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  • Don Don May 8, 2008 7:14 PM Flag

    I don't know what to do?

    You should not hestitate to trade away your best guys, such as "reyes, peavy, lee, pedroia, granderson". Sometimes you get the best return when you trade away your best bargaining chips.

    For example: I'm in a deep 20-team/25-man roster league with extremely shallow free agent selections. My biggest bargaining chips on my team were Derek Lowe, Carlos Lee, John Maine, Bobby Jenks, and Mariano Rivera. I desperately needed an upgrade at 1st and 2nd base because I had a slumping Placido Polanco at 2nd and a 1st base platoon of average players who were all slumpinh at once. I lost the first 3 weeks' match-ups and I needed an improvement to my team, and FAST! I desperately needed more power hitters on my team.

    So I realized that I had to trade mybest players away in order to get anything decent in return. I recognized that I had a surplus in SP and two closers. So the first thing I did was trade away Mariano Rivera for Adam Dunn. Now I had an extra LF and it made Carlos Lee more expendable. So my next move was to package Carlos Lee, Placido Polanco, and John Maine for David Ortiz and Ricky Weeks to fill my glaring holes at 1st and 2nd. At the time, David Ortiz was going through a really bad slump and I got him in a buy-low situation.

    So yea, sometimes trading away your best players is the only move you can make in order to get quality in return. Rarely do educated managers accept marginal "quantity for quality trades. So remember, in order to get Quality, you got to trade away Quality.


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