Welcome to Trade Season!
As the July 31st trade deadline approaches, we are now in the thick of trade season. If you’re in a playoff spot or making a push for one now is the time to evaluate your team and make your move.
For me this year I made two trades in my home league. This is a 12 team h2h 12×12 league where each team keeps four, we also count both avg and obp, as well as both saves and holds. We also use fielding chances and errors as counting stats which puts a stronger value on first base.
After evaluating my roster, I felt like I had a well-rounded group. My hitting stats have been around average in most categories, and I have been very strong in pitching, largely thanks to having both Sale and Kluber and a bullpen with Devinski. The biggest hole that I saw was a lack of versatility on my bench. Merrifield is a nice piece as he has 2B, and RF, and is only three starts away from having LF eligibility as well, but having a second player who can contribute AB’s on lighter days can make a big difference when you’re trying to win H2H playoff rounds.
So I went out and targeted three guys, Marwin Gonzalez, Chris Owings, and Brandon Drury. Owings was the primary prospect, this is largely due to myself being more willing to buy into what Owings is doing than Gonzalez, and Drury was the cheapest option that I would pursue if the price was too high on the other two. The upgrade at catcher was more of what I like to think of as a quality of life improvement. Wieters is fine. He chips in some counting stats which is a nice side effect of playing in Washington. But, upgrading to a top three guy in Realmuto could be a difference maker down the stretch, in what I think of as a underrated lineup in Miami. The top five in that lineup is almost as good as anyone, and outside of Washington, the division is more or less devoid of pitching.
This is the make up of my current roster. I am 5th overall where the top eight make the playoffs.
C – Matt Wieters
1B – Joey Votto
2B – Matt Carpenter
3B – Mike Moustakas
SS – Xander Bogaerts
LF – Justin Upton
CF – Starling Marte
RF – Josh Reddick
UTIL – Carlos Santana
BEN – Whit Merrifield
BEN – Bradley Zimmer
SP – Chris Sale
SP – Corey Kluber
SP – Jose Quintana
SP – Aaron Nola
SP – Jon Gray
SP – Chris Devinski
RP – Carl Edwards Jr
RP – Edwin Diaz
RP – Brad Hand
Here are how the trades went down:
The first trade
Bradley Zimmer and my 3rd round pick
Chris Owings and his 11th round pick
While I admit a 3rd might be high for Owings, if he hits 20/20 with 2b/SS/CF/RF eligibility could very well be a top 80 pick next year so not terrible either. If you’re not familiar with trading in keeper leagues, part of the nuance is that when you trade draft picks you have to get a pick in return. Typically the person who is sending the better players is giving away the co-inciding pick that matches it from he back of the draft, so getting back a pick that was a few rounds better than the expected pick back was a nice coup as well.
In the second trade
Matt Weiters and my 8th
JT Realmuto and a 12th in return.
This felt like great value to get an upgrade at catcher who can hit for a little power and contribute to steals. Giving up just my 8th round pick in next years draft to get the 3rd best catcher, felt like great value, and I feel certain that Realmuto will go much earlier than the 8th round(138-150th pick) in next years draft.
Right now I feel like I’m stocked to make my run to the championship. Leave a comment on how you think I did or if there is anything that you think I missed on.