Trades are hard to put together and even harder to finalize. But this year we have seen way more trades in the CCO leagues, which is a result of realizing the best additions are on other teams versus the free agent wire. Not that there hasn’t been some very good players added by the waiver wire, but if you want players that are more than just roster fillers, it usually takes a trade or being first on a player being called up and by first it usually means guessing weeks ahead of time and adding that player way before it is known they are being called up. The other part is sometimes young players start out hot, only to cool off to unusable really quickly.
So what makes fantasy baseball trades so difficult? First thing to consider is that every league is different. A fair trade in one league could be lopsided in another. The reason is what is available on the free agent market. In a 10-team league there is plenty of good options to choose from that only cost you the last player on your roster. But in a trade the last player on your roster isn’t going to return very much. That is why in 10- or even 12-team leagues, trades are not going to happen very often and when they do, they will be for elite players. Now in a 20-team league, like the CCO leagues, the free agent pool is pretty thin. That creates an environment where finding matches in trade is the best way to improve both teams.
The second part that makes trades difficult is in non-keeper leagues, players only have value for what they can do this year. But even in keeper leagues, it depends on how many keepers and how long you can keep someone, so most of the time, you can’t put too much emphasis on future value when making trades. They should be done to help you win this year.
The third part that makes trades difficult is you can’t do three team trades. You have to match up with one team in a way that makes both teams say yes. Sometimes you get to the point where you are close and if you could involve a third team, it would make a deal possible. I once did a three team trade in fantasy football, where I was talking to two teams about deals and it became clear that a player from one team was what the other guy wanted but they didn’t match-up. Before I said yes to the one team, I had a done deal with the third team. It is very tough to do that in fantasy baseball, where games are going on every day.
There are many ways to go about doing a trade. Some guys look for the player they want and then try to make a deal. I have done that and had it work, but more times than not, they don’t work out that way. The most effective way I have of improving my team with trades, is to figure out what I am looking for on my team and what I am looking to use as trade bait. Let’s say I need a left fielder and want to trade a starting pitcher. I then go through every team’s roster and look for teams with a surplus of left fielders AND a need for the level of starting pitcher I want to trade. After doing this I usually have a list of teams that are possible to make a deal happen (at least in my mind). I then either email the other team or send a trade offer if I see something close. After dealing with the outright rejection of some potential deals, I try to narrow the list of teams that are interested in looking at a deal. At this point I am hoping that the other team sends back some type of an offer, so I can see if we are even close. Usually I get to a few teams that have some interest and it is just a matter of trying to match-up the pieces. If you keep at it, eventually you can make some deals happen. Some end up coming together quick, others can take weeks to finalize. This last deal I did was to try and use starting pitching depth to improve my rotation. But after trying many different two for ones and even three for one deals, I had an injury that made me change my need. I went back through all the teams and had some of the same teams on my list and eventually was able to do a deal that should benefit both teams.
Many trades from the outside looking in can seem lopsided. But one thing to factor in is many deals require you to drop a player. That loss is being factored in by the team dropping the player. Sometimes to make a deal happen I will add another player. The deal itself may look lopsided but I am going to replace that player with a target or two from the free agent pool and that value I am picking up has to be considered. The other part is from the outside people look at all players as starters, but for some teams they are trading from a surplus and trying to strengthen a weakness. This can result in what looks like one team overpaid, but in reality is a win for both teams.
All in all, trades are very hard in baseball and sometimes seem even harder in fantasy because you can’t just add in a few Double-A prospects to help even out the deal. But, if you keep an open mind and try to find a way to improve the other team, trades can be done where both teams are happy.
CCO Fans Trades last week
Hunt’s Hoser’s traded A.J. Pollock to Dock Ellis D for Ben Zobrist and Francisco Rodriquez
Team Petty traded Jose Iglesia to Dock Ellis D for Billy Burns
CCO Trades last week
Team JasonoftheBurbs traded Mark Trumbo to Clark n Addison for Justin Verlander.
All these trades here seem good deals for both sides but are some good examples of deals that you wouldn’t see in a 10-team league.
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
Giancarlo Stanton ran away with the best hitter award for the week with nine extra base hits and five of them flying over the wall. But 12 RBI is an awesome week. We all love Miguel Montero now, but at one point, many of us wanted Russell Martin. 38 points will do that for people but it was with only two home runs, but Martin had a very balanced week. Of course what would a Top Five list be without a player we faced this week, so why not two of them. Joey Votto had a 37-point week with four home runs and Todd Frazier had a 35-point week with two home runs.
Some big weeks for pitchers this week and I felt one of them on Sunday. Max Scherzer threw a one-hitter against me for 47 points in one game. 16 strikeouts will do that, but no runs and only one walk. Great performance! But the week belonged to Chris Sale and his 26 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Sale is striking out batters in bunches every game right now, but only picked up one win. Chris Heston threw a no-hitter to help him get to a 51-point week. Jorge De La Rosa picked up two W’s and A.J. Burnett just keeps pitching well but couldn’t get even one W this week.
Chicago Cubs Batters
The offense showed up this week and Starlin Castro had not one, but two walk off hits on back-to-back nights on National television. Noticeably low on the list is Anthony Rizzo who had some very hard hit balls that resulted in outs this week. But Miguel Montero had three home runs and led the team with 30 points. Kris Bryant showed how good of a player he is, by not having a home run all week, but had 24 points. Chris Coghlan is silencing the critics with his play of late and is starting to look like the guy we had last year.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
A very good week by the pitching staff with a 2.89 ERA, led the way for a 4-2 week. But the bullpen, which gets criticized to no end, had a great week with a 1.05 ERA. I know it wasn’t good enough for some as they expect perfection, but that is a good week. Not much for fantasy points though as Travis Wood picked up a W to lead the way with 19 pints. Three starters put up 17 points on the week, but all in all not many points for such a good week.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
This week is position round after I completely forgot about it last week. It doesn’t matter all that much when we do it, week 10 or 11 as it is all about facing every team once and having two position rounds with the final one the last week of the season. I have thought about having the final two weeks be a position round, but I like the mid-season position round, I hope you enjoy the games and have some fun with it this week.
There is a clear break point for the playoffs this week with it taking six wins to be in the top eight. But there are five teams sitting just one game back with five wins and four more sitting with four wins. Only three teams seem to be making off-season plans already, but hopefully one of them will go on a hot streak and get back into it.
CCO Fans League
This league looks completely different with nine teams over 500. Even though it is taking six wins to make the playoffs there is one six win team on the outside looking in. There are four teams with five wins and two of them have a tie as well and there are two more teams at four wins trying to hang on. But there are five teams with two or three wins and they need a big turnaround and soon if they are going to be in the playoff hunt this year.