I’m sure most of you have seen a roach motel in a movie. For example, the “iconic” scene in the cinematic thriller Problem Child 2 where Junior releases his roaches upon his adoptive father’s girlfriend. While we all want to simply give our dynasty roaches to our league mates, getting out of a roach motel, or off your roster, is not that easy. The actual design of a roach motel is to allow roaches easy entrance but nearly impossible to leave.
Ryan McDowell has done a great job highlighting roster cloggers at the end of each season. Those players, however, are defined by Ryan to have little to no trade value. That means the option to drop them is real. In this case, however, I want to look at players where it is easy to invest into them but extremely difficult to move on from. Since they have value, dropping them is not an option. Trading them is the best outcome but current or future risks sour a fair trade market.
Those risks could be as simple as an elite prospect who has failed to produce early. Maybe it is a series of injuries limiting production. There are also factors outside of the player’s control like changes in personnel either on the field or in the coach’s seat. Whatever the case, owners have gotten caught up in players without realizing the risk of offloading them if things fail to work out next year.