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Trader’s Corner: TDGX Expert League Edition

This edition of Trader’s Corner will feature several trades from The Dynasty Guru Experts’ League (#TDGX), which is an industry league with fantasy baseball writers from all over the Internet, including several from this website, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, Rotoworld, Rotowire, Razzball and all the other baseball sites you have ever heard of . It will be neat to vote on some trades made by industry experts. I have a team in that league but I have not made any trades lately.

After the TDGX trades we will have plenty of reader-submitted trades to ponder as well.

By the way, 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! Now it is time to put some real fantasy trades to the test to find out if the trades were good or bad.

Time to Vote: (As always, vote for the players you would rather have…)

The league structure for TDGX is a 20 team 5×5 roto league with 30-man major league rosters and 10-man minor league rosters. We keep 35 players each year with no salaries or contracts.

The first trade was between Luke Chatelain of The Dynasty Guru (TDG), who is in 2nd place, and Wilson Karaman of Baseball Prospectus, who is in 7th place:

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The next trade was between Luke Chatelain again and Craig Goldstein of TDG and BP, who is in 12th place. Ethier gets flipped again:

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This trade was made by Bret Sayre (3rd place), our esteemed Dynasty Guru of TDG and BP on one side, and Tom Trudeau (16th place) of Bloomberg Sports and on the other side. Trudeau’s team is composed almost entirely of prospects:

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This trade was between 9th place Al Melchior of CBS Sports and a team run by actor Ian Kahn (George Washington on AMC’s “Turn”) and Tim McLeod (defending Tout Wars champion, Prospect361 and Patton & Co.). Ian and Tim recently moved into first place and are also defending league champions:

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The last TDGX trade was made between Bret Sayre and Craig Goldstein:

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That’s it for the TDGX trades. I should craft some deals to help my 5th place team climb up to the top.

Now for the reader submissions:

Spencer sent this one in from his league with 23 keepers and LF/CF/RF designations:

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This one was sent in by Fake Teams writer Jack Cecil. He plays in a 14 team 6×6 (add OPS and K/BB) dynasty league with 36 keepers. He is in full rebuild mode:

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Chris sent this one in from a 6×6 Roto (combines doubles and triples as one, Walks, Runs, HBP as one, Saves and holds, and appearances in addition to the normal categories ). Keep 15 forever, no salaries, minor leaguers are free:

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Q sent this in from a H2H, 5×5 league with OPS instead of AVG and QS instead of Wins. He is making a push with an older team looking to try to win it all this year:

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Brian M sent this one from a 12 team points league (no negative points for striking out). His team is contending for the playoffs:

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This one came from Michael, who plays in a 20 team points league with 21 major league roster slots and 15 minor leaguers. They have a $220 salary cap. Rookie deals first three years are $0, $1, $2. Can extend up to $16/5 years after:

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Joe Delia sent in two deals he has on the table. He needs our help to choose one of them. Here are his comments “I’m looking to make a move in my Head to Head points dynasty league by dealing from my deep stash of young talented hitters to improve my pitching staff. There is no set number of keepers, but each team is allotted a budget each year and players are assigned costs based on the rounds they are drafted in. Players can be kept indefinitely, but their cost to retain increases after each season they are kept.”

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Tim Johnson sent in these two deals:

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Share Your Thoughts

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.

Submit Your Trades!

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: [contact-form to=’’ subject=’Trader%26#039;s Corner’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Want to vote on more recent trades? Check out the last Trader’s Corner: Trade Deadlines are Getting Closer.

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

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  1. jack
    July 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    10 team h2h each cat. Dynasty format. Got offered puig, Archie Bradley, rusney Castillo and either Dahl, matt olson or kyle Freeland for Lester, schwarber and conforto. I like schwarbz and conforto a lot (got conforto as a good piece in a trade I made). I dont think I want to do it for that group.

    • July 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      I think it is a pretty even trade. In my opinion Puig is the best long-term player in that deal so I would accept the offer for that reason. And Dahl would be the prospect I would grab from that threesome.

  2. Josh
    July 30, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I just got offered Jeff Smardjiza and Lorenzo Cain for Starling Marte and Jesse Winker in a 16 team dynasty league.. My other outfielders are Maybin, Soler, Dyson, Springer and George Springer… do i make this trade? i trust marte’s consistency over cain and smardijza im not too high on.. whats your call?

    • July 30, 2015 at 3:40 am

      When you tweeted me the question I thought you meant Matt Cain, not Lorenzo.

      I think this is a fair deal on both sides. Just depends on if you need pitching or hitting more. If you are trying to win it all this year I would make the deal, otherwise you might want to keep Marte and Winker. I think Winker will be a good major league hitter, although at a crowded position. I like Samardzija a lot, although not as much as I did prior to this season. I would rank the players like this: Marte >> Samardzija = Cain >> Winker.

  3. Chris
    August 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I’m toward the bottom of the league in rebuild mode: 6×6 Roto, keep 15 forever, no salaries, minor leaguers are free. I gave away David Robertson (giving up on the Saves&Holds category) along with Bradley Zimmer and received Yasmani Grandal (I needed a C keeper, only had Gattis who is losing his C eligibility and Jason Castro), Steven Souza and Wily Peralta (both merely better than waiver wire fodder). Thoughts?

    • August 4, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Seems like a fair deal Chris. If you need a catcher you gotta pay the price. I do like me some Bradley Zimmer though. Trading closers for long-term pieces is always wise.

      • Christopher Mercado
        August 7, 2015 at 11:42 pm

        Yeah, I didn’t want to give up Zimmer. I tried offering him other prospects, but he wouldn’t budge. I still like getting the C prospect out of it. Thanks.

  4. Aaron
    August 3, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    20 team dynasty league, h2h 6×6 trade:

    Jon Lester, Christian Yelich


    Makiel Franco and Carlos Rodon

    • August 4, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Very even trade. I would lean slightly toward the Franco/Rodon side.

  5. maxcd99
    August 4, 2015 at 1:21 am

    12 Team H2H 6×6 Categories with OPS replacing batting average and XBH and QS being the two additional categories. 26 Keepers, 30 player active roster, 5 DL 5 NA. You can have more than 5 NA players but they take up roster spot.

    I’m rebuilding and I’m in dead last. Lots of minor leaguers are unowned because there are only 5 NA spots and Yahoo sucks at getting players in their database.

    The trade;

    I give: Kris Bryant
    I get: Corey Seager, Yoan Moncada, Bradley Zimmer, Aaron Judge, Sean Newcomb.
    Players I’d drop: Zachary Godley, Bruce Rondon, Drew Pomeranz, Billy McKinney.

    For reference,Wong is my current 2B is Wong and my OF is rather thin. My best long term piece is Conforto.

    Is this deal a win for me? If things work out I could use some of the players I get as trade chips, but then again, I’m missing out on future stud Kris Bryant.

    • August 4, 2015 at 3:50 am

      If you are going to trade a fantasy stud like Bryant you’d better get a big haul in return, and you did exactly that. I think it was a good deal for you. Well done!

  6. jules
    August 4, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Woops, submitted this instead of leaving it as a comment.

    10 team keeper/dynasty h2h each cat. 10 player farm per team. I got offered puig and 3 of these: Archie bradley, pillar, avisail Garcia or yordano Ventura.
    Really cautious about absorbing someone like bradley into the last spot on my farm because of all the negative things I have heard (such as he might end up as a reliever, injury-prone etc.) and our next farm draft happens in September. That means I could end up without any of this year’s top prospects like rodgers/swanson etc. Pillar seems to be cooling down but I could use his sb ability. Not high on Garcia or Ventura enough to warrant holding them on my actual roster so I asked him if he was willing to add another choice or two. I could also probably swap David Dahl for bradley (which I’m seriously considering) but he has his own issues. What would you do? Am I being too overly cautious and over blowing this? I haven’t had a top 10 or even 15 prospect yet because I joined the league late and am trying to overhaul some of my older roster so assessing that is a little important to me, even if the player becomes an asset to get more pieces.

    • jules
      August 7, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Nvm that last post, couldn’t be negotiated on. I wish I could delete it, hopefully it didnt bother anyone. Sorry folks!

  7. Spud Wevos
    August 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Prince Fielder $19 and Bryce Harper $32 for Matt Harvey $30 and Jose Abreau $38

    Jung Ho Kang 5$ and Matt Latos $9 for Xander Bogaerts $20 and Mike Montgomery $6

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