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#TDGX Transaction Report: My FAAB is on Fiers

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.


(Post trade-deadline)


Bret Sayre adds Mike Fiers for $31

“As recently as early August, I was drudging the likes of John Axford and Edwin Jackson (bless his soul) in my starting lineup. No more, I said. I’m not a particularly big believer in Fiers long-term, but here’s hoping that I can catch lightning in a bottle for the rest of 2014. And given that I only gave up one keeper spot in Invisible Hand bidding, he could even realistically be a keeper for me if he has a rotation spot. Plus, it’s not like I can take my leftover FAAB with me to spend at Chipotle or anything (oh man I wish I could).”

Noel Baldwin/Andy Barnes add Jake Peavy for $15

“We aren’t looking for immediate pitching help, but believe he can bounce back next year and provide an upgrade to the rotation that we will be keeping.”

Noel Baldwin/Andy Barnes add Travis Snider for $10

“There is a strong chance that Snider isn’t a starting outfielder next year for the Pirates, but we think he can still provide value and is better than any of the players that would be on our keeper bubble.”

Bret Sayre adds Chris Capuano for $6

“More starting pitching depth for me, although unlike Fiers, there’s just about no chance of me keeping Capuano past 2014. That said, he’s been pitching pretty well of late, and it’s worth a shot for some additional strikeouts. Plus, with Derek Norris finally living up to his potential, Carlos Ruiz was a guy I just didn’t need anymore (and I wasn’t going to keep either).”

Ian Kahn/Tim McLeod add Kyuji Fujikawa for $0

“Why Fujikawa you say? The Cubs have a vested interest as they hold a $5.5 million option for 2015. When he came over from Japan he was arguably the best closer in the history of their game and down the stretch I think the Cubs will put him into some high leverage situations. They have a decision to make with regards to that option. In a 20-team deep format it’s worth gambling that he’ll return to the form he demonstrated prior to the TJS. If the Cubs don’t exercise that option, he should land somewhere in 2015, with the odds good that it will be in a prominent role.”

J.P. Breen adds Abraham Almonte for $0

“This isn’t something I’m proud of, but this is a thing that I did. History will judge me accordingly.”

Wilson Karaman adds Kevin Quackenbush for $0

“My hopes for a Josh Fields renaissance did not pan out, as whatever he had been doing in the two weeks prior to my claim he stopped doing soon after, and on top of his poor performance a Chad Qualls trade never materialized. Enter Quackenbush, who has continued to pitch well of late as the primary 8th inning guy in San Diego. With Joaquin Benoit’s shoulder acting cranky and the strong possibility that the penny-pinching Padres may be inclined to deal him in the off-season Quackenbush makes for a decent enough speculative grab and hold in a league this deep.”

Wilson Karaman add Jordan Schafer for $0

“Team Karaman welcomed our 36th round draft pick back into the fold this week. Since being dealt to Minnesota and grabbing a starting role more days than not he’s done pretty much everything I’d hoped he’d do for Atlanta in the event of an injury that never materialized. In eleven games since the deal he’s hit .281 with 6 stolen bases, making him an immediate upgrade over Ichiro’s empty (and of late quite mediocre) average contribution. It’s not much, but as a free add to cover for Springer’s continued absence I’ll gladly take it.”

Wilson Karaman adds A.J. Burnett for $0

“I have nothing positive to say about Burnett other than that my staff has been decimated by injuries and his start this week against the Mariners was the best option for a stream that I could find for free on our waiver wire.”


Nick Doran adds Amir Garrett for $1

“Garrett is having a breakout year in the Low A Midwest League. He is a hard throwing lefty with tons of untapped potential. He recently decided to stop playing college basketball at St. Johns to focus on baseball year round. He has averaged a strikeout per inning this season and has really turned it on in the 2nd half. He has begun to garner some helium as a prospect on the rise. He is 6’5″ 210 pounds and has the potential to be an impactful starting pitcher or possibly a high-leverage reliever in the major leagues in a few years.”

Mike Buttil adds Keone Kela for $0

“The 21-year-old Kela has put up good numbers against older competition in Double-A this season. Hitting triple digits at times, he has posted a 1.80 ERA with 49 strikeouts in just 35 innings pitched for Frisco. He seems destined for a late inning role with the Rangers. Along with Ken Giles, our team has stumbled upon two high-strikeout young relievers from the waiver wire. If one or both become closers for their respective teams, they will bring a lot of value to our staff in a 20-team league like TDGX.”

Noel Baldwin/Andy Barnes adds Stryker Trahan for $0

“I still believe in his bat and look forward to watching him progress in the OF. He’s a definite keeper for us at the end of the season.”

Jason Hunt adds Marcos Molina for $0

“Molina is an interesting prospect at this point, but he’s a long way from the majors. He hasn’t pitched outside of short-season ball, but the early reports have been very interesting, and the performance that goes with it in the NYPL makes him more interesting than a roster filler at this point. He’s a lottery ticket, but one that could jump up prospect rankings in a year’s time.”

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  1. boredoutofmymind
    August 22, 2014 at 2:57 am

    16 Team H2H Dynasty standard categories + K for hitters and HR allowed for pitchers.
    Trade (my) Fister for Taillon and Belt. Am I ready to hit the accept button? Would have to drop either Liam Hendriks, A. Ranaudo, C. Carrasco, A. Hanson.

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