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Trading Injured Players A Tricky Situation

It is always a risk to make a deal involving an injured player.  I experienced this personally in the RotoAuthority league this year, as I swapped Cliff Lee for a recently-DL'd Rafael Furcal on May 13th.   Furcal hasn't played a single game for my team, while Lee has a 3.68 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 7.8 K/9, and 8 wins in 93 innings since our trade.

There were no ethical issues with the Furcal deal - Los Genius and I had access to the same information at the time of the deal.  At that time, Furcal was expected back on May 21st.  He ended up having back surgery on July 2nd, and will return in September at best. 

On the other hand, if you acquired Rich Harden on the cheap when he hit the DL on April 10th, you'd have been rewarded with a 2.19 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 11.6 K/9, and 5 wins in 90.3 innings since.  If you're a gambler, acquiring injured players is high risk, high reward.

In the RotoAuthority Silver League, a situation developed involving John Maine.  I won't get into the he-said, she-said.  But it sounds like Joel Hanrahan was offered for Maine.  At the time of the offer Maine was known to be ailing but not yet on the DL.  He hits the DL, then the offer is accepted.  The league chose to veto the trade.

Simple solution: don't allow the league to veto trades.  I completed a deal earlier this year with Mike Silver, where I sent him Conor Jackson for Yovani Gallardo.  In Gallardo's next start he tore his ACL.  Bad luck for me, but it would've been wrong to overturn the deal even if it was still in the approval period.  As I've said, I find it ridiculous that most leagues have owners vote on each other's trades.  This another reason why.


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