What’s the Right Package for Holliday?
Made this deal in a 10-team, weekly, head-to-head keeper: I gave up Hafner, Chris Young (pitcher) and Brett Myers and got back Matt Holliday. Did I overpay? There were 2 objections to the trade, but the deal still went through. My team is out of it for the year and I’m looking to rebuild. Holliday seems like a sure-fire first or second rounder next year.
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Tim from Madison
I hate to say it…you definitely overpaid here! There’s no doubt that Matt Holliday is a great keeper. But is he worth a big bat, a top of the line pitcher, AND a guy in Myers who, once healthy, should be a solid option either as a closer or a starter? I would’ve begun by offering Hafner plus a mid-rotation starting pitcher for Holliday. If the deal were rejected, I might have slightly upgraded the pitcher, but that’s about it. There’s no need to include a third player. And giving up Chris Young is too much. Heading into this season, Holliday was roughly equal in value to Hafner. Even though that’s no longer the case, expect a big second half from Hafner, one that will place him no later than the middle of the third round in drafts next spring. I would like this trade a lot more if your league attached values to keepers and Hafner’s price was higher than Holliday’s. Otherwise, I think you could’ve done a lot better.
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com