pjalst wrote:I think you should explain why A Gon and Halladay would not be keepable.
In our league, it is an auction league where you sign players to contracts with an escalating salary every season. Once that contract expires they go back into the free agent pool. If A Gon is in the last year of his contract, he has zero value beyond the current season since he will be in the pool of available players in the next year's league.
The concept is the same in many keeper leagues where there are mechanisms to limit the length of time a team can hold a player:
* Allowing you to keep players for only a certain number of years;
* Allowing you to keep players in the round of a draft for X where that round moves up every year (Round 4 in 2008, Round 3 in 2009, Round 2 in 2010, Round 1 in 2011, unkeepable for 2011);
* Maximum number of keepers where a team already has those elite spots filled (for example, if you can only keep 4 players and have 4 young players clearly superior to Ryan Zimmerman then he is effectively not keepable for the team looking to trade him);
There are also common elements in every league that shift value for a player over the long-term leading to "unbalanced" trades relative to the current value of the player:
* A player's age (for example, Paul Konerko and David Ortiz have more current value than Mike Trout but aren't nearly as valuable to a lot of people in a dynasty league such as the recent ESPN );
* A player's injury history (Brett Anderson when healthy and pitching well has very little keeper value because of the risk of the next injury but may have significant present value);
Even in a league where you don't have ending contracts, you have the potential for what may be perceived lopsided deals by the teams contending for the title this season. Looking at the recent dynasty draft on ESPN highlights some of this. http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseb ... id=6724979
Based on the results of that draft, those fantasy gurus make the argument for the following as a reasonably balanced trade: Mike Trout (#58 overall), Stephen Strasburg (#70 overall), Dominic Brown (#71), and Buster Posey (#90) for Jared Weaver (#41), Lance Berkman (#72), James Shields (#81), Yovani Gallardo (#84).
If the team dropping the near zero 2011 impact group of young players needs a big upgrade for his staff, he just made a deal that is fair under the ESPN logic but could be a source of acrimony within the league.
To the larger point of the "free trade" mechanism, though, it need not be restricted to keeper leagues. Look at the trades people are discussing on in leagues not ID'd as keeper leagues on this forum and I see quite readily:
Floyd/Lincecum for D. Brown/Capuano
Tulowitzki/A. Jones for Choo/Alex Gonzalez
Jacob Ellsbury for Michael Morse
Lance Berkman, Victor Martinez and Clay Bucholz for Jason Bay, Carlos Santana, and Tim Hudson
No matter what the league format, I don't see why this mechanism wouldn't promote more balanced trades and less acrimony in leagues. The only downside is time, but it is hard to complain when you knew the terms of someone's deal and weren't willing to put enough in your offer to persuade the other owner.
Since I have had such positive experiences with it, I am curious if anyone else has used this or has any thoughts about it.