thedude wrote:I disagree completely. It is very hard to determine in many cases if a trade is only "kinda unbalanced" or completely unbalanced.
Not really. While it is true that every trade could be perceived differently by every owner, usually there is some consensus when a trade is simply whack. For example, Morneau and Matt Garza for Pujols might make me groan, but I'm not vetoing that even though others might. On the other hand, if it's Arod, Grady Sizemore, and Billy Wagner for Ian Stewart, Ellsbury, Rauch and Matt Guerrier, I think the majority would consider that trade extremely lopsided with the chance to greatly disturb the competitive balance of the league. And when you throw in the fact that it might be a keeper league and that disinterested owners who got shafted in a trade would be left with a pretty poor keeper set, making their team almost impossible to find a replacement owner for, you've got a pretty strong argument for a vigilant veto system.
thedude wrote:Even if it were possible, the other owners in the league are in the worst position to make this value judgment. The owners who are not involved in the trade are not benefited in the least by a trade going through. In fact if one team even has the possibility of improving, the owners have an interest in making sure that trade does not pass because it is a risk that the improving team will win the league. Therefore every owner in every league has the self-interest of vetoing every trade that does not involve his team.
Meh, I get what you're saying here, but I don't believe it. I'm in a league with a healthy veto system and maybe 0-1 trades out of ~20 or so gets vetoed every year. (we trade a LOT). Of course, we've set the Yahoo league settings to Veto by Commissioner and require 50% or more of the league to veto a trade to sink it, because the default settings in Yahoo for League Vetoes are 4 vetoes = vetoed trade (terrible policy, btw. I can't believe there's not an option for a majority vote). There usually is a lone veto here and there for every other trade, but only the truly bad ones get vetoed.