In the title I'm using retard in its original meaning of slowing down, of course.
How can fire sells be discouraged fairly and reasonably? In our keeper league we keep three players one round ahead of where they were drafted the year before for a maximum of three years.
This year, for whatever reason, there has been a rash of fire sales, some illogical and some reasonable. I can admit to starting the trend after starting 2-6, in 9th place, and looking at several of my top players struggling with injuries, I posted a message saying I was interested in trading away anybody on my team for high draft picks. I wound up grabbing two first round picks, a second round pick, a fourth round pick, and a fifth round pick, leaving me with ten picks in the first five rounds next year (and obviously not many picks after that).
Since then, three other teams have posted interest in having a firesale including the 4th and 5th place teams... People saw me accumulate what looks like a killer draft setup for next year and they wanted to repeat. Obviously not many high picks are left at this point, but three more trades involving high draft picks have been made this week, two of them on the deadline. People are starting to grumble that trades like Calvin Johnson and a 20th round pick for Josh Gordon and a 2nd round pick are going to unbalance the league and that if every team not in the top 3 or 4 is trying to firesale that whichever contender gets to them first has a massive advantage.
How can a mass firesale be handled fairly? When I got rid of my stars, I got decent players in return. I had to trade some pretty solid draft picks in exchange instead of tossing out my last few picks, but I feel like that made the trades more fair. Seeing the 4th place team offering up a fire sale saying, "it may look like i have a good team but i really dont" (top 4 teams make the playoffs so this is a playoff team saying this as he tries to fire sale) makes me pretty wary. i dont want to see the league get to where people are dumping their team at midweason if they dnt theyll be in first place. One or two firesale-type trades every now and then won't kill a league, but I can see multiple deals every year doing so.
Has anyone run into this problem and come up with a creative solution? I don't want to ban fire sales because that's impossible to fairly enforce and I'm a small government kind of guy. I don't know that I'd feel comfortable limiting the number of picks that can be traded, either. Is there a legitimate way to discourage mass suicide fire sales while still being fair? Nobody wants the Miami Marlins, but nobody wants Kim Jon-Il, either.
12 Team H2H, 4 unrestricted keepers
C - Mike Napoli
1B - Eric Hosmer
2B - Jedd Gyorko
3B - Todd Frazier
SS - Jhonny Peralta
OF - Ryan Braun
OF - Mike Trout
OF - Shin-Soo Choo
UTL - Brett Lawrie
UTL - Adam LaRoche
Bench - Austin Jackson
DL - Aaron Hill Hanley Ramirez
SP - Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin, Ervin Santana
RP - Glen Perkins, Heath Bell, Jose Veras, Ernesto Fireri, Edward Mujica, Carlos Marmol, J.J. Putz
RCL - Cracking the WHIP - Admiral Trey
C - Yadier Molina
1B - Albert Pujols
2B - Jose Altuve
3B - Jedd Gyorko
SS - Jimmy Rollins
MI - Everth Cabrera
CI - Justin Morneau
OF - Jason Heyward, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Morse, Nick Swisher, Ben Revere
UTL - Kendrys Morales
Bench - Garrett Jones, David Freese
SP - Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, Ryan Dempster, Ubaldo Jimenez
RP - Jonathan Papelbon, John Axford, Glen Perkins, Ryan Cook, David Robertson