Tricks of the Trade
As everyone’s trade deadline draws near, I wanted to get your take on an idea. Do you think it is a better plan to make your strongest offer first, or make a weaker offer in the hopes that by improving your first offer, you’ll get the deal that you were originally OK with?
Also, just curious…if you’re involved in a 3 for 1 deal, which end of that deal are you, generally speaking?
Liam in Boston
Great questions, Liam! I tend to initially make a weaker offer and gradually improve upon it until I’ve reached my limit. That way, you’re giving yourself a chance to scoop up a player at a lower than market value price. Just be careful not to propose something too lopsided. You don’t want your trading partner to get so angry that he/she puts an end to the negotiations! Also, make sure to give yourself plenty of time before the deadline to exchange offers and ultimately come to an agreement. Waiting until the final hours is not advised. As for your second question, my answer really depends on the players involved, but I generally prefer quality over quantity. Give me the best guy in the deal and I’ll almost always take it, provided of course that he fits my needs. The other nice thing that comes with being on the 1 end of a 3 for 1 is that it opens up two roster spots. While the other team is forced to drop two players, you can hit the waiver wire and restock your roster.
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com