About a week before the season began, I got involved in one of those free Yahoo H2H leagues. A co-worker’s brother invites me to join his buddies every year, so I only know one of these guys in real life. That being said, I sent a reasonable offer to one of the guys in this league and his reply was “The season hasn’t even begun.” My thought was “So what?” Just because “W” hasn’t thrown out the ceremonial first pitch yet, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try to improve my team. I had a glaring hole at shortstop and wanted to fill it with someone who can help me in 4 or 5 cats. The Jose Reyes owner was the fellow who wasn’t interested in trading before Dubya’s high and outside pitch. Luckily, the Hanley Ramirez owner was interested and I got my guy before the season began.
You might be wondering what I gave up for Han-Ram. I offered Rafael Furcal, whom I believe is going to be an injury risk for the rest of his career as well as on the decline, and Carlos Pena, whom I believe isn’t really as good as the numbers he posted in 2007. Best of all, I traded two good players for one great one. This is the “trading up” strategy, which is always good for your team and a topic for a future blog.