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So you want to make a deal, right?  As the saying goes, it takes two to, well you already know. 

But the truth is – trades are very much like the stock market. You buy low, sell high.  Or you can put together a deal to level out your roster by selling a star player. 

Trades take on a different meaning depending on the types of league (redraft vs. dynasty). For that reason, I am generalizing on ways to get a deal done in this article. 

Full disclosure:

I personally avoid leagues that allow for the villainous vetos to rule the trading system. Every league I have participated in that allowed for vetos always went south. 

I truly believe a good commissioner should have trust in the members they invite into a league. If collusion exists, then maybe it’s time to rethink which members belong in the league.  

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss some ways to try and get a deal done! 

No One Is Untouchable 

Easier said than done, right? Hear me out for a minute – the point I’m trying to make is for you to gauge the market on all your players. 

You know what they’re worth. If your team needs help in several positions (hitting or pitching or both) it would be to your benefit to kick tires around the league and see what the market looks like. 

There will always be a buyer and seller. 

An offer too good to pass up may come and it will always be in your best interest to look it over rather than flat out saying “he’s untouchable.” Keep an open mind. 

Trade From Depth

Trade from depth. Keep your core intact for as long as you can. 

There is always a team in need, whether it be pitching or hitting. Find a trade partner who’s looking for something you have enough of and vice versa. 

Rebuilding (for dynasty leagues) 

You should always try and compete no matter how bleak things look. If you are in rebuild mode the players you should be moving are the older players who will fit in with a squad that’s well rounded in need of complementary pieces. 

Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Ronald Acuña are the type of players to build your team around.

If your team is in rebuild mode with Mike Trout on your roster – now would be the time to see what kind of package you can get in return to get you back into contention. 

Negotiate In Good Faith 

Negotiating is a two-way conversation. Look over the roster of the team you plan on dealing with – what are they seeking? What positions are they lacking where you have enough depth? 

You, as an owner should know exactly what you’d want or need and should specify that – even if it’s in the form of a shortlist.

Blind offers are a good way to kill negotiations before they even get off the ground.  

An owner sending me a list of player(s) in positions I am completely in no need tells me the other owner isn’t paying attention to my team’s needs. 

Establish Strong Relations Amongst Your League Mates

Communication is key. We all have busy lives. Some trades can be made quickly, others can take several days. If you know what you’re after be prepared to part with someone in a deal. 

Don’t try to “win” the deal. Establish trust with your league. To get something you have to give.

Someone in one of the dynasty leagues (I’m in two) always says “you know it’s a great trade when it pains both sides to pull the trigger.” 

Trades are fun! As you would with drafting a team or streaming and digging through the wire – research will always be key. Target your players and be prepared to pay the price – if you find yourself in a position where you’re not sure about a package you’re putting together for an elite player – think about this – what would YOU want for that player if it were you who owned him?

As always, thanks for reading! 


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