This next article is a partial excerpt from my book. At this point in the season, it seems like an appropriate article for so many reasons. Many questions I receive are about trades, and some are more difficult to answer than others. Not necessarily because they are difficult choices, but because they are terrible offers. In addition to helping fantasy owners make the right decisions with their trades, I also want to help people understand that there is a right and wrong approach to trading.
One of the most popular topics in any fantasy sport is trading. Most people love to trade. It gives owners the power to exercise their managerial intelligence in an attempt to improve their roster. At face value, trading seems very simple: teams agree to swap a player(s). If only it were that simple. I’ve learned over the years that trading in fantasy baseball is not a science, it is an art. It’s a delicate process that involves multiple team owner’s intelligence and emotions. When thinking about how to trade, I try to stick to these guidelines, and generally have had success:
I realize some of the above statements conflict with each other, and that is part of the art. Not every league and not every scenario is the same. Each person you may be negotiating with is unique but the over-arching idea should be consistent: do your diligence and make reasonable trade offers.
Trading can be one of the more emotional and psychological aspects of fantasy baseball. It’s very difficult to predict if an offer will or will not be accepted, or if another owner is even interested in trading. You should always monitor your team and position in the standings. You may need to trade to acquire players that could help you make a late season run at a championship. Finally, trading isn’t only beneficial for your team’s overall roster… it’s fun.