This is for my main league, a standard 12-team Roto 5x5er. We have one newbie this year who appears to be completely clueless. He is friends with 2 people in the league and has barely made any transactions all year, so obviously there has been concern all year that he will be taken advantage of in a trade. I've been monitoring his activities closely, as I'm sure the other owners in my league have.
A couple of days ago he proposes a horrible trade to another owner who instantly accepts:
It eventually gets vetoed by ESPN league commish (surprise, surprise, right?) While the trade is being reviewed I decide to send the new guy a "fair" offer, knowing that his current trade will surely get vetoed and that these 2 guys will probably try to work out a better deal. I at least wanted to give the new guy a better idea of what someone like Santana is worth so that he doesn't get screwed by my competition. So I offer him:
To my surprise he accepts the deal. Fine. I get Santana and he gets some fair value in return (his weaknesses are saves and steals).
The other owner is now so pissed that I pulled this "underhanded" move that he is threatening to quit the league.
Do you consider what I did unethical or underhanded, keeping in mind I'm good friends with the guy who is now pissed?