Tony sent in the following trade:
What do you think of this trade? I gave up Hanley in this deal it is a keeper league with 2 OF ALL IF POSITIONS AND C 5 OF AND 10 P. I was weak in OF power.
Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Jason Bartlett and Trevor Hoffman in exchange for Hanley Ramirez, Ardolis Chapman and Ryan Doumit
Having to have two players at each infield position makes this an extremely deep league, but I’m never big on giving up a player of Ramirez’ caliber unless I was getting a huge bounty in return. As far as 2010 is concerned, I don’t think Chapman is a huge issue (this deal was made before his signing with the Reds, but the concerns about his control are very much for real), but Doumit is not a simple throw in. He’s a wild card, but at a shallow position he’s got a ton of potential.
Kinsler and Cruz are great starts to the trade, especially Kinsler who is clearly a second round draft pick in 2010. As he noted, he needed help in the outfield, so Cruz helps to fill a void on his roster.
After that, things take a little bit of a turn for me. I’ve discussed Barlett in the past and while he’s coming off a great season, a regression is likely in the cards for him. He’s never shown double-digit home run power in the past, nor has he shown the ability to reach 30 SBs. Throw in that his average was buoyed by a .368 BABIP and things seem like they are headed downhill in a hurry.
Hoffman is a nice pick-up, especially in a deep league. He’s not a top closer, but he’s not a bad one either. If healthy he’s going to be the Brewers closer all year long, which is certainly valuable.
The question is, did Tony get enough value back in the deal? I’m not so sure. It’s not an awful trade, but it’s not one that I would make myself. If he hadn’t included Doumit, then maybe, but there’s just not enough value there, especially giving up one of the best hitters in the game, for me to have pulled the trigger.
What are your thoughts? Would you have made the trade if you were Tony?
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