I have a few responses.
wrveres, the reason we have the C-Ys set from 10-15 is to force people to make tough choices. Under the system as it stands, you could sign Prior to a 7 year deal, but it would be risky (what if/when
he misses a year due Tommy John surgery?). It would also mean that it would be more difficult to retain other players. It might be a winning strategy, I don't know. That's part of what I like about this system, though; it allows people to use different strategies.
Madison, that's a good point about trading away future C-Ys to win today. I'm not exactly sure how you could stop that, except for a commissioner to step in. In any league people can always play unfairly, I guess my main response is that hopefully you know the people you play with well enough to know this won't happen.
Still, I think there are some built in checks to at least discourage this from happening. First of all, I doubt that people would trade star players for future C-Ys. Would you trade Prior or A-Rod? You might if you thought you could get them back with the C-Ys you just traded for, but then I think you are bordering on collusion. Secondly, most of the best players will probably be signed to multi-year deals. If you traded away all of your future C-Ys, then you wouldn't be able to have any player on your team that was signed beyond the current year.
Still, it's a good point. I'll have to think about whether there's a rule I can add that would help prevent it. We have considered adding rules against trading future C-Ys for current ones (you have to trade something else instead).
In the situation as you describe it, I'd probably just dissolve the team and treat the new team as an expansion team. There are a number of ways to bring expansion teams into the league (e.g., give them 10 C-Ys and let them go after free agents, give them supplemental picks, etc.).
I like it..didnt get a whole lot of time to go tthru everything..but i will.Got an opening in the league?
No openings this year! If we ever get another opening, I'll be sure to post it in the Cafe!
I might be interested in starting up a H2H keeper using this system, but I'm not sure that I have the time right now to run a second league.
Thanks for all the great comments!