Embracing the Rebuild Part 3: Rebuild with a Vengeance

Part 1

Part 2: Rebuild Boogaloo

ICYMI: I run a 24 team dynasty league that is midway through year 4.  After winning the H2H World Series, I gave up my team and took on the dumpster fir of all dumpster fires.  A team that I paid the league fees for two years running and still couldn’t give the team away for free.  Initial roster plus my bevy of moves is found in parts 1 and 2.

So it’s been two months since I last updated this piece.  A lot has changed.  I want to add though a trade that I had missed in Part 2. On Feb. 15, I traded A.J. Minter and Johan Camargo for Steven Matz, Kyle Funkhouser, Thomas Burrows, and $4.8 million in cap space.  Matz was once a top prospect and the reports out of camp about being pain-free for the first time in years were enticing.  With SP being so volatile, my goal was to stock up as much pitching as I could and then try and run the pitching counting stats.  So far, the strategy has paid off.

Through the first month of the season, I was a surprising 25-21-2.  I knew the bubble was going to bust.  So far it has not.  Current division standings through June 30.

  • Seattle 92-50-2
  • San Francisco 80-60-4
  • Minnesota 44-97-3
  • Colorado 40-102-2

The Wild Card Standings through 3 months. Top 2 teams make the playoffs.

  • Toronto 82-52-10
  • Atlanta 78-53-13
  • San Francisco 80-60-4
  • Kansas City 76-61-7
  • Boston 74-60-10
  • LA Dodgers 72-63-9
  • Houston 72-65-7 ** Houston is the top ranked Roto team **

What’s remarkable is that despite going 55-39-2 in May and June, my roto ranking has only improved from 17th to 15th.  Even more remarkable, I have continued to trade MLB assets and have suffered some injuries.


I’ve continued to build for the future despite being competitive.

May 4 – Traded Adrian Gonzalez and $4.8m to cover his salary for Padres SS prospect Oliver Basabe and a 2018 AMAT 6th round pick.  Last season in the 6th round, I had multiple picks and was able to snag Nick Margevicius, Eli Morgan, Rylan Bannon, Ricardo De la Torre, and Aaron Bracho.  That’s a pretty solid haul for a guy who is sitting on his couch now.

May 7 – Traded Eduardo Escobar for Carter Kieboom and AMAT 1st round pick.  I could certainly use Escobar now as he is in the midst of a career year but he is on an expiring contract.  Getting Kieboom and a 1st rounder is a pretty substantial return that excites me.

May 25 – Traded prospects Nick Maton and Lucas Herbert for Jason Kipnis and an AMAT 5th and 9th round 2018 pick.  Flipped two non-prospects for Kipnis and his $13m salary in 18 and $14m in 2019 plus 2 picks.  I still think Kipnis isn’t completely done and at least gives me an infielder to take the place of Escobar.  In 21 June games, Kipnis posted a .273 average and 4 HR.

May 26 – Traded Walker Buehler, Chaz Roe, and $1m in cash for Brendan Rogers and 2018 AMAT picks 1st and 5th round. Now I know what you’re thinking.  Why trade Buehler who looks like a future ace?  Based on how deep my own MiLB pitching staff is and the volatility of pitchers in general, flipping Buehler for Rodgers and a 1st round pick is a pretty good return.  My goal is to stock as much high upside offensive players as I can.

June 23 – Traded Albert Abreu, Seth Romero, and Ariel Jurdao for Ender Inciarte.  Inciarte is on one of the team friendliest contracts in our league and provides a boost in SB.  I have seen 4 Albert Abreu starts and not only is he not a top 100 guy, he profiles as a RP.  While he throws 98 and has touched 101, Abreu does not generate swing and miss on FB.  Hitters have looked very comfortable against it.

Free Agents

It is important to note that in a 4th year 24-team dynasty with 34 roster spots, the FA market is rather barren.  I have been able to add guys that have contributed to the winning ways.

  • Andrew Romine, 1B SEA
  • Abraham Almonte, OF KC
  • Luke Maile, C TOR
  • Blaine Hardy, SP DET
  • Johnny Venters, RP TB
  • Matt Skole, 1B CWS
  • Justin Miller, RP WAS
  • Ehire Adrianza, SS MIN
  • Jung-Ho Kang, 3B PIT
  • Dylan Covey, SP CWS
  • Matt Joyce, OF OAK
  • Kevin McCarty, RP KC

The Call-ups

RP’s Seranthony Dominguez and Lou Trivino have been lights out for Philly and Oakland.  What’s best about them in 2018 is that Fantrax lists them as SP so I can get premium Sv/Holds numbers out of 2 SP spots.  This gives me a boost in IP, K, ERA, WHIP, and Sv/Holds on a weekly basis.  And that’s been primarily how I’ve won.  Win 4-6 pitching categories, 1-2 hitting categories and go 7-5 every week.

The Future

It remains to be seen how long I will hang around.  Injuries to Shohei Ohtani, Caleb Smith, and Howie Kendrick have tested my depth.  Charlie Culberson has been a godsend  in Atlanta slashing .301/.839 but with Acuna back, he will return to the bench.  Ehire Adrianza has posted an .866 OPS with 3 HR and 2 SB the past 30 days but Jorge Ploanco will return from suspension soon and push Adrianza to the bench.  So while I generally get curb stomped in the 6 hitting categories, my two best offensive players the past month are going to the bench.  This will make it tough to compete with Toronto and Atlanta for the Wild Card.  Both squads are deep and loaded.

Minor League Free Agency

A list of prospects added the past 8 weeks

  • Nick Maton, SS PHI – traded for Kipnis
  • Damon Jones, LHP PHI – huge lefty, dominating the Sally
  • Eudis Idrogo, LHP DET – Had 0.49 ERA in MWL, has struggled in High A
  • Roansy Contrares, RHP NYY – one of the highest upside arms in a loaded Yankees system.  Teenager that sits 97.
  • Nick Nelson, RHP NYY – FB sits 97.  Fringey breaking stuff. Struggles with command.
  • Luis Gil, RHP NYY – another teenager that throws gas.  Being around the Yankees player development on a weekly basis, this system is loaded primarily due to their minor league pitching co-ordinator Danny Borrell.  Every one of these kids have live arms, loose mechanics, and explosive stuff.
  • Stanley Rosario, OF NYY – LHH with pop at the plate. Only 17
  • Roither Hernandez, RHP TOR – Was sitting 97 last week in his season debut.




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