It’s time once again to check in with our dynasty league…the Razznasty. J-FOH has put some distance between first and second place this month and now sits on a seven point lead heading into the home stretch. Hippos has held strong in the third spot, and – hey wait a minute! That’s Kid A kissing 110! Kid put up top five numbers in all but one hitting category in August, while at the same time posting the second-most strikeouts on the pitching side. Just when it looked like the Hippos might be getting comfortable in their pond, Kid put together an August run that has got to be making Truss sweat just a little. Our league’s trade deadline has come and gone, so at this point we’ve got to dance with the girls we brought or press our luck on the wire. Spoiler alert – it’s basically been picked clean at this point. Like…it’s kinda fugly. Here are the updated standings, recent trades and FAAB acquisitions for the month of August…

2015 Razznasty Standings

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Trades

– J-FOH trades Evan Gattis to Hippos for Adam Lind

– Cobra Kai trades Eric Hosmer and 9th/10th round picks to Hannibal for Ryan McMahon and a 2nd round pick

– J-FOH trades Robbie Ray and a 2nd round pick to Mike for Anthony Gose

– J-FOH trades Jose Quintana to Ghul for James Shields and Collin McHugh

– Cuban Bandits trade Grant Holmes to Cobra Kai for a 1st round pick

FAAB Report

Wilkerman Garcia ($0) – Garcia fills a farm slot vacated by Aaron Altherr. I’m a sucker for shortstops and early reports on this one have been very positive.

Welington Castillo ($0) and Travis Shaw ($2) – Castillo was a straight up steal by Baezaworldseries, and while Shaw’s long-term outlook with the Red Sox is a little hazy, he’s yielded a good return for a $2 bid.

Brett Martin ($0) and Derek Dietrich ($2) – J-FOH grabbed the sleeper southpaw for the Rangers in Martin, while also adding an intriguing bat for both this year and next in Dietrich. Dietrich’s uber flexibility this season will help his run for the title.

Alex Colome ($1) – I’m torn on Colome, but I’m glad he found a home. Even if starting doesn’t work out, he could end up in high-leverage situations in that Rays bullpen. Nice pickup for the Bandits.

Keone Kela ($5) – Speaking of bullpens, Texas has a great one. Tolleson has been fantastic, but don’t sleep on Kela in dynasties. The 22-year-old has 59 strikeouts in 53 innings in his first taste of the majors and could be a dark horse for saves down the road.

Erik Johnson ($1) and Terrance Gore ($2) – Hannibal played it right given his place in the standings, picking up two players who can be slotted on his farm but help him now. Gore is a steals threat on a run-happy Royals squad and Johnson has posted a great season at Triple-A for the White Sox. Both were called up yesterday as expected.

Mark Canha ($5) and Jerad Eickhoff ($4) – Kid A takes the gamble on Eickhoff for pitching depth. He was one of the minor pieces in the Cole Hamels deal with Texas.

Sean Nolin ($0) – Nolin is finally logging healthy innings and the lefty should be fighting for a rotation spot with the Athletics next spring. I like the stash here by Mentok.

Lonnie Chisenhall ($0) – Hey Lonnie, Ghul picks you up and you hit .394 in August? Ghul, I need you to pick up a bunch of Phillies for me…please.

Nick Tropeano ($1) and Tanner Roark ($1) – Ralph takes a peek at two good young arms for the low, low price of a buck apiece. Nice moves here.

Tom Wilhelmsen ($0) – FREE SAVES! If you could only see how much FAAB saves cost in this league (partly my own doing) you would appreciate just how awesome a value this was. Hat tip Hippos.

Anderson Espinoza ($2) – Last but not least, a really strong use of a farm slot here by Cheese. Espinoza is doing dirty things to GCL hitters at just 17 years old. He now has 20 straight scoreless innings with 24 strikeouts to boot. Cheese got in on this one at just the right time.  Well done!

 
  1. Baezaworldseries says:
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    RazzNasty for life!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      whoa crazy day…activate comments!

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Mike! Great coverage as usual but I was saddened to see my Derek Holland add not in the list. He has some damn good russian roulette games the rest of the way

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! I skimmed the FA pickups and he didn’t jump out at me, so really the blame lies squarely on Holland’s shoulders

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: he has that effect on people, I’m falling asleep just writing this

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha!

  3. Birdmann says:
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    What are your thoughts on Adam Walker, does his power carry over to the majors?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I feel like “carry over” is a little tricky. It’s plus raw, but the hit is graded fringey, so he probably settles in at average pop (15-20 HR)

  4. Double H says:
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    Hey Mike – great stuff. What are your thoughts on Texeira? OK to drop him in redrafts? Seems like at a minimum, he’s out 2 weeks.

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Double H: I dropped him a week ago. It’s over for him. Even if he gets back it will be suspect what he is capable of

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! yeah at this point if he’s hurt and they don’t DL him you are screwed so you just gotta cut bait

  5. j123 says:
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    Is there much difference between David Wright and Hector Olivera in a dynasty league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @j123: about 5 years

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: 5 bank accounts, 3 ounces, and two vehicles

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: what is Ralphs Christmas list?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d want Olivera…although stats wise they could be similar (Olivera more upside and a couple years younger)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that thing is mesmerizing

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Mike: jesus, that really is a 3rd leg. with all those nature shows i used to watch as a kid i don’t know how i didn’t see that crazy shit before.

  6. Frank White says:
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    Hey Mike or J-FOH What’s up.. Dude there’s 2 weeks left and i’m in the playoffs as of now with 1 game up so i really would like to win and sit comfortable. pitching is almost everything and I lost Syndergaard this week to Matz and Lance Lynn to an injury for a couple weeks with no DL spot.. I have Happ as my streamer and kept him because of the hot arm but do you think i should drop Lynn for a streamer spot this week?? If i drop anyone else then i won’t get an extra pitcher for the week cause they haven’t pitched yet but also gotta think about playoffs if i get there. I got
    Scherzer
    Lynn
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Hammel
    Salazar
    Hendricks
    Kluber
    Alex Wood
    Happ
    Syndergaard
    Joe Kelly
    I lost a couple good pitchers due to injury so that’s why i have Kelly too but he’s been solid. I play an easy team next week who’s out of the race but there’s never a guarantee. How would you play this situation out?? Thank You!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stream any spots you aren’t really confident in

  7. Mike, Myth, Legend. says:
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    You turned me on to Francis Martes earlier this year Mike, for which I’ll always be thankful as his stock has blown up since then…..similarly you pointed me in the direction of Brett Martin. See he was also scooped up in your dynasty league as was curious if you could tell me a bit more on what you think of him and what his potential upside & value is.

    Also, any other low minors SP’s like those two that were outside most people’s top 200 prospects last offseason, but this offseason would find themselves inside of yours? Any other diamonds in said rough, to keep an eye out for?

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      still not in the high minors so there’s some tests left…but I like everything I am reading about him. Here’s what an anon scout said about him recently in a post on LoneStarBall…

      “FB 91-93 and steep. CB is 83-85, CH is 84-88. He can pitch. One of the best low-A arms I’ve seen this year.”

      as far as other guys to watch for… Robles is blowing up, Espinoza will blow up if he hasn’t already…Giron with SD , G Lara in Milwaukee? These are guys who may already be owned depending how deep you go. (If I remember you right it’s pretty deep)

      How about a guy like Dorssys Paulino? Sometimes the best under the radar specs are the ones people kinda gave up on too early. In the Philly system check out Jose Pujols

      • Mike, Myth, Legend. says:
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        @Mike:

        Yeah, it’s a 20 teamer with 30 prospects apiece so we drain the prospect pool pretty thoroughly. All those guys you mention are gone, but thankfully Espinoza & Pujols are two I’ve snagged myself so glad to hear them mentioned. (Espinoza’s reports in particular have been drool inducing. He’s going to be very fascinating to follow next year.)

        One guy I picked up recently that has some interesting numbers is Oscar De La Cruz….6’4, 200 SP in A-, 20.5 years old….9.27 K/9, 2.96 ERA, “90-93 heavy sinker, above avg curve, starter traits, some projection” – Kiley……..you heard much about this guy yourself? Anything there you think?

        Also, couple Mets arms I’m curious about…..Dario Alvarez or Akeel Morris impressing you at all? Any kind of worthwhile upside there you think?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          word, that’s the kind of report you want…’projection left’ being the magic phrase I love the most

          don’t know a ton about the Mets guys that isn’t already mainstreamed…I’ll dig around this offseason though when I put together the org previews :)

  8. Yescheese says:
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    Nabbing Espinoza eases the pain of losing my $0 tie bid for Robles…Damn you Georgia Peach!

    The offseason should prove interesting as everyone retools for a run. There aren’t many teams truly “out of it” for next year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      great pickup…Robles too.

      I agree, we’ve got a really solid mix. Nobody’s team is like dead in the water without something to build around.

  9. James says:
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    How much shine do you think Jurrickson Profar has lost as a prospect? Obviously missing nearly 2 straight seasons is a huge blow to his development but he’s still young and had a ton of talent.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      great buy low in dynos IMO

      • James says:
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        @Mike: I agree. Where would he fall in with other prospects in your opinion? He’s not ranked as a prospect anymore because he played so much in 2013.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          that’s a little tricky, but I’d still take him over guys like Arcia, Albies, etc at the SS position, but probably behind guys like Lindor and Seager now if that makes sense

          • James says:
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            @Mike: Yeah I think he could still go 20/20 which would be huge for a middle infielder. Question is… Where does he actually play? Odor has passed him up. Andrus is a mess but has a huge contract.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              good question. unfortch the best I can offer as an answer is that these things tend to work themselves out. somebody will fail, get injured, move off position, etc…

              • James says:
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                @Mike: Agreed

  10. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    I almost pooped in my pond when I woke up the Monday morning to see I had nabbed Tommy Wilhelmsen. Saves have been a pain my arse ever since someone who shall remain nameless (rhymes with “flyuzaflerdseries”) snagged Andrew Miller from me a little earlier than I thought he’d go during the draft. Osuna and Tommy have been a big part of my stint in 3rd place. It helped that Wilhelmsen picked up his first save late on a Sunday night so I could sneak him in there and cross my fingers. FREE SAVES! Thanks for the shout, great coverage as usual my friend.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha thanks Matt! huge pickup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @MattTruss: wow, i figured the zero add was due to him not being closer yet when you got him. way sicker that it was done after he already had one.

  11. trigger cut says:
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    great title.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @trigger cut: great song, of course we’ve done this one before.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: i meant your name, not the radiohead song (nothing wrong with that one of course)

  12. danny almonte says:
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    Whats the eta on Nomar mazara? Do you have a good mlb comp on him?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      early 2016…pretty typical power hitting RF profile…nothing speed-wise to get excited about but .270-.280 with 25-30 homer ceiling

      • danny almonte says:
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        @Mike:

        if you had one 3 yr contract and two 2 year contracts, how would you dish em out: C.hernandez, Nomar, and E.Rosario?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Maz gets the 3-yr from me

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: WTF! i was saving a damn waiver in many leagues for him to be up on roster now?!

  13. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    i’m not sure i’d let the quintana for mchugh AND shields go through if i was comishing that. I could see either one maybe and then it’s just opinions, but really? how does one even go about talking somebody into that?

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