As July comes to an end, Chad Young of ROTOgraphs has a commanding 10.5 point lead in the Ottoneu Experts League over yours truly. With a firm grip on second place, I’m working to maneuver and add a first base upgrade for the stretch run. Additionally, Jason Grilli‘s injury forces me into a saves market in which every owner wants somebody to overpay.
Over the weekend, I inquired about Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez and Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, both members of the 11th place team. With a price tag of $37, A-Gonz is a borderline keeper I can’t afford to keep. At $20, Papelbon is far too expensive for a closer…PERIOD.
Maybe one, or both, would cost 2-3 prospects. Would Tigers Nick Castellanos ($3), Red Sox Rubby De La Rosa ($1) and DBacks Chris Owings ($5) be enticing to an owner in need of a full rebuild? All are cost-controlled and close to surfacing. Plus, losing the three would affect my first place hopes. This is a reasonable request I would have considered. Instead…..
The opposing owner asked for a “speedy guy” like Brewers Jean Segura ($4) or Pirates Starling Marte ($3), two of the more valuable players in this format. Segura is on pace for 15 home runs and 42-43 steals on the season. Marte isn’t far behind at 14 home runs and 41 stolen bases respectively. Both are franchise cornerstones and were acquired in trade for top young players (Marlins Jose Fernandez and Cubs Anthony Rizzo). In this format, both players are nearly untouchable.
Don’t be this owner!
Nothing against him personally, but the offer was a non-starter and a probe as to whether or not I was born yesterday. This doesn’t spur trade talk, it ends it. And for an owner in obvious need of better talent, losing the most motivated suitor in the game (the second place team) is suicidal.
Without any real direction, my only option was to cut the chord on future trade talks and let him know the price was far to steep for my liking.
In the past, I’ve read pieces by fantasy experts defending an owner’s right to take advantage of the new guy, or shoot artificially high in trade talks as a starting point. It’s not. If anything, it will contribute to frequent owner turnover as potential trade partners nuke their own credibility.
In my experience, a fair trade is one in which both owners are hesitant to pull the trigger.
2 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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