First off ramp, very nice team.
Secondly, I wouldn't do the trade for the same reason haassolo mentioned. You're giving up players that are very valuable to your offense just for an upgrade in saves.
You have Embree and Looper as your main closers. That will need to be addressed if you hope to be competitive in saves. Embree is in a closer by committee situation, although he should get the most saves in that situation. Looper is similar. Spooneybarger is good backup, but if you can get someone like MacDougall (KC), Matt Anderson (DET) or DeJean (MIL) off the waiver wire, or possibly even Witasick, or whoever is set to replace Hoffman and drop Spooneybarger, I would do that first.
If none of them are available, I would do the following.
Post a note to your league that Halladay is available for an upper eschelon closer. I feel that Halladay will struggle to produce the same numbers as last year. Your pitching staff is still excellent without him. I wouldn't give up Zito, Miller, Oswalt, Burnett, and Schmidt as they are too valuable (first 3) or you won't get equal return (last 2). That leaves Beckett, Penny, and Halladay. Beckett and Penny should be good behind the other pitchers you have and likely won't net you a good closer if traded. I guess you could say that Halladay, or Schmidt would be the player you should dangle for a closer. With Zito, Miller, Oswalt, Burnett you should be covered in Wins, ERA, K's, WHIP, and IP. Halladay had better wins, IP, and ERA than Schmidt, while Schmidt had better K's, and the same WHIP and plays for the better team. For thosereasons, Halladay will net a better return, and is the guy I would trade. I would look for a elite, healthy closer in return. Smotlz, Nen, Wagner, Percival, Benitez, Gagne, and Guardado would be the only names I'd be interested in. If none of those guys are offered, don't do the deal and wait for an injury or to see who wins the closer by committee competitions or who replaces injured closers.
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Last edited by Red Leader; 02-19-2003 at 01:28 PM.