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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Off Season AL Trade Proposal

So far I see 4 people in favor of keeping the off season to the AL trade rule as it is (Awobs, Islanders, Rajmaballs, Stiefels). 2 people want to change but don't know what would be fair (DooRights, Wobblies). One person wants the change (ComishRR). I would imagine that Bob has talked to everyone and wouldn't be so vocal about this if he hadn't heard from others who haven't blogged. What I propose for this thread is to come up with the best alternative proposal from what we have now and then we vote on whatever this new proposal is versus the current system.

Trading For The Future

I decided to break out part of Bob's comment and start a new post.

What is the leagues opinion about early (or late for that matter) dumping of stars in an attempt to win next year? Is it something we as a league should encourage or discourage? What kind of effects does it have on the present year's pennant race?

Some historical perspective on the volatility of BU pennant races would be useful here. What was the largest distance in games behind an eventual BU Champ overcame? I seem to recall the DooRights being in last place at the All-Star break and finishing second several years ago. Is that accurate or do I just have nightmares all the time about the DR roaring back to overtake me?

In general I think BU is much more volatile than MLB in that you can make up more ground quicker.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Off His Beane?

Is he mad? Kendall? Hudson!? Now Mulder? I did like the Ginter trade though.

Off Season Trades and Compensation

The proposed cure is worse than the disease. There are many more "unfair" examples bearing this out, the most recent being Hudson for Cruz.

God knows we will never understand why some teams trade who they do. To free ourselves from this tyranny BU was created where our league would be guided by reason and freedom. Unfortunately, we can't stop those a-holes from trading our players in the off season. But we shouldn't be influenced by their perceptions of value! Many more factors go into MLB value that prevail in these trades such as contract status, no-trade clauses, team outlook, drug usage, even clubhouse chemistry for chrissakes.

BU player value is determined at the draft. If there is an opportunity to determine a player's value we should take it. In-season trades don't afford this opportunity. In addition, a BU team has lost services of a player he has paid for in the present year. Therefore he is compensated with the services of the player coming over. A team hasn't paid for the contract of a player lost in the off season. One could argue there is not necessarily a loss of value as that BU player had his contract value fairly determined in a prior draft.

Obviously if there were no long term contracts we wouldn't have an issue. In a radical proposal we could eliminate long term contracts. Is that an uproar I hear? I think allowing us to speculate on a player’s future adds enjoyment to BU. I think we all agree that this is good. But with the enjoyment comes a cost, the risk of losing that prospect to the AL. The trade off is worth it IMO.

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