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June 19, 2014

TTO Scoresheet Podcast

Handling Lopsided Trades

by Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss


We’ve all been there. You open up your email or check your league’s transactions and find a newly reported trade. Only, wait. That can’t be right. Mike Trout for a Pu Pu platter of scrubs? Polanco for an 18th-rounder? And it isn’t Placido Polanco? Yu Darvish for some tortillas and a roll of paper towels?

Reactions typically follow the five stages of grief:

  1. Denial: “Surely this trade is a typo. Or a bizarre joke, maybe?”
  2. Anger: “Man, that guy who owns team 2 is such a schmuck! It isn’t fair. Why do I get stuck in the leagues with the idiots?”
  3. Bargaining: “Maybe I can organize a veto. Or figure out a trade to bilk team 2 even worse.”
  4. Depression: “I hate everything.”
  5. Acceptance: “There’s always next year.”

Haha, just kidding. Maybe you get five seconds of denial before going straight to pure, unadulterated rage. Where you’ll stay. For days, possibly.

We understand. Believe us, we’ve been there. And we aren’t just talking about the times where we were on the wrong end of an immediately lopsided trade. But we’d humbly like to suggest you take a little bit of time to step back and breathe before doing anything rash.

In almost cases, we strongly oppose vetoing trades. The only big exception is for collusion. Most Scoresheet players have been playing the game for years, but regardless, we’ve all ponied up serious cash to play. Which doesn’t mean everyone knows what they are doing, but it does seem highly unlikely someone would pay good money to simply troll people in Scoresheet.

Most of the time, someone simply made a bad trade. All of us have at some point, right? Even if it may have kinda sorta looked OK at first. We certainly wish we could have that Jhoulys Chacin for Oscar Taveras trade back, but that doesn’t mean it should have been vetoed. The larger point is that in the vast majority of cases some actual thought went into completing a trade. Maybe you disagree with the line of reason. Maybe most rational people would disagree with the line of reason. But it is a little presumptuous to tell an owner his thinking is poor.

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