The Trade Block Commandments
On the morning of the second month of the fantasy baseball season there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the trade block, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in your dynasty league trembled. Then the Commissioner led the people out to meet with The Dynasty Guru, and they stood at the foot of the trade block. The trade block was covered with smoke, because the Dynasty Guru descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole trade block trembled violently. As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, the Commissioner spoke and the voice of The Dynasty Guru answered him.
And The Dynasty Guru spoke all these words:
“I am The Dynasty Guru, who brought you out of redraft leagues, out of the land of poorly constructed trade blocks.
“You shall have no other blogs before me.
You shall not make for yourself a trade block lacking meaningful information. Your trade block should include actual players offered, positions or stats requested, or at least a comment with meaningful information.
You shall not consider ‘serious offers only’ as meaningful information if you are only offering waiver wire-caliber depth pieces.
Remember the trade block and keep it updated. Do not be the person whose trade block lists Alex Rios and Greg Holland and has not been touched since August 2015.
You shall not seek to deal your depth for a top player if you are not willing to deal equal value. A combination of middle relievers, right handed platoon bats, and AAA catchers will not return you an SP2 no matter how many paragraphs of justification you belligerently write in your trade proposal.
You shall honor the trade block and keep it holy by including in your trade proposals or conversations the actual players, stats, or skills referenced in your potential partner’s block. The team who has Paul Goldschmidt at 1B and is offering to trade Justin Bour is not interested in dealing you Goldy so that he can slot Bour at first, and you are not going to convince him to do so.
You shall not covet the player you just traded away, even if the team you traded him to already moved him for more than you got in return.
You shall not collude.
You shall not whine.
You shall not veto.
You shall monitor the trade block and leverage it to improve your team and your relationship with the other members of your team. The trade block is a conversation starter, not a conversation avoider, and you shall treat it as such and honor those who respect your trade block with thoughtful counter-proposals.”