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aerrico wrote:I have seen what Starling Marte has been doing this year, I just don't at all expect him to keep this pace up. I do believe he will end up being toward the back end of the top 30 outfielders or so, but don't see him finishing in the top 10. That being said, I would have a very hard time justifying trading away Trout without getting a true stud back in the deal. In my opinion, none of the players you are getting back qualify in that regard. I do understand that you are upgrading from Cain to Heyward and from Andrus to Castro, but to call downgrading from Trout to Marte a SLIGHT downgrade is a drastic overreaction to one month of play from Marte. I have Marte on a few teams this year and liked him a ton coming into the season, but to compare him to Mike Trout at this point is going way overboard.
Another thing to consider is the way in which your league evaluates keepers. Do you use auction prices and inflation? Draft round? How many keepers? All of these are factors that could sway my opinion one way or another, but as I said in my first response, you just haven't provided enough detail to give a real answer to the question. In a vacuum, I'll still take Trout. But if all of these factors are favorable for taking the other players, then I would possibly do that. It's just hard to say without all the details.
In regards to the Stanton trade, if you trade him for Altuve and Gio Gonzalez in a keeper league you're nuts in my opinion. Stanton is an absolutely elite power hitter who is not going to be playing for this AAA Marlin team that much longer. Also, you're getting very little back for him in my opinion. Gio Gonzalez is not winning 20+ games this year again and Altuve is a nice MI with good average, runs scored, and stolen base numbers. It will be extremely hard to justify losing Stanton's offense for a guy like that. I think if you were to make both of these deals, in 2-3 years you're looking at a much worse team than you could have had.
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