I need an unbiased opinion here, since I'm an O's fan. I've been offered his Chris Davis for my Robinson Cano. Here's my keepers for this season, it's a 14 team, ESPN roto league. Categories are: Bat: Avg, R, SB, OBP, HR, RBI, SLG. Pitch: ERA, WHIP, SV, K/9, K, W, QS I have the 6th pick in the upcoming draft, after everyone has kept their 9 keepers. I took over this team for this season (this is my first year managing it) and I really like the young pitching staff, but would probably go SP with my first pick (depending on the value after keepers have been selected). This would obviously leave a big hole for me at 2B. What do you think?
Keepers as of now:
2B- Robinson Cano C- Yadier Molina OF- Jacoby Ellsbury 1B- Mark Trumbo (will have OF eligibility, correct?) OF- Josh Hamilton
Is there a limit on how long you can keep a player? If so, I assume Cano is closer to hitting that limit that Davis?
If there is no limit, I would not do the trade. Regardless of how much stock you put in positional scarcity, I think Cano is the better player, AND the safe player - despite moving to Safeco Field. Most importantly, I think you can still find a very solid 1B in the draft, whereas in a league with 9 keepers, any decent 2B will already be kept, so your ability to draft a 2B will be really compromised.
I would keep Cano for sure - at least until you see how the draft plays out. I'm would assume you could still trade Cano for Davis after the draft, if your roster has the right composition. Otherwise, I think Cano + drafted 1B >>> than Davis + drafted 2B.
I agree with the comments from the post above. Unless there is a limit on the number of times you can keep a player and Cano is pushing that, I would keep Cano. Davis is a monster with power numbers, but I think Cano is the much safer bet. If Cano were not a 2B, I think there is a better argument for Davis...but as the poster above stated, with 9 keepers per team, you will be easily be into the middle tier 2Bs...which is a lot lower quality that the middle tier of 1Bs.
I would hold onto Cano. I don't love his move to Seattle. But he's still a top 2 talent at a premium position. Only way I do it is if you really feel his going to fall off the cliff playing in Seattle. I personally feel like Davis had a career year last season. So you already have seen the best he will offer.
First base is ridiculously deep right now so I would hold onto Cano. Cano might take a hit in the power department but he will still be the best second baseman by far. Chris Davis slowed down a lot in the second half and that worries me. He has only been good for one year so I wouldn't trade the best second baseman in the league for a pretty big question mark... even though Cano has some questions of his own. I don't expect Davis to have as great of a year as last years was. Cano is the safer player and I like to play it safe.
I don't know who's available in your league but you can probably draft Jose Abreu, Matt Adams (If he is the starter) Brandon Belt, Billy Butler, Mark Teixeira, or Michael Cuddyer. If it's power you're looking for I'd draft Abreu or Adams.
If 1B is pretty well picked through with people keeping the top options AND you can get Kipnis or Pedroia, I'd side with Davis on this one. Otherwise (and probably more likely), I'd go with Cano for the reasons stated by previous posters.