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Alright chums, I could use your input on a recent trade offer proposed to me:
I give up:
1B Justin Morneau
2B Brandon Phillips
SP Edinson Volquez
1B Prince Fieder
2B Rickie Weeks
SP CC Sabathia
If this was excluding the second baseman, I'd likely jump. I love B-Phill, he's the best 2B not named Utley in my mind and I drafted him in the 3rd as such when all the other 2B were available. The big problem imo is Griffey is in front of him in the order and that means he can't steal more bases.
Morneau was studly for me last year, for the first half at least - I think after that collision with the chest injury he just wasn't the same but I'm not if the stats directly match up. Plus he fulfills my necessary Fellow Canadian Quota! :) But I-need-to-stop-being-a-vegetarian Prince Fielder is just off to a bad start, like Ryan Howard last year imo. I think I could be getting a steal landing a Top Ten player.
I heart Eddy Voltage, I picked that dude up as a FA after the Draft and he's shut down teams so far (more impressive than Cueto imo), but to be able to use him to get Sabathia is tempting. I still have some hope for CC, I suppose.
Here's my full roster:
C Joe Mauer
1B Canadian Mighty Thor aka Justin Morneau
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Ryan Braun
SS Hanley Ramirez
OF Chris B. Young, Torii "Big Game" Hunter, Vernon Wells, Pat the Bat Burrell, Carlos Gomez (picked him up yesterday as a FA)
UTIL Carlos "Power of" Pena
BN 1B Paul Konerko, SS Orlando Cabrera
SP Josh Beckett, James Shields, Ian Snell, Eddy Voltage, Francisco Liriano
RP Jason Isringhausen, Joe Borowski [DL], CJ Wilson, Brian Wilson, Eric Gagne, Pat Neshek
I happen to think that Weeks can do close to what Brandon Phillips will do. The only concern you might have is that you have Braun, Fielder, and Weeks on your team. That's a lot of Brewers, though not bad options at all. I think that Fielder > Morneau, Weeks < Phillips, and Sabathia has more name value and tradeability long term than Volquez. I would almost say you could try to get away with not giving up Volquez. Try to move Liriano.
I don't think he'll bite on Liriano, my guess is he's lookin ERA foremost (especially after the beatdown it's taken from CC) and hence Voltron stood out for him. To be honest I was considering making an offer involving Jamie Shields, so giving up Voltron is even better.
I think I'll just go ahead and accept.
Pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence.