Trade: Rocky Mtn Oysters | Preseason Double Stuffs

Rocky Mtn Oysters send: OF Bryce Harper ($109)
Preseason Double Stuffs send: SP Max Scherzer ($86)

Andrew’s thoughts:¬†This is almost too surprising to wrap my head around, but I think my knee-jerk reaction is that I don’t love it for either squad but I prefer it from the Double Stuffs’ end.

Ferns and Chris still have a formidable rotation with Chris Archer at the top, and now they’ve got a transcendent hitter to plug into their lineup and slug¬†from Day 1. Their offense went from a bunch of question marks to a bunch of question marks surrounded by a stud. Any time you can flip a player that cost $23 less than another player at auction before any games have been played,¬†you’re probably feeling good.

Of course, Bryce is super expensive. If you’re the Oreos, $109 is a lot. It won’t matter in 2016, but I can see future seasons having to make some serious cuts to accommodate keeping this one guy. That’s the problem paying young guys tons and tons of budget. You feel some sense of obligation to keep them long term, but it’ll hurt your roster elsewhere.

For Dusty’s Oysters, I don’t get it at all. Why swing deals to get extra budget cash, splurge on the highest paid hitter, then trade him? The benefit of those previous deals is now eroded. Given that there’s no in-season budget, he effectively spent $109 on Scherzer which, if the strategy all along was to buy a hitter to flip for a pitcher, why not just pony up for Clayton Kershaw at auction? I love Max Scherzer, so getting him for¬†the top of your rotation is awesome. But I don’t think I’m trading Bryce straight up for any player not named Clayton Kershaw or Mike Trout (and you guys know I heart pitchers), so I can’t help but feel like simply waiting instead of rushing to make a splash may have paid off better.

Jordan’s thoughts:¬†Holy Cow! The first giant and meaningful trade of Dynasty Grinders is a big one. My favorite non-Mariner for an awesome pitcher. This has many implications, but this appears to be a classic case of I drafted a lot of this, you drafted a lot of this, we both need the other thing, lets switch. Bryce comes with crazy potential, but his keeper value is diminished at over 20% of your normal budget. Scherzer is under that 20% mark, but not by much. Enough of that, how did that change their teams now in the pre-season.

I have my handy dandy team projection calculator using FanGraphs’s Depth Charts Projections. Prior to this trade The Oysters were ranked 8th which a projected score of roughly 576 fantasy points per week. The Double Stuffs were considerably behind scoring 563 fantasy points per week, ranked 14th of 16 Dynasty Grinders clubs. Let’s calculate the difference!

Oysters -> 565.7 Points Per Week | Net -11.3 Rank 12
Stuffs -> 564.6 Points Per Week | Net +1.6 Rank 14

Wow. How does that work? Well…

Oysters replace Bryce with George Springer just fine. But George Springer who was filling the utility spot is now replaced by Danny Espinosa, James McCann, and there’s still 300 or so replacement at bats. Dusty had a glut at right field, but doesn’t currently have the utility depth.

On the pitching side he adds 34 Max Scherzer starts to replace Luis Severino and Jake Peavy starts. Severino and Peavy are not all-stars, but they were no slouches at a projected 26 points per start each. Max’s 37 points per start is nice, but not at this cost.

I’m sorry Dusty, I don’t like this move.

For the Stuffs, they insert Harper into the CF/RF slot which essentially moves Carlos Gomez to the 4th OF and Utility role. This is a huge improvement for a variety of reasons. They took utility at bats away from Yasmany Tomas, Eduardo Escobar and Cesar Hernandez. Awesome.

On the pitching side, they lose Max, and replace him with Ian Kennedy and Jerad Eickhoff. They turned from a 37 point per game starter and handed those starts to two guys who are below average at 22 and 23 points per game projected. Ouch!

For the Double Stuffs I don’t hate the move, but I don’t love it either. I love depth as much as anyone and they both sold off on it for a marginal gain and a potential huge loss. Count me out.

Trade: Beach Bum | Rocky Mtn Oysters

Beach Bum send: 1B Mark Teixeira ($17)
Rocky Mtn Oysters send: UT David Ortiz ($30)

Andrew’s thoughts:¬†This is a perfectly fair swap for both sides that I like a tad more¬†for the Beach Bums, a team that already looked to be over budget next year who now gets a superior hitter for 2016 and an easy cut in the off-season. With Albert Pujols, Adam Lind, and Joe Mauer already rostered, Beach Bums didn’t really need a fourth 1B. Granted, Big Papi is going to block off one of his two starting UT spots, but so what? Papi’s a better hitter. He looked cooked early in 2015 and still finished as the 18th highest scoring hitter.

For the Oysters, I understand not wanting to have to start Yonder Alonso at 1B. But ironically, if his roster remains unchanged, Alonso may just end up occupying one of the two UT spots Papi had cinched up¬†more often than not, in which case Alonso/Ortiz was flipped for Alonso/Teixeira, a likely marginal (probably negligible) downgrade. If Teixeira’s healthy, he’s good. Very good even. And he’s not planning on retiring any time soon, so he may give you something beyond this year where Papi will not.¬†Again, even trade, I just tilt in favor of Ortiz a little.

Jordan’s thoughts:¬†Its really easy to come out and say, hey just draft Teix and leave Papi alone. But, I know as well as anyone, sometimes drafts don’t go as planned. I think Dusty makes his team more flexible at a reasonable cost. Everyone probably would rather have Papi on their team then Teixeira, but moving Alonso to the utility/bench slot is worthy of making this deal.

Trade: Team Canada | Hustle Loyalty Respect

Team Canada sends: P – Sandy Alcantara (STL)
Hustle Loyalty Respect sends: $2 in 2016 Auction Budget & the 203rd overall draft pick in 2016.

Jordan’s thoughts: Well hey we finally had our first snap trade immediately after someone got drafted by someone else. Alcantara is a fine prospect, who knows where it goes. But, this was late in the draft and HLR paid double the price paid for other similar trades. Them the breaks. If you want the prospect its a fine trade. If you were Team Canada and not married to what was likely a choice between fifteen similar guys, well you made $2, awesome.

Trade: Capital City | Rocky Mountain

Capital City Ironmen sends:¬†2016’s 163rd overall selection
Rocky Mtn Oysters sends:¬†2016’s 186th overall selection and $1 in 2016 Auction Budget

Jordan’s thoughts: If it works for both teams, fine by me. Oysters nabbed Courtney Hawkins with their new pick and the Ironmen then fell back into John Gant. Ask me in three years if someone wins this thing.

Trade: Preseason Favorites | TBD

Preseason Favorites sends: $7 in 2016 Auction Budget & 2016 232nd overall selection (15th round)
TBD sends: 2016 110th overall selection (7th round)

Jordan’s thoughts: Again with all these other trades, we’ll see when the players get selected. We know that PF picked Daz Cameron with the 110th pick. I’m not sure that’s worth $7 to jump up to get, but it is definitely worth $7 to move back to the last round. I think the auction budget being traded around was inflated already, but $7, that’s a useful player in the draft. Daz Cameron is years away if he ever makes something of himself.

Trade: Capital City | Beach Bum

Capital City Ironmen sends: 2016 67th overall selection (5th round) & 94th overall selection (6th round pick)
Beach Bum sends: 2016 74th selection (5th round) & 87th overall selection (6th round)

Jordan’s thoughts: This is one of those trades where you don’t know who to choose with your pick. There is three or four players you like and you want to get two of them, and you know you can by swapping out, but you are not quite sure that your second pick is close enough. For the Bums they get to move up to get the one guy they want and moving back is not a big difference.

Trade: Team Hydra | Hustle Loyalty Respect

Team Hydra sends: $1 in 2016 Auction Budget
Hustle Loyalty Respect sends: A conditional $1 in 2017 Auction Budget.

The condition: If HLR finishes top 3 in points, the amount sent to Hydra doubles to $2. If Hydra finishes top 3 in points, the amount sent back gets pushed to 2018. If both teams finish top 3, the deal remains the original trade.

Jordan’s thoughts: I’ll steal and modify a quote from Bill Simmons’ mailbag, “These are my league members.”