Fantasy Baseball Round Table: An experiment in trade negotiations, Part III

by Todd Zola, on June 19, 2013 @ 13:40:10 PDT


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Rob Leibowitz opined:

Probably easier. I would have had a lot more trouble trading Harper if I really owned him though I did at.least get an impact.pitcher and didn't trade with a team that would have passed me in the standings if I gave him a good hitter.

Ryan Carey offered:

For me it was a little bit of A and C. In the end trading was a little easier in this exercise mainly because everyone involved was actually looking to make some sort of deals at the same time, which unfortunately isn't the case in most leagues. Since we all were open to deals, the challenge of figuring out who was looking to deal was lessened, but I didn't find that anyone that I negotiated with was less invested in trying to make the best possible deals for their teams. While the lack of attachment to the players perhaps made it easier to deal away, I did feel invested in trying to get back the players I wanted and that for me is where option C came into play. In the end, trades were still trades.

Greg Morgan also found it to be a little bit harder and easier:

'B' made it more difficult. 'A' made it easier. On balance A outweighed B, so it was easier to pull the trigger and take risks.

To conclude this exercise, I'd like to once again thank the knights for their participation and you for your indulgence. Based on the last several responses, it is clear to me that even though this is a statistically-driven game and the standings should dictate direction, we're all still guys playing a game. As such, emotions will get involved and must be considered in negotiations. Hopefully you can work this to your advantage, but if you fail to recognize it, you could cost yourself a possible deal as well.

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About Todd Zola,

Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory starting in 1997, Todd Zola and Mastersball carved out an important niche in the fantasy industry. In 2006, Todd became the Research Director for, and in 2009, he relaunched Mastersball and is now a managing partner.

Todd competes in Tout Wars and the XFL, and has been a multiple-time league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has been a contributor to the fantasy content at and, is a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and is an annual speaker at the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums. Fantasy Baseball

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