10 man league.
R, HR, TB, RBI, SB, OBP, K, QS, ERA, WHIP, SVHD
Keeper (Up to 3 at +5 to auction price or $10 if off wire)
I lead league in R, HR & TB. 4th in RBI. 3rd in SB & OBP. 4th in K & QS. 6th in ERA. 5th in Whip. 8th in SVHD.
Someone was looking to get power and give up speed. Obviously, I could afford to give up some TB & HR. Though, I'd rather not give up RBI. Obviously, my biggest need is SVHD and if it comes with a perk to the rest of my pitching, so much the better. ERA and WHIP might have been because I had Masterson up until recently, So I'm expecting a rebound there with the recent upgrade from Masterson to Billingsley. My original goal was a 2 for 1 trade with the intent of freeing up a roster spot for Dempster and maybe an additional arm off the wire.
BE: De Aza
With Dempster coming off the DL soon, I'm eyes De Aza or Pagan as drops to make room for the extra arm. There's no denying, I've got OF to burn at the moment which is why if I could trade 2 OFs for 1, it would lower the OF surplus but also give me a slot for Dempster. Of course if I unload 2 OFfor an IF, then I still have 6 OFs which is a much more comfortable number.
His Roster: (I've indicated players he won't even discuss with a U)
2B: Cano -U
3B: Wright -U
SS: Jeter -U
UTIL: Ortiz -U
SP: Darvish -U
My initial offer was actually Montero and De Aza for Gardner. Since I'm considering dropping De Aza and/or Pagan for Dempter and maybe another arm (Smyly? Kuroda?), this really is more of Montero for Gardner. I know why he declined(Mauer & Ortiz)
He responded with Gardner & Rasmus for Beltran and De Aza. I really don't need Rasmus, but I'd hate to give up Beltran and De Aza for just Gardner, especially when I know he's willing to give me more than just Gardner. I've gotten a fair bit of RBIs from Beltran and while I have HR and TB to spare, not really an abundance of RBI to give up. I'm inclined to decline the offer since I really don't need Rasmus.
Part of me wants to ask for one of his relievers with Gardner. Possibly even asking for Kimbrel knowing he'd say no so I could negotiate down to Adams (I would drop Benoit then, I don't need 4 RPs.) I could even throw Benoit in in addition to the deal to see if I could get Kimbrel off him. Though, I really don't think he'll bite.
I'm willing to give more than I get, just because I KNOW I'm dropping De Aza or Pagan within the week. I could also make a play for Peralta if I give up a couple OFs since I have no alternative to JJ right now, but there are a few other SS on the wire I can pick up with some pop(Gonzalez & Ramirez) so I don't really "need" Peralta since I can get reasonable backups off the wire. At the same time, if I look at the draft prices, I'm making a killing on what he paid for VS what I paid for in any of these deals.
Notable Players on the Wire:
S. Choo (W until Wed)
A. Lind (W until Mon)
U. Jimenez (W until Tue)
H. Kuroda (W to Mon)
J. Walden (W to Tue)
M. Scherzer (W to Mon)
I don't trust many of the available RPs, which is why I'm reluctant to switch Benoit to say Street.
What do you guys think of something like this:
Beltran (Maybe LoMo instead?) De Aza & Benoit for Kimbrel and Gardner? Maybe I should pass the whole thing by and see what other upgrades I could get out of Aza and Pagan. Bottom line is that I either sell one or both of them by Thursday morning, or they'll likely be gone anyway.