With just over a month and a half left to play, it’s still a tight two-horse race between Razzball’s J-FOH and Hannibal Montana for the first Razznasty championship. The big story right now though is MattTruss (The Hippos). Truss has gained nearly 20 points in the standings since our last league update in early July and now sits comfortably in third place. How has he done it? Basically he’s dominated the rest of us since July 1st – leading the league in RBIs, wins, and strikeouts over that span. But that’s not all. The Hippos have also been top five in four other categories, including hitting the second most homers and posting the second best ERA since the beginning of last month. In other words, it’s been a balanced attack on the standings, and I am now officially scared of hippos. There is still a lot of ground between Truss and our two leaders, but anything can happen when you’re a 2-ton animal on the move.
Our league’s trade deadline is Sunday, and there have been a ton of trades since the last update. I’ll list them all here, but I’ll save my comments for the trades I was involved in. A quick note on trading in dynasty leagues: in my experience it’s typical to see a lot of trade action, since a dynasty owner is somewhat limited in how he or she can acquire new talent. Since you are keeping the majority of your roster (in our case 30 of 40), the smaller supplemental drafts end up being leftovers (cuts) and new signees that are usually prospects. Dynasties also tend to be deep (we’re a 16-teamer) and this thins out the free agency pool pretty quickly. For these reasons, trading becomes one of the best ways to really improve or “change” your team in a dynasty league. Whether you’re utilizing small moves like a pair of pruning shears on a bonsai tree or you’re taking a hacksaw to an entire limb that you either don’t need or want anymore, a trade can bring in the talent that free agency and supplemental drafts just can’t provide. Here are the current league standings as well as all of our league’s trades from the last month…
2015 Razznasty Standings (8/10/15)
– Hannibal trades Erik Fedde to Cuban Bandits for Gerardo Parra
– Cobra Kai trades Eddie Rosario to Ra’zbahl Al Ghul for a 1st round pick
– Cobra Kai trades Yordano Ventura and 2nd round pick to Mike for two 1st round picks
– Ra’zbahl Al Ghul trade a 6th round pick to Cuban Bandits for Jesus Montero
I made several trades here, partly because I’m sitting in the middle of the pack without a realistic chance to win the whole thing. I’m happy with my team, but I felt like it could stand some pruning before the deadline to get set for next year. My goals were to improve my offense, get younger pitching, and land a prospect or two without tearing my big league roster apart. I generally look at closers as trade chips and not long term solutions, so I was happy to get some pieces in return for players like Carson Smith and Roberto Osuna. Brandon Moss and Carlos Santana aren’t much to get excited about, but they’ll serve as utility bats on my team, and both Craig Kimbrel and Francisco Liriano were players I was prepared to sell. Yordano Ventura and Patrick Corbin helped me get a bit younger on the pitching side of things. I landed a second pitching prospect in Franklyn Kilome earlier in the year, which made it easier to part with Blake Snell for two players I have a soft spot for – Adrian Rondon and Odubel Herrera. This wasn’t a trade I actually sought out, but rather one that came to me and just made sense. Should Chase Utley approve a trade away from Philly, Doobie might get some reps at second base again, which would obviously help his value and make him more of a keepable asset in this league. We’ll see.
Putting my own team aside for a second, I want to say that this league has been a blast all year. As you can see, it’s very active, and that’s what makes it fun. So thanks to everybody in the league for making it what it is. If you’ve never played dynasty, give it a try. If your league ends up being anything like this crew we have here with Razznasty, you’ll love it.