Approaching Trades in Dynasty Baseball

by Andrew Spurling
Dynasty Directives

This week, I want to talk about some of the various aspects of Approaching Trades in Dynasty Baseball.

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Approaching Trades in Dynasty Baseball

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Building Rapport

One of the most important aspects of trading is establishing contact with as many managers in the league as possible. When making trades, giving yourself as many options as possible is paramount to the success of whatever plan you're implementing. Whether that be attempting to retool and rebuild for future seasons, or if you find yourself in the position to make a push to win in the current year.

You don't want to find yourself stuck, seemingly without options as the result of a failure to communicate. Ultimately it can become a defensive position and mentality. You want to be the one making contact and finding deals instead of only responding to other league members' advances.


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Another very important aspect of making beneficial trades for your team is putting in the time to find or negotiate said deals. One secret to becoming an active trader is scanning every other roster in your league to see what you could potentially offer another team. Some teams will inevitably need or value players differently. If you can spot a team that might need a player you're willing to trade away that creates an easy opening to making an offer.

Most managers like to have a dialogue with trades. You will also find occasionally some managers that are willing to negotiate from an opening blind offer. Be careful if you're making blind offers that you're considerate to that team's needs. Or that you're at least attempting to provide them adequate value in the offer you're making.

Utilizing The Trade Block

In some way or another, you are going to want to utilize the trade block in your league. This can mean a number of things. Sometimes you can use it to show who is freely available. I like to use it to communicate what I'm hoping to accomplish in a trade.

I also like using the league chat if your league has one to communicate with, if and when I'm shopping a player or for a specific position. More often than not I like using it to see where other teams are at as well to find out if there could be a potential buying opportunity on a player that I see as an upgrade in some way.

Understanding Value

You must understand the general value of the players you're trying to trade. With that, most importantly you have to be able to differentiate the values of players based upon the depth of the league and format that you're playing in.

In typical league formats consisting of 10 - 15 teams where roughly a total of 500 players or less are rostered, you're going to want to generally trade players of similar value.

If you do trade an MLB player for a prospect make sure that you're not trading away your best players. If you want to take that direction instead deal from your middle to lower tiers of players.

Usually, there are also good prospects available on waivers if you want to designate one of your roster spots to get younger. The best trade may be dropping your worst MLB player. This will not be the case in deeper formats where more players are rostered. The corollary here may be dropping a backup catcher or fringe prospect that is on your team in favor of adding a different prospect or player on waivers.

I will revisit this topic again frequently. It is tough to always give an exact value or map for every single player but you can do your best to make yourself as aware as possible of potential values.

Navigating Negotiations

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Make it known that you can be approached. If possible be accepting of blind offers as sometimes meaningful negotiations can be had from these offers and if not you can move on. Many times you will, unfortunately, run into managers refusing to trade for anything but your best players. When this happens it is crucial that you stand your ground and have a dialogue not only for the sake of your team but also in the interest of reaching meaningful negotiations in the future.

At the same time, it's also very important that you show enough awareness to recognize when someone else is making a fair offer. This can mean various things. Occasionally you know the other team is getting a slightly better value but the trade is still helping your team. It is crucial to be mindful of the market and the constraints of each specific league depth and format. Everything is always relative, and as long as you have a reasonable plan one trade will never hurt you.

Always Have Fun

In the end, playing Dynasty Baseball is about having fun. If you're not having much luck lately making trades, revisit whether your offers and negotiations have been fair. If they honestly have been then just be patient. Sometimes it is okay to stand with the team you have or to make minor adjustments through waivers instead.

Be respectful of other managers and have fun playing a game with friends as well as making some new ones along the way.

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