I tend to prefer obtaining better hitting than pitching because I like to play the matchups do a lot of action in free agents for my pitchers. Especially in a shallow league.
The first trade is a really close one for me. I like Kipnis significantly better than Middlebrooks, who I think turns into an average 3rd basemen. Kipnis looks like he could be a 5 categpry guy in the middle infield which is hard to replace. I think Yu Darvish probably turns into a top 10 pitcher down the road but in situations like this where it is basically 4 prospects I would put my money on the hitting and find pitching later.
As for the second trade, sorry but I don't think I will be much help. I havent seen any of Adam Jones this year to know if he is for real. He obviously will contribute more in steals but even with that I think I would make the trade. Coming into the year Gonzalez was a top 15 player in a hitter friendly ballpark. I think I trust him more to return to his SD days than I trust Adam Jones to continue but I don't feel that strongly.
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