I'm in two public leagues, and one private. One of the public leagues (a H2H) is great. The other is mediocre. It's a Yahoo Winners league, and I hoped that by limiting participation to those who won leagues last year it would be competitive and have a high rate of participation.
Well, so far I was publicly flamed for offering Vernon Wells for Ichiro (about a month ago), and now someone posted the following message:
i am going on vacation and will not be playing for the est of the season. all my players are available. send me any trade if you want someone.
first come first serve!
good luck all!
Great. Like I said, at least he's being honest. I posted a reply asking if he could instead find a friend to take over his team for him.
It's a 12 team roto league. I'm in first place by about 20 points right now, and probably 9 teams are actively participating. I'm torn over whether to try and get some of this guy's players, or to let the competition strip him bare and try to catch me.
The only need I really have is in stolen bases. I did send him a Griffey-Miller for Beltran offer after reading this post, but I'm considering canceling it and letting what happens happen. Obviously that's not an entirely fair trade, although I'm sure it'll shine compared to other trades that get accepted. I think my squad is good enough I could still win without making any trades at all. I'll post both of our teams in a follow up post.
This is the last year I join a public roto league. The h2h format seems to keep people a bit more interested and active, so maybe I'll try another public h2h league. Or, better, next year I'll join a league formed here in the cafe.
Look at going for Durham. He's had a slow start, but he's a proven 25-25 guy. It doesn't look like he'll get there this year, but I'm expecting a pretty strong second half. It would get you some steals, and bolster what I consider your weak position. (Cintron has been a nice suprise, but he won't keep it up all year, and that infield is about to get crowded with Counsell and Spivey coming back possibly after the break.)
Interesting. I just noticed you had Kent on the DL. I take it all back. Cintron is a great short-term replacement for that.
I wouldn't feel guilty about the Griff/Miller for Beltran offer. It's not completely outlandish, and it would allow him to drop Reuter.
Run this by your league, but in my nba league, we had one guy who quit, so we told him to drop all of his players, which he did. We then took turns picking, with the last place team picking first, and so on. This worked out really well, but it reqiures honesty in that someone doens t go and pick up everyone.
Since it's a public league, there is no commish. I'm the commish in my private league, and if someone wanted to quit we have ways of dealing with it (e.g., in season draft of the person's team, with the last place team getting first pick, or something like that). Jockpunk, I think your idea is good, but I don't think it would fly in this league.
I think I will post a message directed at the person who is disbanding his team and see if he'd be willing to implement something like your idea on his own. Maybe I'll suggest that he give everyone two or three days to make offers for single players on his team, and then he accept offers based on standings, going from worst to first. I'd be surprised if he decided to put that kind of work into giving up the season, but who knows? If I propose it, at least people in the league will know I'm striving for some kind of integrity and fairness (not that I reallly give a rat's ass what they think...).
All in all, I think I'm going to stick with my Miller-Griff offer just in case. I certainly could use Durham in the short term, and Colon or Millwood would be nice too, but I'd rather not stack my team in this way. I've made great trades in this league, and had a good draft. If I get Beltran here, great. It's the kind of trade that is at least in the realm of respectability. If I miss out on him, well, too bad. If I lose because he trades all his good players to one team, I don't care. If that's what it takes to beat me, then I can feel pretty good about my team.
Oh yea, this guy had gotten as high as 3rd in the standings, but has been falling steadily recently. He's now in 7th place.