AL Only, 5x5, 10-team league that is a 3-year keeper league and begins each year with an auction.
Hitting is standard (BA/HR/R/RBI/SB), Pitching is unique (W, K, S, Holds, WHIP)
I am in 6th place and need so make some moves to acquire pitching help (W's/K's/WHIP). I was offered Shields for Cruz, but am having a hard time evaluating this trade. Won't say more than that so as to get (hopefully) unbiased opinions. Although it is a back-burner issue (I want to make a run this year), Shields would be an attractive keeper for next year only. Should I make this trade?
We start 15 hitters and 9 pitchers. Roster is below...thanks in advance for any thoughts on this trade or anything else you think I should do.
C Flowers, Tyler(1B,C) CHW C Quintero, Humberto(C) KC 1B Teixeira, Mark(1B) NYY 2B Kinsler, Ian(2B) TEX 3B Moustakas, Mike(3B) KC SS Hardy, J.J.(SS) BAL MI Jeter, Derek(SS) NYY CI Pena, Carlos(1B) TB OF Cruz, Nelson(OF) TEX OF Hamilton, Josh(OF) TEX OF Kelly, Don(1B,2B,3B,OF) DET OF McDonald, Darnell(OF) BOS OF Viciedo, Dayan(OF) CHW DH Martin, Leonys(OF) TEX U Revere, Ben(OF) MIN
(Only bench/reserve worth mentioning is Carl Crawford)
P Burton, Jared(P) MIN P Cordero, Francisco(P) TOR P Downs, Scott(P) LAA P Fister, Doug(P) DET P Haren, Dan(P) LAA P Hernandez, Felix(P) SEA P Hughes, Phil(P) NYY P Peralta, Joel(P) TB P Santiago, Hector(P) CHW
I've gotta say, I looked at the standings for a while and it hurt my eyes and I couldn't make heads or tails of it, so this opinon is just based on names involved. I am also out of my element in talking about an AL only league, so take it with a grain of salt.
The categories make me think that hitters are worth a lot more than pitchers because SP affects only 3 categories rather than the standard 4 (ERA). But, your OF seems pretty strong compared to your pitching. Is Cruz a keeper too? My gut says stand pat, but you understand your league better than me, so you may want to go for it.
First, thanks for the help/reply. Sorry about the standings. Thought they might help, but obviously just a nightmare to decifer.
Basically, here's where I am (1-10) in each of the categories:
BA 4th HR 2nd R 4th RBI 4th SB 8th
HD 1st K 9th S 9th W 9th WHIP 8th
Ultimately I have the most to gain in the pitching categories. I guess it seems like if I add starters they'll help me catch up in Ks, Ws, and maybe a little help in whip. I added Haren last week, and it seems like I could have a shot at Price through a different owner. Maybe getting Beckett back by August combined with a couple trades will put me in the mix at the end of the season.
Again, thanks for the reply.
edit: Cruz could be kept for two more years, but he is more of a high-salary guy, so probably not.