well, I would say this:
He has a point in the breakdown, and the e guy who protested understands the game to a good degree. I think this element to evaluating trades is sorely missing from the debate sometimes. Even though we all have a general sense of value here at the cafe, and no amount of "needing steals" ever really justifies a pujols for pods trade, (unless its a contender with a huge power lead, and really needs the steals to seal the deal, but you get my drift). I think that owners SHOULD always be allowed to overpay to get the missing piece as it relates to the final standings. I get pissed if I was in reversed, I need a specialty stat, and moving up in that stat offsets any overall points lost by trading the stud.
but, if I feel that way, I should accept vetos based on that. And the simple fact of the matter is that while needs come into play and should be considered, if the fact is, his lead in steals would result in him losing points in steals (and probably runs), and crawford is the more valuable player to begin with, I think he has a point (sorry).
I guess ultimately, I think if players are ballpark within 20-30 percent or so, and needs come into play, vetos are out of hand. I want to run my team. In one league a guy has a 41! homerun league over the next best guy, and that turns to 50 if he were to lose two points, and a 70 homerun lead to lose three points. So, if he could make up points in steals or something else, he should be totally free to offer up his Ryan Howard and Wright or tejada (he is in the overall lead) to get his missing pieces, even if its unfair on the surface.
I do think he has a point, but I can't see your league standings table. and in my heart I agree with you. But you can't deny crawford as being worth more overall than berkman, and if this trade isn't filling a power gult for the other guy, where he could make up five or more points while only losing two, I think you almost have to defer here.
That said, I can't look at the league distribution. 19 hr is not that much, if berkman had a couple of hot months. If you took out a power drain in favor of berkman, he could make up 12 of those hr's. Then if the next person's guys got cold, and yours got hot, you could make it up.
But when faced with an in-depth analaysis, and the guy you are getting is better overall, you do have an uphill road ahead of you.