I currently have graves, f. cordero, smoltz (I just traded way Isiringhausen to the team with 45 saves -- he also has rivera, urbina, herges -- so he could knock down the teams ahead of him who are nipping at my heels.
Can I safely trade another closer and keep the lead? and more specifically, can I trade a closer to the team who has 36 saves? that would give him probably graves or cordero, wagner, dotel and julio. Can I be caught if I keep two closers? there are still the lesser ones on the wire like baez etc that I could get in a pinch I think.
I ask because my IP is getting up there, and want to trade a closer for a sheilds or otsuka or someone. I have lidge too. I figure it is pointless to keep building on a huge lead, time to focus elsewhere.
I figure 25 saves is like having another closer for the back half so keeping two, plus the lead would be like having three closers. is this an accurate assumption? or am I setting myself up for a mistake?
Are you in a league where you have to play all your players? If i were in your position i would still sit on 3 closers since more than half of the season is left and you never know about injuries especially with a guy like smoltz
I currently have graves, f. cordero, smoltz (I just traded way Isiringhausen to the team with 45 saves -- he also has rivera, urbina, herges
let's do some math.
40% of the season is gone. assuming the other people behind you don't get their paws on more closers, you are going to end up with the following numbers of saves (assuming constant production):
___. 137, 132,117, ___, ___, 75,35, 32, 20
the three blanks are you and the two guys you will have traded away your closers to. if you trade away 33 saves... (19 from cordero and 14 from izzy and they continue on the same pace, as does graves (unlinely...)) then the 45 save guy will end up with
133 saves and the 36 save guy would end up with 118 saves... you, however, would end up with 157 if you trade away izzy and cordero and pick up baez.
i.e. the blanks get filled in with 157, 133 and 118, respectively. (assuming constant production and no changes... ) however, if any of the teams behind you trade for a closer or wisen up and pick up baez, (or any of the other closers that are avaialable) you might be in trouble.
hope that helps.
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Twenty saves isn't a huge lead; an injury to one of your guys, and things start to look tight again. I'd grab Baez now, and then follow Cornbread's advice and look for a trade (although I wouldn't be looking for MR in return).