First place by 13 points...11-team, 5x5 keeper league, 40-man rosters (start 25), no one from first 3 rounds can be kept, only 4 new keepers each year and only one can be kept from each group of rounds (4-6, 7-12, 13-20, 21-34)...different contract lengths for each group of rounds (1 additional year for rounds 4-6, 2 additional years for 7-12, and 3 additional years for 13-20 and 21-34).
His Tex cannot be kept beyond this year. My Smoak can be kept for 3 more years for the cost of my 26th round pick each year. My Jansen can be kept for 3 more years for the cost of my 20th round pick each year.
I was ready to make this deal a week or so ago, but that was before another week of Smoak mashing and before I traded Chapman (can be kept in 31st for 3 years) for Justin Upton (cannot be kept). My offense was pretty good (38ish points...50ish pitching points) before adding Votto, R.Zimmerman, and Upton in the last week (for Price, Sale, and Chapman respectively). I do still have 6 other closers, though Jansen is far and away the best one (Jansen, Francisco, Reed, Aceves, Santos, and whoever becomes the Seattle closer...I own the rights to all Seattle pitchers not drafted).
Only the second year in a keeper league, I'm still trying to gauge the values of keepers versus non-keepers. I guess my questions are these:
1. Are 3 years of Jansen+Smoak too much to pay for 4 months of Tex if I have a real chance to win this year? 2. If it's a fair to good deal, is it still a good idea to trade 2 of my best remaining keeper options for another big bat having just acquired Upton for my best keeper option (and Votto for an ace I couldn't keep and Zimmerman for a young stud SP I could have kept)? (In other words, is Tex THAT much better than Smoak at the end of the year that this deal is worth doing?)
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I think it's a good deal. Smoak is hot now but could go weeks hitting .200 and I wouldn't be surprised. Jansen is an elite closer and good keeper, but you have to try to win now, worry about keepers later, and Tex should help you do that.