Trader’s Corner: Time to Make the Donuts
If you want to win your league (who doesn’t?) you better get up early and make the donuts. What I mean by that is you need to fix the holes in your team at the beginning of the season. Don’t wait until your team starts sliding down the standings to repair the deficiencies. The season is just starting. Opening Day is here and everyone in your league is paying attention to their teams. This is the best time of year to make trades because everyone is still excited about their teams. As the season rolls along some owners in your league will lose interest as they realize they are not going to win. You are more likely to succesfully negotiate a trade now than in the dog days of summer. The more opportunities you have to improve your team the better right? Don’t squander this opportunity. If you are a smart trader (and you should be if you read this site regularly) then the more
donuts trades you make the better your team will be. Opening Week is Trading Week. Make the donuts!
This is a great time to trade away mediocre players that get off to hot starts. Some team owners are a bit gullible and will get excited about players they shouldn’t get excited about. I guarantee a couple of retread fantasy benchwarmers will go on a hot streak in early April and generate some buzz in fantasy circles. Trade those guys quickly and cash out their value while you can.
The players to watch for in the first week of the season are the guys who are unexpectedly playing larger roles on their MLB teams. Look for young players who are playing every day even if they don’t put up great stats right away. Also target proven performers who get off to slow starts. If their owner panics swoop in and steal them.
The key to making lots of trades is to propose lots of trades. Don’t sit back and wait for trade offers to come rolling in. It doesn’t work that way. If you want to win you need to improve your team by making trades. Take the time to send out trade offers frequently. You never know which ones will get accepted. Some will get rejected but a few will be successful. Don’t be afraid of rude rejections. Keep trying and eventually you will make some fun deals.
We received a LOT of trade submissions this week. There are some very interesting ones in here. Vote on these trades, comment on them at the bottom of this page, and send in your trades for our judgement.
You can join in the action two ways: 1) Vote on these trades to make your opinion count. 2) Submit your own trades for us to vote on in the next Trader’s Corner. Use the form below to submit your trade.
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It easy to see which team in this deal is rebuilding and which team is going for the championship this year. Mike sent this trade in from his 14 team, 6×6 (OPS and Holds) dynasty league with no contracts. It has 35 man rosters with 25 keepers per year:
Sean submitted this deal from his 20 team H2H points league. Players can be signed to 1-5 year contracts once they reach the majors. At the end of each year two players with expiring contracts can be re-signed.:
Sean again from similar league. “20 team league, H2H points. Players signed to 1 to 5 year deals once they reach majors. Note: All players in this deal have not exhausted our league’s minor league eligibility rules so they have yet to be signed to a major league (1 to 5 yr deal).”:
Sean again, “Same 20 team H2H Points League. Players can be signed to 1 to 5 yr contracts once they reach the majors. 15 player minors farm system. At the end of each year 2 players with expiring contracts can be resigned.”
Be sure to send in your trades to see how you did! Just use the form below to submit a trade you want us to vote on. Use the comments at the bottom of this page to discuss the trades above.
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