Welcome to part 2 of the 10 part series discussing how to rebuild a Dynasty Baseball team. In this article, we are going to discuss how to define your assets and what to do with them.
Every up must have its down and in the world of Dynasty Baseball that down means a rebuild. This is part 1 of a 10 part series that is going to cover the start to finish of how to rebuild a Dynasty Baseball team. It is going to be in-depth, calculated, aggressive, and hopefully help you be efficient in your success.
If you have played Dynasty Baseball long enough then you have had to at some point make the tough choice to rebuild your team. A lot of reasons could prompt this. Your team could be coming off a string of successful seasons and going all in to win for multiple years has left your team in a bad place.
Hopefully, you will have a title or two to show for this. Maybe, your team has never hit its stride and you are muddling around in the middle or bottom of the league year after year. So, you finally decide to burn it to the ground, start fresh and rebuilt it the right way.
No matter how you find yourself in the need to rebuild your Dynasty Baseball team this article will help you to navigate through the process. It will help to ensure that you don't miss any steps or try to take shortcuts that will make this tough and daunting journey an unsuccessful and frustrating waste of time.
In Part 1 I discussed knowing your league. Now let's get to part 2 of the Dynasty Baseball rebuild guide.
How to Rebuild a Dynasty Baseball Team: Part 2
Determine your best assets
Once you are absolutely certain that you know your league and all the settings, you are fully equipped to start making sound decisions about how to proceed. The actual rebuilding of your team can begin.
The first step in part 2 of the Dynasty Baseball rebuild guide is to define what your best assets are. Hopefully, this will include at least one stud player who is in my top 10 list of Dynasty Baseball Rankings. This would definitely get you off to a good start as you have at least one building block already on your roster. If you do not already have one of those guys, don't fret, it is certainly not the end of the world. It also means that it is very unlikely that you will be acquiring one as the assets it would take to trade for a player like that won't make sense for you unless you are blessed with an absolute abundance of talent already.
The best assets you are likely to have on your team are going to be young MLB talent. If you don't possess a guy in the top 10 then maybe you already have a guy like Luis Robert, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yordan Alvarez, Eloy Jimenez, Kyle Tucker, etc. While these guys are not quite top 10 material they are young, potential impact stars that are great building blocks.
As mentioned in part 1, you should be giving guys at a premium position an upgrade in value. For most leagues that is going to mean 1B, 2B and OF. If you have a really good SS like let's say Xander Bogaerts then it is likely going to be in your best interest to get him on the trade block as you seek younger players at more premium positions. Again, this is where knowing your leagues is crucial.
Hitting trumps pitching
As with everything, your league may differ. In most cases, however, building your bats with a priority over pitching is ideal. As I discussed in part 1, TINSTAAPP is something that I firmly believe in. This is why, when it makes sense for your league, I advise that you concern yourself with hitting over pitching.
With that in mind, this will not only help you to define which assets that you currently have that you will be keeping, but also which types of guys you be targeting later in the process. More to come about that in part 5.
How to decide what to do with your top assets
A lot of this is going to be determined for you, once you have decided who these guys are. This will be figured based on league settings as much as talent ultimately. If any, or all, of your top assets are not great fits for you to rebuild your team with then you need to be prepared to move on from them. This holds true if they are guys from you favorite team, guys that recently helped you win a Championship, guys that you wife thinks are cute or anything else.
If they do not fit in your plans they need to openly be made available to your league mates. As goes for most things in this process, it sounds simple but staying the course and maintaining discipline will be crucial to your success or it will be the reason for your failure. You only get one shot to move these guys. It is going to be imperative that you have identified the right guys to keep and to move on from. Of course, this is going to come down mostly to your league settings and the nature of your league.
Moving forward with your plan
First things first, as mentioned above, you are going to want to make sure that your league knows exactly what your intentions are. They need to be aware of your plans to rebuild. This will help you in quite a few ways.
Most notably, this will make it much more likely that any offers you receive will be more along the lines of what you're looking for. If an owner knows that you are rebuilding he isn't likely to send you an offer for a guy like Nelson Cruz but instead a guy like George Valera or Zac Veen.
It could well be argued that all steps in your rebuild are critical. With that being said, don't be in a rush. If you are going to take the time and effort to rebuild your team, do it right. Knowing your league is hopefully the easiest and quickest step. Ideally, you are just double-checking facts. This is the first step that actually takes some research.
Properly identifying the assets you will be keeping and moving might prove to be difficult. Not just because determining players' value can be difficult but moving on from certain players could be personally difficult. Do your best not to let personal bias sway you. That is easier said than done but certainly important.
Coming up next…..
In the next article we are going to head into part 3: Determine your time frame.
I will dive into how to think about the time frame that will make the most sense for your team. There is a lot more than meets the eye that goes into this. There are a few things that most people will overlook that can make a big difference for you. Being efficient and calculated is going to make your chances of success much greater.
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