I like the idea of trying of trying to acquire Tulo right now from this owner. Tulo, when healthy, is a definite upgrade over Reyes at the SS position. Reyes has had a bad start to the year, but I think the other owner will still see the value he will have going forward...especially if he is in the need of SB help. Reyes has also been on an extra-base tear lately which only improves the likelyhood of Tulo's owner taking this deal. I like Tulo's potential upgrade in almost every catgerory over Reyes , except SBs obviously. Reyes is also 2 years older than Tulo, which again gives Tulo the upper hand in keeper leagues like yours. The biggest problem with Tulo, as we all know, is his ability to stay on the field. When the guy isn't hurt, and can play a full season, he's an absolute beast at SS...best in the game today. Tulo always seems to get hurt though...I mean in his 6 full season in the bigs he's only had 500-600 ABs in 3 of them (including this year). So taking him on means that you'll potentially be getting the best SS in MLB, but you will now also be the owner that has to constantly worry about Tulo's health...and you will worry about it every single year. I personally prefer guys like Jeter (given that there aren;t many like him) that you plug into the lineup and just leave him in there and never have to worry about his health. Players like him are rocks, and they are absolutely invaluable in fantasy baseball. That said, Tulo isn't that rock, but neither is Reyes...as we've seen over the past couple season. I think Tulo's production/upside makes me do this deal...but make the trade knowing that you will now always have to worry about his health every year. From all the reports I've read it seems like this recent groin surgery went well, nothing out of the ordinary, and he should recover in the 6-8 weeks...possibly giving you some production this year as well. A SS that, again when healthy, hits. .300+, 20-35 HRs, and right around 100 RBIs, and a few steals (his 20 SB days are over now with all the injuries and that's fine w me cuz it's just more chances for him to get hurt anyway, lol) is an awesome asset to your team. So I think its worth all the health risks to deal Reyes for Tulo. As for JJ Hardy, he should at least be a serviceable SS during the 6-8 weeks. Now he's not going to win you any titles, and as an O's fan I can tell you that last year was anaboration that will not repeat itself this season (as I'm sure you already know), but he will be able to fill in just fine and not really hurt your squad. Good luck and I hope it works out for you. Thanks again for your help on mine.
"Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical." --Yogi Berra