slomo007 wrote:Wow, this thread is full of sarcasm.
You guys are really nitpicking everything I say just because someone might have a differing opinion than you do on Upton. Nowhere have I said he's not a fantastic talent who could be capable of some incredible (30/30) seasons someday (or even better). What I am saying is that if you deal him now in keeper leagues, you can get practically anyone not named Albert or Johan. If you play it right, you could get a top notch prospect along with a major league stud also. That's all I'm saying. He won't be quite as valuable when he's a 30/30 OF player solely. Just keep that in mind.
Do I need to comb through my sentences for the bits and pieces that you'll pull out of context?
I didn't realize that he's definitely moving to the OF. I don't think the Rays know, either. That really hasn't been determined, and it probably depends on what the Rays decide to do in the future with Baldelli and/or Dukes. The only other option that I see for a long term 2B is Iwamura once Longoria makes the majors, but I have to wonder if the Rays will be better off with Baldelli in center and Upton staying at 2B as long as he can handle the position defensively.
It'll be interesting to see what happens if Baldelli comes back this year, because I imagine he'd take over in CF and Upton would shift back 2B.
If you play in leagues with people that know what they're doing, you aren't going to be able to trade Upton for a proven stud, much less a stud and a top prospect.
I play in a very competitive points based dynasty league, and I just recently made a significant trade because I'm the clear-cut team to beat, I lost Utley, and I didn't want to take the chance of him not making it back or struggling in our playoffs.
So, I dealt Chase Utley, Andy Laroche, Josh Johnson, and Matt Harrison for David Wright, BJ Upton, Eric Hurley, Johnny Cueto, and Luke Hochevar. And the rest of the league thought I got an absolute steal. I have Brandon Phillips and Kelly Johnson to fall back on at 2B, and BJ Upton will still qualify there for next year... and maybe longer. You may be able to get solid value for Upton, but no one who knows much is going to give up what you described in a keeper or dynasty league