10-team AL only. Keep 12 per season.
Our trade deadline is tomorrow, and I'm considering making a huge deal with the team in first place. He's in a major race with the second place team and wants to cement his victory. I'm in 4th, but 20 points off the leader. No chance of winning. I sold most of my non-keeper pieces a while back.
I'd be giving up the following:
Victor Martinez $14 - Won't have C eligibility next season - I could keep at 1B but probably wouldn't
Curtis Granderson $13 - Nice power piece for next season
Mike Moustakas $9 - I extended his contract, so I HAVE to keep him next season. He's been great the last few weeks but I'm scared.
John Lackey $10 - He's been my #2 pitcher all year and I'd keep him if he finished strong, but he's still Lackey.
Robbie Cano $36 - Great player on a good deal, but I can use the auction savings to try and snag Encarnacion or Miggy, both of whom will be back in the auction draft next season.
In return I'd be getting a few supplemental pieces that I probably wouldn't keep along with Manny Machado at $4. I'd control Manny at $4 through 2016 and could extend him pretty cheaply after that - I'd essentially be buying his entire prime.
In addition, it would allow me to keep different players. Right now, my keeper list would be:
• Carlos Santana – C – X15 - $14
• Jed Lowrie – SS – O15 - $1
• Jurickson Profar – SS – O16 - $4
• Wil Myers – OF – O15 - $4
• Mike Trout – OF – O15 - $4
• David Ortiz – DH – O15 - $4
• Matt Moore – SP - O14 - $4
• Brett Anderson – SP – O14 - $1
• Kevin Gausman – SP – O16 - $4
• Curtis Granderson – OF – O15 - $13
• Robinson Cano – 2B – X14 - $36
• Mike Moustakas – 3B– X14 - $9
I'd essentially be trading Granderson, Cano, and Moustakas off my keeper list for Machado at $4 and whatever my other two best keepers end up being - I have Middlebrooks at $4, Jared Cosart, Farquar, Alexi Odando at $8, Colome, Odorizzi, Sonny Gray, Workman, Webster, and a bunch of other pitching fliers who could distance themselves between now and next spring.
On the other hand, I'd be giving up a HUGE amount of talent - and a top-5 player - for one guy.
What do you think?