Well yeah dude, I mean, look at that offense... the guy I'm trading with, for example, was last year's champion and he has albert pujols, hanley ramirez, joe mauer, pablo sandoval, jacoby ellsbury, and then roy halladay. actually, jhoulys chacin is his #2 pitcher, why is why i'm able to gety him to trade off belt (who he shot his entire $1000 waiver budget on) and mike minor and stuff, cuz adding cliff lee to his halladay would really help his team going forward.
my offense has some up-n-comers like billy butler and neil walker... but i'm sitting on reid brignac, espinosa, and others who aren't quite there but might not get there... i really need a masher and i'm not convinced that belt is that masher, but he seems to be a .280/20/80/20 type which is a nice compliment to another .280/20/80 type guy in billy butler... in this league having depth adds up cuz you've got 3 IF positions to fill and 5 util slots....
i'm thinking that best case scanrio is jhoulys chacin is already a ~10-15 win sub-3.50 ERA high K rate pitcher who i can plug in right now and not be miles away from cliff lee territory... mike minor has the pedigree to be a future stud. and then i've got another solid bat going forward in brandon belt who can also give me some production right now, and more likely some !! production in the future... the only thing that could mess him up is if buster posey becomes more of a fulltime 1B in teh future he's the golden child, and then you wonder if belt can play the of... brandon belt, combining his A+/AA/AAA stats last year, managed .352/23/112 with 22SB across 136 games and 492 at bats. he's quickly risen from 11th round draft pick to opening day starting 1B, so that's the kind of kid you'd like to have going forward.
i remiss... i mean, if y'all look at my squad i don't think i can compete with a team that's competent with pitching and has an offense that features bonafide studs and mashers... as i said, i'm up 25-2 this week with some quick starts (i.e. neil walker has a HR and 7 RBI already) but as time wears on i don't think i have the offense to contend for a title this year. hell, if i play my cards right i think my pitching is deep enought that if jhoulys chacin can pitch even better than he did last year i'm going to be able to not lose a giant amount from cliff lee, all while adding in brandon belt and mike minor for the long term... then no matter what happens this year, next year i'm looking at a rotation of jered weaver, jhoulys chacin, jeremy hellickson, madison bumgarner, stephen strasburg, and mike minor. i think i could work with that going forward.. hell, i'm going to have to petition for 20 keepers. if i had only 15 keepers, if/when i keep all of them and craig kimbrel and chapman and mike dunn i'm only going to have room for ~5 offensive players =D
but yeah back to answering questions in other threads. sorry i'm babbling but this is a move that will affect my team for years to come so i'm going to err in favor of being thorough.