Trader’s Corner: Getting Started

I recently took over an abandoned team in a dynasty league and I thought it would be interesting to lift up the hood for readers as I move forward. We’re pretty transparent in TDGX, and I think that it’s helpful for dynasty players to see the thought processes behind decisions. The league is 30 teams deep with 25-man MLB rosters and 45-man MiLB rosters. Holds and SLG make it a 6×6 scoring system with OBP instead of average. There is a $100 million salary cap, a $5 million signing bonus stipend mid-season, and three tags that can be used for players with expiring contracts. There’s a restricted free agent tag that provides pick compensation, a franchise tag that assumes the real life contract of a player, and a flex tag that can be used as either. It’s a very active league as I’ve already made some trades and have been back and forth with several owners.

I love how deep it is and how the contracts impact the decisions I need to make going forward. Obviously the team wasn’t in great shape, but there are some nice pieces on the MLB roster and I was able to take over the team just before the mid-year MiLB free agent signing, allowing me to snag some prospects for what was a pretty thin farm. You’ll see what I mean after the jump…   Continue reading

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Trader’s Corner: Seeing Is Believing

I just took over a dynasty team. There are 30 teams in the league with 65-man rosters, so it’s deep. The team has some major league assets but there isn’t much going on in the farm. The trade deadline is in three weeks, and I can clear some cap space between now and then while getting some quality prospects in return if I play my cards right. The problem is that in a league this size, a “quality prospect” isn’t necessarily going to be a top 50 or even top 100 name. This is where it gets tricky for me when evaluating trades. I can go on the leaderboards and look up the stats on the players I don’t know, but that’s dangerous territory.

Since I don’t have much free time to visit every major league affiliate in America, my “eyes” need to be the first hand reports of the people who do see the games. Folks like fellow TDGX members Nathaniel Stoltz at Fangraphs and Mike Newman’s team at the new ROTOscouting.com are really invaluable tools to me in a league like this. I can see stats, but they can see the player in the flesh. Deep league dynasty players who are dabbling in lesser known prospects need to utilize actual scouting reports and information from the ballpark.

As always, send in your pending and completed trades to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. I will respond to each email and post the trades as polls here on the site. Here are this week’s trades… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Take An All-Star Break

Everybody needs a break once in a while. The whole purpose of this column is to “judge” trades via polls, but can I ask that readers of my column take a break from something this season? Can we agree to take a break from bashing other people’s trades at this year’s fantasy deadline? Can we stop using the word “raped” when talking about a fantasy baseball trade? Can we admit that maybe we don’t have crystal balls and that even the worst looking deals sometimes end up favoring the “loser”? I’m asking because my guess is that most of us play in leagues where the same owners compete year to year and in most cases they are people we are friends with in real life. Don’t burn any bridges just because you think a deal was a dumb move. Talk to people on the internet the same way you’d talk to them if they were sitting across from you at your kitchen table. If you’d like your trade to appear in this column, simply email it along with your league’s details to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. Have a great All-Star Break and enjoy tonight’s game! Here are this week’s trades… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: #TDGR

Trader’s Corner is back after a brief vacation. Did you know that there is a DynastyGuru readers’ league that mirrors TDGX? The format is exactly the same, including the Invisible Hand bid process for the initial draft. This week, we received two big trades to post from that league. It’s a 20-team dynasty with 40-man rosters…

Trade 1- Team 1 is in 18th place (rebuilding), Team 2 is in 10th place (2-year window).

Trade 2- Team 1 is in 7th place. Team 2 is in 19th and rebuilding.

Feel free to send in your pending and completed trades to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. I’ll reply to as many emails as possible and post each trade as a poll for our readers. Here are this week’s trades… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Macho Machado Man

I’m on the road all week, so I’ll get right to this week’s trades (there’s a lot). As always, send your pending and completed trade inquiries in to traderscornertdg@gmail.com and I’ll post each trade as a poll the following week. This week, let’s start with what I thought was a solid buy on Manny Machado. Machado is coming back from a significant injury and is also one of the youngest players in the majors. I think the reaction to his poor season opened the door for dynasty players looking to acquire a nice piece for the left side of their infield. Here are this week’s trades…

Trade #1

15 team 6×6 League

Minor league players cost 0.3M to keep protected. Once a player accrues 50 IP or 150 AB, their arbitration clock starts, which is for a total of 6 years. First 3 years are on a fixed scale (0.3, 0.5, 1.0), and then the remaining years are calculated based on the previous year’s stats, with a minimum of $1.0.

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Trader’s Corner: The Salesman

We deal with trades here and part of that deal is interacting with other human beings (usually online). One of my favorite parts of playing in a dynasty league is the relationships built with the other owners over a long period of time. Like anything else, there will be those who hit it off and find making trades easy to do. Then there will be others who are less casual and who make trading difficult at times. One of the tactics that I find a little irritating is the “sale”. This is when an owner approaches with an offer and a pitch (usually a long one) that describes exactly why I should be over the moon to receive an offer such as this. It turns me off because it assumes I can’t see my own team’s strengths and weaknesses. If it’s a good trade, you shouldn’t have to sell it.

Thanks for sending in your pending and completed trades to Trader’s Corner. As always, every email sent will get a response and trades will be posted here for our readers to cast their votes. Send your trades to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. Here are this week’s trades…

Trade #1

12 team, 12 keepers. 5×5. Lose pick in round that you selected your keeper

Trade #2

15 Team 5X5; Roto; Keep forever no inflation

Trade #3

10 team 5 x 5 salary dynasty league

Trade #4

18 team ROTO dynasty

Trader’s Corner: Fielding Offers For Fielder

What’s a dynasty owner to do when they get an offer for a player who won’t set foot on a baseball field for the rest of the current season? Even if you’re already looking ahead to next year, is it worth it to trade for Prince Fielder at this point? What about a guy like Matt Harvey? It’s apples and oranges with bats and arms, but the principle remains the same.

Take a gamble on a guy like Fielder if your team has a shot at a title in the next year or two. All the good things that fantasy baseballers were drooling over prior to this season (saw him ranked as highly as top ten overall) will still be there come next preseason. The 30-year-old slugger has more miles left on his tires than a player like Albert Pujols and could provide Top 50 overall production next season with the chance for much more.

Side note: I’m noticing more and more closers making their way into these deals. What does Bret call them again? Oh yeah…fungible assets.

As always, we’ll post all the trades that come in to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. Thanks again for all of your submissions and votes. My hope is that this post continues to provide a sense of not only what trades are happening out there but also where people’s preferences/values of players generally sit. Feel free to add your trades/thoughts in the comments below as well. Here are this week’s trades… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Judgment Day

Readers have been sending in their dynasty/keeper league trades for almost two months now. I’ve given them my two cents and put every trade up on the site as a poll for all to see. I figured it was about time I turned the tables and let you have your say on the deals Paul and I have made in The Dynasty Guru Experts League. Since most of the pieces we were willing to move have been moved, it’s time to regroup and look back on what we’ve got. It’s your turn to vote on which side you liked in our deals. Better yet, leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Here’s the skinny. It’s a 20-team, 40-man roster dynasty league. Most teams will keep 35 players on their roster. We’ll only keep 20 thanks to the Invisible Hand bid for the rights to the #1 overall pick in the initial draft. This means we will have 15 extra roster spots to fill in next year’s draft. It’s a one-catcher league with two utility slots, nine pitcher slots, seven bench slots, and minimum ten MiLB players. Since we had first pick this year, we would have the last pick in each of the Invisible Hand supplemental rounds (non-snaking) in 2015. In the first five rounds however, we have a chance for one of the three top picks in each round (non-snaking) due to our current standing (16th). To get an idea of the players available in next year’s draft, there are the 100 players not kept, 61 additional players not kept due to Invisible Hand, all IFA signees, and all players taken in this week’s MLB Draft. There are no contracts or salaries to consider…it’s keep forever.

By the by, keep sending your pending and completed trades to traderscornertdg@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to respond and put them up on the site for the readers’ input. Thanks for making Trader’s Corner such a fun column this year and I’m looking forward to lots of trade action as we head into the summer months. Here’s our TDGX trades… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: Introducing The Mookie Scale

If there’s one player you might be able to get the world for right now, it’s Mookie Betts. Not only has he gone bat guano crazy in the minors this year, but he’s recently started playing the outfield, which has caused fantasy owners to go bat guano crazy in anticipation of his arrival. I fired up my Rotowire app over the weekend, and there was Betts staring back at me as the 12th overall prospect in their rankings. Here’s a recent convo with fellow TDGX owner Mauricio Rubio Jr. about this very subject.

At Trader’s Corner (which will run Tuesday mornings from now on) we’d like to hear about your trades involving Mookie Betts. It’s interesting to see what his market value is right now in dynasty leagues. That’s what we mean when we say the “Mookie Scale”. Send us your other pending and completed trades as well to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. I’ll reply to every email that comes in and post the trades as a poll right here in the column. Here are this week’s trades… Continue reading

Trader’s Corner: It’s Not That Simple

There are a couple trades to get to this week, and if you want to skip straight to the voting just scroll on down. This week I want to talk more about the trades we’re making in TDGX since my weekly column allows me to expand on some points. It’s more of a general comment on our TDGX team than anything else. In the meantime, you can continue to send your pending and completed trades to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. I’ll respond to every email and post them in the column. I’ll also respond to your comments here.

Getting back to the trades in TDGX, this week was a busy one. Several teams seem to have started the process of “selling” and we are right there in the middle of the dance floor. Our team sits anywhere from 10th to 15th place on a given night, but honestly, we weren’t expecting to compete for a title this year given how we constructed our roster. Older players/players with injury histories, players who are showing signs of falling off a cliff, and players at positions that we consider deep. These are guys we have planned to unload since the beginning. Hence the trades of Andrew Cashner, Albert Pujols, Mike Moustakas, and Travis D’Arnaud. Big names. Great players. Just not part of our plan.

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