Oatsdad wrote:Matthias wrote:My question wasn't if it was easy: my question is how do you do it? Nothing you said addressed that.
It's up to the commish to investigate and talk to the players involved. The commish checks out the situation and makes a decision based on what he learns.
So this is what you envision where two guys scheme to defraud the league?
Commissioner: Did you guys collude on this trade?
Commissioner: Are you sure? This trade looks pretty bad.
Colluders: We found value in it.
Really, what else can you do? Do you envision something more?
Oatsdad wrote:Like I said, it's innocent until proven guilty.
This is the standard in criminal trials where you're going to imprison someone. In a civil case such as where you're suing someone for an antitrust violation (which is what collusion is) the standard of proof is only more likely than not. Not sure why you need a higher standard in fantasy trades (and also, if you sue in court, you get all sorts of discovery... documents, depositions, affidavits) that would be unavailable to some fantasy commissioner, so there's a good argument that the standard should be even lower.
Oatsdad wrote:The notion that any lop-sided trade should be vetoed due to "competitive balance" is nuts. They don't have rules for "competitive balance" in the real game - why is it so important in fantasy?
Well, first, they do. Any trade that transfers more than $1 million must be approved by the MLB commissioner's office, any trade that involves a player on the DL must be approved, and the commissioner has the residual right to reject any trade not made in the best interest of baseball.
Second, you don't hear about it because there's too much at stake for Theo Epstein to trade Jonathan Papelbon for Matt Murton in the real world. This is an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars each year for the team. It would require an immense payoff in graft for a GM to do something that is against his own team's interest. Whereas in fantasy leagues, some guys just don't give a toss if it gets three months in and they're completely out of it. They might give away A-Rod for a six pack of beer since the six pack represents a higher return on A-Rod than he has to them otherwise. Alternatively, they might do a trade that hurts them in one league for the promise to do another off-balance trade in another. These problems don't exist in the real game; that's why fantasy is different.