Trade: Rocky Mtn Oysters | Preseason Double Stuffs

Rocky Mtn Oysters sends: 3B Ryon Healy ($5)
Preseason Double Stuffs sends: SP Matt Cain (FA)

Andrew’s thoughts: I don’t find either of these players super exciting, but I’d much rather have Healy because he’s only 25 and has a .355 wOBA over his first 403 MLB plate appearances. That’s quite good, though he’s probably more of a back-up than a guy you want starting. Also, his parents spelled “Ryan” wrong and I find that irksome.

Cain, on the other hand, was most recently a passable starting pitcher in like 2013. I guess you could use him as a streamer exclusively when he’s pitching at home, but he’s been awful there over the last few years. It’s not like we award points for getting Cy Young votes six seasons ago.

Like… Scott Feldman, who I picked up off waivers last week, has out-performed Cain’s FIP since 2013, when he had a 4.03 and Cain had a 3.93. So even then, it was close. So why trade Healy for Cain when you could just grab Feldman off waivers for free? Also, can I please trade Feldman now for a decent hitter? Please and thank you.

The Auction Draft is Over!

It is the morning after and I am finally collected enough to reflect on the draft yesterday. I have already started to pour over the data to see what kind of interesting nuggets available to uncover. However, before sharing those with you I wanted to take a second to talk about yesterday’s draft and the entire Dynasty Grinders experience as a whole.

This league was born out of a few ideas with some added inspiration in November. We started recruiting for teams after Christmas. We were filled before the second week of January. Each team in the league voted in the first ever rules voting before the polling deadline. Each team paid their first two years of league dues, up front, well prior to the deadline.

It may not seem like much, but everything in that paragraph is a huge relief for any commissioner. But, it gets better.

The minor league snake draft, which started at the beginning of February, was done within two weeks. 240 minor league baseball players were selected and nobody missed their eight hour time window. Incredible participation. There was never a reason to speed up the time clock or pressure people into making picks. In fact, I stopped sending email notification updates after the 3rd or 4th round, because everyone was paying attention on their own.

Thirteen trades of one kind or another have occurred already. Our Slack chat has had over 27,000 messages posted between our slack channels or direct messages. That kind of participation exceeds my wildest and highest expectations.

Finally yesterday happened. We geared up for a 480 pick auction draft. We set out to do it in one day, broken into 2-hour sessions with 20-minute breaks squeezed in to make sure nobody died. The picks went fast and furious. And all said and done we were done in 8 hours and 12 minutes.

The draft came and went without a hitch.

Every owner was available and ready 10 minutes prior to the draft, many of us chatting in the Google Hangout as early as an hour prior to the draft.

Everyone seemed to be very prepared and were very aware of what was going on and for the first time as a commissioner in any sense of the form, I was truly able to participate and focus more as an owner and leave my commissioner hat hanging on the hook for a day.

It does not get better than that. Hours, days and weeks of preparation by myself and everyone in the league is what allowed yesterday to breeze through. Now, I cannot say how everyone feels about their teams today, but I got so many positive notes and interactions post draft, that I believe everyone had fun and is even more excited going forward.

Baseball is still a few weeks away, but I cannot wait to fill the time with trade speculation, predictions, fluff, and other non-sense. Thank you everyone, I truly appreciate your participation!

Greed Dollars in Perpetuity: A Dynasty Grinders Life Hack

If players who got on base were the market inefficiency of the early century, then greed dollars in perpetuity are the market inefficiency of Dynasty Grinders.

For those who have no idea what “greed dollars in perpetuity” means, it’s really just a fancy way of saying “forever”.  If I were to acquire the Foundation’s  greed dollar in perpetuity from say Team Hydra, that would mean I control an extra dollar of greed for the Foundation every year. With that extra dollar, I would be able to put $2 on any one of The Foundation’s players or $1 on two of their players. I know there have already been scholarly articles written on greed dollar strategy, but the way I see it, I will always be putting the dollar(s) on the most undervalued player. I think doing anything else would be too cute.

Reasons to trade your greed dollars in perpetuity

  • Efficiency: If I were to control twice (or more) of the amount of greed dollars for someone else’s team, you can be positive I won’t be half-assing it. With twice the power, comes twice the responsibility. Therefore, I assume that if I were to trade a greed dollar in perpetuity to someone else, they would be taking the task of assigning 2 greed dollars with more thought than they would otherwise. Since that extra greed dollar is being assigned to my opponent, it is to my benefit that someone else is putting forth additional consideration and thought into what player he will assign those dollars to. In a sense, greed dollar will be used more efficiently.
  • Consideration: A greed dollar in perpetuity is an asset, thus you should be able to get something for it. Whether it’s a throw in to get a deal done or a simple deal for an auction dollar or two, by trading it away, you will be getting something in return.
  • Time: You will have more time on your hands. Imagine the time it will take to browse a 30 man roster and determine who the best player to stick with $1 will take. Let’s say it will take 2 minutes. Now imagine you’re in this league for 30 years. That’s 30 times the amount of time. Now imagine if you traded all 15 of your dollars controlled greed dollars in perpetuity away. Woah. That’s 900 minutes… 15 hours. Basically the amount of time you’re up in a day. Longer if you plan on being in this league for 30 years. Now, I understand part of the draw to this league is that there is something to do every month, even in the offseason. If you look forward to greed allocation every season, this article isn’t for you. I probably should have said that earlier, but you’ve already read up to this point anyway. If you do choose to trade away all your greed dollars in perpetuity, please take some time in the free day I just gave you to write me a thank you note.

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Conclusion: Trading away your greed seems like a no brainer to me. Your dollar will be used more efficiently by someone who now has more power/responsibility in assigning it, you will get something in return for it, and you will be saving a ton of time. You’re welcome

Note: all trading and deals involving greed dollars in perpetuity are intended to be for non collusive deals. Please see the example I used at the beginning for reference to what I was describing.

The Inaugural Minor League Draft Order

Here with Dynasty Grinders we do nothing short of awesome. With that said, this commissioner lives in a very supportive household, where this draft order selection was done with help from my whole family. Thank you!

The order was spun going from 8th to 16th, then from 7th to 1st. It was quite fun.

Final draft order:

16 – Sano Big Deal
15 – The Foundation
14 – TBD
13 – BetterNameLater
12 – Who’s Your Haddy
11 – Hustle Loyalty Respect
10 – Beach Bum
9 – Team aarnicdy
8 – Preseason Favorite
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7 – Rocky Mountain Oysters
6 – Team Canada
5 – Team johnnywise
4 – We Talk Fantasy Sports
3 – Capital City Senators
2 – Team Gaut
1 – Team Hydra
The minor league draft will begun as a slow draft on February 1st after everyone has paid their league dues. Good luck!