Oh the Royals and unread e-mail for the 8th of May.
"We’re all trying to get on the same page … Well, I guess we’ve been on the same page. We’ve all been *******. We want to get on a different page."
–Royals outfielder Emil Brown, on the team’s struggles (Kansas City Star)
Ryan in Minneapolis writes:
I just wanted to make a case for early-season trading. In one league
(12 team mixed, 25 man rosters) i traded up from Michael young,
griffey, and Delgado, and after a few trades with a few different
people (which involved obtaining guys like gomes and lackey and
flipping them after hot early starts) during the first week of the
season, i ended up with Vlad, teixera, and peavy. you won’t find a
league where you can draft Vlad, teixera, David wright, Dunn, victor
Martinez, and peavy with your first 6 picks.
(in case you’re wondering, the rest of the offense hasn’t been hurt
with the trading; I’ve got weeks, hardy, edmonds, and Edwin
encarnacion set as my other starters)
Ryan, I’m all in favor. It’s never too early to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your team and the rest in your league, or to take advantage of buying opportunities when other owners panic. One of the mantras of the 411 is that hitters hit, so within reason, I’m all in favor of making early deals to pick up undervalued bats that should improve as the season progresses.
My big issue with Cory was having a problem with people who don’t want to trade early not necessarily the theory of trading early. Granted I’m more patient in a 12 team mixed to try and not shoot myself in the foot by overpaying for a player when I had a good one to begin with. In a deep non-mixed I am the opposite. I jump on people right away because teams will clam up the further you get along whether it’s because they don’t want to make changes or are so bad they have lost interest altogether. You obviously did a great job, but I think you’re an exception because if you think about it how many owners in your league could have pulled this off since you can only make so many moves if everyone is doing it.
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