Feeling pretty well today after pulling off a trade in my exceptionally deep A.L. auction keeper league.
With each of 12 teams having up to 15 keepers, there were no established closers available for the auction after Soria went down (all his possible successors but Broxton are keepers) and I had, in a $260 league, a $31 Valverde, a $1 Walden, a $1 Mike Adams and Fautino De Los Santos on my reserve.
My trading partner was knee deep in cheap starting pitching -- Holland, McCarthy, Romero, Bard and McGowan ($20 for all five) -- but had no closers.
The deal leaves me with starter Moore and Yu Darvish (whom I picked up last August) and Danny Hultzen along with a cheap Colby Lewis -- my entire pitching staff so far costs me $6. I've got a $31 Lester too but looking to package him in a trade for a decent priced Erick Aybar, as the shortstop pool is non existent and my offence is short of well-priced guys.
Moore costs me nothing this year as a rookie-eligible on my reserve and next year I could sign him for two years at $6 or three years at $11. Hultzen costs would be the same. Darvish is free this year too and would cost $7 for one more year, $12 for two years or $17 for three. Not a bad core.