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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 Have a great All-Star Break and enjoy tonight’s game! Here are this week’s trades…

Trade #1

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Trade #2

20 team league, H2H, 6×6 with OPS and Holds added, 40 man rosters, 10 minor league slots and a $300 cap with contracts up to 5 years.  I am building for next season as is my trading partner and right now I have Scutaro and Barney manning the Keystone while he has Profar.  Here’s the deal:

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Trade #3

Dynasty league that has been around for 5 years or so.
I just made a deal that I am scratching my head about…and let me preface it with the fact that I am in straight rebuilding mode – playing for next year.

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Trade #4

Both teams are in the top 7.  Team 1 is trying to improve outfield.  Team 2 is accumulating pitching to backup his crazy good  offense.  Is this a fair deal?  Are the prospects enough?  

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  1. RotoLando
    July 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I have found that people who take other peoples’ trades that personally are almost always jealous of the deal. Grow up. It’s pretend baseball.

    This one is giving me a hard time though,

    Jurickson Profar for Joc Pederson.

    12-T dynasty, keep forever. Points league, no penalty for strikeouts, points heavily weighted towards XBH, especially HR. Positional needs are about even for me.

    Profar’s injury history is starting to turn me away, but is Pederson’s power a hitter-friendly park illusion? Toug call for me.

    • July 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Agreed. Pretend baseball.

      That is a tough call. I don’t think Pederson is an illusion, but I’d still prefer Profar in a vacuum. I think if you ride this one out it’s going to be rewarding.

  2. Bigdon
    July 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I’m really struggling here and would love some input. Quick rundown, 12 team 10 keepers league, 10×10 with standard 5×5 plus Hits, XBH, TB, BB, OPS (hitting), BB, CG, SO, Holds, and K/9. I have Rizzo for 1b and am considering trading Votto, Jordan Zimmerman, and Desmond Jennings for Oscar Taveras, Dee Gordon, and Gerrit Cole. I’m wavering a bit and would really like outside input.


    • July 15, 2014 at 9:39 am

      It’s fair. I’d take the Taveras side personally.

      • Bigdon
        July 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

        Great, thanks so much for the reply!

    • July 15, 2014 at 10:25 am


  3. Tron
    July 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Deep 14-team keeper league. Would you move Chris Davis for Alex Gordon and Jon Singleton?

  4. Steve
    July 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I just moved Masahiro Tanaka (other owner was well aware of the partial UCL tear) for Mike Minor and Chris Archer. It’s a 8×8 league (pitching categories are: W, L, K, BB, SV, H, ERA, WHIP) with 12 teams and 25 keepers per year. My rotation was: Strasburg, Tanaka, C.J. Wilson, Richards, Duffy, Dickey, Buchholz and Jarred Cosart (who I dropped in the trade to make room for Archer). I have Noah Syndergaard, Jarrod Parker, Matt Wisler, Lucas Giolito and Hunter Harvey waiting in the wings as NA or DL stashes. DId I make a colossal mistake in trading away Tanaka for Minor and Archer? I feel like there is a greater than 50/50 chance Tanaka is going to have surgery and miss all of next year, also, with 1400 innings on his arm and his heavy reliance on his splitter, he might never be the same again. Was it foolish on my part, or not? Also, how gutsy is it for the other owner to offer that trade in the first place? Sidenote: the other owner made it very clear that this deal would remain on the table if it was confirmed that Tanaka was indeed going under the knife, so waiting 5 weeks was not an option.

    • July 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      you’re getting some more depth in pitching and already have Strasburg. I’m ok with it for both sides.

      • Steve
        July 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        Thank you for the quick reply!

    • July 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm


  5. Jordan
    July 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    In the 5th year of a Dynasty League (everyone remains on the team except those added off waivers or that were dropped during the year) and I got offered Max Scherzer for Adam Jones and would love some advice?

    Im in 1st or 2nd in all but SB and Walks on office and I am in 2nd for K and 3rd for Ws (moving to QS next year) but pretty low on all my other pitching stats (BB, BAA, WHIP, ERA). Im also currently in 3rd place (the guy im trading with is in 2nd) but were both a little ways off from 1st place.

    Before this trade my OF is Jones, Pence, Trumbo, Braun(these are all keepers), and a waiver player (Curtis Granderson/Corey Dickerson) with Carl Crawford and Adam Eaton on my bench.

    And my keeper SP are Yu, Chris Sale, Doug Fister, CJ Wilson, Shelby Miller, Danny Salazar and Robert Stephenson, with Garrett Richards and Jake Arrieta picked up off waivers.

    What sayeth the guru?

    • July 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Jones side. You’ve got pitching, keep the bat IMO.

      • Jordan
        July 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

        Thanks for the help!

    • July 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm


  6. Jeff
    July 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Dynasty league trade question here. The trade is my Kole Calhoun for his Starling Marte. Who would you rather have? Should I keep Calhoun or deal him for Marte?

    • July 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      both nice players. I prefer Marte though.

      • Jeff
        July 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        Thanks for the help Mike. I really do appreciate it.

    • July 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      no problem!

  7. Brad
    July 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    In a 10 team H2H keeper league. Each team keeps 12 players. Stats for hitters are R, H, HR, RBI, SB, TB, AVG, OBP, and for pitchers are W, L, SV, ER, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9.

    My current keepers are Yadi, Votto, Cano, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Trout, Braun, Adam Jones, Felix, Sale, Shields, Archie Bradley.

    I’ve been offered Stanton and Darvish for Trout. I’m having a hard time imagining trading Trout, but that is a strong offer. What side wins?

    • July 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I like the Trout side.

      • Brad
        July 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

        Thanks for the reply Mike. Does your opinion change if the deal is I give up Trout & Shields in return for Stanton & Kershaw?

        Ultimately, I can’t go wrong with keeping Trout, but I also don’t want to be dumb and turn down a really great offer that will help me win.

    • July 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      anytime. I do like that deal better than the other, and you should do what you need to do to win if you have the opportunity That being said, my thinking is that Trout>Stanton and you don’t seem to have that big of a need for Kershaw (even though he is awesome) because you already have Felix and Sale. Hope this makes sense.

  8. Jerry
    July 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I’m in a 20 team dynasty league. About 2 months ago, I traded Todd Frazier for Jason Heyward since I was a bit weak in OF and already have donaldson. Considering how well Frazier has played, I’m having some regrets making this deal, what do you think?
    Here’s my roster:
    Ramos/Norris, Morse/Carter, Pedroia, Donaldson, Desmond/Segura/Hanley, dickerson/heyward/arcia/gordon/fowler

    • July 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      I try not to look back with any regrets, and I think you’ll be happy with this trade in the long run. Heyward is still a stock I’m very much buying right now. He’ll turn just 25 in August. Enjoy Donaldson and hold on to Heyward for the long haul.

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