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How to Rebuild a Dynasty Baseball Team: Part 5 Be aggressive


Welcome to part 5 of the 10 part series discussing how to rebuild a Dynasty Baseball team. In this article, we are going to discuss being aggressive.

Every up must have it’s down and in the world of Dynasty Baseball that down means a rebuild. This is part 5 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:

Now let’s get to part 5 of the Dynasty Baseball rebuild guide.

How to Rebuild a Dynasty Baseball Team: Part 5

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Be aggressive

Having a plan and being aggressive in pursuing it is an important part of rebuilding your team. When you find an asset that if a perfect fit for your team, you must go after it hard. I strongly believe that luck favors the bold.  Do not make the mistake of playing it safe or doubting your opinions. You do not want to look back and wish you had tried harder.

Don’t be afraid to overpay

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When I find an attainable target that I think is going to be a building block for my team, I am willing to overpay as necessary. You must take this with a grain of salt, however. Clearly, I wouldn’t advocate giving up let’s say the 12th, 15th and 20th overall prospects on my Dynasty Baseball Rankings to acquire the 10th overall prospect.

What I am saying is if you are able to get a player like Jarred Kelenic and you offered J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale but the owner countered by also asking for a second-round pick, you do that deal.

Sure that second-round pick has value to you as a rebuilding team. Sure you feel like your offer to that win now team is more than fair. But, are you going to let a second-round pick be the difference between getting what is probably your No. 1 rebuild target in Jared Kelenic? I certainly hope not.

The point to take away here is that you should be aggressive and willing to overpay to get the guys you are confident will the difference makers for you. If you had offered Whit Merrifield to an owner for Noelvi Marte and he countered asking you for a second-round pick as well as Merrifield then that would be a case where the overpay wouldn’t make any sense and you should seek another player or another owner to trade with.

Take calculated risks

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Once you have determined the type of team you want to build and trade targets to go after, do so with confidence. Believe in your research. Believe in your gut. Make it a team you are proud of and think highly of.

It certainly is going to take some risks though. This is especially true with young international prospects or under the radar or lowly ranked players. I would advise you not to make any of these guys your primary future option for your starting lineup. Instead, they should be your backup plan.

Hopefully, you are right about your primary option and your high-risk backup up plan hits.  In that case, you have just landed yourself some much-needed trade bait down the road.

Listed here are a few examples of guys that should come cheap. I would currently consider them being worthy of calculated risks. In parentheses is where they fall in my Dynasty Rankings

  • Liover Peguero (968)
  • Tirso Ornelas (909)
  • Brady McConnell (902)
  • Wilman Diaz (825)
  • Landon Knack (817)
  • Brennan Malone (760)
  • Dax Fulton (597)
  • Yoelqui Cespedes (547)
  • Blake Walston (479)

These are guys that are down on the rankings list. If you could acquire any or all of them you are probably not paying a ton because they all have their own risk factors. But, if any of them hit you are striking gold with a very high upside player that could easily out-produce whomever your main target is at that position.

Final thoughts

Developing trade targets to get as building blocks doesn’t help you if you don’t acquire any of them. Just know you won’t be able to land all of them.

You should however be going after them as aggressively as it takes to acquire them. Just keep in mind it needs to be at a cost your team can afford. Do not be afraid to swing and miss but swing hard enough that when you make contact you hit a home run.

Coming up next…..

In the next article, I will be discussing building draft capital. While you are busy finding and obtaining building blocks you will also need to keep an eye on making sure you draft cabinet is full.

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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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