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0 Fantasy Freestyle: My Favorite Midseason Trade Targets by Matt Collins
0 The Buyer's Guide: Steven Souza by Eric Roseberry
1 The Buyer's Guide: Jed Lowrie by Eric Roseberry
12 Dynasty Dynamics: Should You (Try and) Trade (for) Starling Marte? by Ben Carsley
0 Transaction Analysis: Down Brohio, Up Broves by R.J. Anderson
13 Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski's Puzzling Deal by Ben Lindbergh, Josh Herzenberg and Paul Sporer
11 Transaction Analysis: Breaking Down the Three-Team Trade by Ben Lindbergh
0 Transaction Analysis: h by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 247: Derek Lowe's Rare Career Path/Matt Garza and the Rangers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
9 Transaction Analysis: One Less Marlin, and a New National by Mark Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh
20 Sporer Report: Trading Tips by Paul Sporer
4 Overthinking It: The Montero-Pineda Trade in 2013 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Fantasy Freestyle: Loosening the Trade Lines by Paul Singman
9 Fantasy Freestyle: The Art of Trading by Mike Gianella
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 175: Brian Roberts' Injury, Baserunners Passing Baserunners, and the Pros and Cons of Trade Speculation by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 126: Justin Upton is Actually Traded by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 121: The Three-Way Trade and the Mariners' Quest for a Big Bat by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 117: Justin Upton Update: Still Not Traded by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 113: Three Trade Rumors We Read This Weekend by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
44 Overthinking It: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 103: The R.A. Dickey Deal and Trading Top Prospects (With Jason Parks) by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 101: Learning to Like Youkilis/What the Diamondbacks Got Back for Bauer/Why Do Teams Love Lefty Starters? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
47 Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows by Ben Lindbergh
22 Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed by Geoff Young
3 Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 11 by Daniel Rathman
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 The Week in Quotes: December 3-9 by Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco
2 Resident Fantasy Genius: A Manager's Impact on Steals by Derek Carty
71 Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster by R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks
4 Prospect Push: Ranking the Traded Prospects by Jason Churchill
4 Baseball ProGUESTus: Anatomy of a Trade: The 1990 Padres-Blue Jays Blockbuster by Brent S. Gambill
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 93: Behind the Scenes of the Blue Jays-Marlins Blockbuster by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
6 Overthinking It: Why Justin Upton is Always About to Be Traded by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 82: The Marlins-Blue Jays Blockbuster by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
70 Transaction Analysis: The Toronto Blue Jays Acquire Most of the Remaining Miami Marlins by R.J. Anderson, Derek Carty, Jason Parks and Mark Anderson
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 41: The Brewers Are Back in Contention, Technically/Max Scherzer and the Tigers' 2009 Trade Revisited by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Sobsequy: Compensation: A Dialogue Between Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington by Adam Sobsey
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 29: The Future of the Red Sox and Dodgers, and Roger Clemens' Comeback by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
29 Bizball: The Priciest Trade Ever Made by Maury Brown
3 Transaction Analysis: The A's Acquire Stephen Drew *UPDATED* by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 12: Sam Walks to His Honda by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
39 The Process: The Mariners' Missed Opportunity by Bradley Ankrom
21 Transaction Analysis: Dempster Doesn't Turn Blind Eye to Texas by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
6 Transaction Analysis: Deadline Madness UPDATED by R.J. Anderson, Kevin Goldstein, Ben Lindbergh and Colin Wyers
8 Transaction Analysis: Snider and Lincoln Change Scenery, LA Adds League, and Thames Joins the M's by Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein
8 Transaction Analysis: Cubs Deal Soto, Maholm UPDATED AGAIN by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
23 Transaction Analysis: Liriano Heads to Rival White Sox by Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein
31 Transaction Analysis: Hanley Goes to Hollywood UPDATED by Colin Wyers, R.J. Anderson and Kevin Goldstein
26 Transaction Analysis: Ichiro Bound for the Big Apple UPDATED by Colin Wyers and Kevin Goldstein
0 Transaction Analysis: Dempster the Brave? by Ben Lindbergh
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May 17, 2013 5:00 am
Paul offers a few helpful tips for building your confidence when it comes to trading in your fantasy leagues.
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.
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April 29, 2013 5:00 am
After a confession, Mike offers some tips to help you hone and improve your trading skills.
I have a confession to make: In fantasy baseball, trading doesn’t come easily to me.
When I started playing fantasy baseball, I took to auctioning relatively quickly. While I enjoyed trading, I frequently wound up on the shorter side of the deal. In some cases, this was simply due to bad luck after the trade, but more often than not, it was because I did a poor job and negotiated myself into an inferior deal.
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Ben and Sam discuss the latest injury to Brian Roberts, Evan Longoria running by Ben Zobrist, and the speculation about a Profar-for-Taveras trade.
Ben and Sam analyze the Justin Upton trade and Arizona's offseason.
Ben and Sam discuss the three-way trade between the Mariners, A's, and Nationals and talk about whether Seattle was too fixated on adding power this offseason.
Ben and Sam discuss the rejected trade that would have made Justin Upton a Mariner.
Ben and Sam break down three trade rumors that surfaced over the weekend. What the partisan parts of the internet think Miami's young All-Star outfielder is worth.
Being a baseball rumormonger is a difficult job to do well. First, you spend years building a network of sources who can and will tell you interesting things about baseball teams. Even after you’ve collected your contacts, be prepared to put in long hours and work weekends to stay ahead of the story or be the first to break it. Don’t expect to sleep or be seen without a cell phone.
However, the job has its perks: attract a large enough following, and you can create your own stories. Slow news day? Pick a highly coveted player whom it might make some sort of sense for a team to trade. Ask an executive who works for that team if there’s any chance that said player might be moved. If the executive says the player won’t be traded under any circumstances, you have a story, or what passes for a story in the MLBTR/Twitter era. If the executive allows even the slightest sliver of a possibility that the player might be available, you have a story that lives a long time and begets a long line of other stories, like something
straight out of the Old Testament. What is he worth, and what might it take to trade for him? Which teams might match up? Will the team still be willing to trade him tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow? What about the day after that? Read the full article...
December 17, 2012 5:00 am
Ben and Sam are joined by Jason Parks for a discussion of the R.A. Dickey deal and the risks and rewards of trading top prospects.
December 13, 2012 5:00 am
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether a Yankees fan can learn to like Kevin Youkilis, whether the Diamondbacks got enough back for Trevor Bauer, why teams love left-handed starters, and more.
December 11, 2012 10:19 am
Was the Royals' strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?
Note: If you've already listened to today's episode of Effectively Wild, some of this may sound familiar.
If you think about it, the Royals and Rays, the two teams that completed a massive
prospects-for-pitchers trade on Sunday, are a lot alike. Both teams are among the have-nots of the American League, competing with payrolls in the mid-60-millions (last season). Neither one draws well—in the Royals’ case, because of all the losing and because Kansas City is small, and in the Rays’ case, because of all the past losing, the newness of the franchise, and the ugliness and location of the ballpark, where it’s almost impossible to catch a foul ball without some painful and/ or embarrassing consequence. To compensate for the lack of revenue, both teams try to draft, develop, and extend homegrown players as an alternative to paying for wins from free agents, and both have had among the finest farm systems in baseball for the past few seasons. Read the full article...
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December 11, 2012 5:00 am
The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.
The Padres have been huge players so far this offseason, acquiring
, Brandon Kloess , A.J. Kirby-Jones , and Tyson Ross in trades, and signing free agents Wilfredo Boscan and Travis Buck . This has the potential to upset the balance of power in the National League West. Jason Marquis
Such are the problems when a
new ownership group comes in and starts flinging money like there's an endless supply of the green stuff. Drop enough Lincolns and other teams reflexively recoil in fear. It is impossible to deny the intimidation factor that accompanies such brash spending. Opponents feel deflated and stop trying to compete. This is great for the Padres, but think of the poor Dodgers and Giants to the north. What will become of them? The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.