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RotoAuthority League Update: Recent Trades

The RotoAuthority League is a highly competitive 12-team fantasy baseball league run by Tim Dierkes. The settings consist of standard 5 X 5 Rotisserie scoring and 23-man lineups along with 3 bench spots. In an effort to keep owners interested as well as to infuse new blood into the league, the teams that finish below 8th place are kicked out of the league each year. The author of this column just hopes he’s not one of them.

04/25 A Century of Misery trades Shelby Miller to Brewsterville Bruins for Rickie Weeks

OK, I'm a little hesitant to discuss this trade, as the Peanut Gallery thought I got ripped off here. At the very least, I can explain why I made the deal. My middle infield has been a disaster thus far. After losing Jose Reyes for three months and then Erick Aybar for a couple weeks, I was utilizing a combination of the godawful Emilio Bonifacio and Maicer Izturis at second base. Granted, Rickie Weeks is off to a miserable start, but I feel second base falls off a cliff after the top ten. Maybe I should have aimed higher given the rising market value of Shelby Miller, but I was content with the deal. The real question here is just how good is Shelby? I'm naturally skeptical of young pitchers, but even I have to admit Miller looks legitimate. I had Weeks projected to be far more valuable in the preseason, so should I really change my opinion based on one month of play? This trade may look awful in October, but I at least filled a positional need. I tip my cap to the Bruins if this deal proves to be a disaster for me.

04/29 Forty 2 Twenty 4 trades Mark Reynolds to Brewsterville Bruins for Joel Hanrahan

It's amazing how quickly player values can change in fantasy baseball. Timing is everything in the art of the deal. Here's a classic example. Two days before this trade, Peter Abraham of Boston.com speculated that Joel Hanrahan would get the closer job back afer returning from the DL. The day after the Bruins dealt away Hanrahan, however, Manager John Farrell announced that Andrew Bailey would remain the closer. So in a matter of hours, Forty 2 Twenty 4 went from acquiring a solid closer to a worthless setup man for the red-hot Mark Reynolds. Funny thing is this story isn't over, as Bailey is now set to undergo an MRI on his bicep. Overall, I like this move to buy high on Reynolds by the Bruins. Sure, he's likely to slow down, but he certainly still provides nice pop. It's tough to blame Forty 2 Twenty 4 too much, though, as the price of a closer is rather inflated in the RotoAuthority League.

04/30 UP trades Josh Hamilton, Jhonny Peralta, and Carlos Marmol to Philly Cheez for Lorenzo Cain, Andrelton Simmons, and Jason Grilli

On paper this looks like a blockbuster, but let's break it down to its crux. Since the trade took place, Philly Cheez has dropped not only Jhonny Peralta but also Carlos Marmol, so clearly this owner made the deal simply to acquire Josh Hamilton. Now here's a player I want no part of going forward. It's been well documented that Hamilton has been swinging at everything in sight this season, and his strikeout to walk ratio has spiked dramatically. There's no denying the talent, but I'm bearish that he'll be able to make an adjustment this season. So what did UP get in return? Well, for one, he got an elite closer in performance but not in name in Jason Grilli. The career path certainly is strange, but Grilli is proving that last year's elite skills were no fluke. In addition, UP received a popular preseason sleeper in Lorenzo Cain. After missing significant time last season, Cain is off to a fast start this year. At the very least, he should be able to produce as a top 50 outfielder with contributions in BA and runs; the total in the SB column will determine if he's a true breakout performer. Finally, to replace Peralta UP acquired Andrelton Simmons. Another player with name value, here's one I don't see the merit in quite yet. Sure, it's delightful to watch him play defense, but from a fantasy perspective I still view him as replacement-level at middle infield in Mixed Leagues.

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