I commish a competitive, 12-team H2H points league where teams can keep up to 3 players. When it comes to trades, I trust the owners and will only veto a trade for two reasons:
1.) There are signs of collusion, or teams working together
2.) The trade is so unbalanced that it will hurt the team (or not help in any possible way) both this season and perhaps following season as well.
With that in mind, I am currently reviewing a trade between a fringe contender and a last-place team. The trade is:
FRINGE CONTENDER GETS: SP Verlander
LAST-PLACE TEAM GETS: SP Livan Hernandez, SS Rollins
In a league where ace starting pitchers can help carry a team, this move is a head-scratcher. The last-place team will most likely not reach the playoffs, and Verlander is one of his team's top players. The last-place team's pitching, aside from Verlander, is anemic (Dempster/Colby Lewis/Slowey/Vazquez/Wade Davis are his other SP's). Not only is it undersized, as most teams carry 8-9 SP's to make 12 starts for the week, but it's also below-average. Without Verlander, his pitching is painful.
Livan Hernandez had a great start to the season, but there's a good chance the mediocre Livan will return. Meanwhile, Rollins is injured, but should be back next week. His current starting SS is Yunel Escobar, who is starting to come around. Of the three players in this trade, Verlander is the one possible keeper. The last-place team's only possible keepers are Mauer and maybe Matt Holliday.
With all of this in mind, do I veto the trade? I have yet to veto a trade in our league, but several league members have complained to me that the deal is extremely one-sided. I have already e-mailed the last-place team, only to see how he feels the trade helps his team. In my opinion, the trade is unfair, and because keepers and money ($25 fee) are involved, this trade might become veto #1. However, it doesn't help that I encouraged the last-place team to be more active in the league earlier in the day. This trade shows he's active...but it's potentially a long-term disastrous trade.