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Trade season is here.
Nine of my 14 leagues allow trading, and my general pattern each year includes a flurry of activity in June.
After two months of games, the needs of each team become clear, and owners become more willing to take chances. Whether it's punting a category, consolidating talent by flipping two or three players for one, or looking to upgrade multiple active lineup spots by selling an elite bat or arm for a package of players in return, the conversations about potential deals are more fruitful this time of year.
In rotisserie formats, it's critically important to assess players based on their potential impact in the standings for each category.
In all formats, it's critically important to assess the quality of the replacement players you will be using in the lineup (from the reserve list, or the waiver wire) after completing a trade.
Things that might seem like a no-brainer at a glance may be less impactful, or more risky than you might think.
Take this offer I received from Yahoo's Scott Pianowski, for example:
— scott pianowski (@scott_pianowski) June 19, 2018
First off, this is the most bold trade offer I've ever received. I wish more people (including myself) were willing to plant the flag the way Pianow does in his deals.
In a vacuum, the snap reaction is to accept it as the side receiving Kris Bryant. No matter how high you are on Brandon Nimmo, straight up,