Where I think people always miss the boat on trading an elite asset is on two fallacies.
- That player won’t be kept.
- You’re rebuilding or “out of contention” so you HAVE to move that guy NOW
The first point assumes that a player like trout or Harpers salary will inhibit that owner from
Keeping them and they’ll be reauctioned next year. That rarely happens, at any salary. Just look at the ownership history in your league.
The second point is more important. You have until the cut deadline next year to find a suitable return for your superstar. You do not need to move him now unless you are moving him to acquire more points for this season that that player will give you. Don’t trade a high value asset unless you are getting a clear return that you think nets you more points next year with auction dollars than that player does.
When you factor in the inflation that likely happens at your auction, the level of high end talent usually available at auction, etc. it almost never makes sense to move a high dollar high point keepable asset for a prospect return now. Specifically because those prospects probably aren’t the ones that people want next year this time.
A $30 Cutch? $30 miggy? Other guys that can help a team this year but likely don’t help you next year? Move them all. Whenever you feel it’s time to cash in. But don’t make the mistake of underselling a high value asset because you have to rebuild.