Trading Etiquette

By Randy Shavis

I堢een pushing a trade committee over the last few years蹿 Because nearly every trade raises someone elseಡnkles. Not that the trade committee would make every deal fair or wise, but would provide a forum for the complaints to be heard and either sustained or overruled.

Whatࡠfair deal? A deal that helps both teams. One teamॸcess fills another team஥ed. That can be by position (I have two starting 3B, and no RF, I trade my excess 3B to a team that has a RF that he can spare), by need (I need to get younger and the other team needs Ფs௲ by risk (I have extra slots and am willing to trade tangible draft picks for young or recuperating players).

There are several trade methods:

  1. One on one ䷯ teams have mutual needs that the other can fill
  2. Open auction- wide open, highest bidder
  3. Limited auction- a few targeted teams give it their best shot
  4. *Secret auction⡤er says you have final call, but heಥally accepting best bid

*Not socially acceptable, but no rules 

There are also a couple of unwritten rules that for the good of the league, members should try to abide byﭥ are more successful at this than others.

  1. Donਥlp out your competition詳 is tough, since it either cuts or at least constrains dealing with ten other teams in your league.

But remember, whether itനis year or next year, an even deal with your competitor gains you no ground. Exact a higher price when dealing with your competition. 

  1. Don఩ck on newer or less successful members. Itഥmpting when a newbie offers you three firsts for Jeff Conine, but letਯpe for the sake of the league that you turn them down. Iயt saying itࡠcharity league and that you should trade a 2nd for a 5th from the lesser team. Remember, every time you make a shark deal with a GM who doesnਡve proper goals in mind, it ﲣesﴨer managers to start circlingᮤ while we want a competitive league, a bloodthirsty league is no fun.

Absolute no nos鰰ing off newbies, buddy deals, and secret deals (this doesn੮clude post 15 deals agreed on before 15崠they aren८forceable 鬠they堯fficial).

Think before you tradeﵠmay be helping your team, but you堨urting the league if you make an unfair or unwise deal (whether you場he winner or loser in the deal).