Well I had a hell of a season in many of my fantasy baseball leagues winning a nice amount of money. However in my big league it came at a price as I decided to go for it and try to win the league at all costs. Which I ended up doing. Problem is it really hurt me for next year especially in the draft or being able to keep certain players because I traded away draft picks. I'll get to the Mike Trout part of the question in a minute, but 1st let me give you the info of the league and where I stand going forward.
20 team Roto Keeper league
Keep up to 9 players with players costing 1 Rd higher then what there contracted (drafted at or kept for last year) at up to Rd 5 with players contract between 6-10 costing 2 Rd highers and any player drafted after Rd 10 or picked up as a FA being kept as a 9th Rd pick.
I made a lot of trades including trading away a lot of high draft picks next season for players that helped me win te league this year. It was worth it for the money I won, but now I'm left with only the following draft picks next season:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 22nd, 23rd, 23rd
So as you see I'm without a 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 11th, & 12th
Keeper options with Draft pick Cost (Definitely keeping Bolded Players; Seriously considering keeping those Italized)
Shin-Soo Choo (3rd)
Johnny Cueto (3rd)
Carlos Santana (4th)
Brett Lawrie (5th)
Mike Trout (5th) - Actually could keep for a 7th, but since I have no 7th or 6th I'd have to use a 5th to Keep him which is still well worth it. Still I've been trying and will continue to work on getting a 6th or 7th Rd pick to use to keep him.
Lance Lynn (5th) - Again I could keep him for a 6th if I had one.
Rafeal Soriano (8th)
Sterling Marte (9th)
Chris Tillman (9th) - Would have to Keep him or Marte for an 8th
Brandon McCarthy (9th)
Greg Holland (9th)
Corey Luebke (9th)
We also get to keep up to 4 players deemed Rookie or Minor league players with the following players my Rookie Keepers with Rookie Keeper Rd behind the player:
Mike Olt (15th Rd)
Mark Appel (20th Rd) - As long as he's up in 4 years he doesn't cost much to keep.
Which bring me to this what to do about next season?
Option 1 - I could attempt to put together a team using the Keeper options and draft picks I have trying to at least come in the top 10 and cash, but it's very unlikely I end up with any chance of making much if anything.
Option 2 - I could keep my best future keepers and draft like I'm drafting for 2015 rather than 2014 getting a jump start on the next season. I could also trade away those players like Choo and Santana who can help a team next season for a 2015 draft pick or younger type players who are more likely to help in 2015 than 2014. I would have the likes of Trout, Marte, Tillman, Olt, & Appel along wit whomever else I could get in the draft and through trade.
Option 3 - Trade Mike Trout to pick up players and picks for 2014 attempting to build a team that can compete again next season. Which brings me to my question on Mike Trout. What kind of value does Mike Trout have in a Keeper league where he can be kept the next 6 years as a 7th Rd keeper this year, 5th next year, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, & then finally a 1st Rd pick in 2019 the last year before he is put back into the draft pool? What I'm asking is what type of deal would I need to get in return for him to even consider trading him? Honestly it's hard to see me trading him, but not having a 7th Rd pick to use to keep him changes his value to me some and has me at least thinking about it. I'd need an awful lot though, but not exactly sure what I should even consider. So for just this minute lets say you decided you're trading him for one reason or another. What exactly would you have to get in the way of players, picks, or picks and players based on the players I posted I had above.