Disclaimer: This one will be fairly long.
I am in a 15 team mixed keeper league with a $300 cap. We start 23 players and have 17 reserves, so rosters run pretty deep.
Injuries have been killing me. I have Zimmerman, Hamilton and Hughes all on reserve right now (no DL slots). With James McDonald underperforming, he is on reserve as well. I also have both Belt and Sands sitting on reserve, but due to the structure of the league I would prefer keeping them there all year.
My pitching has been killing me. I have by far the best offense in the league, but keep in mind that this league is VERY active... so I am sure a competitor will make a few moves and improve his offense to what mine is. I have been offered the following:
Josh Hamilton for Jonathan Sanchez
Both have the same salary, which does make this a bit less complicated. My OF without Hamilton is Kemp, J Upton, Cruz, Tabata and Markakis, with Berkman at Utility (Berkman also qualifies at 1B and CI, and I will move him there when Hamilton gets off the DL and replace either Ka'aihue or Jose Lopez).
My 9 pitchers currently active are: Kershaw, Verlander, Brett Anderson, Colby Lewis, Ervin Santana, Brian Wilson, Neftali Feliz and Jordan Walden. Hughes and McDonald have done a great job destroying my ratios in the early going, and Lewis has not helped either.
Do you do this kind of deal? Good news is I would be dealing from a position of strength and probably could use another SP. At the same time though, I could also just wait until June 1 when our salary cap increases and go acquire someone like Sanchez. Both Hamilton and Sanchez are at $21, and would be $24 to keep in 2012. Needless to say, Hamilton has the better keeper value. My OF will be stacked even without him, as all my OFs are cheap right now.
Another option, with the same owner, would be to acquire Ricky Romero instead of Hamilton. Romero would have more keeper value, as his salary is only $10.