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Fantasy Baseball 2011: Offseason Keeper League Trade

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WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 15:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals poses before being introduced to the media on December 15 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 15: Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals poses before being introduced to the media on December 15 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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A couple weeks ago, I dealt a $5 S1 Ike Davis and $10 0 Cameron Maybin for the #1 pick and #13 pick in the 2 round minor league draft. The #1 pick gives me the chance to draft Bryce Harper, and I wrote about this deal here a few weeks ago.

After that trade, I offered the #1 pick to the owner of an $11 0 contract Jayson Werth. He countered asking to expand the deal to include my $5 S1 Jose Tabata by throwing in a $6 S1 Jon Garland. I declined. The Werth owner is new to the league as he took over a team that was previously managed by an owner who disappeared after the draft, so his team had a few decent keepers and some borderline keepers.

A few days ago, the Werth owner traded Werth, along with the # 18 pick in the minor league draft for a $2 0 contract Martin Prado and the # 5 pick in the minor league draft. I think the trade was a fair trade for both teams, but wonder if 1. I should have offered more for Werth (he had previously asked to include Mat Latos in a different deal), or 2. should he have taken Harper straight up for Werth?

This deal gives the former Werth owner a very cheap Prado for at least 2011, or he can raise him to $7 for 2011 and 2012, along with the # 3, # 5 and # 6 picks in the 2011 minor league draft.

Is he better off with Prado and the 5th pick or Bryce Harper?