To protest a trade or not? HmmmâŚ How about, do you have a vagina or not? I keed. Iâve protested trades in the past, but Iâm a convert. Now I believe everyone is entitled to manage their teams any way theyâd like. If someone wants to trade Prince Fielder for Nomar, that should be protested, but only because the Fielder owner is obviously a drunk and needs a Dylan McKay-like intervention. But 99% of trades should be allowed with protests simply used to protect the integrity of a league. When someone makes a trade you don’t agree with, you can bitch and moan, but itâs their team. What else are you going to do? Tell them to drop Matt Morris for Scherzer? Tell them Cristian Guzman may not be the best utility guy? You canât manage their team for them, so why should you be allowed to tell them who to trade?
Iâve never traded Asdrubal Cabrera for Matt Holliday to a foreign exchange student who thought fantasy baseball in some way involved girls. Yet Iâve been on the veto side of quite a few trades. It sucks, especially when you know youâre getting vetoed simply because youâre in first place and youâve just made your team better with a completely fair trade. Last year when I got Reyes for Vlad, protest flags flew immediately. Was the trade in my favor? Well, I try not to do too many trades that arenât, so, yeah. Was it completely lopsided and shouldnât have been allowed? The guy needed an OF and I needed steals. When I traded Vlad, he had 11 home runs, 46 RBIs and was batting .355 through two months. Unfortunately (for the other guy), Vlad ended up hitting just 16 home runs the rest of the way, but that’s not my fault. That’s my good fortune. The trade went through and I won the league partly because of it.
In related news in the life of Grey (cuz you care!), there was a trade in my âpert league that sent Johan Santana to a team for Granderson and Ervin Santana. I was the first person to post a message on the board. I wrote, âSeriously? No… Wait. Seriously?â My âSeriouslyâ soliloquy sparked a controversy, or I was simply the first person to see the trade and comment. Either way, the ‘perts came out blazing. I donât think itâs my place to list the parties involved or what was said exactly, but Iâll give you the gist:
âThis is collusion!â
âHow dare you, sir? Collusion would take me actually knowing someone else in this league!â
âCollusion â delusion. It shouldnât be allowed.â
âMy good man, I made the trade and I think itâs fair.â
I chimed in again, âI just thought it was a bad trade on (the team owner who gave away Johan)’s part, but I never thought collusion. Honestly, I don’t even think there should be a protest option. If someone wants to do trade, they should be allowed.â
âYeah, the trade sucks. But I guess there was no collusion.â
âYeah, no collusion. Just a bad trade.â
âI still think the trade should be overruled because the trade sucks.â
This last part I will post directly what was written because it made me laugh, but I wonât mention the owner (but heâs free to chime in the comments). âI will weigh in a say that the trade is lopsided, but every deal is. Hey, if (the owner who got Johan) thinks he got a good deal and is happy with that crap for Johan Santana, then (the other owner) needs to be a car salesman! I’ll go on record right now and say Ervin Santana and Curtis Granderson are not going to be the answer (the new Granderson owner) is looking for. And, when it is all over, he will have traded the top pitcher in all of baseball for a SP with a 3-year average of a 4.84 ERA and a .263 OPP BA and a hitter that nets you about a .280/.344/.496 line with 35 steals. Hardly worth it! Oh, just because your child wants to walk into on coming traffic, doesn’t mean you let him for the betterment of society. Trades have a veto button for a reason. Most of the time people need to be protected from themselves more than they want to believe.â
So thereâs the gist and a decent argument in favor of the protest button. I disagree with most protests (this crappy trade included), but there ya go. You can accuse us âperts of a lot of things, but dispassionate should not be one of them.