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Trader’s Corner: Sell the Farm for a Ring

This time of year we are seeing lots of “win now” trades in which contending teams in tight races are desperate enough to unload top prospects for older veterans to make a strong push for this year’s championship. In other trades we are seeing some teams sell the farm to get one big stud like Bryce Harper or Kris Bryant. I think there are more superstar-level players changing hands than we have seen in prior Trader’s Corner columns. If you want to acquire a player like that you better be ready to give up some elite young players.

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…)

A reader named Doug submitted this trade for our review. It came in a 12 team dynasty league:

This trade was submitted by a person who wants to remain anonymous. It is in a 16-team, 6×6 (OPS, QS instead of W,  and BB/9) dynasty league with 30-man major league rosters and 15 minors spots:

Magnus sent this one in from his 16 team, 5×5 dynasty league with 30 active slots and and 20 minor league slots. No salary, keep forever:

Fake Teams writer Jack Cecil plays in a 14-team, 6×6 (OPS and K/BB added) league in which you can keep 36 players per year:

Jake submitted this one with no league info:

Matt sent in this extremely complicated trade! “10 team AL-Only Keeper 5×5 (.OBP not .AVG), $280 cap, 25 man roster (10 P, 2 UT, 2 C, MI, CR, 5 OF) no add/drop, no bench, strange player attachment rules re:injury/minors which is why it’s not matching number of players”:

Same league as above:

Jon is in a 12 team dynasty league, 24 keepers, no limit to how long you can keep guys, normal categories except for QS rather than Ws:

J.J. Janson submitted the next four deals. Up first is a 16 team league with 28 MLB, 17 MiLB rosters:

Same league as above:

Same league again:

Still from J.J. Jansons, this time in a 20 team league with 25 MLB and 20 MiLB rosters:

JT Smooth the Loveboat Cap’n submitted this one from his 6×6 league:

Dr. Seuss sent this one in. “This trade went down in our league last week. League is full-fledge dynasty in its sixth year with 14 teams, 30-man active rosters along with four minor league prospects. We have 14 categories, including Runs, 2Bs, 3Bs, HR, RBI, SB, OBP and Wins, Saves, Holds, ERA, WHIPs, Ks, and BBs.”:

Ken submitted the next three trades. He plays in an 18 team dynasty league with no salaries, 25 majors, 15 minors:

This is a trade I made in one of my home leagues. 30 man major league roster and 5 man minor league roster. Keep everyone, no salaries.:

Same league but my team was not involved in this one:

That one was a really big trade. When I see a trade with more players going to one side I always wonder who that team had to drop to make the space.

This one occurred in #TDGX, the expert league with players from all the major websites, including BP, Fangraphs, CBS, ESPN, MLB.com, TDG, Rotoworld etc. It is a 20 team keep forever league with 30 man MLB and 10 man MiLB rosters and 5×5 roto scoring.:

Also in TDGX:

Another from TDGX:

One more from TDGX:

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:

Want to vote on more recent trades? Check out the last Trader’s Corner: Do You Have the Guts to Win?.

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

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7 Comments

  1. jules
    August 29, 2015 at 7:56 am

    The title for the article rings true for me, its extremely hard to make trades in my league because no one is willing to trade a decent player under 30 for anyone over 30. I cant trade any of my good players because the majority are over 30 and i cant trade my few young players because they will only give up garbage. I’m really happy I found this site because its helped me get a step up on everyone and gives me a better chance to rebuild my team.

    Thanks!

  2. maxcd99
    August 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    What do you think in this deal? 16 team league with a 44 player minors roster. League counts a lot of categories, including Holds

    I give: Marcus Stroman, Juan Nicasio
    I get: Victor Robles, Francis Martes, Jorge Mateo, Jurickson Profar

    • August 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Stroman is the best player in the deal but you are getting some really good prospects. If you are rebuilding it is an excellent deal for you. I am not as high on Stroman as a lot of people are so I think you made a good trade. It won’t pay off for a few years, but long term you should be on the plus side of this deal. Well done.

  3. Luke
    August 31, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Thoughts on this deal:

    Comment: 5×5 league, can keep players forever, 40 man rosters, (24 active, 16 reserve). Team A is in 2nd, 5 points out of first, Team B is in 4th, 10 points out of first. Team A gets – Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista, Chris Sale Team B gets – Mike Trout, AJ Reed, Mallex Smith

    • September 5, 2015 at 4:38 am

      That is a blockbuster for sure. If you want Trout you have to pay a big price. Team A felt the three older studs were going to help him win this year more than than Trout would. Seems like a classic win-now trade.

  4. August 31, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    It’d be fun to go back to some of these votes from the beginning of the year to see how they played out. I got panned back in the April 11 edition by a 3:1 ratio for my trade of Longoria, Neil Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera and a 2018 1st rounder for Mazara, Josh Bell, and Alen Hanson…but looking back I think I sold high on Longoria and bought into Mazara and Bell just at the right time…

    • September 5, 2015 at 4:37 am

      That’s a good idea Ben. Maybe I will put together some sort of project to re-vote on some early trades to see how things changed over the course of the season.

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