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My Tout Wars Trade
I just made a trade with Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus. I've been in first place in AL Tout Wars since the early part of May and I'm confident that I put together a pretty decent squad. However, my weakness has been in starting pitching - both my WHIP (thank you Roger for that fine outing yesterday) and wins are hurting. For more details, you can see the standings and the rosters.

My primary competition for the past few months has been Matthew Berry from ESPN.com and Sam Walker, author of Fantasyland. Both have been active on the trade market and both have been closing the gap - just a day ago, Matthew was just four points behind.

While I'm a little worried about blowing up my offense, I think I need to be aggressive, and not just wait for the competition to make their move. I've been trying to trade a closer with little success so far - with a 14-save lead over second place and owning Papelbon and Putz, I need to make a deal, but it's hard to find people willing to trade for saves.

Anyhow, Joe needed offense and approached me about trading for Lackey. I came back and told him that I couldn't trade any speed in the deal. Ultimately, I made him two offers:

1. Robinson Cano for Lackey.
2. Manny Ramirez and Jason Kubel for Lackey and basically a throw-in (he has both Freddie Bynum and Brandon Wood active in the MI right now) - Alex Cora or Marco Scutaro.

He wanted Manny, but while I balked at doing it straight up, he thought that Kubel was too valuable. We finally agreed on:

Manny + Santiago Casilla
for
Lackey + Jason Michaels

I know that the acquisition of Kenny Lofton squeezes Michaels a little, but Michaels still has some value in this league. Right now, there is literally not a single active outfielder on the waiver wire, and only two that have had any at-bats in the last two weeks: Darnell McDonald and Jon Knott, both sent down since. Adam Jones has been on someone's reserve all year.

So, did I blow up my team unnecessarily, or was this a good move?

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 8/3/2007 2:59:00 PM

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Justin Upton Called Up?
It looks like Upton is going to be called up on Friday, according to our friends at Protrade.com

He may be the best keeper league candidate coming up in August or Sept.

Posted by Peter Schoenke at 8/2/2007 8:12:00 AM

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Some Good News
It's been a rough week in sports, with three scandals hanging over the nation's three largest sports. I don't expect athletes to be angels, and while I don't like hearing about arrests and other unpleasantries, I still love sports more than ever. When someone launches a home run or throws down a slam dunk or fires a 50-yard touchdown pass, I still get excited. I don't think, "Wait a second, has that guy been arrested lately?" I base my fantasy rosters on stat sheets, not rap sheets, and I'm glad I do. There are enough bad things going on in the world and I find sports to be an escape. Of course, as in any business, there are ugly sides to sports.

I think part of the blame -- but it's not really blame, it's more of an explanation -- has to go to the media and the current celebrity-crazed American culture. Sixty years ago, most American citizens didn't even know that their president was wheelchair-bound because of a serious illness. Today, our president is on TV virtually 24 hours a day and we know all about the latest exploits of far less important people, like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Today's Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremonies were an inspiring look at two consummate professionals, Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. Even better news is the fact that 717,478 fans walked through the turnstiles yesterday at 15 major league ballparks, an all-time single-day record. Major League Baseball has already drawn over 50 million fans this season and is on pace to break its attendance record for the fourth consecutive year. It's great to see so many teams engaged in playoff races, including atypical entries like Milwaukee, Seattle and Colorado. If you're a real sports fan, you're able to see through the arrests, trials and allegations and realize that you still love these games.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 7/29/2007 6:07:00 PM

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