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Trade Deadline FA Rankings

I’m in two leagues with Thursday night FAAB deadlines, which this year coincides perfectly with the trade deadline concluding on Wednesday. Here’s my quick set of free agent rankings for players affected by the deadline deals – not just those players traded, but also the ones that inherited bigger roles or were called up in the wake of those trades.

But first, let’s pour one out for the teams that were mostly silent Wednesday:

I probably should have put the Dodgers in the poll in lieu of the Red Sox – their fans, according to my horribly unscientific sample, were mostly numb to their team’s inaction. I think that’s largely because they either expected that result due to the team’s luxury tax constraint, or were satiated with last year’s World Series victory. Meanwhile, after losing the last two World Series, the Dodgers have conditioned their fans to expect a title or nothing this year, and their subsequent failure to add bullpen help, namely Felipe Vasquez, had them howling. Honorable mentions go out to the Twins, Tigers, and surprisingly to me, the Blue Jays. I think that they believed the front office didn’t maximize Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, and the quotes from their GM Ross Atkins (“… we turned 14 years of control into 42 years …”) were, once again, cringe-worthy.

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Taking Stock – XFL

The XFL is a quasi-dynasty, mostly industry (but most often won by the few non-industry guys) league that I play in. We freeze 15 players (including minor leaguers – not in addition to minor leaguers), auction at First Pitch Arizona, and then have a March reserve draft to fill our rosters up to 40 players. We do have salaries that escalate by $5 for players either purchased in the auction or acquired as major leaguers in any of our supplemental drafts, and by $3 for those acquired as minor leaguers, with a pretty tight limits to qualify as minor leaguers (50 ABs for hitters, 20 IP for pitchers). You can read the full rules of the league here.

I’ve struggled in this league, often making my move to contend too soon after having a couple of good months. By “too soon,” I mean that the good start was more of a mirage rather than a reflection of the overall strength of my roster. Then I’d try to make a “go for it” deal and trade away one of my prospects or cheap “+$3’s” before it was time, and then have to start the cycle all over. Typically I fall somewhere in the range of fourth to eighth in this 15-team league, though I began towards the bottom of the league. I’ve seen the likes of Steve Moyer and Doug Dennis slowly build their team through some lean years to eventually emerge as champs, whereas Don Drooker and Jeff Winnick are perennially at the top. Perry VanHook won the league last year, too.

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Week 18 FAAB Results

This was a busy free agent week in advance of Wednesday’s trade deadline. In most of my leagues, Bo Bichette is either already taken or still ineligible, having only been called up on Sunday without any previous major league experience. The biggest movers were closer speculations and catchers, especially Will Smith of the Dodgers. I was doing my bids while packing up to go home from Hawaii (yes, total non-humble brag) or from the airport, but I don’t think I missed out too much in the process. Let’s take a look.

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Week 17 FAAB Results

It was actually a very busy FAAB week, but because I’m short on time, I’m mostly going to submit these results without comment. I’ll entrust you to do the research on a player if you’re uncertain why he’s so expensive.

AL ToutWars

Corey Kluber was released the week before in order to get FAAB reclaimed before the trade deadline. Last week was the deadline to get a full compensation for any injured player that you wanted to cut. In the case of anyone drafted in March, we get his auction price *$10 in FAAB. His owner decided that the FAAB dollar return was worth more than whatever period of time he was going to get back for Kluber.

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Week 16 FAAB Results

There were three themes to this week – find out if Nate Lowe was available, go get your Giants, or otherwise lay low. I didn’t see a big bid anywhere this week. That doesn’t mean we can’t find some hidden treasures, just that … they’re more hidden.

AL Tout Wars

I “won” the only spirited bidding contest, for Bubba Starling. I was a tad more aggressive in going after Starling, with the mindset that he’s going to play a lot for the Royals down the stretch, and that my position in remaining FAAB budget meant that I wouldn’t get any potential big names coming across at the trade deadline, so I might as well instead go for playing time for 2.5 months.

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Week 15 FAAB Results

This was a relatively quiet week, heading into the All-Star break. Unless Nate Lowe was available in your league, there wasn’t a premium prospect that called up, though Dylan Cease might be better than I’m giving him credit here, and there weren’t any major closer changes. That doesn’t mean that we’re done with big FAAB periods. The trade deadline will bring plenty of chaos, and I keep forecasting / wishcasting that many of these trades will occur earlier because of the singular deadline. I’m starting to see where I might be wrong about that, at least among NL teams, as the Wild Card races are so tight that even teams 4-5 games under .500 are still realistically close enough to be alive still. Only the Marlins, Mets and Giants are truly out of it – so we may have an inventory problem.

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