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Trader’s Corner: Seeing Is Believing

I just took over a dynasty team. There are 30 teams in the league with 65-man rosters, so it’s deep. The team has some major league assets but there isn’t much going on in the farm. The trade deadline is in three weeks, and I can clear some cap space between now and then while getting some quality prospects in return if I play my cards right. The problem is that in a league this size, a “quality prospect” isn’t necessarily going to be a top 50 or even top 100 name. This is where it gets tricky for me when evaluating trades. I can go on the leaderboards and look up the stats on the players I don’t know, but that’s dangerous territory.

Since I don’t have much free time to visit every major league affiliate in America, my “eyes” need to be the first hand reports of the people who do see the games. Folks like fellow TDGX members Nathaniel Stoltz at Fangraphs and Mike Newman’s team at the new ROTOscouting.com are really invaluable tools to me in a league like this. I can see stats, but they can see the player in the flesh. Deep league dynasty players who are dabbling in lesser known prospects need to utilize actual scouting reports and information from the ballpark.

As always, send in your pending and completed trades to traderscornertdg@gmail.com. I will respond to each email and post the trades as polls here on the site. Here are this week’s trades…

Trade #1

14-team dynasty H2H, 21 active, 12 minors. Premium on pitching…

Trade #2

20-team dynasty H2H, 20 minors, currently in 9th place

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Mike

Mike

10 Comments

  1. Ethan
    July 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    Who’s the better dynasty league prospect: Mookie Betts or Joc Pederson? Have to imagine Betts’ value takes a hit with what appears to be only OF eligibility going into next year, but Pederson is striking out a ton in AAA and plays in a pretty hitter friendly park.

  2. bigdon
    July 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm — Reply

    Hi Mike,

    Quick question again, Harper for Darvish and Taveras. Which side are you on?

    Thanks!

  3. rob
    July 23, 2014 at 11:26 am — Reply

    12 team keeper. Have a chance at 2nd this year but decently set up for the future as well. What is your opinion on trading my $13 Taveras and $4 Archie Bradley for $32 Braun? (Salary increases by $2 next season for MLB player, $1 for MiLB) Should I go for it this season or hang onto the youngsters? Braun would be keepable at his price for at least next season IMO. Thanks!

    • July 23, 2014 at 11:34 am — Reply

      Depends a little on how many players kept, but yes that’s a fair deal IMO

  4. rob
    July 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the response. If this changes your answer at all, the number of keepers is unlimited in theory though the salary increase makes keeping everyone impossible in practice.

    • July 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm — Reply

      sounds like you are in more of a win-now mode, so I’d still take Braun at 32

  5. Luke
    July 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    Mike,

    Quick trade advice, 15 team 6 X 6 (OPS and holds extra), First year in a keeper league. We can only keep 18 people. Also 1 goofy rule, if a player switches teams they are ineligible to be kept and go back in the pool after the season is over. Would you deal Stanton for G Polanco, K Bryant, and Yelich?

    • July 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm — Reply

      Huh. Never heard that rule before.

      If you have a team with a chance right now, I’d keep Stanton. If you’re in any sort of rebuild, whether partial or full, I like that return. A lot of young talent there with fantasy impact. With 15 teams and 18 kept, you’re getting some depth there which is nice too.

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