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Trader’s Corner: Cash in on the Frustration

This is the time of year when losing owners get frustrated and start to shed the underperforming players they blame for their disappointing season. There are some maddening players to own this year. Stars like Stephen Strasburg, Matt Kemp and Robinson Cano have let their owners down big time. Early draft picks like Anthony Rendon and Hunter Pence started the season injured, came back and then got hurt again.

Many owners want to ditch the players that screwed them over this season. Some of those players are still studs who can help you win. Swoop in and grab those studs before someone else does. If a frustrated owner is blowing up his team now is your chance to take advantage.

This week we are seeing Strasburg, Rendon, D’Arnaud, Stanton, Tulowitzki, Hanley, Teheran, Cano and even Kershaw get sold down the river for rebuilding chips. Go get them!

Use the form just above the comments section at the bottom of the page to submit your trades for us to vote on next week. Send in any interesting trades from your leagues so we can judge them!

As always, vote for the players you would rather have…

This one was sent in by Bigdon84 from a 12 team league with 10×10 scoring (H, TB, XBH, BB, and OPS for hitters and CG, SO, BB, HD, and K/9 for pitchers as extra scoring categories). Keep 10 each year with no penalties:

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The next one was submitted by Adam from a 12 team H2H dynasty league with no contracts where pitching is very valuable:

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Nathan sent this one in from his H2H points dynasty league with 28 MLB and 25MiLB rosters, keep forever, salary cap (real life dollar values). League breaks down outfielders (LF/CF/RF):

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Jared Polk sent this in from his 10 team dynasty league with 40 man rosters. 25 keepers who can be given contracts of up to 5 years in length, Salary amount is based on each player’s draft slot or auction purchase price. There is a $1500 salary cap with cap penalties for cutting players on multi-year deals:

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Avery wants us to vote on his trade. 16 team dynasty league 6×6 (OBP, SLG and QS, K/BB):

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Ankush is in the first year of a new keeper league with 15×15 scoring categories. Wow! The next two trades are his:

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The next one was sent in by Steve from a 14 team, H2H, 7×6 where you can keep only 8 players each year:

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Josh sent in this one, no league parameters:

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Sent in by Sonny L, 12 team dynasty H2H, 5×5 league, keep forever:

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Submitted by Marcel from a 14 team H2H dynasty league:

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The next two were sent in by Q from a 16 team, 5×5, H2H dynasty league with OPS instead of AVG and QS instead of Wins:

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Same league as the previous trade:

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The next two were submitted by Jeremy from a shallow 8 team league with 10 keepers:

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Sent in by Christopher M, 12-team rotisserie league with 37 man rosters. You can keep 15 forever with no contracts. Minor leaguers do not count against keepers but do count as part of 37 man roster:

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Dee sent in another trade this week. 10 team dynasty leuage with 33 keepers plus 15 minors slots.

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Jorge wants to know our opinion on this trade in a 20 team dynasty league with contracts and a $120 million salary cap. Players in minors don’t count into the cap. 25 MLB and 20 MiLB slots:

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Discuss these trades in the comments at the bottom of this page. Were these good trades, dumb trades, lopsided trades? You can ask my opinion on a trade as well. Follow me on Twitter @BlazingFastba11.

Want us to vote on YOUR trade? Send in any trades you want us to consider and I will put them in the next Trader’s Corner column. Be sure to include any background info that could affect the trade. Submit your trade using this contact form:

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Want to vote on more recent trades? Check out the last Trader’s Corner: Time to Take Action


Nick Doran also writes for Fake Teams and Redleg Nation. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @BlazingFastba11.


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  1. Michael
    July 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I traded my Daniel Murphy and Ivan Nova for Andrew Heaney the day before Heaney was called up. Thoughts? 6×6, OBP and SLG not average, W and QS, I’m rebuilding, weak on pitching and have Odor for second.

    • July 5, 2015 at 4:40 am

      I will include your trade in the next Trader’s Corner. I have no faith in Ivan Nova whatsoever. Heaney still has potential and I like him. I am much higher on Daniel Murphy than most people are. He has been a top 75 overall player the last two seasons and is one of the best second baseman in baseball for fantasy purposes when healthy. He is like Hunter Pence in that he produces well in all five categories without being a standout in any one particular category.

  2. Matthew
    July 5, 2015 at 12:58 am


    You teased us with talking about Cano, Strasburg, and Kemp at the beginning of the article. Do you think any/all of them will rebound and produce expected preseason numbers?


    • July 5, 2015 at 4:38 am

      Yes I think they will all have much better second halves. Strasburg got hurt today though. Kemp in particular is a guy I would try to buy low on.

  3. Christopher Mercado
    July 5, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Thanks for posting my submission. I actually ended up keeping Kershaw, Gattis and Robertson, so it looks like most of the readers agree with me so far. Still looking to deal Gattis (losing C eligibility) and Robertson. I’m out of the running and rebuilding. I’m having to beat off suitors of Kershaw, Rendon, Puig, Yelich and Cole with a stick.

  4. Ken
    July 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Any thoughts on Teheran’s future? I’ve been offered a challenge trade in a dynasty: my Teheran, Wil Myers, and Bettis for his Polanco and Keuchel. Not really sure on any of those guys.

    • July 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I would rank those players in this order: Bettis>Polanco>Myers>Keuchel>Teheran.

      I wrote two articles last offseason warning people to sell high on Teheran. His peripherals were bad last year and they are still bad this year. I like Keuchel but he has been pitching way over his head this year.

      I don’t think I would accept that trade. You could get more for those players.

      • dbreer23
        July 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm

        Ken, did you mean Betts (Mookie) or Bettis (Chad)?

      • Ken
        July 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

        Chad Bettis

  5. Christopher Mercado
    July 6, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I’ve been offered Alex Cobb and Wade Miley for David Robertson and an 8th round pick. I’m out of the running and rebuilding. I can only keep 15, and would not keep Robertson anyway. Cobb I would keep, but have a lot of injured players (Homer Bailey, Anthony Rendon, Matt Adams, Jurickson Profar). I wouldn’t keep Miley, but he’s at least better than any other waiver wire pitcher I could get to fill out my roster for the rest of the year. Thoughts?

    • July 6, 2015 at 3:13 am

      Seems like a decent deal but not a sweet one. I always say to trade your closers whenever you can get good value and I do like Cobb. Miley is waiver wire fodder in most leagues.

      • Christopher Mercado
        July 10, 2015 at 4:22 am

        Thanks. I ended up declining. I am looking to deal Robertson, but didn’t like Cobb after all. I already have many injured players and he’s not sure back till NEXT September. Just couldn’t do it. Still trying to work a trade if I can…

  6. July 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Gregory Polanco for Hector Santiago and Odorizzi?

    • July 9, 2015 at 4:52 am

      Looks like a fair deal but I would take the Polanco side.

  7. July 7, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Gregory Polanco for Hector Santiago and Odorizzi

  8. Tom
    July 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I am 7 games out of playoff contention going into the trade deadline (all star game), as I have been for the last few years, and debating if I should sell or buy.
    It’s a 16 team dynasty with 70 man rosters, 16 categories (standard + Hits, BB, OPS and HD, L and IP).
    I’ve put out feelers for Tulo and Bautista and was debating about putting out a feeler for Kluber to see what the market is like.
    Any thoughts on what kind of return I should demand before parting with any of those three?
    I haven’t received any offers yet, but a few grumbles of interest have been heard and I’m just not sure what would be reasonable to expect.

    • July 9, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Why is your trade deadline so ridiculously early? I hate trade deadlines.

      I love the huge rosters and multitudinous scoring categories.

      When trading superstar players you should make sure you get a superstar in return. Don’t trade the likes of Tulo, Bautista or Kluber for prospects. If you get a trade offer for one of those guys don’t accept it unless you are certain it is a very good deal. If there is any question then don’t accept it. Don’t make a move just to make a move. You are not going to get a better team by letting go of your best players. One thing I have learned over the last twenty years of playing fantasy baseball: owners who go into rebuilding mode will stay in rebuilding mode forever. Just make good deals one by one to smoothly and gradually improve your team bit by bit. Make sure you get the best player in every deal. Trade one of those players only if you can get an even better player in the deal.

  9. Josh
    July 10, 2015 at 2:54 am

    16 team league dynasty, 26 on roster, 15 minors. i have Bogaerts and Sano/Kyle Seager right now at ss and 3rd. WIth that being said – Ian Desmond is rotting away on my bench do i keep him hoping he rebounds or do i just get what i can now?

    • July 10, 2015 at 3:02 am

      I would hold Desmond and wait for a bounceback.

  10. dbreer23
    July 12, 2015 at 12:42 am

    How about Carlos Gomez, in a dynasty? Buy or sell? Thanks.

    • July 12, 2015 at 3:11 am

      I think he is still an elite player when healthy.

  11. Christopher Mercado
    July 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Just read an article saying Shelby Miller will regress 2nd 1/2 (although I don’t think it was geared toward dynasty). Suggested trading straight up for Shields, Tanaka, or Garrett Richards. Thoughts?

    • Would be interested in answer.
      July 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm


    • July 18, 2015 at 4:39 am

      I would trade Miller for any one of those pitchers. I agree that Miller will regress.

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