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How to Rebuild a Dynasty Baseball Team: Part 4 Develop Trade Targets


Welcome to part 4 of the 10 part series discussing how to rebuild a Dynasty Baseball team. In this article, we are going to discuss developing trade targets that will be the building blocks of your team.

Every up must have its down and in the world of Dynasty Baseball that down means a rebuild. This is part 4 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.

If you have missed any of the past articles the links are right here: Part 1 – Know your league. Part 2  – Define your assets. Part 3 – Determining your timeframe.  Now let’s get to part 4 of the Dynasty Baseball rebuild guide.

How to Rebuild a Dynasty Baseball Team: Part 4

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Develop trade targets

Once you have defined your assets and determined your timeframe to start trying to win again, developing your trade targets becomes possible. Of course, we would all like to be able to go out and acquire every prospect we like. That is however not going to be possible. So we must take a look at how our team is currently constructed as far as assets we own that we expect to be around once it is time to compete. We must then look for attainable pieces that we can add to our roster that will be ready to help us in the timeframe we have developed.

A typical rebuild can expect to be anywhere from 2-4 years. There will be hiccups along the way but that should be expected and planned for. As I have mentioned in past articles I like to build the more difficult positions first. For me, that is first base, second base, and the outfield. The settings of your league will determine how many of each player you will need at these positions. For the sake of this article let’s say there are no corner infield or middle infield spots and a traditional three outfielders.

It is possible that you already have a first base and second baseman that you are happy with already on your roster that will be able to help you compete when you are ready. The odds of you already having three outfielders is pretty unlikely though. So almost everyone is going to need to acquire some outfield help.

Also, keep in mind that if you are going to be targeting prospects you cannot plan on them all panning out. Even with the best of luck, probably half of the prospects you acquire will end up disappointing you. This is also why pinning all your hopes on solely prospects being the sole way you are rebuilding your team is likely already a losing effort.

With this in mind, you are going to need to get a guy at each starting position that you think can be a good fit for your team and pair him with some backup options.  Each position will be a little different as you will obviously need more OF’s on your team than 2B. It is ok that a lot of guys you target will currently be playing SS because the majority of players end up moving off that position to play elsewhere as they move up the ranks and mature.

Consider the type of team you want to end up with

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This should come mostly from your league settings. Ask yourself what type of team is most likely to produce a consistent winner. Assuming that this is a traditional league you will need to decide which categories or types of players you will want to build around. Of course, you could simply adhere to a strategy of trying to hit all the categories and see where things end up shaking out.

In a rebuild, this is often the most advisable strategy. I say this because when it comes to prospects you never quite know how things are going to pan out. So by trying to cover all your bases you are most likely to end up doing so. By attempting to build a team strong in certain categories you will almost certainly end up missing on more than a few players. The result of this could be that you find yourself weaker all around than you ever considered possible.

Final thoughts

This is truly where the rubber starts to meet the road in your rebuild. This is where you are taking the old roster and starting to make it new. Take your time in researching what you want your team to look like. Put in the time and effort to develop trade targets that will help to get you there. Aggressively go after those targets. Overpay when it makes sense to do so. Ultimately, don’t forget to have fun. Rebuilding a Dynasty Baseball team is going to be a labor of love. If you aren’t enjoying it then what is the point?

Coming up next…..

In the next article, I will be discussing being aggressive. Being confident in your targets and being willing to overpay, when necessary, to build the team you want.

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About Dave Eddy

Dave is the Director of Dynasty Baseball here at Fantasy Six Pack. He authors the Dynasty Baseball Rankings and is a credentialed member of the Media. Feel free to reach out to him anytime on twitter @CorporalEddy

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