planet p wrote:
Should I take the trade offered, Sterling Marte and Todd Frazier for Carlos Gonzalez (me)? Keep in mind I've had Will Middlebrooks and Freese trying to fill my 3B slot. My other two outfielders besides CarGo are Holliday and Beltran.
No. Never give up 1st round, elite talent feeling you need to fill a weak spot.
Marte is good, but a clear step down from CarGo. Frazier is solid, but will not be great. Honestly, these are guys you can duplicate in other ways. CarGo, you cannot.
There's a few options I think you are better off exploring.
a.) If you're willing to give up CarGo, shop him for one of the better 3B's--in the Wright/Beltre/Longo class. There's bound to be an OF bouncing around on the waiver wire that can produce better than Freese/Middlebrooks.
b.) If you're still interested in Marte and Frazier, I'd maybe consider countering with Holliday instead. That feels more appropriate (maybe throw in Freese). Plus I don't like Holliday for the 2nd half of the season. The last two seasons he has faded down the stretch. I'd sell high on him.
c.) If you're mostly interested in Frazier, I'd do Beltran for Frazier straight-up.
d.) Do you have absolutely no other options for 3B? I wouldn't hesitate to drop Freese to try my luck on a younger waiver wire guy with upside or a guy on a hot streak. Gyorko, Moustakas, Donaldson, Arenado--any of these guys on the wire? Take your chances streaming waiver wire 3B's on hot streaks before giving up a 1st rounder so that you can acquire Todd Frazier.