Drafts are in full force right now, and that means a lot of you have teams already. This also means that trading season is in full force. I have very specific rules regarding trades that I follow:
1. Do not make a roster move until Mid-May unless you are blown away by an offer, or someone makes a really dumb drop. Trust your draft. Mid-May allows you to evaluate your team and give you a decent idea of where you are competing, and where you need to improve. As for part 2, last year, a guy in one of my leagues dropped Soria. Swooping in and picking him up was a no-brainer for me.
2. Always trade from your strengths. If you have a huge lead in homers (or are projected to) and need some saves, remember that if you win a category by 1 homer, it's just as good as winning by 40.
3. If you are trading a starter on your team, make sure the replacement is already on your team. What I mean by this. If you are trading Chase Utley to help out your speed department by getting Ellsbury and Chin Meng Wang in return, make sure you have Kelly Johnson on your bench to back him up. You don't want to trade a stud, and then deal with Waiver fodder to replace him. There is a reason those people are on the wire.
4. You don't have to get the best player in the deal to win the trade. You need to get the best player to fit your squad's needs. Let's go back to the previous scenario. If you are fine in the power categories, and need a burner and some wins then the Utley for Ellsbury and Wang deal works for your team.
5. Never make a trade for action's sake. If you are bored, read a book. But never make a trade to stir things up. Fantasy Baseball is a 25 week marathon. It isn't going to help you to make a move that will hurt your team. I had a guy a couple years ago move Cole Hammels just because he wanted to make a move. It was a dumb move.
Anyways gentlemen, I will gladly evaluate your teams and give you whatever advise you need. Feel free to ask away.