In my NL-Only $260 auction 4x4 keeper league, I made an effort to acquire San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Knowing it would take an excellent offer to get the other team to even consider answering the email, I made a proposal that accounted for current and future value using my best keepers.
To do so, I offered OF Nate McLouth and Milwaukee Brewers' #1 prospect SS Alcides Escobar. With a bump, McLouth would be $9 in 2009 and 2010. Similarly, Tim Lincecum would be $15 in each season. Escobar is considered a can't-miss defensive whiz with SBs. At $5 in 2009 and 2010, assuming he is recalled this season, he seems like a great value.
This was not enough. I blinked and offered to include $5 1B Gaby Sanchez. Still no go.
Now, I felt I was way out on the proverbial branch and ready to break it if I added yet another prospect or minor league pick much less an undervalued hitter. I did offer to substitute Atlanta Braves CF Jordan Schafer or Brewers' 3B Mat Gamel for Escobar.
That didn't work either.