Looking for some trade advice.
I just traded Nelson Cruz and Shelby Miller for Craig Kimbrel and Zack Greinke which I feel is a great trade for me.
I had someone knocking on my door, offering Matt Kemp for Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller. But since I just traded Shelby Miller, who would you include in that trade?
My pitching staff now looks like this: Yu Darvish, Matt Moore, Max Scherzer, Hyun-jin Ryu, Jose Fernandez, Jhoulys Chacin, Justin Masterson.
Well, you’re right! As good as Shelby Miller and Nelson Cruz are, Craig Kimbrel gives you an ELITE closer that will bolster you in Ks as well. Actually, it’s a great trade if Zack Greinke performs at the top of his game rest of season!
Regarding Matt Kemp, I believe I speak with all the Crackerjacks when I say that you ALWAYS want to add ELITE talent to your team. This is a very good rule of thumb, and it goes along with another rule of thumb, always get the best player in the trade. Unless you play in a VERY deep league, there is always talent in free agency to fill your roster out with.
Kemp was a first round pick for a reason. He possesses 40/40 potential. Now he may be getting further away from his 40 steal potential so maybe 40/30 is more accurate. Also people are talking about his slow start, saying that he may not be be the MVP candidate any longer, and such.
However, elite guys find ways to get their numbers, so if he does make good he is in for a heck of a rest of 2013. Much like owners who are waiting on Josh Hamilton and David Price, you do not want to be the guy that trades away a struggling star to then watch him go on a tear.
I am not saying that guys never come through, Carl Crawford and Tim Lincecum are recent examples of guys that did not make good on their numbers. So it is in fact a risk. However when someone is not asking too much for an elite guy, I think you should always pull the trigger.
Jason Heyward is a fine player when he is healthy and confident, however his career has not been without it’s ups and downs so if the asking price is him and a middle-tier pitcher, you must make the move, no questions asked. It’s really that simple.
That’s to say that I would part with anyone other than the newly-acquired and freshly returned Greinke, Yu Darvish, or Matt Moore. Actually, I’d give up Moore or Darvish, as well. But it would be tougher to give them up, so I’d try to part with the others first. If you can give up one of the other arms you possess, this move should have already been made!
In my opinion pitchers are the best deal sweeteners because you can almost always recoup the loss of stats in free agency, especially if you like to stream.
You can get great streaming tips from Dixon Picks. You can read Will’s past pieces about sleepers. You can read Pleiss I’d Roster That column. Or you can get in touch with any of us for advice on a specific player, or couple of players.
But this trade is a must make. If that’s all you’re giving up, you have to take a chance that you’ll get the best of a struggling star for the rest of the year.