I recently pulled the trigger on a relatively minor trade in my keeper league, so let’s see what everyone here thinks about it.
I traded Aaron Harang (can be kept in 2010 for $9) for Hunter Pence (can be kep in 2010 for $18)
My team had been jumping between second and fourth for two weeks or so when I got hit with injuries to Geovany Soto (2-catcher format, so Miguel Montero was the best replacement I could find) and Torii Hunter. Already depending on a combination of Gary Sheffield, Jose Guillen, Kosuke Fukudome, Randy Winn & Dexter Fowler in the outfield (three were playing, since Adam Dunn is now my corner infielder due to the injury to Adrian Beltre). This past week, my team took a bit of a freefall, down to fifth place and 12 points out of first.
At this point, many of the hitting categories are extremely close:
- Home Runs: I have 142, there are team’s with 144 & 145
- Runs: I have 602, there are team’s with 603 & 606
- RBI: I have 575, there’s a team with 575, two with 581 and one with 584
- Stolen Bases: I have 96, there is one with 95
That doesn’t take into account average, which I do have a little bit of mobility in, but with Dunn and Carlos Pena on my roster, the chances of making up too much ground are probably slim to none (though a hot stretch from Ian Kinsler would do wonders).
The deal left me short a starting pitcher. I literally had no starting pitcher on my bench that was usable (John Maine is on the DL, Madison Bumgarner & Ian Snell are in the minor leagues).
I quickly decided to drop Randy Winn and pick up Jorge De La Rosa as a short-term fix, barring the ability to acquire a more viable replacement.
The thing is, Harang was part of the reason for my downfall. Since I acquired him he went 2-5 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 54 K over 61.2 innings. De La Rosa can give me that. On the season he has a 5.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 99 K over 96.2 IP. The strikeouts were my biggest concern, so he’s suitable for now.
I also moved quickly this morning, dispatching Snell to pick up Mat Latos, who may be recalled to start this weekend. Between Latos & Bumgarner, I’m hoping that I can maybe catch lightning in a bottle for a couple of starts apiece. Can I depend on them long-term? Probably not, since, as I like to say, rookie pitchers are extremely inconsistent.
I ultimately decided that I should be able to piece together a backend of my rotation, which has been lacking wins to begin with. I have 47 wins, right in the middle of the pack, but I’m only a handful of wins short of 3 addition points. While I’m putting my ERA and WHIP at a little bit of risk, if I’m smart with the match-ups where appropriate, it shouldn’t be affected too badly.
Harang was an appealing potention keeper for next season, but not a blow away guy by any stretch, especially with the way he’s pitched the past year and a half. Latos or Bumgarner could easily be a much better keeper for next season
The upside in those offensive categories were just too great to ignore. The one player in Pence could make a huge difference and vault me back into the money.
So, what does everyone else think? Was this a trade you would’ve made? Did I make a mistake in pulling the trigger?
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