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May 17, 2013

Fantasy Freestyle

Loosening the Trade Lines

by Paul Singman


If you’re anything like me, trading can sometimes be a scary proposition, especially if your team is shaping up to be a contender. Nothing is worse than an ill-advised trade initiating a team’s downward spiral when maintaining the status quo of players would have been the better option.

As unpleasant as the outcome of a trade can be, equally as displeasing is the feeling of discomfort during negotiations.  I’m sure you’ve felt before the pressure to respond decisively to an offer and maybe even formulate a logical counter of your own when really you just want to avoid making any drastic decisions.

So, that’s what I’m here to help with today—to make the trading process a bit easier. Beyond concerns of personal comfort, gaining confidence in trade negotiations can also pay dividends in the standings. Here’s are some tips to help you build it:

Join a league you aren’t fully invested in.

A common cause of people shying away from the trade market in a league is due to the league itself intimidating them. Similar to sitting down at a poker table with blinds above your bankroll, for a fantasy league, maybe there was a high entrance fee or a lot of prestige associated with it. Either way, you have to think twice before making any move. An easy way to get past that is to simply also be in a league you aren’t nearly as invested in.

For me, that league is the Razzball Experts league this year. I certainly care about my performance in the league (currently third), but it’s a relaxed 12-team mixer with standard settings I find comfortable. Last week, I was approached by Razzball’s Grey Albright, who proposed trading his Shin-Soo Choo for my Adrian Beltre. I wasn’t going to do that straight up, but given my glut of third basemen (Pablo Sandoval and Brett Lawrie), I was open to the deal. We went back and forth a few times with different versions of the trade, and eventually he accepted my proposal of Beltre and Josh Willingham for Choo and Jed Lowrie. It was a bit of a wacky offer, loaded with risk on my end and certainly not one I would have the guts to make in a more intimidating league. It’s too early for a verdict, but so far it’s worked out well, given Willingham’s struggles.

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