Mudhen Wannabe’s vs. Screaming Psychopaths – 6 F.J. 396 (July 21, 2014) – Fantasy Baseball Trade Review (D.Jeter/J.Lowrie)

SUPREME COURT OF FANTASY JUDGMENT

Mudhen Wannabe’s vs. Screaming Psychopaths

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI FROM
THE COLLEGE AMIGOS FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE

Decided July 21, 2014
Cite as 6 F.J. 396 (July 2014)

Factual Background

A rotisserie fantasy baseball league called the College Amigos Fantasy Baseball League (hereinafter referred to as “CAFBL”) was established in 1999 and is hosted on CBS.  The CAFBL is a 14-team mixed AL/NL keeper league utilizing an auction-style draft with a budget of $260.00 for 27 players.  Teams are permitted to maintain up to five (5) players during each off-season with players’ salaries increased by $2.00 multiplied by the number of years they have been kept.  The salary of a player acquired in the draft is his auction price.

As with many rotisserie leagues, the CAFBL uses the standard 5×5 scoring categories to determine the standings and prize money.  For offensive players, the five categories are: (1) batting average; (2) homeruns; (3) runs batted in; (4) runs scored; and (5) stolen bases.  For pitchers, the five categories are: (1) wins; (2) earned run average; (3) WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched); (4) strikeouts; and (5) saves.  The CAFBL applies a head-to-head format where each category is considered a win.

The CAFBL has a written constitution with rules and guidelines in place regarding trades.  The relevant rules pertaining to trades are as follows:

8.       TRADES

8.3     Trades do not affect the salary or contracts of players.
8.4     Trades may only involve players in the instant trade and may not involve cash, players to be named later, or future considerations.

9.        TRADE REVIEWS

9.1.     Trades shall be referred to a 3rd party reviewer and that decision is final.
9.2      The 3rd party reviewer may consider the contract and salary of players for keeper purposes, but the primary considerations of review shall be preservation of the integrity and overall competitiveness of the current season.

The CAFBL’s commissioner submitted a proposed trade between two league members and seeks an opinion on whether the trade should be approved.

Procedural History

This is an amended trade consummated between these two teams following the Court’s rejection of their previous trade.  Mudhen Wannabe’s vs. Lame Duck Psychopaths, 6 F.J. 377 (July 2014) (rejecting the trade of Derek Jeter and Carlos Correa in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Mark Melancon).

The revised trade is as follows: the Mudhen Wannabe’s traded Derek Jeter (SS-NYY, $3.00 salary in 2014) to the Lame Duck Psychopaths in exchange for Jed Lowrie (SS-OAK, $4.00 salary in 2014).

Issue Presented

(1)   Should the amended trade between the Mudhen Wannabe’s and Lame Duck Psychopaths be approved?

Decision

After the Court previously rejected the prior trade between these teams, the Mudhen Wannabe’s and Screaming Psychopaths (also known as the Lame Duck Psychopaths) have agreed to an amended trade which is now subject for approval.  The only changes made from the prior trade are removing Carlos Correa and Mark Melancon from the deal.

As we have discussed before, the CAFBL’s rules specifically state that the validity and equitability of trades shall primarily consider the overall integrity and competitiveness of the current season.  As such, the Court defers to the league’s guidelines for the standard of review.  This means that we will deviate somewhat slightly from the norm and focus on the immediate effect and impact of this trade rather than broaden the scope and break down the long-term benefits typically afforded in keeper league trades.  In Pursuit of the Grail vs. Screaming Psychopaths, 6 F.J. 5 (February 2014).

Nothing has changed in terms of the evaluations for both Derek Jeter and Jed Lowrie.  As such, we incorporate by reference the analysis provided in Mudhen Wannabe’s vs. Lame Duck Psychopaths, 6 F.J. 377 (July 2014).  This is a straight up trade for one shortstop in exchange for another.  As such, no specific positional needs are being addressed by either team.  It is apparent that both teams are pursuing improvement in a specific category given both players’ respective statistics.

Derek Jeter is batting .274 with two home runs, 27 RBI, 33 runs scored and seven stolen bases.  In comparison, Jed Lowrie is batting .237 with four home runs, 37 RBI, 47 runs scored and no stolen bases.  It is undisputable that these players are statistically comparable despite having some disparities in certain categories.  Based on the foregoing, the Court approves this revised trade between the Mudhen Wannabe’s and the Screaming Psychopaths.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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