WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 03: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on August 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
I wanted to get your thoughts on a huge deal I made in the UBA NL-only keeper league last night. Before I get to the deal, let me tell you where I stand. I am currently in second place, 12 points behind the 1st place team.
I am 5 wins from first place in Wins (in 3rd place), which is a 3 point swing.
I am .19 behind in ERA (in 4th place), which is a 4 point swing.
I am .007 behind in WHIP (in 2nd place), which is a 2 point swing.
I am 43 RBIs out of first place in RBI (in 5th place), which is a 5 point swing.
I am .10 behind in batting average (in 9th place), which could result in another 1-6 point swing.
So I can gain anywhere from 15-20 points resulting from this trade with a little less than 2 months left in the season. The details of the deal after the jump:
Here is the deal, which I admittedly agonized over for a few days, yet it seemed like weeks. But, this deal may have never happened if it wasn't for two other deals I made over the weekend. I
With these two deals, I get the pitching help I needed, especially after losing Zack Greinke to the American League, and a solid batting average and RBI hitter in Ethier for Gordon who has speed galore and a terrible batting average, and he is on the DL currently.
So here is the huge deal I made last night:
$50 Joey Votto
$10 R.A. Dickey (out of time)
$3 Jonathan Niese (out of time)
$8 Jordan Zimmerman (out of time)
$10 Jose Altuve (headed to AL next season)
$10 Drew Stubbs (out of time)
$15 Dexter Fowler (out of time)
$4 Josh Thole (two years left)
$5 Bryce Harper
$10 Barry Zito
$10 Matt Belisle
$15 Matt Garza
$23 Travis Snider (guaranteed contract)
$10 Joaquin Arias
$10 Sandy Leon
I won this league last season after being about 19-20 points out of first place in July, so I had to go for the repeat. I gave up Harper, who I think can put up a 25 HR, 25 stolen base season in 2013, to go all in on 2012. It is certainly a risk, since I am 12 points out, but I am close enough in several categories to make up some ground quickly with the starting pitchers I received in the deal. In Zimmermann and Dickey, I receive 2 of the top 5 starters in ERA, and now own 5 of the top 14 NL starters in ERA, and 5 of the top 16 NL starters in WHIP.
Once Votto comes off the DL, here is my roster:
C - Devin Mesoraco
C - Josh Thole
1B - Joey Votto
2B - Jose Altuve
SS - Josh Rutledge
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
CO - Chris Johnson
MI - Danny Espinosa
OF - Matt Kemp
OF - Giancarlo Stanton
OF - Drew Stubbs
OF - Dexter Fowler
OF - Gerardo Parra
U - Andre Ethier
U - Brian Bogusevic
P - Cole Hamels
P - A.J. Burnett
P - Chris Capuano
P - R.A. Dickey
P - Jonathan Niese
P - Michael Fiers
CL - Craig Kimbrel
CL - John Axford
So, do Fake Teamers think I can make up the 12 points to take over first place or was I a complete fool for trading the best keeper in the league?
Should I have traded Bryce Harper for a chance at a repeat?
Yes (85 votes)
No (38 votes)
123 total votes