Response received from kentx12. I had "vetoed" the trade since it was due to go through tonight -- I left a message on our board saying that it was still under review until I received a note from kentx12. I received this about 20 minutes later:
If anyone hasnt noticed I have alot of big name players who arent producing shit. I wasnt trying to pad mookies team I was trying to make a deal to shake things up. Can I win? Hell no but I sure dont want to finish last behind fantasy football geeks. I will trade anyone on my team to anyone if I think it can help me climb out of the celler.
So, what is your opinion with all the pieces now in place?? I want to do the right thing and preserve this league.
I didn't really need to see an explanation for why kent was making this deal. In my mind, this changes nothing. Essentially he's throwing up his hands in that message. I think if he wanted to climb out of the cellar, he could have made a trade where he actually got appropriate value for the players that he is trading. I'm pretty sure he could have gotten a better package of players for just Hamels than he gets in this trade.
If you let this trade through, you compromise the league's legitimacy. I know that the "no collusion" crowd will disagree, but IMHO, you have to kill it.