OK, so I'm in a super-well-informed, deep, long-term keeper league, members of which are well-known names. We pride ourselves on scouting top young talent, and there is often a good premium paid for youth, based on our keeper rules, which value a breakout over a slow learning curve.
I would like you guys to chime in on a trade that happened a few years ago in our league, simply because it was a fairly controversial trade at the time, but it also involved a very famous member of our league and I'd like to know if you think our resident celebrity got a bit of a star-stroke in this one.
Now, this happened two years ago, after Verlander had been having a poor year, Cruz was still a bit of an unknown, but had followed up his callup with a great early season, and Tulo was pretty much being Tulo.
Bryce Harper has cost his new owner exactly zero as a keeper (unlimited keepers, based on points accrued), but is this trade in any way worth it? The guy (famous rock star, constantly on tour) who gave away Harper has won the league since the trade, and always finishes near the top. The guy trading for Harper has not finished in the top half recently.
This trade has generated insane amounts of talk in our league, I'm wondering what outside opinions might be. It's been two years or more, and I still think giving up this amount for Bryce Harper was insane, but there was probably no other way to pry him away from the owner who drafted him at AGE 14!!!.