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Matthias wrote:great gretzky wrote:Stupid draft picks are 100% different than stupid trades. Someone who makes Tru their first-round draft pick hurts their own team but doesn't affect league balance. Everyone else is just basically drafting one draft spot higher. If you trade a $35 player for a $5 player, though, the team on the other side is greatly benefited which harms league balance. Someone can draft only players who have career averages of .200 or below and I'll never say boo. All they're doing is killing themselves. That I could care less about.
That is not accurate at all. It does affect league balance for sure. It makes one team pretty bad. Its not as problematic for sure, but I think the spirit of the argument is there. Everyone feels compelled to enforce their player evaluations during trades, but never say boo during the draft. One guy in a public live draft league drafted brian roberts in the first round. Are you really telling me that doesn't affect league balance? surely you are not. What if two people do it? It certainly stacks specific teams. Teams that are "only hurting themselves" are hurting league balance.
This is a pretty good example. Some idiot in a football league the year before last kept making idiotic picks. He picked Jake Delhomme number one overall, then picked Donovan McNabb as his second round pick (because he would then be "set" there). He took a tight end in round three and a defense in round four. granted, this is football, but the fact remained that it ended up totally stacking the team that picked after him. She got peyton manning, randy moss, and two totally stud backs because of the cascading effect it had on the draft. Baseball definitely isn't as dependent on certian players as football is, but some decisions are just so indefensible, that if you are going to apply league balance to trading, it should be applied to waiver moves and the draft as well.
And the whole "league balance" argument is hogwash anyway, since there will always be a first place team and a last place team, that's the whole point of the exercise.
You basically want a rough estimation of equity, which you have in this trade. By continuing to post, you are just making it worse. The teams involved have every right to make that trade, and you did a bad job as the commish as to vetoing it.
Yah, but the draft is completly different. You may say the girl drafting after him got Peyton, Moss, and two stud backs drafting after this person but then the person drafting after her got a better player on each of the picks as well. Everybody got shifted up the draft board equally. And that I don't care about. As I said, a team can draft all career sub.-200 hitters for all I care. All it effectively does is turn a 12-team league into an 11-team league or a 10-teamer into a 9-teamer. But no one team receives a huge, individual boost. So league balance is maintained (which, as rainman observed, is different than league parity). That doesn't hold true in trades which only effect two teams out of the whole league.
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