Thanks for all the input and votes on my previous posts. Thought it's only fair I post an update to let you know what happened in my fantasy league . . .
My trade partner balked. Was too in love with Beckham at a low price to package him with Anderson for Greinke. So the good news is I still have the best pitcher on the planet.
Then something strange and unexpected happened. A different owner is quite savvy made me an offer I couldn't refuse. And I didn't have to give up Greinke. He offered Arod, who signed at our auction last year at a discount because Arod was hurt, would miss at least the first month and his health beyond was uncertain. His salary is $40, which still sounds like a lot in a $260 league, but since we each have up to 15 keepers, there is an inflation effect on auction prices -- players go for typically between 10 and 20% more than standard A.L. only leagues, which places ARod in the $45 to $50 range.
In return, he asked for Austin Jackson and Tyler Flowers, each of whom I have for $1, and Justin Smoak, who would cost $3 for this year only, $8 a year to keep him this year and next or $13 a year to keep him this year and the next two. My roster is so deep that two of the three weren't going to make my final keeper list of 15. And I already have Wieters locked up this year and the next two, Jesus Montero on reserve and Kendry Morales at 1B this year and next.
I'm surprised he made the offer because he has been a tough competitor who won our league last year. I know ARod is dealing with helping with the prosecution of a Canadian doctor but he seemed to cope last year with that sort of stress and put up pretty good numbers considering he missed a month and took some time to get back his swing.