How'd I know this would reappear???
Even having now figured it out, I still don't get that "dirty" feeling I would get with accepting a trade out of balance, or not trying every single thing to make a team better. I take it for granted that less information is never the answer, but rather expose it all to the light of day. Put all the FA total bids on the league board, team by team, have it go up and down like the stock market big board, and let everybody hash it out. That might be pretty amusing.
And don't make the signing cycles predictable. Same with coaches. If you have a few sign every half-cycle, owners would have to get their best bids out there right off.