April 28, 2017
The Dynasty Guru Experts League is a 20-team (40-man roster) 5x5 rotisserie dynasty league founded by BP managing editor Bret Sayre in 2014. It is intended to satisfy the deep-league needs of all, down to just the right amount of Alexi Amarista. We roster 23 starters (C/1B/2B/3B/SS/MI/CI, along with two additional utility hitters, five outfielders and nine pitchers). We also roster seven bench slots and have 10 spots designated for minor leaguers, although a quick scan of the league finds that most teams utilize a majority of their bench spots for additional prospects. That means that there are an additional 100-120 prospects that are rostered above the 200 spots reserved for them.
These write-ups are intended to pair nicely with Mike Gianella’s Expert FAAB Review, as we will look at each week’s TDGX free-agent acquisitions, as well as include thoughts on every major trade that occurs during the season. The yearly budget for free-agent transactions is $100, with $0 bids allowed for major leaguers and prospects.
Week 5 FAAB Transactions
Aaron Altherr (OF)—Phillies won for $55 by Tom Trudeau/Craig Glaser—MLB.com
With Howie Kendrick hitting the disabled list, and Michael Saunders not doing much hitting to this point in Philadelphia, it looks as though Altherr has earned Pete Mackanin’s corner-outfield trust ahead of Daniel Nava, hitting second in the order in his past four starts and starting in each of the team’s last six contests. Altherr is in his age-26 season, and has two home runs and two steals in his first 39 plate appearances of the year, slashing .361/.425/.639. If Altherr continues to play everyday while hitting second in the Phillies order, this pickup should look pretty good in a few months, but if he struggles to make contact as he did in his largely terrible 2016 campaign (.202/.304/.293, with a 30.4 percent strikeout rate in 227 PA), the MLB.com crew might wish they had more than half of their FAAB money back by this time next month.