I’m still wheeling and dealing, setting up my keepers in my auction league. Today, I want to open up for discussion my recent trade of Matt Wieters for Clayton Kershaw. Let’s look at the details:
- Both players can be kept for 2009 at $2
- After 2009, both players are eligible to be returned to the auction pool or, you can keep them for $1 more then the CBS value (you have this option on one player every season)
So, why did I make the trade? I essentially have Kelly Shoppach ($2) & Geovany Soto ($19) locked up to fill my two catching slots. While Wieters has the potential to be the best catcher in baseball, the fact that he is not likely to be up until late May obviously hurts his value. I’ve discussed this before here, but given the fact that the fill-in alternatives on the waiver wire are likely to be players like Brian Schneider (this is a 13-team league), having a hole like that for nearly 2 months could be very costly.
I love Kershaw for 2009, I’ve said it here before. I’ve drawn the comparison to Tim Lincecum, and while that may be unlikely, he has the potential to be very, very good. Unlike Wieters, he’s had major league experience and is set to contribute from April 1 on. He also threw 169 innings last season between Triple A and the majors, so there really isn’t a major concern about him being limited.
To me, having a pitcher that I am extremely high on over a potentially great player for four months of the season seemed like an easy decision. In talking to a few other people, however, they disagreed, considering Wieters a talent that is too valuable to trade. A power hitting catcher who also hits for average, how often do they come around?
I’d agree with that, to a point, but for 2009 I just don’t agree. Kershaw has the chance to be a Top 20 pitcher this season, so locking him up for $2 is just as rare. Given the other catchers I have at my disposal, I’d much rather go with that.
So, what does everyone else think? Is this a trade you’d make? Would you rather have Wieters at $2 over Soto at $19?
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