Welcome back campers to the second season of Razzball’s homegrown dynasty baseball league, “The Razznasty”, filled with readers, writers, commenters, and J-FOH. It’s with great pleasure that I ring in the second year of updates. Since we last left you a few teams have changed hands, a commissioner switch took place, a whole lot of trades before the winter trade deadline, and our inaugural 10 round draft comprised of the unkept, free agents, 2015 draftees and internationals. A couple of teams with ownership changes included, J-FOH pulling a Jay-z and retiring for like 5 seconds after winning last year, and then handing the M-I-C to commenter and hip-hop aficionado Nick the Dick. This was then followed by the “Hatest that ever did it” coming out of retirement to manage the first vacancy available. We also welcomed Smokey into the fold, as he stepped in to take over an up and coming squad. Finally this club will have the quality ownership to match it’s competitive roster. In addition to those three changes, we were gifted a real wheeler and dealer by the name of Raskals. An owner, that from his first day in the league, has aggressively built what seems to be a formidable contender.

In our latest installment we’ll discuss a couple of the trades from the deadline, and hear from some of the members of the Razznasty on their takeaways form the draft. Yes there were takeaways, just like the Oscars, but more like the swag from an insurance conference. Yeah another stressball!!! Well here it is Razzball’s 2016 dynasty baseball league.

 

2016 Trades and Winter Trading Deadline

Under the foresight of former commissioner Mike, a January 31st trade deadline was put in place to freeze all trading between the keeper deadline and the conclusion of the free agent draft. This made for a flurry of action at the end of January, with 5 trades going down on deadline day alone, and another 9 total in the final 3 days. When all the dust settled the big winner was Raskals, pulling off 3 deadline deals, and upgrading his squad across the board.

 

Smoke Show receives: Julio Teheran, P – ATL, and 2016 Draft Pick, Round 3 Pick 13
Raskals receives: Jorge Mateo SS,MI – NYY, 2016 Draft Pick, Round 9 Pick 4, and Brian McCann C – NYY

An interesting deal to say the least, as the former owner of Smoke Show bought Julio Teheran, and a jump up 6 rounds in the draft for a lofty price. As he sold Raskals top 50 prospect Jorge Mateo, and a very solid fantasy catcher in Brian McCann.

 

Deeper Data Collection receives: 2016 Draft Pick, Round 2 Pick 6, Derek Fisher OF – HOU, Taylor Guerrieri P – TB, Jameson Taillon P – PIT
Yes Cheese receives: Nelson Cruz OF – SEA

Cheese gets the best player in the deal and I added 2 prospects I like, plus a pick in the early second round. Ultimately this pick turned into Daz Cameron, another high upside player for my rebuild.

 

Raskals receives: Marcus Stroman P – TOR, Marco Gonzales P – STL
Cobra Kai receives: Aaron Nola P – PHI, Dominic Smith 1B,CI – NYM

An excellent move from both sides, as Kai adds a couple of good young players on each side of the house, and Raskals adds the best player in the deal in Marcus Stroman.

 

Deeper Data Collection receives: Ruddy Giron SS,MI – SD, Steven Matz P – NYM
Smoke Show receives: Masahiro Tanaka P – NYY

This one all comes down to who you like more Matz or Tanaka, can either of them stay healthy for an entire season? I liked adding Giron, as a high upside flier to pair with Matz. Another move made by Smokey’s predecessor. Hey man, at least he’s a Yankee….

 

Nightpandas receives: Jordan Patterson OF – COL, Collin McHugh P – HOU
Fresh Prince Of Hells Lair receives: Hunter Pence OF – SF

An aggressive move by Nick the Dick, or Fresh Prince of Hell’s Lair as he’s known here. (Solid Celph Titled reference my man.) As he added a nice win now piece in Hunter Pence, barring he stays healthy. While on the other end Nightpandas grabs a nice dynasty bat in Patterson, and a solid innings eater in McHugh.
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2016 Free Agent Draft Wrap

Lets hear from some of the league members about the recent 10 round slow draft of unkept players, all free agent players from the majors and minors, as well as 2015 draftees, and international signings, including first overall choice Yoan Moncada. Now let’s hear from the league!

Cobra Kai

“Given that I built an extreme spec-heavy roster last year, I wasn’t surprised about finishing dead last. Now is the time for me to begin the long, slow climb out of the cellar, which meant that I needed to use the bulk of my picks on current major leaguers or specs with a 2016 ETA. That being said, Moncada at 1.1 was a no brainer, and I like the risk/reward pick of Eddy Julio Martinez late in the 1st. The pickings were slim in the draft for major leaguers in round 2 and beyond, so I focused on younger players with a legitimate shot to start at some point this year (Duvall, Colon, Polanco) and possible closers who could be flipped later in the year (Diaz, Jepsen). My biggest learning from this draft will impact future trade strategy – quite simply, picks after the 1st round really aren’t that valuable when each team keeps 30 players.”

Shill Team 6

“Yuck! It was filled with teenagers and mediocre old guys with old guy upside(id est none). My plan was to grab a lotto ticket in the first and grab as many immediate contributors as possible. I really don’t like players who are two to four years away. But you gotta put someone in those minor spots. I took Trent Clark(OF) with the 10th pick. The only other MILB guy I took was another 2015 1st rounder Chris Shaw(1B) at 100ish to fill my farm team. The rest of my picks went to big leaguers who will get a shot at PT. At the close of the draft, I ended up with some spec saves, a little speed, a couple MI with starter helium, 2 RP who I threw back first chance I got, and a comeback candidate SP. Overall the quantity and quality of players is thin with 480ish players kept. It was honestly a drag.”

Hippos

“There wasn’t anything too fancy going on with my draft this year. I finished third last year and still feel as though I have a team to contend this season. That said, my target in round 1 was to snag an elite prospect from the incoming class. I think I got that in Dillon Tate. Sure, I most likely just drafted a future closer, but hopefully one that’s Craig Kimbrel-esque. If Tate does become a starter, that’s gravy, basically the same deal as a Roberto Osuna. After that it was all about loading up with depth for this year. I am only returning one closer, so saves were a big target. Spec saves go for crazy dough in this league, so if I could grab one or two now, I might save some FAAB. Welcome brain freeze extraordinaire, JJ Hoover and David Hernandez. What followed was boring MLB SP depth (Porcello, Holland), a starting SS (Aybar) since Jimmy Rollins is doing his best to keep my waiting Tim Anderson in the minors and some minor league/DL stashes I like (Jacob Faria, Brian Johnson, Lance Lynn – Who was DL’d so I could snag Henderson Alvarez).”

West Reading Phillies

“With the team looking to compete this year and mostly reserve/minors slots to fill, our draft focused on high-minors guys that can help us this year and next. A handful of relievers/starters in Givens, Almonte, and Gonzales and the high floors of Daniel Robertson and Alex Blandino helped round out the roster.”

Yes Cheese

“I sold the farm. In 2015, I finished top 3 in offense and bottom 3 in pitching. The path to contention was clear: since August 1st, thru the offseason, I sold the farm and acquired Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Jordan Zimmerman, Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon, Huston Street, Brad Boxberger, Brad Ziegler, Mike Leake, and Jesse Hahn. So when it came to the draft, I had to replenish with prospects. Dansby Swanson (1st) is sure to hype near immediate trade value. Christin Stewart, DJ Stewart, Gilbert Lara, Isan Diaz, Luis Alexander Basabe, Kevin Padlo, Nick Plummer are all 20/20 bets primed for breakout campaigns. This is the natural cycle of contention – the beauty of dynasty. If you’re in a competitive league where you’re excited for acquiring Mike Leake, you’re in a good league.”

Hannibal Montana

“I went into the draft without picks in the first three rounds, I like the players I picked but they aren’t exactly superstars. I was surprised that Rymer Liriano was still there at the end of the 6th round, he’s not a top prospect anymore but he should get regular playing time this year. I made one mistake and forgot about Tyler White, but I was able to pick him up for 2 bucks right after the draft, I’m hoping he can help me this year as well.”

Georgia Peach

“Here are my thoughts on my draft – As a rebuilding team my focus was on stockpiling depth with an emphasis on upsidey trade bait or near ready guys who fit my timeline. Should my window be pushed back, that leaves me with high upside specs at every position. For the final few picks I speculated on saves as those guys can easily be dropped for breakout players/ prospects or be used as additional trade bait given the scarcity of saves in a deeper league.”

Deep Data Collection

“After a disappointing year where the bi-polar rollercoaster that was Giancarlo Stanton ownership took me from early leader to late seller. I decided to try and flip over a chunk of my roster, and upgrade my hitting. This was mostly at the expense of a very solid staff I had built in the original draft. With this in mind, I tried to target as many young hitters as possible. Some in the form of prospects (Ian Happ, Cornelius Randolph, Daz Cameron, Wilkerman Garcia, Sam Travis) and others in the form of up and coming quasi-prospects (Travis Shaw), and flamed out former hype machines (Jon Singleton, Desmond Jennings, Drew Pomeranz, Jake Marisnick). What I’m left with is three things I didn’t have much of in my lineup last year, youth, depth, and potential.”

J-FOH In Haiku

Not enough Mlbers
These play for 5 years away
F***s ruined the draft

The End

 

 

  1. Connor says:
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    I’m trying to trade for Smyly. Any suggestions on a package from this lineup: http://imgur.com/a/QVdmy ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Connor: If he’ll take prospects try Lara and Polacios, or you could trade Gattis. I’m hesitant on moving Gattis because one of your OF’s is Matt Holiday. You may need Gattis.

  2. David says:
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    Love your work! Please rank your top 5 hitters for dynasty that have yet to reach the majors. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Yoan Moncada, Orlando Arcia, A.J. Reed, Nomar Mazara, and J.P. Crawford.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: wow, you weren’t kidding about liking just peachy, 5th overall for fantasy eh.

  3. Yescheese says:
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    Man, what a haiku. True poetry

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: Haha! He didn’t even notice it was till I told him it was.

      Btw thanks for the write-up!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Yescheese: gracias

  4. Rendell Locke says:
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    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Rendell Locke: Well played Rendell, well played.

  5. John Holden says:
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    Hey, I need to keep 7 in my 5×5 keeper league. Im keeping Harper, Abreu, Kluber, boegarts, odor. I m undecided on the last two. Heyward, K. Seager, Brantley, Gallo and Carrasco. I’m leaning towards Carrasco and heyward. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @John Holden: Yeah I’d go Carrasco and one of Heyward or Seager. I’m leaning Heyward.

  6. Steve says:
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    Dynasty draft today, starting in 9th round. I have first pick, best available

    Revere
    Pence
    Brantley
    Joc
    Pineda
    Shark
    Severino

    OF keepers: Stanton, Harper
    SP keepers: Thor Carrasco
    Who would you pick? Do I shore up my rotation or go for the value pick in Revere/Pence?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Steve: For me it’s Brantley, Severino, Joc, Pineda, Pence, Revere, and Shark.

      Brantley is the best of the bunch and if it’s dynasty than the first half of the season doesn’t matter. If you don’t like that idea go Severino, he has the highest ceiling of the remaining.

      • Steve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks for the input! I’m not sure if I’m ready to take a risk on Brantley after Rendon’s miserable return last year. Do you like Severino over Yordano?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Steve: Yes definitely take Severino over Ventura.

  7. David says:
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    I know they have different skill sets, but who would you rather have in a dynasty league, AJ Reed or Delino DeShields? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Grey will shoot me for saying this, but Reed.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: really, i’d think, other than the fact that reed has heretofore only destroyed the minors, not MLB, that he’d also pick the much better (in theory) hitter here. delino is probably the best pure speed OF up and coming, having already had a good showing in MLB.

  8. Tucker says:
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    Victor Robles, Daniel Norris, Byron Buxton or CMart and Teheran in a keep forever head to head points league?

    • Aaron Leight says:
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      @Tucker: I’m no expert, but I love Robles and think I might be tempted to take his side of it and deal Buxton away for a CMart-like SP if I had to. Safer side is the oopposite, though.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Aaron Leight: @Tucker: Buxton is my pick by a comfortable margin

      • Tucker says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: interesting. I’m giving up the Buxton side of the deal and there are owners saying that the trade needs to be vetoed because I am stealing CMart and Teheran. So they are just being giant douchebags I guess?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Tucker: I miss read the question. I thought it was a pick a guy to keep question.

          Okay, so now that I realize what I’m talking about, I take the two starters. If your head to head points is anything like the one I’m in, than your pitching is your most important piece.

          It’s a good deal for you, but you’re not ripping the other guy off either. If he wants to make the deal, than let him.

  9. Micah says:
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    I’m stuck right now and could really use some help. 6×6 head to head category 12 team dynasty league. You can keep 12 but I traded my 11th pick along the way so I’m limited to 10. I’m keeping Goldschmidt, Arenado, Frazier, & McCutchen for sure. I can’t decide on the last six. Who would you choose?

    Robinson Cano
    Ian Desmond
    Gregory Polanco
    Christian Yelich
    Jorge Soler
    Randal Grichuk
    Marcus Stroman
    Taijuan Walker

    Thank you!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Micah: How many OF spots? If it’s 5 go Polanco, Stroman, Walker, Yelich, Soler, Grichuk. If it’s 3 plus util swap Grichuk for Cano.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Micah: I think I go Cano then

  10. Paul Wilson says:
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    Looking for a new owner in a 10-team, H2H, 16 player keeper league that’s been around since the late 1980s.

    If interested email:
    [email protected]

    Ralph Lifshitz, we’d love it if it was you!!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Paul Wilson: Late 80’s damn!!!

  11. Reese says:
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    12 team mixed keeper league should I trade smyly for Lawrie and Souza?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Reese: Yeah sure, I think that’s a good return.

  12. Aaron Leight says:
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    Fun read. Jealous of the participants.

    Mind ranking the following for 12-team contracts league’s prospect draft (once a prospect reaches rookie limits, a 5-year contract is initiated):

    Austin Riley, Yusniel Diaz, Garrett Whitley, DJ Stewart, Phil Bickford, Trey Mancini and Jabari Blash. Much appreciated!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Aaron Leight: Riley, Whitley, Bickford, Diaz, Stewart, Mancini, and Blush.

  13. Owen Simring says:
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    If anyone wants to join a Yahoo “pro league” tonight at 8 EST, please do so. $250 buy in. Roto. Auction.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Owen Simring: Help this man fill it!

  14. David says:
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    Enjoy the dynasty league recaps – provides some insight/context that we can use in our own leagues.

    In a dynasty with OBP, SLG added on the offensive side and IP, QS on the pitching. Have one FA pickup before the season, and looking to add either an OF or P. Due to the IP category, SP options are few and far between. 40 players, can keep all players forever, and only 10 FA acquisitions per year.

    Options:
    OF:
    DeShields
    Piscotty
    Fowler
    Winker

    P:
    Velasquez
    Snell
    Eovaldi

    Any suggestions for who to pick up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Snell! Go after Snell, especially if it’s keep forever.

      • David says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Thank you! Had been leaning Snell but was tempted in recent days by DeShields and Piscotty.

  15. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Ralph! With 28 of Top 40 players already being kept & off the board in our 12 man 6×6 roto. …and with C Seager injury, who should I keep as my last keeper : Betts in the 3rd or Seager in 10th rd? Thx bud

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: Betts in the third, he’s a top 15 player this year alone, and probably top 10 for keepers/dynasty

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks Ralph! for next year, Betts would be a 1st round keeper & Seager would be a 8th rd….still choose Betts? Thanks!!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @JohnnyBeGood: Nooe I’m still in

  16. thorbs says:
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    Very cool article!

    Quick dynasty Q: In a keep-20 + 8 MiLBers, I’ve been offered King Felix for my Blake Snell and Cody Reed. I’ve got Greinke, Keuchel, Kluber, Liriano, Heaney and Shields if I want to keep him at the moment.

    As tasty as Snell and Reed may be, I’m not crazy in wanting to jump all over this, am I?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @thorbs: Yeah you got to do it.

  17. Tom C says:
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    In dynasty auction need 9 keepers between:
    Stroman
    Severino
    Syndeegaard
    Corbin
    Piscotty
    Buxton
    Springer
    Rendon
    JD Martinez
    K. Bryant
    Sano
    Oliviera
    Joc Ped.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tom C: Springer, Bryant, JD Martinez, Sano, Rendon, Syndergaard, and Buxton.

  18. tyree says:
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    Hey,

    Got a dynasty question here.

    Got offer for Joey Gallo in return I give up Masahiro Tanaka.

    Would you take that deal? I already have Syndegaard, Matz, Stressburg, Tyson Ross, Aaron Nola

    Thin in outfield.

    THX! Love the site, visit everyday.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @tyree: See if you can get something else thrown in, a pick another useful piece, bullpen arm, something. Gallo is really risky, even for a Tanaka swap with his elbow.

      • tyree says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I got counter offer for oswaldo Arcia straight up for Tanaka.

        What do you think?

        • tyree says:
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          @tyree:

          Orlando

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @tyree: I’ll give you some insight, and granted from league to league value varies, but I was just offered Mazara and a second round pick for tanaka. It’s a 12 team keep 8 CBS points league so pitching is very valuable. I also dealt Tanaka in Razznasty (16 team roto) for matz and Giron. I think either way you need something with it, doesn’t have to be substantial but Arcia + a four starter or a 4th closer or something. Because if we get 180 innings of 2014 Tanaka you’ll be kicking yourself in October.

            • tyree says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz:

              Perfect. THX.

              Arcia looks like a lock for future impact player @ SS. Trying to drop Tanaka like a bad habit!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @tyree: Me too, but I’m cautious not to sell just for the sake of selling. My goal is find someone who likes him more than me. If you made either deal no one will fault you, and Arcia is a better option than Gallo.

  19. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    why wasn’t moncada drafted last year? or if he was how was he not kept?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: also, how were blandino and more so the other d.robertson not owned?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Crapshoot Kershaw: Moncada wasn’t eligible because he signed during the draft last year.

        As for Robertson and Blandino, it’s 16 team with 10 minors, and we only kept 30 players. I believe both were owned but weren’t kept. Which is appropriate for how I value them.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: that makes sense, i’m pretty sure when your opening draft went on d.robertson hadn’t jack up through the ranks yet. blandino was probably even less than him at the time. so you drop what, around 25% of roster minimum each year?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Crapshoot Kershaw: yup, 40 man roster with 10 minor spots. Keep 30, and you need to have 10 minors upon leaving the draft.

  20. highmindedness says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    Appreciate all the great tips and look forward to your future insights.

    Who’s the better target in deep keeper if I’m 2 years away from contending, Mazara or Brinson? The owners seem to want pitching. SS and speed could also be upgraded on those teams. MY roster:

    My Pitching: JoFer, Gausman, Severino, Maeda, Carrasco, Matz
    My SS: Xander, Crawford, Semien
    Also have: Burns in OF

    Any Suggestions on a fair trade offer I can make here? Thanks for the help.

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