No Shame in Only Keeping Hitters
Big fan of the show…first time e-mailer!! Need your feedback on a trade. I’m in a 6×6 mixed keeper league (OBP + K/9 are the extras) where I am struggling in Runs, Hits, and SBs. I want to give up Peavy for Crawford straight up to meet some of my needs. However, Peavy was going to be 1 of my 5 keepers and giving him up would mean not having any of my 5 keepers be pitchers. I am worried because last year 10 SPs were on the keeper list for teams in this league and I don’t want to be stuck with Chuck James as my #1 next year ( I also can’t use pitch or ditch due to our transaction limit of 35 per season).
What do you think of getting Crawford and giving up Peavy?
Dave from Pinehurst, NC
I like it! Whenever you have a chance to get a fantasy stud who fits your needs perfectly, make the deal. Even though Peavy is clearly keeper worthy, Crawford’s clearly a first rounder. And don’t worry about not keeping a pitcher. Entering 2007, guys like Chris Young, Josh Beckett, Erik Bedard, Cole Hamels, and Kelvim Escobar were not considered top 10 pitchers. Four months into the season, they all boast ace-like numbers. You should have no problem building a quality pitching staff via the draft. Plenty of bargains can still be found. As for Chuck James potentially being your #1 starter, I think you’d have to take about 10 straight hitters to open the draft for that to happen!
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com