I'm in a Yahoo league that is 12 teams, 21 players on the roster and a standard 5x5.
At 2B, I have both Alfonso Soriano and Jeff Kent (how? don't ask me!).
I'm figuring that both are worth a heck of a lot, but having Kent as my Util player isn't worth as much as I might be able to get for him.
Here's the rest of my roster:
C - Hall
1B - Sexson
2B - Soriano
3B - Chavez
SS - Hernandez (Col)
OF - Manny, Juan Gone and Vernon Wells
Util - Kent
Bench - Mo Vaughn and Frank Thomas (I have a claim in for Kearns in place of Vaughn)
SP - Morris, Hudson, Rodrigo Lopez, Prior, Miller, Leiter, Dempster and Beckett (I have a claim for Scott Williamson in place of Dempster)
RP - Looper and Rhodes
(Yes, it's ridiculous to me that I got so lucky with my team.)
How much is Kent worth? I'm thinking I do one of 3 things:
1. Upgrade my SPs for someone like Pedro Martinez by offering something like Kent and Miller for him.
2. Upgrade my RPs. (No thoughts yet on a deal.)
3. Upgrade my OFs. Juan Gone doesn't thrill me. (I got him in the 11th round of the auto-draft.)
Sorry about the length of this, but I wanted to provide all of what I thought was useful information.
Well, it looks like you've got a really solid team (with the exception of closers who aren't that important in 5x5 anyway). In your situation, I would try to find who needs a 2b and see what needs they could fill. If they could fill all of them, I think I'd go for a starter like you mentioned. Kent and Leiter should be able to get you anyone (maybe not RJ) to headline yr staff.
Sorry I'm not more helpful, but it seems like you've got a pretty good handle on the whole thing.
I dont know if im the only one that thinks this but is Soriano gonna have the same year he had like last year? Kent is a sure bet.. i'd be willing to give up Soriano instead.. hes more valueable to others anyway.. Kent is 2nd best to have anyway and maybe you could pull in a couple of players.. maybe a better SS and an OF with Soriano and Jaun Gone.. maybe a Normar,Tejada type SS with a better OF or SP. Thats just what i would do because i think ppl think Soriano is way better than anyone else at his position. When Kent will do more than fine for you.
I would keep Kent and trade Soriano. I like Kent playing in one of the top hitters' parks in Houston, and it is very unlikely that Soriano's value could possibly higher than it is now. I would try to upgrade your outfield by offering up Soriano ... you could probably demand and get a lot!
I see no reason for you to trade Kent or Soriano unless you get blown away with a deal. Kent's numbers in Houston could be as good as any hitter you could get for him and Soriano is good for 30/30, giving you some much needed steals. That's great to have them both. Maybe trade one of them if you get an elite closer, ie Benetez, Wagner, Nenn, Gagne, and someone else of quality. Otherwise, I think you are better off keeping them both.
As for Juan Gonzalez, if he's healthy, he's a top outfielder, especially batting behind A-Rod and Palmeiro in Texas. I'm sure there are good outfielders on the free agent wire too, so I don't think having Juan start should concern you that much.
Your pitching is great, by the way. No need to be trading for an injury-prone Pedro unless the price is pretty fair. You can get a lot of wins and strikeouts with the bunch you got already.