I traded Rafael Furcal and Jason Bay for Brian Matusz and Andres Torres.
I love this trade. Bay has fallen into a worst-case scenario in New York. Meanwhile, Torres can provide similar home runs, add 20+ stolen bases, and he has LF/CF/RF eligibility, which is huge compared to Bay’s LF.
I drafted Jose Reyes and Yunel Escobar so Furcal was expendable, and Matusz has an Empire State Building-type ceiling. I expect 14 wins, 3.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP and know I could get 17 wins, 3.20 and 1.20.
I then turned around and traded Hiroki Kuroda for Ian Stewart.
With the addition of Matusz, Kuroda beomces expendable. The league has four active SP spots, and a free agent budget, so the team with five solid guys and one in case of injury is better than a couple aces and then streaming a group for matchups. Also, pitchers like Kuroda are available everywhere. They are dime-a-dozen. Meanwhile, third basemen who can hit 30 HR are few and far between, and I have two of them now.
Both excellent deals. My roster looks like this (starter first)
C- Carlos Santana
1b- Kendry Morales
2b- Rickie Weeks, Gordon Beckham
3b- Aramis Ramirez, Ian Stewart, Chase Headley
Ss- Jose Reyes, Yunel Escobar
LF- Delmon Young, Ryan Raburn, Andres Torres
CF- Andrew McCutchen, Drew Stubbs, Andres Torres
RF- Mike Stanton, Ryan Raburn, Andres Torres
UTIL- Beckham, Stubbs, Stewart, Luke Scott
SP1- Josh Johnson
SP2- Matt Cain
SP3- Wandy Rodriguez
SP4- Brandon Morrow, Brian Matusz, Carlos Zambrano
RP1- Andrew Bailey
RP2- Huston Street
RP3- Leo Nunez, Carlos Zambrano