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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 Here are this week’s trades…

Trade #1

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

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Trade #2

15 Team 5X5; Roto; Keep forever no inflation

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Trade #3

10 team 5 x 5 salary dynasty league

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Trade #4

18 team ROTO dynasty

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  1. dbreer23
    June 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Curious to get some feedback on a trade I submitted too late for consideration in this round:

    I get: Jason Kipnis


    Andrew Cashner
    Jonathan Singleton
    Jorge Soler

    League specifics: 10 team dynasty, no salaries, mix of standard – BA, HR, etc. – and newer – OPS, BB/K, HLD – cats. H2H with weekly transactions. League is extremely deep (40 man rosters). I have Rizzo for 1B and Profar/Lawrie/Schoop/Franklin for 2B.

    Full disclosure – I am not a playoff team this season but have a good chance to be next season. Thanks for your input!

    • June 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      I like it if Kipnis is a piece that puts you over the top next season.

      • dbreer23
        June 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        He’s not the final piece (need development of Stroman and Ventura, and a corner OF bat) but presents a substantial upgrade. I only worry that dealing Singleton (who can fill my UTIL spot) will come back to bite me.

    • June 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Time will tell. Soler is no slouch either…

  2. Sean
    June 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I am in a 12-team 12-keeper H2H league with OBP and SLG instead of BA. I want to trade Brett Gardner for Dexter Fowler. (Both players would be backup CF’s for me, and are exactly equal in my league’s Player Rater).

    Is Fowler’s upgrade in OBP worth a downgrade in SB? If so, how should I construct a trade or should I do offer it straight up?

    Thank you. Keep up the great work!

    • June 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      thanks! I would make that swap. I like Fowler over Gardner. You can make up those steals in other ways.

  3. Jeff
    June 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Would you guys trade Gregory Polanco, Oscar Taveras, and a 1st round pick in the 2015 minors draft for Bryce Harper, Curtis Granderson, and a 2nd round pick in the 2015 minors draft? To value the picks, since my team is in complete rebuild and will be picking in the top 3, I would treat my 1st round pick basically as Aiken, Rodon, or any other top prospect Yahoo has not added. Here is my team:

    1B- Chisenhall
    2B- Lemaheiu
    3B- Rendon
    SS- Crawford
    IF- Machado
    OF (start 4)- Trout, Polanco, Calhoun, Arcia
    UTIL- Dunn
    Bench: Belt (DL), Gyorko (DL)
    SP- Keuchel, Richards, Pomeranz, Elias, Matzek, Rubby, Chen, Odiorizzi, Norris
    Bench: Fernandez (DL), Holland (DL)

    Minors: Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant, Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Maikel Franco, Jorge Soler, David Dahl, Clint Frazier

    We don’t have a separate minor league squad, so if you want to stash prospects, they count against active roster space, so I keep all of these guys on the bench.

    What do you guys think of the trade? Little concerned about Harper’s injuries and how they affect his base stealing and overall potential. If the knee injury last year truly limits his base stealing, that could hurt his upside. But he’s only 21. The durability is a huge question right now, but on the other hand, this may be the best time to buy Harper in a dynasty. Granderson doesn’t really matter to me, and the 2nd round pick is a bit of a mystery depending on who Yahoo adds. Note, I have two 1st round picks, but the one I’d be trading here is the higher one, probably will end up being a top 3 pick, and a very strong chance at being #1 overall. Thanks in advance for the help guys. Really appreciate any advice. I’m so stuck on this one, just have no clue what to do.

    • June 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      I would do it for sure. I agree it’s a great time to buy him in a dynasty.

  4. Spud Wevos
    June 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Darvish and Pedroia for Stanton and B Philips
    20 team league 9 keepers
    no keeper room for Yu and Pedy
    basically a 2 for 1

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Yup. Like the Stanton side.

  5. Cabby
    June 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    12 team H2H Keeper league
    keep 10 players
    keep 7 minors(lose eligibility at 100 ip and 300 ab)
    r, sb, rbi, total bases, obp
    era, wins(2pts) +qs(3 pts), K, whip, hld(2pts)+save(3 points)

    C-Ianetta, Pierzynski
    1b- Jose Abreu
    2b- Cano
    SS- Hanley
    3b- Encarnacion
    MI- Segura
    CI- Moss
    OF- Bautista, Holliday, Crisp, Brantley, Cargo
    Bench- Cain, Profar, Rutledge
    SP- Bailey, Cobb, Cashner, Simon, Porcello, Hughes
    RP- Cishek, Duke, Nathan
    Bench- Pomeranz, Hutchinson, jose fernandez,
    Minors- Bryant, Dahl, Frazier, Stephenson, Giolito, Taillon, stromann

    I lost jose fernandez and at the time my pitching began to struggle. I since traded for Cashner and picked up hughes and pomeranz. Most weeks i lose a majority if not all the pitching categories.

    I was offered: Lance Lynn, Rosenthal, and Hunter pence
    I give up: Bryant(hate to), Giolito and Taillon.

    I hate to give up Bryant but should i make the deal. Would only keep Pence from the trade as one of my 10 keepers. What do you think?

    • Cabby
      June 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      should i try to get mesoraco added to deal to improve my catching?

    • June 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Your pitching looks fine. I’d hold

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