Take the 2-minute tour ×
Sports Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for participants in team and individual sport activities. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Team 1 begins by going to Team 2 and offers X for Y.

Team 2 counters by saying, I don't think X is as valuable as Y, so I want X and Z for Y. That would be a "two for one."

Team 1 says, I don't want to give you a whole "extra" player, but if you trade me Y for X, which works in my favor, I'll offer you A for B, which works in yours. Now it's "two for two."

So if team 2 agrees that the "package" X+A = the Y+B "package" (and both sides get what they want), the deal gets done.

Is that how a "multiplayer" dialog might go or are there other routes?

(An example was Sean Burnett and Nyger Morgan for Joel Hanrahan and Lastings Milledge between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals some years ago, from my own piece: (I'm not referring to a veterans for prospects trade, that's a separate question.)

share|improve this question
    
well...for one thing, straight up swaps are rare. Usually teams trade Major league talent for prospects –  wax eagle Jul 21 at 15:03
    
You'll want to specify then I think. As most trades this time of year are not going to be ML talent swaps –  wax eagle Jul 21 at 15:07
    
@waxeagle: I was thinking of something like Hanrahan and Holt for Melancon et al. Or maybe a better example was Sean Burnett and Nyger Morgan for Joel Hanrahan and Lastings Milledge (from my own piece). bleacherreport.com/articles/… If it's a veterans for prospects trade, that's a separate question. –  Tom Au Jul 21 at 15:19
    
Is this necessarily limited to baseball? As far as I'm aware, most major sports organizations use the same basic structure of drafts, minor leagues, major leagues, salary caps, trades, etc. –  corsiKa Jul 21 at 18:56
    
@corsiKa: No. Please feel free to use any sport. My personal frame of reference is baseball, that's all. And so is the timing of my questions (right before July 31st). –  Tom Au Jul 21 at 19:00

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.