Hanging By A Thread
How do you overcome horrid starts by Matt Kemp and Jason Heyward and still win an experts league championship? I have no flipping clue. That’s the predicament I find myself in this morning down 91-85 in Ottoneu.
Last week, I traded my $11 Anthony Rizzo for a $3 Starling Marte targeting steals and runs as categories to gain. Plus, I saw Marte as a better dynasty league option given he can be owned for four more seasons for less than Rizzo costs today IF other owners don’t ding him in arbitration.
Unfortunately, the team I’m trading blows with answered and answered big. Overnight, he landed a $25 Michael Bourn for his $4 Kyle Seager and $2 Oswaldo Arcia. On the surface, the trade is vomit inducing for two reasons.
1. The owner completely sold out for a championship for which I tip my hat while shaking my head in disbelief at the same time (if that’s possible).
2. The owner set the trade deadline market at a level I’m not comfortable with at all.
A couple of weeks ago, I offered a $3 Nick Castellanos and a $3 Allen Webster to rent Carlos Gonzalez for the rest of the year. The owner turned me down and asked about a couple of other guys I’d need for a late season push.
If I offered the same deal today, the owner would point to last night’s trade and accuse me of trying to insult his intelligence. With a six point lead AND Bourn in the fold, it feels like a zugzwang moment.
When this happens, I often turn my attention to middle infielders worth stashing. A month or so ago, I mentioned it was time to sneak Wilmer Flores onto your roster. With a .365/.392/.581 triple slash line this month, an under the radar add might be off the table.
Another middle infielder to watch is Chris Owings. His .351/.377/.483 triple slash line is not sustainable given his .400-plus BABIP, but I did like him in spring training as a second baseman with a plus bat. Stashing or acquiring him now would be smart as Didi Gregorius, Martin Prado and Aaron Hill are blocking his path. Speaking of Aaron Hill, it’s a decent comp for the type of player Owings may become.
As of today, the DBacks are two games up and will be adding, not selling at the deadline. For as good as Matt Davidson and Chris Owings are, they are not Kevin Towers draft picks meaning he won’t has as strong of an attachment to them. The Twins and White Sox could certainly use a middle infielder of Owings talent level.
Given the circumstances, it’s difficult for me to think Owings is long for the organization. It’s a great opportunity to acquire him at a discount by playing up the “blocked” angle.
25 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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