Originally Posted by fantasyhockeygeek
I think it's much more sensible to approach someone and say "Hey, I'm thinking about making you an offer for Player X, and it would really help me out in pulling together something compelling for you if you'd give me an idea of where you'd like to improve your roster in terms of positions, categories, needs, whatever -- with a better understanding of what you're after I think I'll be able to make you a better offer."
Oh come on...
You are suggesting that the other GM needs you to hold his hand to figure out what a good trade is for YOUR team.
Guys... you are overanalyzing this.
I'm in three keepers - and all of the best teams start with "I'm interested in ____". That's followed by either "is he available?" or "what would you want for him?".
It's not lazy.
It's a start to a negotiation.
I call bullshit on all of you.
If somebody comes to you asking for a player, you'll come back and tell them what you want. You know.
Do you really need to hold their hand and tell them to TRY to make you a fair offer?
I mean COME ON!
And the BIGGER thing, all of you guys are SMART GMs.
People aren't going to win a trade with you.
You guys need to take yourself out of your own shoes.
How does the OP make a good trade for himself?
He asks what they want... so he has an upper hand.
Let me try this another way.
You have met a woman at a nice establishment.
She's interested in getting some pleasure.
Should she say:
1) I'd like some pleasure, what would you like in exchange?
2) I'd like some pleasure and I am offering _______.