Senior Squids and Lansdowne Legends

Senior Squids  gets

Salvador Perez C  $20

Lansdowne Legends gets

Jordan Balazovic  SP
Spencer Howard  SP
Xavier Edwards SS
Luis Torrens C

 

Squids gets possibly the top fantasy C in the league for a couple back end top 100 prospects and post hype Spencer Howard. I really like the deal here for Squids. In my opinion it is time for him to cash in prospects and compete, and it looks like he is ready to do that. Trading Perez for not too far distant prospects also makes sense to me, if I am in the Legends shoes.

I’ll cut to the chase, I’m not a  big believer in Xavier Edwards as a big fantasy asset. He has hit 1 HR in his 3 year minor league career. Its tough for a player with little power to have a lot of value. He does have what looks like great bat to ball skills, which should give him a decent floor, just don’t think the ceiling is that high. Best case scenario is a Whit Merrifield type player which would be a great outcome. I see more of a Luis Arraez with some speed. He is in the upper minors so at least he isn’t years away. But I see questionable upside, more valuable in Roto leagues IMO.

I am rooting for Balazovic as a fellow Canadian. He played in AA at age 22 last year and the stats aren’t all that impressive with a WHIP of 1.4. Scouts see something they like as Baseball America has him ahead of Joe Ryan, and listed as the top pitcher on their 2025 projected rotation. So trusting the scouts here.

Spencer Howard is your typical post hype prospect. His MLB numbers were bad…I’d rather gamble that he figures something out than get a rookie level prospect with some helium thrown in.

So to sum up my thoughts. Nice trade for Squids as his offence needed some punch and he gives up prospects who are knocking on the door but would have to add or improve tools to really increase their ceiling.

Lansdowne is trading a 31 year old catcher coming off a career year on a team friendly salary. For his team it probably makes sense to trade him at some point as he inherited a team with limited depth and a 3 for 1 trade could help.  I do like the fact all prospects have AA experience. He will need something to click with Howard, or Balazovic to take another step to make this trade look a little better in my eyes. The alternate route that could be taken, is hold onto your stars , spend your auction dollars on help and see how your season starts and then look to sell him when you find yourself out of the competition. For me I prefer that route unless i am really getting the prospect I covet.

 

Trade review H-town Trashcan Punch and Beantown Butchers

H-Town gets

Patrick Wisdom  $8
4th round pick

Beantown Butchers gets

Eric Lauer $5
Brusdar Graterol

My first thought was this trade wasn’t worth writing up. I view Lauer as a soft tossing lefty who gives up way more hits per inning than you want. And who the hell is Patrick Wisdom?

Well I was surprised on both fronts by their 2021 seasons. Lauer actually gave up less than a hit per inning and was serviceable and Patrick Wisdom at age 29 hit 28 HR’s in 338 AB’s. I think I missed all 28.  A former 1st round pick from 2012….  Could we just go back to 2012  for a minute and gangnum style dance once more with no covid hysteria.

So yeah I was surprised both players performed better than i would have guessed.  I’m no sabermetrician but Lauer seems to have gotten a little more luck as hitters against BABIP dropped all the way down to .254 while all 3 previous seasons were much higher. He only gave up 94 hits in 118 IP which is way below his usual. So either he figured something out or just got lucky.

Wisdom strikes out a ton. Doesn’t walk a ton. So he looks like a low avg/obp power guy. And he has position flexibility at 1B,3B, LF. Seems like a great bench piece. I feel 3B is pretty shallow this year so I like the acquisition. Playing time would be my only concern, but as of now it looks like he may be in for regular at bats for the Cubbies.

It doesn’t take much to make this worth my while as we are currently in a deep freeze here in Edmonton where its been -25 or worse for the past couple weeks so a lot of hibernation going on here. But I am going to give a slight edge on this trade to H-town, but I also understand Beantown who needed pitching and gets a serviceable starter who maybe figured something out at a cheap price. And I am generally not much a believer in keeping RP , but a $0 closer has some merit.

Trade review TBD and The Fantasy Baseball Team

 

TBD receives

Drew Waters

 

The Fantasy Baseball team

Yusei Kikuchi
Ryne Nelson
Justin Lange

 

This trade comes down to the fact that TBD was not keeping Kikuchi at $40. Kikuchi was 25 points per start last year. Which isn’t exciting but you generally need someone like this more than you think. He was traded alongside Machado at the trade deadline for 5 prospects(Pratto, Foscue, DL Hall, Doyle, Paris, 3rd round pick) One of the factors that separated the playoff teams from the non playoff teams was they consistently got to the innings limit. . Its justifiable keeping him and also sending him back to auction…so he has little value and i think that is reflected in this trade. If he signs with the Rockies go ahead and drop him.

So it comes down to prospects. And who are any of us to be an authority on prospects. But we might as well act like we know something.  Drew Waters had more helium following a nice 2019 season, he regressed in 2021 and some places are pumping the brakes a bit, on the few lists I could find MLB.com has him ranked as 79th best prospect in baseball. Prospects 1500 had him at 105.  A 22 years old in AAA, he slashed a .240/.329/.381 with a 31% K rate. Not the sexiest numbers, but people like him.

Ryne Nelson  was unlisted in MLB’s top 100 and came in ranked 198 on Prospects 1500 list,  as one writer on their staff has him ranked 97 in their personal top 100. He pitched in AA last year and did strike out 104 in 77 IP, but that also came with 13 HR’s allowed in his 14 AA starts.

Justin Lange is the kind of prospect that you never really give up any value for in this league because players of his profile can be picked up for free in season. You may think this is a bad take, but trust me I’m right here.   He is a 19 year old kid who pitched in rookie ball and walked 15 in 22 IP while pitching to a 6.95 ERA. He could breakout and shoot way up lists but I feel like the same can be said for a plethora of pitchers available on the waiver wire. I’d rather make TBD kick in a few auction dollars. But if you like Lange go ahead and take him.

So this trade is perfectly fine for both teams. Who knows what Kikuchi goes for in auction this year, it was $38 bucks last year, i feel he maybe goes for a higher price this year so giving up the slightly better prospect makes sense, if your trying to make sure you don’t have to overpay for a guy you are targeting.

2021 Auction All-Star team

The recent trade review got me looking at last years auction results and I figured its time for our first Auction All-star team. Hopefully it will be useful to the new owners, in letting them know what an auction can contain. I think the shortened 2020 season may have led to a slightly deeper auction, as well i believe this was the first auction where teams were not allowed to acquire extra cash and keep more salary. Here are your Auction Allstars!

This was just a quick run through so feel free to let me know if I missed someone. We see some veterans (Posey, Votto, Belt etc.)that the league had little hopes for that came up big, we see some young kids who had their first decent seasons(France, Candelario, Walsh).  Add up these salaries and you have your self a decent team. Bench players include Chris Taylor $20, Robbie Grossman $16, Andrew Mccutchen $31, and a lot of bullpen arms i didn’t want to dive into. Questions?

C Buster Posey 6.2 ppg $12
1B Joey Votto 7.09 ppg $11
2B Ty France 5.81 $50
3B Jeimer Candelario 5.5 $36
SS Corey Seager 6.97 $120
LF Brandon Belt 7.13 $21
CF Byron Buxton 8.19 $47
RF Jarred Walsh 5.93 $45
UTIL Paul Goldschmidt 6.83 $81
UTIL Shohei Ohtani 7.43 $102
Carlos Rodon 37 ppg $15
Framber Valdez 31.27 ppg $47
Kyle Gibson 30.29 $16
Anthony Desclafani 30.15 $15
Tyler Mahle 29.48 $27
Cody Flexen 27.7 $1
Corey Kluber 25 $30
Yusei Kikuchi 25.52 $38
Tanner Houck 24.47 $13
Austin Gomber 24 $1

Beantown Butchers & Marshall Law

Beantown Butchers  gets :                    Mookie Betts $98

Marhsall Law gets :                                  Andrew Vaughn, Emerson Hancock,
Jairo Pomares, 1st round pick

Herm Edwards famously said ” You play to win the game!”. Its refreshing to see Beantown Butchers take those words to heart as he makes his 2nd win now move, picking up a 2nd core piece. He has suddenly shored up his offensive lineup adding Chapman and Betts to a core of Lindor, Albies, and Jiminez.  What does that core have in common? They all had a disappointing 2021. Albies not so much, but; the rest of them performed well below expectations for various reasons. Betts was nagged by a bad hip and put up a pedestrian slash line of .264/.367/.487.  His September/October slash line of
.239/.336/.381  wasn’t helping.  Did he come back too soon from injury or just come back rusty. He should be fine, just ask Cody Bellinger.

Marshall had to shed salary and had a glut of outfielders, so dealing Mookie makes sense as it sheds a lot of salary and restocks the cupboards.  I’m guessing Andrew Vaughn was the main attraction here as he is the only proven asset coming back. He also was fairly disappointing in his first year in the show . And digging into the numbers shows some troubling splits. His 2nd half OPS was .613. He didn’t hit RHP at all. But kids 24 has a reputation as a masher and you kind of just have to trust the pedigree that he is going to hit, but i can see the reasons Beantown was willing to part with the former top pick. The other assets are personally ones i think are great trade pieces, Emerson Hancock is a nice looking prospect, but pitching prospects in general are such a gamble , cash em in when you can. Look at the previous top 2 darlings Nate Pearson and Mckenzie Gore to see how easy the shine can come off.  Pomares is pretty meh…in my eyes.  A fine 3rd piece.

To evaluate these money trades properly i think you also have to look at what that money gives you. Top auction spends from last year Corey Seager ($120),Syndergaard ($104) Ohtani($102), Sale ($86) and Goldschmidt($81). So you take on 98 bucks your basically giving up one of the top 5 players from the auction. This year maybe that’s Clayton Kershaw. Its usually going to be an aging veteran who got too expensive or an arm coming off injury  etc.  It can be a crapshoot, and no reason to think you spend the money wisely, but factor it in.

To wrap up I like this trade for both teams. Beantown gets better, Marshall gets salary relief that had to come from somewhere while picking up a cheap cost controlled MLB bat who could be just an adjustment or two away from reaching his ceiling and a nice prospect and pick.

 

 

 

 

Victory Speech

Speech Speech Speech!!

Ok fine. Indulge me!

It feels great to join the Dynasty Grinders Championship club. But a championship team doesn’t just happen. Like it takes a community to raise a child, you all played a role in helping Long Ball succeed and
some thanks are in order.

First off, the players. I would be ungrateful if I didn’t thank Triston Mckenzie. He wasn’t doing so hot, sent to the minors midseason, he finally put it all together down the stretch averaging 57 points per start
over his last 5 starts, to him goes the playoff MVP.

Next up the unsung hero award goes to Ranger Suarez. Ranger was a prospect on my team for a few years and then he found his way onto the waiver wire, well the prodigal son returned home just in time, picked
up randomly as a reliever he was thrust into the rotation just when my team needed it with multiple starters on the DL and he averaged 39 points per start over his last 5 starts. Better to be lucky than good.


Finally props to the year long constants for this team. Robbie Ray on the mound who was the lead point produer and Juan Soto who was just a few points shy of Ray.

But like I said this isn’t all about LongBall to LF. This is about you guys. You Complete me. You had me at “Is it baseball season yet”.


Marshall Law….Thanks for stepping in and running the league and doing a damn good job when our former leader abandoned us. Also a thank you for choking the last week of the season to give me that first round bye. You inherited a fringy team and have turned it into a playoff mainstay.


Hustle Loyalty Respect….Thanks for all the help in making the league run its appreciated. But more thanks for being that team that everyone enjoys beating just a tad more than anyone else, and for letting me beat you twice this year. Double fun. Hell of a year for you and hell of a roster, lots of decisions coming for you.

Beach Bum….Thanks for bringing the class level of the league up a notch. Oh and for graciously letting me, be the one to beat Hustle in the playoffs this year…true restraint on your part.

Who is Your Haddy….Thanks for being a grinder. Missed the playoffs in our last full year (2019) I believe, but yet you retool adding veterans in offseason. Best player hits DL (Trout) but you keep grinding and adding to compete and get paid playoff money. We need teams like you. Thanks, better luck next year.


Pine Mountain Podstars….Thanks new guy, for running your team and competing…you pitching was getting hot near the end and had me scared. And for keeping that random channel on slack going.


TBD…..Thanks for Cedric Mullins and his 1050 fantasy points so far. And thank you for going all in on pitchers who just couldn’t stay healthy. Oh and Ketel Marte he was useful. Another great competitor I appreciate you two. Need lady luck next year.


Dozier Huge Boobs….Thanks for joining our league, participating and keeping us going. Thanks for Lance Lynn he was just as you described a healthy horse who worked his tail off. Mclanahan and Peguero
both took steps forward so you can feel good about a solid trade each way.


Senior Squids….Thanks for being an original grinder and sticking with it despite some crumby luck here and there cough(Forest Whitley). Continuity is key in a league so thanks for the Loyalty. Would also be ungrateful if i didn’t thank you for not taking my late season offer of Mullins and Bogaerts + prospects for Bassitt and Springer. You knew Springer was damaged goods and unloaded him on Hustle…and probably sensed Bassitt would be injured shortly….true friend. 


H-Town Trash …Thanks for livening up the slack channel, its part of what makes the league great. I thought your team had as much momentum as any in the 2nd half so thanks for competing. I see good things a head for you


EastBound and Dowd…..No luck for you this year…but thanks for also bringing some class to the league. Beach Bum lite in my mind. Thanks for trading star players at the deadline and getting mlb players back,
not settling for prospects years away. But I really have to thank you for not dealing me Cody Bellinger in the offseason, I don’t know if I win this year without your help…I can’t remember our wager but it may have been me trying to tell you Bogaerts had a good chance of out producing Bellinger who was coming off shoulder surgery. Do you remember?


Brew Crew….. Thanks for Robbie Ray. Yes you were just a middle man taking Hustle’s unwanted SP and peddling him to me for an Urbina, but you deserve appreciation, so THANK YOU. Also your upsetting Marshall Law in seasons final week of season was huge, thanks for competing to the end. I
don’t win without you.


We Talk Fantasy Sports ….Thanks again for your loyalty to the league. Nice to see people who will stick with something. I’d say thanks for Stripling but I don’t know that he actually helped me that much but he gave me some innings near the end that i might not of been able to match off the wire. Witt Jr coming, Salvador Perez….you were one of the unluckier teams this year I see just a few tweaks and a little luck standing in your way of the playoffs next year

Suplex City….Thanks for joining and sticking with it despite us legacy members giving you a rough welcoming. You got the off-season rocking and put your stamp on your team. Thank you for Sonny Gray he stayed healthy all year. Thanks for giving the hard throwing future TJ arm to TBD. I see lots of pieces here as well. Keep grinding.

Organized Chaos…..Thanks for sticking with us. Never getting offended at a lame offer sent your way. As a Braves fan I promise to let Acuna finish out his career on your team. I’m just going to need him the
next 10 years…then he is yours.


Bomb Squad…Thanks for joining, I hope your still here, you haven’t called or texted in months. Thanks for rejecting that offer of Mckenzie and Rodgers and prospects for Jack Flaherty. I needed those two guys to step up and perform in the playoffs so thank you for that. May not have won without you! I may come calling again for Flaherty.

Trade Review – Hustle Loyalty Respect and Eastbound and Dowd – Terry O’Neill edition

(Terry O’Neill pictured right)

 

Trade Review

 

To Hustle Loyalty Respect:

Giancarlo Stanton ($86 31 y.o. 5.83 ppg)

 

To Eastbound and Dowd:

Tyler O’Neill ($0 cc 26 y.o. 5.77 ppg)

$15 auction budget

 

TL;DR – HLR picks up an expensive and maybe declining outfield/util slot depth hoping for a hot streak while EAD picks up a solid and cheap guy looking at an above-average upside

This trade probably doesn’t happen if Ohtani is on the board earlier in the day.  This trade happened early on in the deals, and it made sense at the time.  EAD likely wasn’t keeping Stanton, and he made that clear when he referenced Stanton as being priced to move.  HLR hopped on the opportunity and grabbed Stanton for a guy I’d be okay with moving on from for the chance to win a title. After getting Stanton, HLR popped Ohtani late in the day and moved Stanton down his depth chart.

Let’s look at the HLR side. Full disclosure, I was in on Stanton, but my offer was well below the deal EAD accepted ( I offered two 2023 4ths and Jack Suwinski). Stanton probably would have been a pretty regular outfielder or utility slot guy for HLR before the Ohtani trade, and I think he will still slot in at the back end of HLR’s starting squad.  Stanton is having a down year from what he has accomplished in the past, but he is still above average and certainly capable of carrying a team if he gets hot. In looking at Stanton for trade talks, I was concerned by a few of his sliding metrics.  He is walking less than he has in his prime and the power output is down despite the exit velo data being about the same when he does make contact.  He was injured for almost all of 2019 and some of short 2020 season. That led me to devaluing him in terms of longevity as I didn’t see him as a keeper. I don’t think HLR does either. That said, I am always interested in grabbing a guy with the capability to put up 100+ in a week for a playoff run. With Stanton hitting the ball as hard as he ever has, he still has plenty in the tank. Any of the contenders could have done worse than adding Stanton. He has the same upside capability as Springer does for the final portion of the season, and I think the cost he paid to do it was fine.

As to the EAD side, Tyler O’Neill is currently an above average player who has a $0 salary under our cost-controlled system.  I’ve never been a fan of his, and I was surprised to see just how well he was doing.  I had seen his point totals, but I hadn’t looked under the hood. Scouting his stats, he his walking less, striking out more, and making as much or more hard contact as he ever has.  The massive jump in production has come from not only the career-high batting average but also the career high OPS. I don’t know enough about how xwOBA is calculated to figure out if the delta between O’Neill’s wOBA and xwOBA is meaningful, but his wOBA is .365 (25 pts higher than his 2018 high) and xwOBA is .399.  What does all this mean? I think, again based on stat-scouting, O’Neill has gotten more aggressive and is doing damage as a result. He is coming into his power-peak, so I have reason to believe his production this year is sustainable.  I’m one of those people who believe once a player has demonstrated a skill they own it, and I think O’Neill has had enough of a sample size this year to say he owns the profile he has demonstrated.  Sure, pitchers could change their approaches against him after this year’s data, but I think there has been enough opportunity for that this year that expecting 5.5-6 ppg going forward is a reasonable expectation for O’Neill, which makes him a value at his cost-controlled price.  I think this season is pretty close to his ceiling, so I wouldn’t hope for more as his owner.  I think there is a solid chance that O’Neill’s production regresses slightly after season, but, again, I’ve always been an O’Neill discounter. The best part about the EAD return is that O’Neill is not a prospect.  He has proven his MLB worth, and for a guy he was already moving on from, the return is just fine.  Side note, I thought O’Neill was clearly on roids. The swollen body and chubby cheeks were classic stereotypical body, but I was referred to his father’s body. His dad was a body builder, so the body makes more sense, but the fact that O’Neill wears his baseball pants as tight as yoga pants is still off-putting.  In any event, he’s a fine baseball player that I’d take over almost every prospect or pick surely offered for Stanton.

Haddy

 

 

 

Trade Review – Hustle Loyalty Respect and Senior Squids

To HLR:

George Springer ($70 31 y.o. 7.8 ppg)

Carlos Rodon ($15 28 y.o. 40.1 ppg)

 

To Senior Squids:

Oswald Peraza – prospect

Triston Casas – prospect

Marco Luciano – prospect

2022 WYH #1

2023 HLR #1

2023 PMP #2

 

TL;DR – Squids gets some really good prospects plus some picks while Hustle two of the current best players in the league.

What a way to start off the day!  I was instantly curious when I saw the notification come up… I was at a barbecue and had told Squids I was coming with an offer for Springer and Bassitt.  After seeing the offer, I didn’t feel too bad.  I was not coming close to the bid for what Hustle gave Squids.  Even more, I don’t think Hustle overpaid in the least.

Let’s look at Hustle’s acquisitions, which are substantial.  George Springer missed three months early this year, but he has more than made up for it with a career year since he got back. I would have kept him if I got him, and I know Squids was planning on keeping him, too.  Unless he got blown away with an offer, which he did. I was concerned about Springer after his off-2020, but he has gotten comfortable in Toronto quickly. He’s a top 4 hitter by game rate for those healthy, and he’ll likely be top 5 the rest of the way assuming health.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he puts up 300 points for Hustle the rest of the way (including playoffs). Carlos Rodon hasn’t been bad himself.  I was way out on Rodon coming into the season, and I felt great at the draft when Rodon went for $15 two picks after I spend $15 on Kwang Hyun Kim.  I saw no upside in Rodon after six previous years of mediocrity.  Boy was I wrong.  What I didn’t know at the time was that Rodon was going to add over 2.5 mph to his fastball this year. He added the velo and decide he was going to throw it 5% more than ever before.  He bumped his whiffs nearly 5% this year, also.  He is just a different guy, and the results have followed.  He is nearly a top 5 pitcher by ppg (6th after considering the guys out or likely out for the balance of the fantasy season). He has a good shot at putting up 300 points through the end of the playoffs himself. He is all around incredible value at $15 – good on Squids for the acquisition at the draft and good on Hustle for having the capital to pay for his high value.  Here’s to hoping the velo gains hold. All told, Hustle likely obtained more than 100 pts over replacement for the rest of the season between the two players, and he can look forward to the same in the playoffs.  Those are the type of numbers that make a difference in the playoffs.

Squids received a lot in this trade.  All three prospects are easy top-100 fantasy prospects with Luciano headlining the return with Casas not far behind.  There’s not a lot I can say about Marco Luciano that you all don’t already know.  His approach, bat-to-ball, and power skills have all been on display despite only being 19 y.o.  He was just promoted to High-A last week, and Squids can look forward to him likely holding down 3B for a decade starting in 2023.  Triston Casas is another very highly ranked hitting prospect.  He’s at AA this year, and he had some time off for the Olympics. His approach and bat-to-ball skills have been on display at AA, but the power numbers have been lacking a little.  I’m not worried about the power eventually showing up, as he is a little young for AA as it is.  Owald Peraza was a guy I coveted in the minors draft last year, and I told Hustle that when he beat me to the punch on drafting Peraza. I thought he was unfairly pinned with a no-power tag and some of that power has been on display this year. He was quickly promoted from High-A to AA in June, and he has mostly held his own as a guy who is young for the level. The sample of 232 PAs from AA shows a bigger K-BB% than I’d like to see in a guy without above average power, but he has hit for a high average that isn’t completely lacking in pop. The draft picks will all likely be between 10-26 in their respective years which means Squids will have some good opportunities to grab impact guys. I think all three players acquired by Squids will have average or above big league production, making his acquisition substantial.

I think both teams did a lot of good for themselves with this deal.

Haddy

 

 

 

Prelude to trade deadline reviews

What a day of trading! We’ll be rolling out trade reviews over the next week or two based on the quantity and quality of deals completed. In order to digest the deals and write reviews, I felt it was best to contextualize how these moves affected each team. To do that, I did some prep work and decided I should just share it with you all. The team summaries below contain the following: 1) the moves each team made on trade deadline day only (have to arbitrarily cut it off somewhere), 2) each teams’ estimated current MLB salary (which includes players on IL), and 3) each teams’ players on contracts of $50+.

This was by far the biggest trade deadline in the league’s six-year history. When I say big, I mean in terms of weight of players moved. There sure was a lot of firepower moved. With it, some big contracts also moved. It will be interesting to see how these high-dollar players affect the balance of the season and the playoffs. I’m even more intrigued by how the offseason will play out. There are four teams, and arguably more, that are now banking on being able to move big player salaries in the offseason. The looming question is whether there are enough teams with 1) prospect and pick capital, 2) budget room, and 3) interest in the players for all these high-dollar players to get moved. At some point, the cost sought by the teams selling them will get them moved. Will it be 80 cents on the dollar? 70? 50? 30? These big acquisitions will certainly play a part in getting somebody a championship, but, for the playoff losers, the double dose of missing the championship and having to take a big loss on what they spent to get players for the championship run will be tough medicine to swallow.

An additional aspect to the looming dump of high-value players in the offseason is, depending on the market, what volume of these players end up in the auction. It will be a fun offseason to see how things play out. That’s enough of burying the lede… we had some huge moves through multiple deals by several teams. Here’s how the day played out and ended:

Beach Bum
No moves made on deadline day
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $521
Players $50 or greater: Gerrit Cole ($88), Christian Yelich ($65), Starling Marte ($53), and Yu Darvish ($51)

Brew Crew
Gave up: Shohei Ohtani
Got: Adolis Garcia, Cole Winn (p), Jasson Dominguez (p), Luis Campusano (p), Bobby Miller (p), Ronny Mauricio (p), 2022 PMP #1, 2022 SS #2
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $521
Players $50 or greater: Gerrit Cole ($88), Christian Yelich ($65), Starling Marte ($53), and Yu Darvish ($51)

Bomb Squad
No moves made on deadline day
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $499
Players $50 or greater: Anthony Rizzo ($95), Francisco Lindor ($72), and Marcus Stroman ($57)

Dozier Huge Boobs
Gave up: JD Martinez, Yusei Kikuchi, Manny Machado, Alex Wood, and $30
Got: Reid Detmers, Justin Foscue (p), DL Hall (p), Nick Pratto (p), Brenton Doyle (p), Kyren Paris (p), Noah Song (p), 2022 EAD #3, and 2022 DHB #4
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $394
Players $50 or greater: Isaiah Kiner-Falefa ($93)

Eastbound and Dowd
Gave up: Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, and $15
Got: Tyler Glasnow, Anthony Rendon, Mike Soroka, Tyler O’Neill, and $15
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $482
Players $50 or greater: Stephen Strasburg ($75) and Anthony Rendon ($57)

Hustle Loyalty Respect
Gave up: Tyler O’Neill, Adolis Garcia, Oswald Peraza (p), Triston Casas (p), Marco Luciano (p), Cole Winn (p), Jasson Dominguez (p), Luis Campusano (p), Bobby Miller (p), Ronny Mauricio (p), 2022 WYH #1, 2022 PMP #1, 2022 SS #2, 2023 HLR #1, 2023 PMP #2, and $15
Got: George Springer, Carlos Rodon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Shohei Ohtani
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $855
Players $50 or greater: Clayton Kershaw ($125), Shohei Ohtani ($102), Max Scherzer ($100), Giancarlo Stanton ($86), Freddie Freeman ($74), and George Springer ($70)

H-Town Trash Can Punch
Gave up: Brandon Belt, Patrick Sandoval, and $10
Got: Peyton Battenfield (p), Ed Howard (p), Asa Lacy (p), and 2022 PMP #5
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $210
Players $50 or greater: none

Long Ball to LF
No moves made on deadline day
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $584
Players $50 or greater: Paul Goldschmidt ($81), Xander Bogaerts ($76), and Zack Greinke ($67)

Marshall Law
Gave up: Spencer Turnbull, Gunnar Henderson (p), 2023 ML #2, and 2023 ML #4
Got: Jesus Aguilar and Corey Seager
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $705
Players $50 or greater: Corey Seager ($120), Mookie Betts ($86), and Jose Altuve ($75)

Organized Chaos
No moves made on deadline day
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $196
Players $50 or greater: none

Pine Mountain Podstars
No moves made on deadline day
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $570
Players $50 or greater: Carlos Correa ($103), Chris Sale ($86), and Nolan Arenado ($83)

Suplex City
Gave up: Jesus Aguilar, Corey Seager, Noah Song (p), and 2022 DHB #4
Got: Spencer Turnbull, Alex Wood, Gunnar Henderson (p), 2023 ML #2, and 2023 ML #4
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $267
Players $50 or greater: Noah Syndergaard ($104)

Senior Squids
Gave up: George Springer and Carlos Rodon
Got: Oswald Peraza, Triston Casas, Marco Luciano, 2022 WYH #1, 2023 HLR #1, and 2023 PMP #2
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $478
Players $50 or greater: none

TBD
Gave up: Tyler Glasnow, Anthony Rendon, Mike Soroka, Peyton Battenfield (p), Ed Howard (p), Asa Lacy (p), Justin Foscue (p), DL Hall (p), Nick Pratto (p), Brenton Doyle (p), Kyren Paris (p), 2022 EAD #3, and 2022 PMP #5
Got: Bryce Harper, Brandon Belt, Patrick Sandoval, Yusei Kikuchi, Manny Machado, and $35
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $706
Players $50 or greater: Bryce Harper ($117), Manny Machado ($88), Kris Bryant ($84), Jacob DeGrom ($81), and Trea Turner ($56)

We Talk Fantasy Sports
No moves made on deadline day
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $473
Players $50 or greater: Charlie Blackmon ($69) and Madison Bumgarner ($68)

Who’s your Haddy?
Gave up: Reid Detmers
Got: JD Martinez and $20
Estimated current MLB cap hit: $677
Players $50 or greater: Mike Trout ($112), Jose Abreu ($72), and JD Martinez ($67)

Haddy

Trade Review – Marshall Law & Suplex City

To ML:

Carlos Carrasco ($44 34 y.o. 20 ppg)

 

To Suplex City:

Alejandro Pie – prospect

Gage Workman – prospect

Kyle Harrison – prospect

 

TL;DR – ML hopes for a healthy Carrasco while SC gets a couple high-upside lotto tickets.

I think this was a pretty balanced trade that made a lot of sense for both sides.

Marshall Law took on some moderate salary hoping for the good Carrasco to show up the rest of the way.  When Carrasco has been healthy, he’s mostly been good.  Aside from the weird 2019 season for him, he has either been healthy enough to show up every 5th day and perform like a top 25-30 pitcher or he has been hurt and not performed at all.  That kind of upside is hard to grab for the price Marshall paid at this time of the year.  Will Carrasco be 2019 bad or 2020 good?  We’ll see.  The definite win for Carrasco is that he isn’t associated with a team that calls themselves the Guardians.

Suplex City moved a player that likely won’t help him make his next championship run for a couple high-upside guys in Pie and Harrison. This is the type of move that makes complete sense when Suplex City bought Carrasco at auction.  Suplex City committed to the rebuild last offseason, and he executed that strategy at auction hoping for a chance to trade Carrasco for more pieces to back the rebuild. Ultimately, Carrasco didn’t pitch until the end of July. He still returned in time to net Suplex a couple guys to dream on.  My favorite part of Suplex’s return is Kyle Harrison, an atypical prep prospect who was more refined than others his age and then added velo late.  His K numbers this year reflect some big upside, but the BB numbers show a need to learn to harness the new velo.  Harrison has the ingredients to be a star with at least a couple years of development to endure before he puts any points on the board for Suplex City. Also dreamy is the body of 19 y.o. Alejandro Pie (yep, I said it).  I’ve never actually seen his body, but the complex level reports consist of a guy with a frame to add on to and lots of power to come with that frame projection. He’s supposedly athletic enough to stick at short and fast enough to play center field, so he has some defensive spectrum leeway too.  If you’re going to bet on a 19 year old that is playing baseball in the U.S. for the first time, you can do worse.  The last piece of Suplex’s return is Gage Workman.  I won’t dwell here other than to say the fears about his approach have come to fruition since his promotion to high A after beating up low A as an old-for-the-level guy.  Approaches can change, but Workman has lots of work to do, man.

Haddy (Who’s Your Haddy?)