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Hi guys. I’m in a 13 team, 5 x 5, mixed deep league with over 30 players. I’ve been offered Zimmerman for Towles and Nick Johnson. This is a keeper league but salaries aren’t an issue until the offseason. I would have to go get another catcher. Only options are Bako or Zaun. IS this a good offer and if so, who would you drop to pick up the additional catcher…Scott Baker, Sonnastine, Corpas, Wellemeyer or Barmes? Thanks!!
Ken in the Nati
Since you’re in a keeper league, you should want the best player in the deal. Zimmerman is that guy, so go for it. You wouldn’t want J.R. Towles standing in the way of acquiring a possible top-five third baseman, would you? Towles is promising, but Zim’s upside is much higher. I think Nick Johnson is just a throw-in, nothing special. First base is loaded with good hitters, so he is replaceable.
The player whom you should drop is a tougher decision. Keep Corpas, since he still has a shot at closing for Colorado this season. Brian Fuentes has been a trendy pickup, but he struggled at times last year as the closer, including a stretch from June 22-July 1 where he gave up 10 earned runs on 13 hits in 3 1/3 innings before landing on the disabled list. He may not keep the closer role for long if he runs into trouble again this season.
You can’t give up Wellemeyer (4.14 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 36 Ks in 37 innings) and Scott Baker (2-0, 1.17 WHIP, 27 Ks in 30 innings) based on their effectiveness to this point.
That leaves Sonnanstine and Clint Barmes. I would keep the pitcher, Sonnanstine, in this case. He has shown enough promise in the Minors (2.66 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 7.4 K/9 rate in Double-A in 2006; 2.66 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 rate in Triple-A in 2007) that it would be wise to hold onto him to see if he can translate his success to the Majors.
Kyle Stack, MLB.com