Ellsbury #16, Kinsler #25, McCutchen #36, RZimmerman #45 & Lawrie #56. The guys in my league seem to overvalue pitching and I took my first pitcher Madison Bumgardner in the 8th round which helped me get all of the big bats I have. Also I acquired Hamels for Zimmerman straight up.