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Crazy Trade Fodder

The recent story of a minor league baseball player being traded for ten maple bats got me thinking. In pro basketball we have players, draft picks, future draft picks, money, future considerations, etc. offered as trade currency. Some folks on here have even suggested donuts or beer as equal value for certain un-named players.

When making trade proposals, GMs often get to a point of stalemate and the negotiations end. I'm thinking that with a little creative pot-stirring, a crazy offer could be thrown into the mix to spice up the deal and achieve the desired result. Here's an example: GM "A" wants player "Z" but his offer of a future 1st round pick and players "Y" and "X" just doesn't quite get it done for GM "B". GM "A" then offers to relenquish his two scheduled home games and play them at GM "B"'s venue the following year. The intrigue of the offer is just enough to get the deal done and everyone is happy.

Another example: to finalize a deal that is going nowhere, GM "C" throws this out: "OK, GM "D",...in all our head-to-head games at our house, for the next three years, your fans will be issued megaphones and free beer. Bingo! Deal done! WARNING: the "free beer" clause in this proposal will definitely separate team "C"s true fans from the bandwagons.

One more: To consummate a tough deal, GM "E" counters with this: "If you really want player "W", in addition to your offer, in all our mutual games this year, your players must wear their vintage 1970 unis. I mean literally - short shorts, tight jerseys, Converse AllStars."

Get the idea? Let's give KP some trade fodder to work with this summer.

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