Working Together to Move Up … the sequel?
In the Tout Wars mixed auction league, I'm in seventh among a hotly contested pack -- well, we're 20-plus points behind industry league and trade wunderkind Fred Zinkie of MLB.com.
Jhonny Be Good in HR column
My biggest need is to creep forward in power and run production. My stolen-base situation (I'm second in the category one behind the leader, nine above the third-place team and 17 ahead of the fourth-place club) presented my best asset to trade.
I threw my Jose Reyes in second-place Al Melchior's direction for Ian Desmond this past weekend -- similar assets, but Desmond tilts toward my power desire and Reyes toward Melchior's steals deprivation. The CBS Sports rep wrote how tough it was to reject it, but he couldn't bite given Reyes' health history.
Luckily, we had a similar pair in my Jonathan Villar for his Jhonny Peralta on which we agreed to swap. Villar has been a drain on my OBP (not that Peralta is a stud), and the Houston Astros shorty's chief contribution of speed doesn't do me much good when I'm nearly locked into second or third place for a while.
I should have enough to hold off a collapse in the category with Reyes, Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis; sometimes Junior Lake and Justin Upton; with a revival I cautiously expect, Will Venable; and Emilio Bonifacio (oblique), whenever he returns.
Peralta is not without faults -- 32-year-old former PED user, chiefly -- but I'm not sold on his June swoon. He's streaky and already tied for third among all shortstops in homers. I know I know … "future, not past" for fantasy prognosticating, but Peralta should reach or fall just short of 20 HR again. That 10 or so taters coming from my middle-infield slot, all things going smoothly, would be a fine nudge upward in that column.
I made an offer to another club and received several fair offers from Zinkie himself. I'm not blindly averse to trading with a first-place team if the situation is right, and the Ian Kinsler and Shin-Soo Choo for Reyes and Kipnis proposition he sent was sound. But if I had given him more swipes, his overall lead would've, in that design via my acceptance, stayed at 20-plus points as he sped through several tightly packed teams ranked beneath mine, undoing any progress I'd hope to make via power.
My needs matched up more closely and securely with Al's, and while he has a quicker path to improvement than I do, at least he'll dock some of my competitors in the process, if all goes to plan. Even though he's in second place, the two of us moving up concurrently has a better shot of opening things up.
And sorry, Fred. If you want some of us to trade with you more freely, you have to come down from the mountain's peak once in a while. Save your push for August or something. :)
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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