Now that your fantasy football season is complete, this is the time fantasy baseball owners start to strategize and rough draft their off-season plans. We're looking at potential trades in keeper leagues and starting dialogue with other managers to see if they can get some trades done. Below are six points of advice to follow in trade talks which can be applied anytime during the year.
Point 1 - Respect Your Fellow Owner
I know there is a segment of fantasy baseball owners who feel they should start with a low ball offer. Personally, if you're in a competitive league I don't see how you can expect a low ball offer to be accepted or close to being accepted. Furthermore, a vast majority of owners get very upset and insulted when you present them a low ball offer. Also, not only will they not accept the offer, but most likely they will not counter back with a dialogue. In the future they will remember your poor offer and say to themselves ... "why am I going to contact that owner?" Knowing this, always send an offer that you can honestly say is at least fair.
Point 2 - Interest Level
Has he communicated to you in the past ... "I really like so & so." Or has the owner had the player you are offering in the past... and did that player do well for that owner? If you got the player in the most recent draft, was that owner involved in the bidding towards the end? The reason I am asking these questions is because if we can establish the other owners on a specific player or players, you are heading in the right direction to get a deal done.
Point 3 - The Smell Test
Before sending an offer over to that particular owner, review it one final time and ask yourself ... Does it pass the smell test? The trade works for me but how does it work for the other owner? Now everyone has different values on players and opinions and different philosophies on putting their team together. If you can look at the offer honestly and say this is a fair offer, then it passed the smell test.
Point 4 - CommunicationWhen the owner gets back to you and let's say declines the offer, try to establish a dialogue and find out why they turned down the deal and see if it's possible to change some of the parameters around to get a deal done. You need to effectively communicate to get deals done.
Point 5 - Strike while the Iron is HotIf a deal is close and the difference is very slight, do everything you can to get that deal over the finish line. Many owners sometimes become inflexible when it's 1st and goal to get a deal done. Then either a week later they decide to take the deal or just simply decline. Also, you allow the opportunity for other owners to communicate with the person you are close to a deal with and then that owner makes a deal with someone else and you lose out. Again when you are close do everything you can to get it done. Keep the lines of communication open.
Point 6 - AttitudeAlways keep it friendly and positive. Good attitude and camaraderie helps gets deals done in my experience.
Even if you cannot get a deal done and if you followed these points, the next go around with that same owner on a possible trade could work to your advantage. You have established a positive rapport and given yourself a better chance to get a deal done.
NL King - C.Lizza