The Z Files: Trading Ethics

The Z Files: Trading Ethics

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

It's that time of the season. The trade deadline is approaching, so the internet is inundated with pieces entitled, "Tricks of the Trade", or the "Art of the Deal." In fact, this week's Tout Wars Round Table asked, "Please share a solid piece of advice with respect to negotiating a fantasy baseball deal." Look for it to be posted early next week.

Speaking of Tout Wars, there has been a few social media discussions about trader ethics among the Touts. One was a topic we covered a few years ago in a round table:

If your team is destined to not win this season, will you trade with a competing team to improve your finish?

Here is a link to the piece for those curious. I opted not to repose it to the Touts, instead posting the following tweet:

Here is my reply from the aforementioned Tout Table. Most of the words hold true to this day.

To be candid, I continue to struggle with this. My head says every point counts. My heart says don't influence the top of the standings in a redraft format. Then the head says by

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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