Mookie4ever wrote:How do you "top the offer"?
The way it would play out in our league is like this.
Team X announces trade with Team Y of Team X's Carlos Gomez for Team Y's K-Rod and Raul Ibanez.
24 hour period starts
Now teams can make trade offers to either Team X or Team Y involving one or more of the players from the deal. So if you want Carlos Gomez and think you can top an offer of K-Rod and Raul Ibanez then you send your offer to Team X of, say, Bobby Parnell and Hunter Pence and explain why this is superior given that Francisco Rodriguez only is scheduled to get 2 more saves before losing the job and that Ibanez has been a BA killer and irregular starter all season.
Presumably, other teams also are interested in Gomez and send offers of their own.
At some point the team trading Carlos Gomez decides that one of these offers is his new favorite and announces a new deal of Carlos Gomez for Addison Reed and Dexter Fowler. Teams can then try to top the offer for any one of these players. When no one convinces the trading owner to sign up for a different deal, the deal is finalized. (The only exception is the case of collusion which now becomes easier to prove when a team cannot articulate any good faith reason for preferring K-Rod and Ibanez to Reed and Fowler.)
We haven't had a situation where collusion was an issue, but this mechanism completely stopped both the abusing of bad owners (which threatened league balance prior to this being put in) and the bad feelings from seeing lopsided trades go through to a rival's benefit.