wazzeus wrote:If you're the first-place Mike Trout owner and your glaring need is pitching, do you do this? ...
...If it seems like I'd be giving up a lot for Trout, it's because it's an indefinite keeper league.
It doesn't look like you are giving up a lot to get Trout in either of those deals.
Deal 1 - Ellsbury + Latos/Zimmerman + Semi-Average Closer = Not enough IMO.
Who knows how Ellsbury is going to do once he comes back. His 2011 stats were considered lucky by many and the power to be way over his head. Latos and Zimmerman are both good pitchers, but they are not ACE pitchers or top tier SP keepers. The closers you listed are okay, but it isn't like any of them are Papelbon/Kimbrel/Jansen types (guys with huge K numbers).
Deal 2 - Bumgarner + Semi-Average Closer + Young Hitters with some
upside (aside from Myers, but he isn't in MLB yet) = Not enough IMO.
Bumgarner is a legit ace, but the other stuff you are offering isn't that jaw dropping. Same, okay closers. The hitters here are all young and have some upside but not superstar upside IMO (aside from Myers, but he isn't playing, so who knows).
Honestly, if I had Trout in an indefinite keeper league I would be looking for something like Bumgarner + Ellsbury + 2 of those closers. Anything else and I would immediately hit reject, especially if I was already in 1st.