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#TDGX Transactions Report: The Fielder Pandemic

You’ve been following TDGX. You love TDGX. We all love TDGX.  And every week here at The Dynasty Guru, I am going to be bringing you commentary from our flagship experts’ league, directly from the participants themselves. Today we’re going to cover all of the transactions made post-draft, including a few trades–one involving an elite prospect and another involving a potential high-end starting pitcher.

The goal here is to give you insight into the moves made by our group of experts so that you can use this information the next time you need to make a trade or prominent FA move in your league. So let’s not mess around with too much longer of an introduction. We’re going to break this up into three sections: trades, major league additions, minor league additions.


Noel Baldwin/Andy Barnes trade Prince Fielder to Craig Glaser/Tom Trudeau for Corey Seager and Matt Barnes

Andy: “Yet another trade geared towards rebuilding our team and strengthening our overall outlook within the timeline we have established. The previous Price and Cain trades helped add a lot of younger pitching depth and quality upside whereas as this trade added a top hitting prospect, which was much needed to balance out our roster. We are very fond of Seager and no matter if he is playing 3B or SS he will have a home on our team. Barnes is another quality arm to build our team around and the fact that he shares a last name with one of our managers is only icing on the cake. We still really like Fielder as a top tier 1B for the next 3 years or so, but at a certain point we had to decide if waiting for his recovery had more value than acquiring players that we can build around, and we decided that he will be missed but the time was right to move him now and get both of these young star prospects.”

Tom: “There’s plenty of questions about Prince Fielder regarding how he’ll bounce back from surgery and how someone his size will age. This deal signals our belief that even a reduced Prince Fielder remains a valuable commodity for 2015 and beyond. With the goal of competing next year we cash in on our 13th round pick (Seager) and a forgettable pitching prospect (Barnes) for someone taken in round one this spring.”


Bret Sayre adds Cam Bedrosian for $13

“With the rules of TDGX, I can stick Bedrosian in a minor league spot for the remainder of the season and see what happens. I’m a bit skeptical overall, but if he’s even half as good as his MiLB numbers suggest, he’ll be worth both rostering and playing in 2015 because of the depth of the league.”

Mike Rosenbaum adds David Peralta for $4

“There really wasn’t much behind my decision to add David Peralta this week other than the fact that he’s making the most of his playing time in an injury-plagued and generally unproductive D-backs’ outfield. Plus, it’s easy to root for the guy given his unique path to the major leagues. Meanwhile, cutting Tyler Moore (who was in my outfield) to make room for Peralta was an easy decision after he was previously optioned to minors when Adam LaRoche came off the DL.”

Ben Carsley adds Felix Doubront for $3

“I’ve been forced to watch the abject horror of Doubront’s season first-hand as a Red Sox fan, so that might make this pickup even more curious. But I also saw the abject horror that was Doubront’s early 2013 campaign, and he responded by being a very good No. 3 MLB starter from late May through early August. He’s inconsistent, but he’s capable of runs of dominance, and at just $3 with a ton of my FAAB left, he’s a worthy gamble here. I have Sean Rodriguez on my bench, so Callaspo’s versatility was a bit redundant, and I don’t think he sees much time now with Kyle Blanks on the A’s roster.”

Jason Hunt adds Joba Chamberlain for $3

“While Chamberlain isn’t expected to be the closer long term, and frankly may not be officially the closer at any point, he has gotten save opportunities as a result of the struggles of Joe Nathan. Chamberlain has actually pitched very well (with the exception of Sunday night), and could be a nice trade chip should he end up in the role on a more permanent basis.”

Bret Sayre adds Chase Whitley for $2

“The Yankees just have a history of plucking these starting pitchers out of nowhere and getting unexpected value out of them, so here’s hoping that Whitley is the 2014 version of Aaron Small. He has a good match-up this week in Seattle and he looked like a better bet than Nick Tepesch until Miguel Gonzalez (or hopefully Casey Kelly) returns.

Jake Ciely/Chris Mitchell add Justin Turner for $0

“Due to an injury to Mitch Moreland we needed a Corner infielder and Turner was the best available option.”

Luke Chatelain adds Chris Young (the pitcher) for $0

“Chris Young, the pitcher, seems like he has been around since the early 80s hell I guess even Chris Young the hitter feels that way too. The FIP doesn’t match the ERA but in reality the home ballpark should give him some benefit. With a ton of our SPs on the DL we’re really just looking for a couple starts out of him.”

Luke Chatelain adds Tommy Medica for $0

“The K rate that Medica is currently sporting is atrocious and demotion worthy but he’s run into some luck. Just looking for a few ABs here until some of our guys get healthy/called up.”


Craig Glaser/Tom Trudeau add Robert Refsnyder for $3

“One of the minors’ hottest hitters, Refsnyder has timed his ascent well given the Yankees’ need for their next every day second baseman.”

Craig Glaser/Tom Trudeau add Nolan Fontana for $1

“Hard to ignore the on base skills from a middle infielder with a competent glove. Can he supplant Villar before Correa does in Houston?”

Mike Buttil adds Travis Demeritte for $0

“We grabbed Demeritte because you can never have too many middle infielders with some pop. The 19-year-old is striking out at a 30% clip, but he also has 15 homers on the season in just 57 games. That’s worth a $0 FA pickup in a league this deep.”

Craig Glaser/Tom Trudeau add Tony Renda for $0

“I’m a sucker for guys that walk as much as they strikeout, but he really needs to be at AA at his age. Not expecting much.”

Craig Glaser/Tom Trudeau add Josh Hader for $0

“Came for the 11K/9, but stayed for the reports of a dope changeup.”

Craig Goldstein/Mauricio Rubio add Erik Gonzalez for $0

“Erik Gonzalez isn’t a sexy prospect and it’s a longshot that he’ll shoot up any top ten lists but MI is a weak spot and we think it’s worth taking a chance on. Likely UTL profile and if he’s bad we can drop him with little consequence. Basically, roster filler with an outside shot at being relevant.”

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