Posted by Bootone on 2/9/2012 3:42:00 PM (view original):
Posted by masterdebate on 2/9/2012 2:32:00 PM (view original):You will probably get a lot of different opinions on this... but, I feel a trade for picks is acceptable as long as your team makes the minimum wins set by the league. Building your team through the draft is the best way to improve your team. I know some will consider it a legal way of tanking... I don't agree. Tanking to me is not playing your best players when they are available. Tanking can also be setting controls to increase the chances of losing or making your worst pitcher the closer. There is no way you are improving your team with those actions. Acquiring picks will improve your team... and that makes all the difference to me.
so i have a question, and i think this is the appropriate place, if not, please tell me via sitemail and i will remove this:
buying championships seems bad, especially if you then dump your team when you start losing. what about the guy(s) on the other end, the ones who take the other side of the absurd trade to collect draft picks and other players? should they be stigmatized as well?
Agreed. As long as the trade makes sense (Team A wants to win now and Team B is setting up for the future) I have no problem with it. Frankly, if you can't make this type of trade, very few will ever get made because rarely do two teams trying to win now trade with each other. First, it is rare for two good teams to both
have a hole to fill that they each are able to fill with some guy they don't need. Second, when you are good you're usually not really looking to help another good team that might end up taking you out. And, if you stink, why trade for another now player? Ultimately, there has to be some mechanism that is acceptable to try to build for the future. If you can't tank and can't trade present value for future value because it makes your current team worse, why would anyone keep a bad team at all? You'd have too little ability to make yourself better.