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May 29, 2013

Sporer Report

Trading Tips

by Paul Sporer


As we approach June 1, trading is no doubt becoming a bigger part of league activity for the season. Two months have passed, allowing you to start assessing your team’s strengths and flaws, but injuries and, more than anything else, impatience often fuels trade talks. With that in mind, I wanted to offer up some tips to hopefully improve your trading experience when you start firing up talks.

Don’t tell the league to make you offers on your guys: If you are serious about improving your team via the trade, then sending a mass email with guys you’re willing to part with followed by a call to action for other owners to engage you for those players isn’t the way to go. Rarely do emails that announce the availability of a team’s best players make such an impact that other owners are compelled to do the legwork on a hypothetical deal.

There is one exception: If you are engaged in talks to trade either your blue chip prospect (as you are contending and playing for now) or moving your stud(s) to build for the following year, it behooves you and the rest of the league to announce your intentions in a league-wide email so that you give everyone a fair shot at the guy(s) in question and also get yourself the best deal possible. Now, you don’t have to do this, but there’s zero downside for you. You can let the initial trade partner know at the outset, “Hey, I’m going to give everyone a crack here, but I like the deal we’re discussing,” and he/she should be totally cool with that. Meanwhile, you let the league know, “Hey, there is a leader in the clubhouse for the services of player X; if you’re interested please let me know, otherwise I’ll be moving forward. I just wanted to give everyone an equal shot at this high-quality asset.” Again, there is just no downside for you to do this.

Don’t downplay the guys you’re getting in an attempt to advance the negotiation: The minute you start sending me emails telling me how bad my players that you want are or will be in the future is the minute I know you’re a) lying to get the deal you want or b) stupid, because you’re purposely taking on bad assets. I highly doubt it’s ever b), so ditch the negativity and just play it straight up.

Do try to make sure the deal is even for both sides: The definition of “even” is ambiguous without question, but the goal is to make sure that both owners come out of a deal feeling they made their team better. Win-win trades are absolutely the way to go. If you purposely try to rip someone off in a trade, you’re burning a bridge and possibly losing a trade partner for rest of his/her time in that league, if not several leagues. Remember the old adage, a satisfied customer might tell two or three other friends, but a dissatisfied customer will definitely tell 10 or more. If you become known as the rip-off artist in the league, you will have a hard time consistently winning unless you draft perfectly and then ace the waiver wire all season long.

Now, obviously some deals will work out much more in one team’s favor by the time you analyze them at season’s end, but that doesn’t mean they were rip-jobs when consummated. What I’m focusing on here is trading hurt assets, taking advantage of breaking news that everyone might not be privy to, and things of that ilk. I understand it is every owner’s responsibility to do his/her diligence before making a deal, and they’d have no one to blame but themselves if they got hosed, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still hit your credibility. If you make people afraid to trade with you, you may benefit in the short term with that first rip-off trade, but you’ll do way more harm to your chances in the long term.

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