Hey cafe, I just completed a trade that I think was pretty good.
Here it is: My Chris Young (SP-SD) for his Matt Holliday (OF-COL).
How do you like it? Heres my league settings and new roster with current rankings.
5 x 5 Roto 12 teamer with 8 keepers. 1250 IP Maximum limit. I have 2nd waiver priority and 1 open spot on my roster.
C- J. Willingham
SP- C C Sabathia
BN- E.Jackson (Read Mclung)
BN- S.Mclung (Trying to monopolize the D-ray bullpen closer hopefuls)
Prospect- Chad Billingsley (Rights till End 06')
Prospect- Billy Butler (Rights till End 06')
Prospect- Daisuke Matsuzaka (Rights till end 07')
Prospect- Felix Pie (Rights till end 07')
With these prospect rights, I can hold them in the FA - not my roster - and add or drop them whenever. When their rights expire the only way I can keep them is by having them as one of my 8 MLB keepers.
Current Rankings- Out of 12
Runs- 7.0 (479)
HomeRuns- 6.0 (127)
RBIs- 4.0 (452)
SBs- 12.0 (88)
.AVG- 1.0 (.271)
Wins- 4.0 (43)
Saves- 10.0 (55)
Ks- 8.0 (580)
ERA- 10.0 (3.85)
WHIP- 8.0 (1.26)
Overall- 70.0 points good for 5th place. (2.5 from 3rd, 17.0 from 2nd, and 23.5 from 1st)
As you see, my pitching has been doing well while my offense has been lacking. I needed an OF bat and Matt Holliday is one the premier ones out there. I believe he will contribute nicely in Runs, Homeruns, and Rbis with a big contribution to my slumping Batting Average. He could also pitch in several SBs. To top it all off, Holliday is young and could very well be one of my keepers. I gave up Chris Young and I still believe hell be a great pitcher, but I dont think hes quite there yet. He traditionally performs horribly in the 2nd half and seems to have the advantage of being a new pitcher to the NL. I could be wrong here, but dealing Young off rids me of a question mark and a pitcher with a 2nd half Career ERA of over 5. In return, I got the solid bat of Holliday who finnally seems to be breaking out this year. What do you think of the trade?
I think Im set, but here are two other ideas Im playing with:
1) Trade a closer (Wickman or Jones) for a SP eligible closer. This frees up a RP spot for Shields who can vulture some wins and saves for me while posting monster ERA,WHIP,and K numbers.
2) Pick up B.Giles and see if he can pick it up (Would he be waiver priority worthy?)
Anyway, if you read all this (I like to get in-depth) thanks alot and please rate my new team. I for one think this team of underacvhievers can make a good run in these final 2 and a half months. Thanks and WHIR as always,