i am in a head to head league (10 teams) where the points are set up so that saves are equal to holds. i have been doing fairly well in both categories with these guys: rivera, urbina, politte, dotel, and rhodes. i recently had to give politte the boot because he stunk and i didnt have enough room on my DL to keep him. if urbina stays as a closer, i should be able to get enough saves to win both categories most weeks. if urbina gets traded and becomes a set up man his value drops and i wont win saves. i have made some preliminary inquiries and julio and sasaki are about the only guys that arent complete garbage that i could acquire without taking too much of a hit.
my outfield was pretty strong but recently it is taking some hits. kearns - shoulder, leg
gonzalez - possible decreased playing time
drew - everything
my other guys are larry walker, byrnes, dmitri young, and jay payton.
the worst case scenario is urbina goes to the yanks and gonzalez loses a bunch of playing time. i can still trade rivera and get a decent bat to replace gonz. but i get nothing out of urbina.
the best case scenario is urbina stays a closer and gonzo gets playing time for the rangers or another AL team.
so i have been contemplating packaging guys like gonzalez and urbina for some big outfield bats while i still can and just forgetting about the saves category altogether. i would basically lose one pitching category a week but i might win more hitting categories and i protect myself from a possible bigger hit should urbina become a yankee, gonz. go to the bench, or drew get yet another injury.