OK,, I'd really like some advice on acquiring Young. I am in a keeper league. We have minor league systems, each team has six minor leaguers. We are allowed five mLB keepers. Our farm system is carried over year to year. In order to make the farm system more important, when one of your players from the farm exhausts his rookie status (130 ABs, 50 IP), you get him for free the following year. Hitters you get for one free year, pitchers you get for two. For example, I have Justin Verlander and Josh Barfield. on my team and they were promoted from my farm squad to begin the season. Both have exhausted their rookie status. So I will have Verlander for free in 2007 and 2008 and Barfield for free in 2007 without using a ML keeper.
My five current keepers are Derek Jeter, Grady Sizemore, Carlos Lee, Victor Martinez, and Jeremy Bonderman. I have Verlander, Matt Cain, Anthony Reyes, Josh Barfield, and Lastings Milledge (needs 64 ABs to break his rookie status; if he doesn't, I'd need to send him to my farm squad or he'd be cut).
My current farm squad is: Billy Butler, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Andy LaRoche, Yovani Gallardo, and Jose Tabata. Quite frankly, my system is STACKED and is the best in the league. But I am facing a problem: If Milledge does not reach 150 ABs, I'd need to send him back down, which would require me to drop a player, something I don't want to do (who would I drop?). If he hits 150 ABs, it'll probably be by only a few at-bats (unless he's traded to Philly where he would start and surpass the minimum), and that means I'll only have him for free in 2007 and then I'd have to waste a keeper on him. I don't think he'll put up a keeper-type season in 2007.
Anyways, I've been offered Delmon Young for Anthony Reyes/Matt Cain, Troy Tulowitzki, and Lastings Milledge. It's a trade of depth for an elite prospect. I have a SS keeper in Jeter so I can move Tulo, I have four SPs entering next season (Bonderman, Verlander, Reyes, Cain), and then I have Milledge, who I may have no room for. This would leave me with a farm system of:
And that looks nasty. That would give me plenty of talent for '07 and '08 and plenty of talent for beyond that. What does everyone think?
(I apologize for the ridiculous length of the post but I wanted to make sure I was thorough and didn't leave anything out.)