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Trader’s Corner: Let’s Hop On Harper

Timing is everything. Dynasty league players now this better than anybody. Buying low on a prospect just before he breaks out. Unloading the grizzly veteran just before his decline. These are some of the keys to successful trades. One of the things I’ve noticed is that big name players often get dealt at their league’s in-season trade deadlines. For example, Team X is in contention and unloads a few nice prospects to Team Y for a big piece that can hopefully carry them through to the finish line. I never really understood this play, since I’d rather have that big piece contributing to my team for the majority of the season as opposed to say, two months. We can see the writing on the wall fairly early, especially in dynasty leagues where our teams are like our children. So I think it helps to know which direction your team is headed in a given year as early as possible. If I make that same “deadline deal” now, I get the big impact bat or arm for five months of the season instead of two. That will make more of an impact on my stat line and do more to help me win than the two month rental. Plus I won’t feel rushed to make a deal with a deadline looming, which can be stressful and lead to mistakes.

Several interesting trades came in again this week. You can send your pending or completed trades to Every trade gets posted and I’ll respond to each email I receive. I apologize for not adding commentary to the posts lately, but I wasn’t expecting the large number of trades I’m getting (a good thing!) and I’m hoping to get back to more commentary when my schedule opens up later this month (I’m a mild-mannered school teacher by day). Here’s this week’s trades…

Trade #1

10-team keeper league, 8 keepers, keep forever

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Trade #2

10 team dynasty, 28 MLB, 5 MiLB keep everyone (no MI or CI, 3 OF, 2 UTIL), 9X9 (+1B, 2B, 3B, OBP, L, H, CG, SHO)

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Trade #3

20 team H2H dynasty, 22 keepers, 15 man farm clubs, 6×6 (OPS & Holds added)

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Trade #4

Dynasty League (keep forever), 10 MLB players, 8-man farm

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Trade #5

20 team H2H dynasty (25 man roster, 15 minor slots)…league skews towards pitching

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  1. Josh Mann
    May 2, 2014 at 1:21 am

    What do you think of Shelby Miller? Is something wrong with him? Is it time to trade him in a dynasty league while he still has some value?

    • May 2, 2014 at 7:13 am

      I’d be a little concerned and if I owned him in a dynasty I would be shopping. They way the Cards hsndled him at the end of last season and how he he has started this year make me wonder.

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