ive been offered Jason Heyward for Aroldis Chapman, Desmond Jennings, and Will Middlebrooks.
Im in a 10 team head to head league
My team Is:
C- Mike Napoli 1b- Eric Hosmer 2b-Howie Kendrick 3b-Miguel Cabrera SS-Starlin Castro CI- Will Middlebrooks MI- Andrelton Simmons OF- Justin Upton OF- Jose Bautista OF- Shin Soo Choo OF- Alex Gordon OF-Desmond Jennings Util- David Freese BN- Brett Gardner BN-Wil Myers BN- Alex Avila BN- Jedd Gyorko
SP- Adam Wainwright SP- Zack Greinke SP- Yu Darvish RP- Mariano Rivera RP-Brandon League RP- Addison Reed P- Aroldis Chapman P- Matt Moore P- Jon Lester P- CJ Wilson BN- Jeremy Hellickson
I have Brett Gardner on my bench so i could replace jennings with Gardner I have Freese at UTIL so i could replace Middlebrooks at CI with Freese and put Heyward at UTIL
Middlebrooks coming back from injury worries me, so does the sophomore slump, and as dominant as Chapman may be, he will be on an innings limit and may not even get to help me in the playoffs... Plus i already have Greinke, Wainwright, Darvish, Matt Moore, Hellickson, Cj Wilson, and Jon Lester as my other starters.
Being that your outfield is already stacked, I would not do this. Chapman will have a ton of strikeouts this year if he does not get shut down. You already have enough power and Jennings will steal more bases than Heyward. I'd stay put.
I wouldn't do it personally. I think it's up to personal preference though. You can certainly afford to lose Chapman with your great pitching staff. I think Middlebrooks is going to have a better year than people are giving him credit for though and I'd keep Jennings around too, although you have a solid enough OF already and getting Heyward only helps strengthen it further. I just don't like the trade myself, don't have too great a reason other than I just think Middlebrooks and Jennings could have decent years and keeping Chapman around is something I'd want to do. But I wouldn't think you were an idiot if you took it
If you want to do it (and it does sound like you want to...with a couple of valid reasons), I'd make him swap his best closer (assuming he has a good one)for B. League. Chapman may end up closing again before too long, and League may be at risk with Jansen in the background (League lost the closer job in Seattle last season and I think he temporary lost it the season before). Just throw something like this in the counter : " If you can downgrade your closer to League, we have a deal." I'd also ask for the other player he'd drop, just to see.
You could make the deal as-is, but I think you might leaving value on the table. At the same time, you don't want to waste playable value on your bench when you can merge a couple of players into an elite one.
Another option: find whoever has Broxton and dangle Chapman as both a solid SP and Broxton's replacement and then throw in either Middlebrooks or Jennings and try to reach for someone like Heyward. The point is, I think there are still some options to explore before you sign off on that first offer. Try to work the first guy for more while shopping the pieces he wants with other owners to see if you can better (and for fewer players).