You actually have a very good team. One of the better auto-draft teams I've seen. But I think you are way overthinking things and you may be at risk or ruining this team.
First of all, drop sheets. Big Unit and Jurjens are both fine replacements.
Obviously you are somebody that love to have Ace pitchers, because your pitching staff is just fine. What you lack at the top of the rotation you more than make up for in depth. Hernandez and Gallardo are both legit #2 fantasy starters. Liriano and Joba are both #3 starting pitchers. And Price, Baker and Chris Young are all legit #4 fantasy pitchers...plus Price and Baker have big upside. Add Johnson or Jurjens to that and your pitching is just fine!
You're also the first person I've seen complain about Dounit. I have him ranked as the #6 catcher overall and at the top of the 2nd tier. You are better off at catcher than at least half of your league. And, by the way, offering Doumit for V. Martinez is an insulting offer that will only make it more difficult for you to make a legit trade with that manager later.
And now my most important point: DO NOT PUNT SAVES!!!!!! Saves represent 10% of the available points. Besides, you have Valverde, a top 10 closer and solid bull pen anchor. You also have plenty of talent in your starting pitching staff and on your bench to get another closer now, and you can always find extra saves during the season. Just don't overpay for elite closers. Instead target the lower tiered guys that have secure jobs and you'll be fine. If you can get 2 closers now without gutting your roster, great. But that isn't needed. As long as you have 2 starters on opening day you will be fine. It takes effort to find the avaialble closers before your competitors do during the season (pay close attention to the close hot-sheets), but it can be done. Besides, once A-Rod is healthy again, you will have Chipper as trade-bait for another closer...if you still need one. The guys I would consider trading for a closer are: Scott Baker, Chris Young, Nelson Cruz, Cantu, Kendrik and/or Encarnacion. I think with that group you could certainly convince somebody to part with somebody like a Qualls, Brian Wilson, Hanranhan or Lindstrom, which is all you need (at least for now).
"Man Crushes" and the "Home Town Favorite" have ruined more fantasy teams than torn rotator cuff's. Managers either overpay for these guys in the draft, or they make terrible trades to get them. Now, if you can get Kemp for Granderson, that's fine (I doubt it, though). But you have plenty of talented players on this team already. So don't get so fixated on trading for specific players that you make bad decisions. And punting saves so you can trade Valverde and Chipper away in a package deal would be a terrible trade. I've already explained my feelings on punting saves. But A-Rod is hurt....there's no way you can trade Chipper before A-Rod is back to 100%. Chipper becomes trade bait only AFTER A-Rod is of the DL and hitting well again.
You have a lot of talent on this team. If you insist on making trades for 1 or 2 specific players you are much more likely to hurt your team than to help it. Good trades are based on need and finding value....they are never based on names.
Nelson Cruz, Justin Upton and Adam Jones are all roughly equal in value. Being young prospects, Upton and Jones have a lot of upside, but also a lot of risk. Cruz is older and has a track record, so is a much safer (or at least predictable) pick, but not nearly as much upside as the others. You really cant go wrong taking whichever one you prefer. Personally, I like Upton the most, with Cruz a very close 2nd.
You ended up with a very promising team. Don't overthink it and ruin a good thing. If you take a close look you should see that you have plenty of talent and the team only needs some minor tweeks,,,not a major overhaul.
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