Figured it was time for an update with tonight being the trade deadline. There are currently 6 pending trades (3 of them involving me!) with some time left for more deals to go down.
And as we head down the stretch I am now left with no SP. Which feels extremely weird. I drafted Sabathia, Lackey, Bedard, Hill, Escobar, and Penny (can you believe that?) and all of them were shipped off to beef up the offense. Penny was dealt at the start of June for Dan Uggla and Dave Bush. Uggla immediatley went into a slump but was still productive for me outside of batting average. Then 2 weeks ago I shipped out Hill and Helton for Hafner. I tried buying low on other struggling sluggers but nobody bit. A little less than a week ago I sent Sabathia and Uggla for Figgins so I can get my speed fix. Yesterday I dealt Furcal and Bedard for Rollins, an all around stud to help fix my offense. And finally today Escobar was dealt for Willitis and Lackey for Dunn.
So why in the world would I ship out 5 SP in 2 weeks who have all been productive? I dont have that much to gain from them any more. I am projected to go way over the IP maximum, and my offense is just flat out sad. They wouldnt even do me that much good in the pitching categories anymore, I'm taking wins, K's, tied for 1st in ERA, and 2nd in WHIP with me being on right on the guys tail.
I didnt get fantastic value but at this point I just need to suck it up and worry about team need. Some might think it's a panic move but I feel I made the neccessary moves to try and make a run at this thing.