COURT OF FANTASY BASEBALL –
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Index No. 8161-T
Date Rendered: July 9, 2010
Date Issued: July 11, 2010
League Type: Rotisserie
Dispute: TRADE REVIEW
Authoring Judge: Jason Coleman
TRADE BETWEEN TERMINATORS & DOME DOGS IS ACCEPTED.
Commissioner Of Beer Batter League
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DOME DOGS & TERMINATORS
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The Beer Batter League brings this claim in the COURT OF FANTASY BASEBALL to determine the status of a proposed trade between the DOME DOGS and TERMINATORS. The Dome Dogs would send Johnny Damon ($21 salary/last year of 3 year contract) and Kyle Farnsworth ($1 salary/1st year of 3 year contract) to the Terminators for Mitch Talbot ($1 salary/1st year of 3 year contract) and David Murphy ($1 salary/1st year of 3 year contract).
This court ACCEPTS the proposed trade.
The Law on Upholding a Trade
In this court, it is the general rule that any fantasy baseball trade shall be upheld as long as the trade adequately benefits both teams. (See Public Opinion No. 101, Big Red Rockers v. Big City Bombers). A trade reasonably benefits both teams if it allows both teams to have a reasonable chance of moving up in the standings. (See Unpublished Opinion No. 468-T, Commissioner Gary Benik v. Ever-Lastings and 2 Legit 2 Quit).
If the league is a keeper league, as is the case here, this Court will also consider a team’s likely performance in future seasons, especially with respect to the team currently ranked lower in the standings (See Unpublished Opinion No. 3704-T, Commissioner Paul Schultz v. Snakes & Blutos). This Court recognizes that team owners may have different strategies in terms of short-term and long-term goals; and that while one team may try to maximize its chances of winning prize money this year, another team may play for the future (See Unpublished Opinion No. 3731-T, Commissioner v. Muleskinners & Southsiders; see also Unpublished Opinion No. 3797, Commissioner v. Foo Dogs & Maulers).
The Proposed Trade
The proposed trade is a 2-for-2 trade:
The Dome Dogs propose to send to the Terminators (2010 statistics as of 7/7/10 in parentheses):
· Johnny Damon (.271 Avg., 5 HR, 24 RBI, 7 SB)
· Kyle Farnsworth (2 Wins, 0 Saves, 1.98 ERA, 1.073 WHIP)
The Terminators propose to send to the Dome Dogs (2010 statistics as of 7/7/10 in parentheses):
· David Murphy (.266 Avg., 3 HR, 24 RBI, 3 SB)
· Mitch Talbot (8 Wins, 0 Saves, 3.99 ERA, 1.385 WHIP)
Having deemed Terminators still to be in contention for prize money this season, the Court of Fantasy Baseball upholds this trade of Johnny Damon ($21 salary/last year of 3 year contract) and Kyle Farnsworth ($1 salary/1st year of 3 year contract) from the Dome Dogs to the Terminators for Mitch Talbot ($1 salary/1st year of 3 year contract) and David Murphy ($1 salary/1st year of 3 year contract). The court feels that while this trade ultimately may skew in Dome Dogs' favor, there is enough of a reasonable chance that the addition of Damon's offensive statistics will produce a net gain of points this season for the Terminators that the trade is upheld as "reasonably benefiting both teams."
The court, however, notes that this identical trade would have been rejected if Damon (a player in his final year of his contract) would have been sent to a club deemed "out of contention" for the same collection of players, as Damon’s contract becomes valueless at the end of this year.
As of July 7, the Dome Dogs were in second place, and the Terminators in fourth. The Dome Dogs lead the Snodgrass Division, while the Terminators are in third place in the Merkle Division. According to the league rules, if the season ended today, both would be in the money. Hence, the Terminators are considered “in contention.”
Focusing first on the pitching side, the Terminators are sacrificing wins for ERA and WHIP. Given that they were already 11th in wins, the goal is acceptable. While Talbot promises to deliver more wins to the Dome Dogs, it comes at the cost of a higher ERA and WHIP, especially when one looks at projections for the rest of the season.
Regarding the hitters, based on track record and reputation, Damon obviously is the more valuable piece. This season, however, the only real difference between the two players is that Damon has approximately 100 more at-bats and is looking at regular playing time for the rest of the season. While Damon is likely to exceed his year-to-date numbers, the difference is not likely to be so great as to negate any advantage that the Dome Dogs will receive from the increased wins. Additionally, given the fragility of the Rangers’ DH/OF situation, Murphy should see plenty of at-bats. Murphy’s contract for the next two years also helps to close the gap between the two outfielders.
This court ACCEPTS the proposed trade.