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Dynasty Grinders Offseason Update

Heading into 2017, we are entering our first dynasty fantasy baseball offseason over at Dynasty Grinders.  We just missed the 4 team playoff in 2016, but we did acquire Max Scherzer and Charlie Blackmon in two separate trades near the league's deadline.

Our roster looks nothing like it did after the initial auction draft and we have made two more moves already this offseason.

Last month we traded Andrew McCutchen ($71) for Travis d'Arnaud ($22), Jorge Soler ($18) & Billy Hamilton ($10).  We also swapped a future 5th round rookie pick for a future 2nd round pick.  We were well above the $500 salary cap after adding Scherzer and Blackmon for $114 and had to clear cap space while adding players that we wanted to keep in 2017.  We only saved about $20, but we added a catcher (if d'Arnaud can stay healthy) and an LF/UTIL in Soler who is finally going to get a chance to play a full season in Kansas City.  Hamilton will serve as a bench CF/UTIL with Blackmon and Byron Buxton also being only CF eligible.

Dynasty Grinders Trade Thoughts
For WTFS, I don’t understand this trade at all. I would almost certainly rather risk McCutchen to the draft with intentions of drafting him for less cash at auction. I don’t see how you keep d’Arnaud at that price. Soler is easier to keep since he got traded to Kansas City, but that’s not a prize piece.
To end 2016, we traded Adrian Beltre ($32), arguably our best hitter last year, for a cheaper option at 3B in Jhonny Peralta ($10) and some cheap pitching options in Martin Perez ($3) and Charlie Morton ($5).  We also got a nice prospect in future Mets SS Amed Rosario.  Again the move only saved us a few dollars, but it added players to our roster that we will not have to buy at auction.

Dynasty Grinders Trade Thoughts
Amed Rosario is one of my favorite prospects and, as Mets fans, I assume WTFS feel the same. FanGraphs recently listed him as the 15th best prospect for fantasy heading into 2017.
As it stands, we are still $130 over the salary cap, but we have a solid plan in place to cut some expensive dead weight in guys like Raisel Iglesias ($32), who is no longer a starter for the Cincinnati Reds, Collin McHugh ($28) and a pitcher the St. Louis Cardinals have no idea what to do with in Trevor Rosenthal ($13).

We will also entertain offers on Chris Davis ($48) and Justin Upton ($52) before considering possibly throwing them back into auction and hoping to get them back at a cheaper price.

Update - We pulled the trigger on a Chris Davis trade offer, getting Matt Moore ($11) and Travis Shaw ($5) in return.

Trades Made in Year 1

Dynasty Grinders Fantasy Baseball Offseason