Cole Hamels ($12) for Dustin Pedroia ($6)
You are allowed to keep 10 players a season, with their value increasing by $3. After the trade, his keepers are:
- Clayton Kershaw
- David Price
- Jon Lester
- Mark Teixeira
- Carlos Pena
- Dustin Pedroia
- Troy Tulowitzki
- Alexei Ramirez
- B.J. Upton
- Jacoby Ellsbury
Wow, that’s a tough one. I always like to save money when possible, so I have more cash available to me at the actual auction. This deal accomplished that, and Paul did receive a top talent, and one that is a steal at that price even if he falls short of the lofty standards he set for himself in 2008.
The deal completely filled his MI spots, which is good and bad in a way. I love having a strong group of players there, especially cheap, since it fills positions that are tough to get while also saving your cash for the big hitters or ace starters. It makes sense. However, I don’t like having my hands tied at the auction, where it doesn’t make sense for me to bid on a player who is a bargain, since he will be put in my Utility spot.
It’s a very fine line to walk. With Tulowitzki and Ramirez in place, I may have opted to keep Hamels, for flexibility purposes alone. Plus, you already have two questions marks on your rotation, with Kershaw & Price. Granted, they are risks that I like for ’09, but they are risks just the same. Having the opportunity to lock up a top pitcher at a mid-tier price helps to ease the risks you are already taking.
If I were to ignore that, I’d say the trade was pretty fair as the two are on pretty equal footing at this point. I slotted Pedroia in as the #4 second baseman and Hamels is going to be a Top 10 starter. I probably would have held onto the pitcher, though I would understand if you were scared that Hamels was going to regress this season. That ballpark scares the heck out of me too. Still, he’s proven he can do it, which is half the battle.
Personally, I don’t think I would have made the trade, but I don’t think it is a bad one. It’s more of a personal preference on how I establish my keeper list as opposed to the trade itself. I think the trade is fair, especially once salary is taken into account, and I certainly wouldn’t give you a hard time for making it.
What does everyone else think? Is this a trade you would have made?
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