Trade offer. Here are the league rules. Protections are 3+2x years more than current price. So, a $1 Starling Marte can be protected for $6 for one year, $8 each year for 2 years, $10 each for 3 years, etc.; even $44 a year for 20 years if so desired. Additionally, if you have any FAAB money left (start with $100 - signings only Sunday night, $0 bids allowed) at the end of the year (or auction money - start with $260, most people used up their money), you can use this to prepay contracts. Example: You have $30 remaining FAAB and you want to sign Marte to a 5 year contract. So, it's $14 per year ($1 + $3 + $2 x 5); use your $30 to prepay $6 per year (30/5=6), meaning Marte counts $8 ($14-$6) for each of the 5 years against your $260 auction moneys.

Currently an 8 team league (may expand next year). I am currently tied for first after 6 weeks; in the 7th week, I am playing the team with whom I am trading (who is by far the worst team in the league) so I should be in first after this week after everyone has played everyone else.

That's the setup, here is the trade:

I send: I receive:

Evan Gattis ($0) Wilin Rosario ($4)

Manny Machado ($8) Billy Butler ($16)

Starling Marte ($1) Adam Jones ($16)

Jayson Werth ($2) Matt Holliday ($15)

Jose Fernandez ($0) Cliff Lee ($20)

Barry Zito ($1) CC Sabathia ($12)

Andrew Cashner ($0) Jered Weaver ($17)

50 FAAB (to be used for protections)

Is giving up Fernandez, Machado, and Marte worth the upgrade?

Received the following counteroffer:

Marte Jones

Machado Butler

--------- Holliday

Jose Fernandez Cliff Lee

Hyun-Jin Ryu Jered Weaver

Barry Zito CC Sabathia

30 FAAB