#TDGX Transactions Report: All of the Joe Panik-Related Puns
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.
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.
MAJOR LEAGUE FA PICKUPS
Luke Chatelain adds Joe Panik for $9
“If Joe Panik averages a 10 HR/10 SB season from here on out I’ll be ecstatic. But even though Joey P (as I’m now calling him) doesn’t have a ton of speed or pop he’s had great K/BB rates throughout the minors and has always been young for his level. His upside isn’t enormous but for a league this deep with 2B, SS and MI slots he could end up being a solid keeper for years to come.”
Mike Newman adds Nick Martinez for $3
“ROTOscouting contributor Ben Flajole first brought Martinez to my attention during an “amateur” draft for Reality Fantasy Baseball. With our third round pick, he selected the right-handed pitcher as a cheap, close-to-ready MLB arm. I groaned at the selection, and Martinez proceeded to earn a spot on the opening day roster. And while Martinez has struggled, his continuing to pitch every fifth day is an accomplishment given the 23-year old has pitched just seven games at the Double-A level. With back-to-back quality starts, is Martinez making the adjustments needed to remain in the MLB rotation? I’m not sure, but it’s worth speculating on.”
Ian Kahn/Tim McLeod add Joel Peralta for $2
“With an unsettled Tampa Bay bullpen, why not Joel Peralta. We have a pretty good lead in K’s, and we are looking to protect our ratios a bit, so no harm in investing in Peralta.”
Ian Kahn/Tim McLeod add Yohan Pino for $2
“Will likely disappoint, but for $2, a worthwhile stash in our minors, to see if this 30 year old might actually BE something.”
Mike Newman adds Cesar Hernandez for $2
“Admittedly, Hernandez isn’t good at baseball and has little upside even though a glance at his age says otherwise. However, he is eligible at three positions (2B, 3B, OF) and has received semi-steady playing time in recent days. Like Cleveland, Philadelphia will be a seller at the trade deadline meaning Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and/or Jimmy Rollins will be on the block. If trades happen, Hernandez will receive even more playing time.”
Ian Kahn/Tim McLeod add Santiago Casilla for $2
“Hey, if Romo keeps up anything remotely like what he did last week, we might have bought a closer for $2. Probably not though. Worth a look.”
Mike Newman adds Vance Worley for $2
“When scouting Gregory Polanco, Vance Worley faced off against Gwinnett Braves pitcher Zach Stewart. In 2010, it would have been a match up of future rotation stalwarts. Today, not so much. The Pirates rotation has been decimated by injuries and Charlie Morton is the current ace of the staff. Just 26, Worley has the track record and ability to stick in the rotation as a back end starter given his ability to limit walks and roll innings. He’s not sexy, but when Eric Stults and Kevin Correia are the best veteran starting pitcher options available, I’m happy stashing the younger, more talented alternative.”
Luke Chatelain adds Josh Collmenter for $1
“Collmenter has a great Fastball/Change combo, which makes him an excellent reliever. This alone makes him slightly interesting, and the fact that maybe, just maybe he can figure out a third pitch make him worthwhile stash in a league this deep. It may never come but at 28 it’s now or never for the young man.”
Mike Newman adds Cody Ross for $1
“The oldest player on my roster, Ross has struggled with Arizona since returning from injury. However, he’s an outfielder with career numbers just above the league average in a league where every outfielder receiving playing time is owned. The potential is there for him to stick around awhile — especially with injuries in the Diamondbacks outfield leading to more playing time. In June, Ross has a .806 OPS and is walking more than he’s striking out. I’ll take it…”
Jason Hunt adds Scott Van Slyke for $0
“With Yonder Alonso going on the disabled list, I was in need of a player that qualified at first base that was playing with at least a little bit of regularity. Van Slyke isn’t playing everyday, but is seeing about 3-4 starts per week, and hitting reasonably well during those opportunities.”
Ian Kahn/Tim McLeod add Bruce Rondon for $0
“How much you wanna bet that Rondon will be dropped? Just filling an injury spot. Wasted pickup under these league rules.”
Jason Hunt adds Bobby Abreu for $0
“While I had hoped that Raul Ibanez would have at least something left in the tank, it became clear to the Angels that he didn’t and they released him last week. Abreu has been getting consistent playing time in the Mets’ outfield, and has been helping out in batting average when in the lineup.”
MINOR LEAGUE FA PICKUPS
Mike Newman adds Jake Goebbert for $2
“As a recurring theme, stashing fringe players on terrible teams can result in a gem every now and then. Goebbert was dealt to San Diego in the Kyle Blanks deal. Now, both are members of Team ROTOscouting. As for the outfielder, he has flashed a combination of power, low strikeouts and high walk totals since being drafted. Projection models like these players and I’m willing to roll the dice with San Diego likely to sell multiple outfielders. At 26, Goebbert isn’t young and the Padres will need to see what they have soon. In a deep league like TDGX, why not go along for the ride?”
Mike Newman adds Jesus Aguilar for $2
“Nearing his 24th birthday, the 6-foot-3, 250 pound Aguilar as a .890 OPS for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. At the MLB level, Cleveland first baseman have combined to hit .197. A 15.1% walk rate has lessened the blow, but their combined wRC+ is below the league average and eighth worst in baseball. With just a 15.9% of making the playoffs, Cleveland will become a seller. If this opens up playing time for the first baseman, he’d be an upgrade at the utility position.”
Nick Doran adds Kennys Vargas for $0
“Vargas is a switch-hitting 23 year old bat-first prospect tearing up Double A to the tune of .318/.395/.531. That is a .926 OPS with 14 homers and a nice 35:45 BB:K ratio. He doesn’t get any love on top prospect lists due to his defensive deficiencies, but he is a good fantasy prospect because he is simply a good hitter. He could see the majors as soon as this year but next year is more likely. The Twins are known for moving prospects up the ladder slowly, usually only one level per year. The DH job in Minnesota could be his for the taking next year once Josh Willingham and Kendrys Morales are gone.”
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20 team dynasty. I tried to compete this year but it wasn’t in the cards so reloading for 2015. Is Austin Jackson + Lind for Profar solid value?
Yes! More love for Jesus Aguilar!