thanks, mad-dog. this team is really my pride and joy, as i took over an abandoned team heading into the 2011 season when the league only had 4 keepers, so i think i ended up with something like billy butler, neil walker, cliff lee, and jered weaver.
in the draft i talked a bunch of crap about how i had a ~3 year plan to tear my team down, rebuild it, and then be a consistently dominating presence for a good ~5/+ year window. i was laughed at. while most people were drafting to win the league in 2011, i spent early picks on madison bumgarner, jeremy hellickson, craig kimbrel, and the then-injured stephen strasburg.
immediately when the season started, i spun cliff lee for brandon belt, jhoulys chacin, [some other menial pitcher i forgot] and mike minor. lamentably, i didn't have the patience to stick with mike minor from 2011 > 2012, cuz after his rough first half last year OMFG the kid has figured it out and he's a real nice pitcher now.... anyways, i dumped jhoulys chacin and some other parts for a package that included then-prospecty vance worley. then i made a move that had people crying "too much" as i traded off billy butler and jered weaver for miguel cabrera. at the time i simply said "good? bad? i'm the guy with miguel cabrera on his team" -- during the season i sold off "star" players like neil walker and drew stubbs, other useful players like juan pierre and jon jay.... and yeah, i sold off 2011-edwin-encarnacion for a few hundred bucks, but let's be honest, even in a deep league few had the werewithol to keep him.
the league operates on a waiver cash system. everyone starts with $1000, and with 4 divisions the best W/L record in the division each week gets $100, division leaders get $200 at the end of every month. my goal was to get $$$ together to get brett lawrie, who was about to come up and go gangbusters when he cracked his wrist. drat. fortunately, in the interim i managed to get $1350 together when moustakas and rizzo came up, so i jumped on moustakas.... and then because that drained cash, i was able to procure $1200 to get trout as he came up. then i managed to have another $1000+ to FINALLY get brett lawrie when he came up, and i was just ITCHING for september when matt moore would finally come up, cuz i had been waiting for him since 2011. the only problem was that the league locked down its rosters for the playoffs after the first week of september, and tampa bay waited to bring up matt moore til sept 10th, so flustered and not wanting to end the season with cash that i wasn't gonna be able to use (i had basically sold moustakas off for $1000ish to get matt moore) i got jesus montero as a consolation prize.
oh yeah, and b4 the year ended i also spun vance worley and some other stuff for a package of brandon beachy and ian desmond.... so heading into the offseason after year 1, i had acquired miguel cabrera, mike trout, brett lawrie, ian desmond, jesus montero, and brandon beachy. heading into year 2 the guy who spent $1350 on anthony rizzo didn't see fit to keep him around, so after taking jose tabata in round 1 of the draft (my guy matt moore was the #1 pick of the first round of the draft) i was like "hey wait a minute, is rizzo there?" and indeed rizzo there so i got him with the 2nd round pick.... so like, as the season started i had a pitching rotation of strasburg, bumgarner, hellickson, beachy, and umm zambrano. i had my kimbrel and somebody doing saves, and then on offense i traded some other parts to get dayan viciedo if only because ozzie guillen first saw him and nicknamed him the cuban pimp. then about 1/2way into the season with rizzo coming up (and keep in mind i'm from chicago and this league has mostly people from a chicago sports msgboard) and matt moore ~4.40/1.40, i was able to swing a trade of anthony rizzo + carlos zambrano and a round 2 pick for my guy matt moore!!! I FINALLY GOT MATT MOORE!!!!!!!!!!!!! this also helped cuz brandon beachy went down with injury and needed tommy john after giving me ~80 innings of 2.00/0.80 ball..... sucks.
oh yeah, and i managed to add carlos villanueva and some japanese pitcher from seattle named iwakuma to round out my post-beachy rotation. that helped even tho my offense had serious gaping holes around the quality players, so when my pitching hit a wall in sept (no strasburg, young pitchers not used to 200/+ inning hauls wearing dowqn) yeah.... i was amazed that i went from 16th in 2011 to 4th in 2012.
and uhhh yeah, last year i didn't play too well, even tho my team was on autopilot with dominant pitching and enough offense to finish like ~6th overall heading into the playoffs, where i won a round before getting hammered by an offensive team like 24-2-4 and then managing to lose the 3rd place game to finish 4th overall. i peed away my 1st/2nd round draft picks for this draft, and i managed to miss the draft cuz i swore it was on a thursday when it was a wednesday. the one bugaboo was that i didnt keep beachy cuz i figured i'd get him back, and my dumbass autopick took johan santana 2 picks b4 beachy went by.... cuz man i'd love to have beachy on my bench right now, but c'est la vie. maybe i can trade.
so yeah, fortunately i got a bunch of solid bullpen guys and brandon crawford through the process. but still, i made that trade i said in the OP and then the bonifacio dump, and now i'm str8up offering kemp for stanton, and of course, kemp and bonifactio +rd6 for stanton/everth-cab/rd9 --- wont work, but if he counters at least he knows who i want. and then when the season started, shoot, thank god jackie bradley jr came up on the same day as jose fernandez. the guy who i ended up making that trout/strasburg trade with put out his max $$$, $930, at both bradley jr and fernandez. he wanted fernandez more, but forgot to change the waiver priority and got jackie bradley, whilst i got another asset in jose fernandez for $666. that works for me! =D
but yeah seriously 4real---if i can get stanton in place of kemp it'd be a coup, cuz basically this trade showed me that my offense is potent enough that if my pitching is on i'll be really tough to beat.... so if kemp gets it going nad is even ~75-85% of the matt kemp we know and love (prolly w/o the steals) yeah, maybe stantion isn't that good this year.... but getting stanton is more thinking of 2014, 2015, 2016, etc..... cuz giving up trout was something i didn't wanna do, but that package where i got justin upton and another very moveable piece in kemp along with a very solid 1B to complement the fact i got kershaw and yu for strasburg? yeah i doubled down.... like is aid the only crappy part is 12 keepers going into next year, but at least i've got so much quality i can just pick.
FORGIVE ME FOR THE SELF INDULENGE..... but hey i had to toss it out there. i'm proud of what i did, and like, yeah H2H leagues kind of rule and kind of suck because one bad/good week can be the life/death of you. if you're a mediocre team you can have a few players go off and win teh whole damn league. if you're the league juggernaught, you could have a bad week and lose.... so as long as i make the playoffs and dont go outlike a chump and finish top-4, shoot, what more could you want? i should have a chance to contend this year, but you always gotta plan ahead, and like, if i could end up moving kemp for stanton str8up, then trading trout and belt for justin upton, mike stanton, and adrian gonzalez is a win win win win win, right? =D