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2014 Fantasy Baseball, Week 15 Tools of the Trade: Devin Mesoraco Ascending

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TheFantasyFix.com’s “Tools of the Trade” is a unique guide for owners to use while attempting to make an even trade with their league-mates in a standard 12-team mixed, 5×5 head-to-head or rotisserie redraft league.

The values present in this guide are simply the basis for a trade. A full-blown analysis of each team’s strengths and weaknesses are essential prior to proposing or accepting a trade offer.

How to use the guide: Ideally, owners will agree to a trade that will aid both sides and stay within $2-3 of each other in a one-for-one and $4-5 in a multi-player deal, according to our chart. Players not noted should be considered $1 players.

The Week 1 “Tools of the Trade” was free for all readers, but going forward, the “Tools of the Trade” will only be available to Front Office members. Learn the benefits of being a Front Office member here.

Here’s the chart:

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Player Value Player Value Player Value
Mike Trout – LAA OF $41 Gio Gonzalez – Was P $12 Marlon Byrd – Phi OF $5
Miguel Cabrera – Det 3B $40 Ian Kennedy – SD P $12 Shane Victorino – Bos OF $5
Paul Goldschmidt – Ari 1B $39 Brandon Belt – SF 1B $12 Joe Smith – LAA P $5
Giancarlo Stanton – Mia OF $38 Carlos Santana – Cle C $12 Wil Myers – TB OF $5
Andrew McCutchen – Pit OF $37 Koji Uehara – Bos P $12 Steve Pearce – Bal OF $5
Jose Abreu – CWS 1B $37 Brett Gardner – NYY OF $12 Alex Wood – Atl P $5
Yasiel Puig – LAD OF $36 Jason Heyward – Atl OF $11 Alfonso Soriano – NYY OF $4
Troy Tulowitzki – Col SS $35 Gerrit Cole – Pit P $11 Rick Porcello – Det P $4
Carlos Gomez – Mil OF $35 Sonny Gray – Oak P $11 Wily Peralta – Mil P $4
Clayton Kershaw – LAD P $34 Alcides Escobar – KC SS $11 Scooter Gennett – Mil 2B $4
Robinson Cano – Sea 2B $34 Pablo Sandoval – SF 3B $11 Kyle Lohse – Mil P $4
Adam Jones – Bal OF $33 Aramis Ramirez – Mil 3B $11 Angel Pagan – SF OF $4
Felix Hernandez – Sea P $33 Cliff Lee – Phi P $11 Oswaldo Arcia – Min OF $4
Freddie Freeman – Atl 1B $33 John Lackey – Bos P $11 Everth Cabrera – SD SS $4
Hanley Ramirez – LAD SS $33 Garrett Richards – LAA P $11 Brett Lawrie – Tor 3B $4
Nelson Cruz – Bal OF $32 Sean Doolittle – Oak P $11 LaTroy Hawkins – Col P $4
Edwin Encarnacion – Tor 1B $30 Trevor Rosenthal – StL P $11 Chase Headley – SD 3B $4
Adrian Beltre – Tex 3B $30 Elvis Andrus – Tex SS $11 Bradley Miller – Sea SS $4
Jose Bautista – Tor OF $28 Yadier Molina – StL C $11 J.D. Martinez – Det OF $4
Ryan Braun – Mil OF $28 Howie Kendrick – LAA 2B $11 Alfredo Simon – Cin P $4
Josh Donaldson – Oak 3B $28 Salvador Perez – KC C $11 Justin Ruggiano – ChC OF $4
Adam Wainwright – StL P $27 Francisco Rodriguez – Mil P $11 Curtis Granderson – NYM OF $4
Evan Longoria – TB 3B $27 Glen Perkins – Min P $11 Casey Janssen – Tor P $4
Albert Pujols – LAA 1B $27 Chase Utley – Phi 2B $9 Ervin Santana – Atl P $4
Max Scherzer – Det P $26 Khris Davis – Mil OF $9 Joe Nathan – Det P $4
Masahiro Tanaka – NYY P $23 Matt Kemp – LAD OF $9 J.J. Hardy – Bal SS $4
David Price – TB P $23 Scott Kazmir – Oak P $9 Juan Francisco – Tor 3B $4
Jacoby Ellsbury – NYY OF $23 Corey Dickerson – Col OF $9 Chris Carter – Hou OF $4
Justin Upton – Atl OF $22 Devin Mesoraco – Cin C $9 Josh Beckett – LAD P $3
Anthony Rizzo – ChC 1B $22 Jered Weaver – LAA P $9 Chris Johnson – Atl 3B $3
Yu Darvish – Tex P $22 Chris Archer – TB P $9 Jake McGee – TB P $3
Jason Kipnis – Cle 2B $22 Pedro Alvarez – Pit 3B $9 Dan Haren – LAD P $3
Madison Bumgarner – SF P $22 Justin Verlander – Det P $9 Jonathon Niese – NYM P $3
Brandon Moss – Oak 1B $22 Alexander Cobb – TB P $9 Marcell Ozuna – Mia OF $3
Hunter Pence – SF OF $21 Desmond Jennings – TB OF $9 Santiago Casilla – SF P $3
Chris Sale – CWS P $21 Wilin Rosario – Col C $9 Rougned Odor – Tex 2B $3
Yoennis Cespedes – Oak OF $21 Matt Carpenter – StL 3B $8 Yovani Gallardo – Mil P $3
Victor Martinez – Det DH $21 Mark Trumbo – Ari OF $8 B.J. Upton – Atl OF $3
Johnny Cueto – Cin P $21 Mike Minor – Atl P $8 Chris Tillman – Bal P $3
Stephen Strasburg – Was P $21 Steve Cishek – Mia P $8 Andre Ethier – LAD OF $3
Alex Gordon – KC OF $21 Rajai Davis – Det OF $8 Seth Smith – SD OF $3
Ian Kinsler – Det 2B $21 Kole Calhoun – LAA OF $8 Yan Gomes – Cle C $3
Ian Desmond – Was SS $20 C.J. Wilson – LAA P $8 Lorenzo Cain – KC OF $3
Michael Brantley – Cle OF $20 Torii Hunter – Det OF $8 Nick Castellanos – Det OF $2
Billy Hamilton – Cin OF $20 Lance Lynn – StL P $8 Billy Butler – KC DH $2
Alex Rios – Tex OF $20 Hiroki Kuroda – NYY P $8 Tim Lincecum – SF P $2
Adrian Gonzalez – LAD 1B $20 Brandon Phillips – Cin 2B $8 Mark Buehrle – Tor P $2
Jose Reyes – Tor SS $20 Manny Machado – Bal 3B $8 Collin McHugh – Hou P $2
Justin Morneau – Col 1B $20 Neil Walker – Pit 2B $8 Jason Castro – Hou C $2
Chris Davis – Bal 1B $20 Matt Cain – SF P $8 Nathan Eovaldi – Mia P $2
Zack Greinke – LAD P $19 Joakim Soria – Tex P $8 Matt Dominguez – Hou 3B $2
Carlos Gonzalez – Col OF $19 Jean Segura – Mil SS $8 Juan Uribe – LAD 3B $2
Julio Teheran – Atl P $18 Jake Arrieta – ChC P $7 Dayan Viciedo – CWS OF $2
Jayson Werth – Was OF $18 Joe Mauer – Min C $7 Scott Van Slyke – LAD OF $2
Starlin Castro – ChC SS $18 Charlie Blackmon – Col OF $7 Will Venable – SD OF $2
Jose Altuve – Hou 2B $18 Huston Street – SD P $7 Brandon Crawford – SF SS $2
David Ortiz – Bos DH $18 Nick Markakis – Bal OF $7 Bartolo Colon – NYM P $2
Craig Kimbrel – Atl P $18 Aaron Hill – Ari 2B $7 Xander Bogaerts – Bos SS $2
Todd Frazier – Cin 3B $18 Rafael Soriano – Was P $7 Domonic Brown – Phi OF $2
Anibal Sanchez – Det P $16 Jonathan Papelbon – Phi P $7 Marco Estrada – Mil P $2
Jeff Samardzija – Oak P $16 Miguel Montero – Ari C $7 Hector Rondon – ChC P $2
Brian Dozier – Min 2B $16 Chad Qualls – Hou P $7 Wilson Ramos – Was C $2
Eric Hosmer – KC 1B $16 Andrew Cashner – SD P $7 Dellin Betances – NYY P $2
Shin-Soo Choo – Tex OF $15 Dallas Keuchel – Hou P $7 Mike Moustakas – KC 3B $2
David Wright – NYM 3B $15 Jesse Chavez – Oak P $7 Marcus Stroman – Tor P $2
George Springer – Hou OF $15 Mike Morse – SF OF $7 Brandon McCarthy – NYY P $2
Aroldis Chapman – Cin P $15 Tyson Ross – SD P $6 Russell Martin – Pit C $2
Cole Hamels – Phi P $15 Zach Wheeler – NYM P $6 Derek Norris – Oak C $1
Jonathan Lucroy – Mil C $15 Jason Hammel – Oak P $6 Wade Miley – Ari P $1
Doug Fister – Was P $15 Ryan Howard – Phi 1B $6 Mark Reynolds – Mil 1B $1
Bryce Harper – Was OF $15 Asdrubal Cabrera – Cle SS $6 Mike Zunino – Sea C $1
Joey Votto – Cin 1B $15 Tim Hudson – SF P $6 Kolten Wong – StL 2B $1
Buster Posey – SF C $15 Addison Reed – Ari P $6 Clay Buchholz – Bos P $1
Jordan Zimmermann – Was P $14 Fernando Rodney – Sea P $6 Ben Revere – Phi OF $1
Jay Bruce – Cin OF $14 Jimmy Rollins – Phi SS $6 Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Mia C $1
Corey Kluber – Cle P $14 Erick Aybar – LAA SS $6 Trevor Plouffe – Min 3B $1
Hisashi Iwakuma – Sea P $14 Nolan Arenado – Col 3B $6 Sergio Romo – SF P $1
Homer Bailey – Cin P $14 Josh Willingham – Min OF $6 Drew Smyly – Det P $1
Melky Cabrera – Tor OF $14 Mark Teixeira – NYY 1B $6 Chris Young – Sea P $1
Starling Marte – Pit OF $14 Mike Napoli – Bos 1B $6 Andrelton Simmons – Atl SS $1
Matt Holliday – StL OF $14 Jose Quintana – CWS P $6 David Murphy – Cle OF $1
Alexei Ramirez – CWS SS $14 Ben Zobrist – TB 2B $6 Lonnie Chisenhall – Cle 3B $1
Matt Adams – StL 1B $14 Cody Allen – Cle P $6 Tommy La Stella – Atl 2B $1
Hyun-Jin Ryu – LAD P $13 Leonys Martin – Tex OF $6 Josh Harrison – Pit OF $1
Kenley Jansen – LAD P $13 Carlos Beltran – NYY OF $6 Mike Aviles – Cle SS $1
Greg Holland – KC P $13 Ryan Zimmerman – Was 3B $6 Alejandro De Aza – CWS OF $1
David Robertson – NYY P $13 Adam Lind – Tor 1B $6 Josh Reddick – Oak OF $1
Coco Crisp – Oak OF $13 Christian Yelich – Mia OF $6 Michael Cuddyer – Col OF $1
Allen Craig – StL 1B $13 Michael Wacha – StL P $6 Dexter Fowler – Hou OF $1
James Shields – KC P $13 Yordano Ventura – KC P $5 Gerardo Parra – Ari OF $1
Kyle Seager – Sea 3B $13 Martin Prado – Ari 3B $5 Michael Bourn – Cle OF $1
Josh Hamilton – LAA OF $13 Austin Jackson – Det OF $5 Colby Rasmus – Tor OF $1
Jon Lester – Bos P $12 Mark Melancon – Pit P $5 Lucas Duda – NYM OF $1
Gregory Polanco – Pit OF $12 Evan Gattis – Atl C $5 Casey McGehee – Mia 3B $1
Adam LaRoche – Was 1B $12 Phil Hughes – Min P $5 Jordy Mercer – Pit SS $1
Anthony Rendon – Was 2B $12 Kendry Morales – Min 1B $5 Jacob Petricka – CWS P $1
Mat Latos – Cin P $12 Jhonny Peralta – StL SS $5 Charlie Morton – Pit P $1
Daniel Murphy – NYM 2B $12 Adam Eaton – CWS OF $5 A.J. Pierzynski – Bos C $1
Dustin Pedroia – Bos 2B $12 Zach Britton – Bal P $5 Justin Smoak – Sea 1B $1
Devaris Gordon – LAD SS $12 Brian McCann – NYY C $5 Jonathan Villar – Hou SS $1

Trading isn’t easy. It’s fun, but not easy. Remember that you don’t have to “win” the trade in order to pull the trigger. If you’re improving your team, then you should make the deal.

Have a question about our Week 15 Tools of the Trade? Leave it in the comments below.

The concept for the this trade value chart has been adapted from Dave Richard’s fantasy football work at CBS.

All of our statistics are courtesy of our friends at FanGraphs .

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