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Jose Valverde For Felix Hernandez?

A trade was reached last night in the RotoAuthority league.  The deal was struck between my team (second place with 85 points) and Ms. Behavin' (third place with 72 points).  Volvo Stationwagons is holding steady in first with 92.5 points, by the way.

Ms. Behavin' proposed the deal early in the morning: she'd send me Felix Hernandez for Jose Valverde.  Now, 9 out of 10 trade offers should probably be rejected or countered (and that's not a bad thing).  But with this offer I suppressed my urge to immediately reject it.  I gave it some thought and my starting rotation was way too crappy to turn this down (I'd traded away Cliff Lee and still haven't seen any return on Rafael Furcal).  But before I could approve the trade, she pulled the offer with cold feet.  I inquired in the evening and she decided to go for it. 

My starters prior to the trade were Dan Haren, Ted Lilly, Todd Wellemeyer, Jon Lester, Gil Meche, and Jesse Litsch.  This is not the staff of champions (the last three were picked up recently).  I am currently tenth with a 4.10 ERA and eighth with a 1.32 WHIP.  Plenty of room to progress on both.  I am also seventh in Ks, third in wins, and fourth in saves.  Since I had three other closers (Kerry Wood, Ryan Franklin, and Salomon Torres), I pulled the trigger.  It's a risky move, since those closers are far from locks.

Ms. Behavin' is eleventh with 20 saves.  She already had Billy Wagner, J.J. Putz, and Rafael Soriano (plus backups Carlos Marmol, Joey Devine, Heath Bell, and Taylor Buchholz).  She is third in Ks so she could stand to part with Felix. 

Felix hasn't been amazing.  His control has been poor and his BABIP is high again.  He's had recent calf issues and hasn't been particularly good in May.  Valverde is the opposite - a lights out May after a lousy April.

What do you think of the deal?

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