We’re nearly at the halfway point in the baseball season, so how many trades have you made this season? Acquiring BJ Upton and CJ Wilson for Wil Myers and Andrew Cashner marked trade #4 for me. In a season where I look poised to miss a top 3 finish for the first time since 2006, I’m doing everything I can to improve.
I recently had a friend tell me that he wouldn’t complete a deal with me because even if he improves, I improve more. We obviously didn’t get a deal done and it’ll be hard to ever get a deal done with something who has this attitude. Here’s how you should consider trades.
Unless your in 1st or second after the all-star break and trading with your primary competition these points apply. These points apply for rotisserie style leagues, but are generally applicable across formats.
Our trade discussion came down to this comment, “I may gain a point or two, but you’ll gain way more, and if you gain by more, you win the trade.” This is completely wrong. Points are finite, so if I gain 5 points, I’m taking it from your other competition, making my gains irrelevant to you. If you are in line to gain any points (e.g., you may have a huge lead in saves and can move a closer for a hitter. That hitter may net you just a point or two over the rest of the season while I stand to gain 5 points in saves. It still is likely worth it for both teams.)
At the end of the day, if you make a multiple trades where you make small gains, even while your trade partners make bigger trades, you’ll end up being the biggest winner. So it’s still early. Go make some moves, be fearless, and have fun.
Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at RyanKantor.com and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor.