“There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.”

Understand that not every team in your league has a desire to trade. Many very successful fantasy owners prefer not to make trades and build their roster via the draft and waivers/FAAB/FA only.  There is nothing wrong with this approach and many players I respect adhere closer to this model.  Some of these people really won’t trade while others simply do not have or want to spend the time talking trades through.

If you are sending an offer to these owners in your leagues, I’d recommend that you use your best and final offer as you may not get a second chance to communicate with the team. Understand that without any form of trade communication, you will likely have to make it well worth it for them click accept.

In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

We all want to play the game and see how much we can get out of a trade, but you have to realize that sometimes the easiest way is to start at a point much closer to your best and final rather than trying to work up to it.

At any point, if you get the offer you want, TAKE IT. Take some advice from the salespeople of the world and A.B.C., always be closing. On the other side, a bad trade offer can end your trade talks before they even begin, as well as, damage your ability to make trades in the future.

“There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare.” 

 While you do not need to be in a hurry to trade players from your roster, the longer trade talks drag on, the less likely that a deal gets completed, and the other team may simply give up on trade talks or look for another trading partner. If it is a scenario where two teams are taking turns sending trade offers back and forth, take the time to reach out and see where the disconnect remains.

You must be willing to communicate during trade talks to determine what the other team is looking for, who they are willing to move, and if there is anyone that won’t be traded. As trade talks drag out, it also becomes more likely that one team gets hosed in the deal.

“It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.”

 We all know the guy in your league who sends awful trade offers. Of course, then you screenshot that offer and share it with your other baseball buddies to let them see the awfulness that was offered to you.

It is easy to send a snarky comment or an equally terrible trade offer back, but it is more useful to communicate in a more civilized, polite manner. Let that team know you are very far apart on the evaluations and ask if there was something or someone they were looking to acquire in particular. Allow them to explain their position and why they assembled such an offer.

There are people that send over a feeler trade, which essentially acts as a notice that they are interested in a particular player. These people may have never meant for it be a real offer. A relative of this guy is the team that sends an offer and then immediately pulls the offer.

I have pulled this move before, but am always careful to send over a message that I am interested in acquiring x player, and then provide a reason for why I’m pulling the offer. In general, I am not a fan of leaving trade offers open via the league software.  You never know when a player is going to get injured and then that other team runs to click accept before you can cancel it.

As a side note, don’t be the team that sends the terrible offers that get shared around the league and on messages boards around the internet.  General rule, don’t send a player that you’re going to drop the next day or offer up the worst 2 players on your roster in a deal. Even if it is a fair trade offer, it will make you look like the fantasy version of the douche with multiple popped collars and sunglasses indoors.


B_Don is the co-host of the Ditka, Sausage, and Fantasy Sports Podcast on Razzball, and is on Twitter @DitkaSausagePod.


  1. junior says:

    14-team 5×5 OBP/QS/Svs+h

    I need pitching. My trade chips are Juan Soto and Vlad Jr. It’s a 2 yr keeper lg so I’m giving up one more year of Soto and two more of Vlad since he hasn’t played. Huge.

    I would send Soto, Vlad, Musgrove, and C.Rodon for Carrasco, A.Chapman, and J.Quintana.

    Is it going to be worth it to give up that much?

    I have some DL’d OF like Acuna, Buxton, and Souza coming off the DL eventually to slide in for Soto but Prospect Jesus says don’t give up Vlad.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:

      @junior: I’d agree with Ralph. I wouldn’t give up Vlad with the 2 years of control. If you’re looking then at moving Soto, I would look for another player that has that extra year of control as a keeper that will benefit your team. I might start with Soto for Carrasco and then just move down the pitcher ranks from there.

  2. Nathan says:

    Excellent write up again! Winning your league is not about knowing the most about baseball, but knowing your league managers as well. I have been using your trade advice and have been working on a long term plan to getting trades done in August for a championship run. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned from being in the lead is to stay humble. Let that lowball trade offer come in and communicate. Actually picked up a player I needed after talking through a laughable request and sending off a completely different player.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:

      @Nathan: Thanks for the read and the comment! It sounds like you have a very sound approach and a plan to get where you need to be. It’s amazing how a little communication can clear up those hideous initial offers, sometimes.

  3. Mike says:

    Excellent write up, as I’m always fighting the urge to trade because I’m currently in 1st place in my league. This provides direction for any player, especially since we are approaching the deadline for trades.

    That said, I’ve been able to assemble a good team through trades and waivers, but I’ve hit some rough spots the past week or so. Can you assess my team and identify if theres any position I should try and shore up and some possible trade pieces? I’m in a 10 team, 4 player keeper:

    Bats: Wilson Contreras, Hosmer, alibes, seugra, Eduardo Escobar, gleyber Torres, muncy, dee Gordon, aguilar, trout, Harper, Springer, McCutchen and Soto

    Pitching: Paxton, nola, pivetta, chacon, Stratton, Kershaw, Verlander, bumgarner, thor, soraka, hader, Giles, vizcaino, Blake parker

    Stud closer or maybe an impact bat? I’ve thought about trying to buy low on Stanton. Machado’s owner has said hes be willing to move him but the offer would need to include albies, which I’m not opposed to doing given my depth at 2B.

    • Mike says:

      @Mike: pitching should read chacin, not chacon.

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:

        @Mike: That’s a very nice roster Mike. There’s not a whole to upgrade in it. Since it is 10 teams, I would be very active on the wire or in FA and use those last spots on your roster to get innings and PAs. I thikn a top shelf closer would be a nice addition to the team, but depending on how active your league is, you still may be able to find a couple out there through the season. Grey always does a great job highlighting potential closer candidates each week in his waiver wire article.

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