I play in an auction keeper league where you can keep 12 players per season by signing them to a contract with escalating salary. The question is whether a person should be permitted to make trades with options. Our league constitution says you can make trades of "any kind without limit" but the team barred trade discussions involving an option. For example, I have Jordan Walden at $8 who is keepable and want to add additional saves. I trade a keepable Aroldis Chapman at $5 for a $23 non-keepable Mariana Rivera and give the guy the option to deal Chapman for Walden after the season is over. The league decided it would incent too much dumping for keepers and therefore didn't allow those discussions.
I am not in position where I can win the league but I could have made a run for 2nd if I could have made the trade under discussion (the actual players were never revealed to the league just the "option" format of the trade). One of the ESPN guys approved the idea of trading future rights to players (i.e., rentals) in keeper leagues this week so I figured I would ask this group.
This decision didn't frustrate me except the constitution expressly says trades "of any kind without limit" are allowed and I don't see how anyone can read that to impose this kind of limits. The league has already changed the keeper rules since I joined as a result of my keeping players longer than is traditional (for example, I signed Jason Heyward for 5 years last year and have signed Votto, Ryan Zimmerman, and other players to 3-5 year deals when it is rare for anyone to sign a player longer than 2 seasons) and it just miffs me a bit that the league changes the rules to block anything outside of the norm (the keeper change was at least prospective - this one was mid-season).
Is this something that threatens league balance to the point that mid-season change to the rules is necessary?
One final point, I have talked about trades with options each of the last two years with people without comment from those players when they were the ones bargaining with me. The guy I was talking with this year raised the issue and we took it to the group who decided that this type of trade would be immediately banned.