All 4 trade options are in your favor, I think.
But I actually like the Medlen/Beachy for Encarnacion best. It's expensive......but you are getting great value in return. This trade has huge upside.....and only limited downside.
Your pitching is in good shape....you can afford the loss of Medlen. And Beachy is out for most of the year with no guarantee he will ever be the same. He has long-term value in a dynasty league....but I would gladly trade that for proven value that can fill a hole in the roster and help you now.
I also like the Medlen/Beachy trade if you got Craig in return....but I like Encarnacion a bit more.
I like the Konerko trade, too. I think Konerko has another good year or two in him. And if you keep 25 guys, there isn't much value left in the 4th or 5th round, If you have room for Konerko on your keeper list after you nab Encarnacion, I would even consider doing both trades. I see very little downside in the Konerko deal....but it really depends on who Konerko would knock off your keeper list to determine if it makes sense or not,
Heck, even Billingsly for Howard is a nice trade for you. Very safe, with little downside (billingsly stinks). But I like Konerko a little more than Howard so I would go with the Konerko trade.
I understand why you are initially leaning to the Konerko trade. The Konerko trade (and the Howard trade) are both extremely safe. You give up very little and get a serviceable player in return,. But those trades have nowhere near the upside of grabbing Encarnacion or Craig. You are being offered very good players at a more than fair price....I wouldn't pass up that opportunity.
Anytime you end up with the best player in the deal,,,,and you aren't overpaying.....I think you have to pull the trigger........especially when trading away pitching to get hitting.
So grab Encarnacion NOW!
p.s. But if the Encarnacion and Craig trades both fall through.....I would definitely try to get both Konerko and Howard. While I think they both have something left in the tank....they are both definitely risky old dudes....so I would grab them both to cover your bases.....especially since they can both be had on the cheap.
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