Overall your team is pretty good. I think you are a little thin in the OF, but some of that has to do with the fact that Hamilton has been so bad. I'm not in love with your util guys, but if your league is real deep they may be the best you can do. As a rule, I like power over speed so moving some of your better SB guys for a power bat (in the OF?) could help. Your SP is thin, but in a 12 team league its probably easy to stream multiple guys per week and end up with pretty good numbers. I'd even move a guy like Ryu and see if you can add some offensive help at a util spot.
Trade 2 (Stupid trade, needed holds and first time in a 6x6)
Give Griffin (Oak) for Thornton (Sox)
Give Ogando, Pagan, Asdrubal for Ryu, Scutaro, McLouth
Give Felix, Mauer, & McLouth for Votto and Lester
Trade 5 (this hurt but I was in 11 out of 12 at the time)
Give Trout & Alcides and Kubel (both who I would drop) for Pence, Phillips, & Wheeler
Give Weaver and Infante for Choo and De La Rosa
Give Mark Reynolds get V Mart ( buy low attempt with a sell high candidate)
Lester, Panda, Leonys Martin for Hamilton and Trumbo (Hamilton is my best buy low because I think he comes around second half)
Give Beltran and Veras for Giancarlo Stanton (third buy low)
My feeling is that if Hamilton and Giancarlo start playing like they were drafted to play, I could have a shot. I am currently in 8th and am down 8-2 this week. Things are real bleak and I may punt saves next and trade Chapman, but that is when I hit rock bottom.
1: not a fan of De Aza so I probably wouldn't have made the first deal; Laroche is usually a nice bet for around 30 homers
2: can't blame you for making that deal, it just hasn't worked out for you at this point. Nothin you can do about it.
3: this one worked out for you in a big way given all the injuries the players sustained (presumably after you traded them) and the emergence of McLouth and Ryu
4: I think this is where things really started going south. I assume this is prior to Lester's slow-down, and if you had looked at his numbers you would've seen that, despite his strikeout numbers, he was getting even fewer swinging strikes than last year and was putting a lot of runners on. I was lucky enough to get out from under him. And while I'm a fan of getting hitting over pitching, I don't think the upgrade from Mauer to Votto is worth Felix, given that Votto isn't a true 30-35 homer guy, nor is he getting great RBI production. I see where you were going here, but a little more research into Lester could have helped you out.
5: it hurts to trade trout for that little, but I understand why you had to do it. It was good that you only had to give up guys that you would've otherwise dropped as well.
6: this one I'm really not a fan of. I THINK this might've taken place while or immediately after Weaver was injured, so I can understand it from that perspective, but Choo's early season power was spurred by him barely getting the ball over the fence. Runs are a finicky stat that I don't really like chasing, which is his main asset. In addition, starters in Colorado scare me. They just do.
7: big fan of this deal. Big.
8: I'm okay with this deal as well. I can't buy low on Hamilton because the guy won't take anything below his original value for him (neither would I, so I understand). Trumbo is a good piece as well. For your sake, I hope the Angels pick it up.
9: Fan of this trade as well. Good job.
If I'm you, from this point, id try to package a pitcher and one of your OF to try to get a better pitcher, because I don't think your current staff will get it done.
I'm updating my second trade on my thread if you could head back and check it out for me