This crazy year of 2020 has been a massive challenge for us all and even though our silly hobby of fantasy baseball is a blip on the radar of things that matter in life, it is a great escape and is providing a brief feeling of normalcy back into our world. I have been really happy to escape momentarily with sports being back.
This article is meant to provide some interesting names to check into on the trade market within your dynasty leagues, depending on what your goals are this year. This is a prime year to trade away some veteran talent over 30 years old to get less proven but potentially excellent talent. These deals are harder to make this year as people have been worried that the season will not finish and then the veteran they trade for will be one year older, but there are always ways to improve your club even if you are rebuilding.
One of the best ways to gather assets in the form of young, exciting hitters or picks is to acquire closers off the waiver wire, then trade them to the contending clubs. That has been a strategy I have executed this year. Also, you can trade these valuable RP’s for injury stash players who don’t cost you a roster spot as you can stash them on the IR, then grab another speculative RP off the waiver wire as well.
In addition to some of these ideas, you can trade players that are producing today for injured talent that you think will bounce back, for example, I made a trade for Nick Madrigal after he got hurt because I believe he will be healthy and productive when I need him in the coming years. Swapping out an injured player for a healthy producing player can be attractive to some owners if they have their eyes on the 2020 prize (money).
Another dynasty strategy you can execute is to pick up young hitters who are producing and stash them away in a minor league spot if they haven’t reached the AB or IP threshold. I was able to do that with Phillip Evans in a few leagues, who was an exciting hot hand play who could be legitimate. He was hitting for a 162 WRC+ before he suffered a horrible jaw injury which will cost him his age 27 season. A few more examples of these types of guys could be Ryan McBroom or Austin Slater. Many of these types will not hit, but some could, and it is a good strategy to hold talent you can evaluate immediately as the 2020 season progresses.
Some of the names below may not excite you, as everyone would love to get their hands on Gleyber Torres or Ozzie Albies, but it’s critical to be realistic and aim for targets that are feasible to get. Simply put, the players below will be easier to acquire than some brand name types that are more proven.
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Now, onto the All Dynasty Buy Team:
C – Danny Jansen
The 25-year-old Toronto backstop isn’t hitting above .200 and hasn’t shown much pop, but he’s an OBP, and a points league specialist who’s plate discipline could lead to him scoring more runs and playing more than most catchers. Even with a putrid batting average he still is nearly a 100 wRC+ player. An interesting target if you are re-tooling in 2020.
Honorable Mentions: Pedro Severino, Joey Bart, Adley Rutschmann
1B – Dominic Smith
First base is a tough position to invest in within a dynasty league, as it’s typically an older position where guys transition to when they move down the defensive spectrum, but Dom Smith is a good target. He doesn’t have a high sticker price but the guy produces, has a better path to PT with YoCes out of the mix and is only 25. He has a great mixture of patience and enough power.
Honorable Mentions: Evan White (possibly risky since he has struggled), Edwin Rios (if the cost isn’t crazy), Triston Casas
2B – Luis Arraez
Arraez has elite plate discipline, an incredible contact rate is a considerable BA booster and is younger than Gleyber Torres at the tender age of 23. I think he’ll get back on track as the under the hood stats don’t raise any red flags to me.
Honorable Mentions: Price check on Gleyber Torres/Ozzie Albies (duh), David Fletcher, Garrett Hampson, Nick Solak, Nick Madrigal, Aaron Bracho, Zach McKinstry
3B – Tommy Edman
This was an easy one for me, as I am a massive fan of Edman. He has the very efficient base-stealing ability, tremendous contact rates, and enough power to keep you afloat at his position. It’s so rare to find a speed source that doesn’t drag you down in power and while Edman isn’t necessarily a building block, he is a very nice player to plug in to your lineup for the rest of his prime.
Honorable Mentions: Rafael Devers/Vlad Guerrero Jr (Price check), Abraham Toro, Jordan Groshans, Ke’Bryan Hayes
SS – JP Crawford
SS is a tough position as you can try to get a discount on guys like Gleyber or Bregman, but I don’t think those discounts will exist in tough leagues, but it is always good to check as you never know what kind of deals are out there. Regardless, I am buying into the new skills growth JP Crawford is showing. His improved plate discipline has lead him to a .391 OBP over 92 PA’s so far, he has a healthy 15 to 13 BB to K ratio. He won’t pack a ton of punch but in the OBP or points league format, he is a good little target to get on the cheap and hopefully grow with.
Honorable Mentions: Amed Rosario, Jazz Chisholm, Maximo Acosta, Braden Shewmake
OF1 – Jo Adell
Adell has not looked good to begin his MLB career, but that doesn’t concern me much as he flew through the Minor Leagues in basically 24 months and is still growing. If there is much of a discount on him, I would grab it as this is a guy who may not run as much as initially expected but he has tremendous raw power and 80 grade makeup, so I think he will produce in time.
Honorable Mentions: Luis Robert, Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez
OF2 – Trent Grisham
Grisham has been a bit of a story of the season so far, but he’s a great buy high as I think he is absolutely legitimate. Grisham is a little bit like a younger Tommy Pham providing patience with punch and speed on the base paths. His value could be at an all-time high but I think he is a sustainable high end OF and will contribute great things moving forward thanks to an incredible approach coupled with a tireless work ethic.
Honorable Mentions: Nick Senzel, Ramon Laureano, Brennan Davis
OF3 – Willie Calhoun
Calhoun’s 16 WRC+ makes absolutely no sense to me, as he isn’t K’ing at a high clip and his plate discipline has actually improved in regards to his O-Swing rates. I think he will get back on track as he is a good hitter and you might be able to secure a discount on him this year.
Honorable Mentions: Alex Verdugo, Bryan Reynolds, Taylor Trammell, Misael Urbina
OF4 – Jesse Winker
Wink maybe a little older than I like for buying in a rebuild/retool in a dynasty format (prefer guys under 26), but I have always loved his skillset, and he could be hitting a new level. He has gone from a patient approach (like his MiLB track record suggests) in 2018 to a power heavy approach in 2019. In 2020 he has actually been striking out more than ever (still a very manageable 21% K Rate) but he is scorching the ball well, posting a career best 50% Hard Hit rate and a career best 15.8% barrel rate. Obviously 64 PA’s is a small sample but it appears he could be a new player and I don’t think he would cost too much on the trade market in dynasty.
Honorable Mentions: Ian Happ, Myles Straw, Daz Cameron, Gilberto Jimenez
Happy Hunting for talent and feel free to ask me any questions or give me a follow @bieryplox33