We have 12 teams with a $260 payroll. We purchase 23 players 9 pitchers, 5 of, 2 catchers, 1 1b, 1 3b, 1 1b or 3b, 1 2b, 1 ss, 1 2b or ss, and 1 extra swing player. We bid in $1.00 increments.
We randomly select teams by using Street and Smith Roosters (adding players that are not listed. We read and have the right to bid on every player in baseball this way. If at the end of all teams being read an owner has not filled his rooster, everyone writes his chooses on a secret piece of paper and buys those players (not already purchased) paying $20.00 for the first, $40.00 forthe second, $60.00 for the third and so on. if two teams want the same player they have a mini auction.
We use All Star Stats to monitor everything. It cost each team about $150.00 to $175.00 to use the service but they do a great job. See http://www.allstarstats.com
We also have the right to reserve and replace injured players. For example, if outfielder Jones gets hurt (on Disabled list) you can resrve Jones for $10.00, pick outfielder Smith for $10.00. When Jones is healthy and activated you can drop smith $10.00 , and activiate Jones $10.00 (total of $40.00. If you only wanted to drop Jones and picj smith it would be $10.00 plus $10.00. We also can trade the Jones spot or trade only the smith(the reserved player). For example if you are reserving AROD and you have picked rookie sensation Berroa you can trade Berroa and a average starter for a terrible ss or 2b and a decent starter or reliever. When you pick up a new player he has a pricetag for the purposes of a possible keeper of the greater of $10.00 or the price he was drafted at (where someone who is drafted for $1.00 is out for the year and you want to pick him up for next year).
We have a 8 categoey scoring system: Avg, sb, rbi and hr and wins, saves, era and whip.
Over time we have perfected our rules to counter almost every conceivable loophole and gimmick, such as stacking injured players, duration and priciing of keepers, no trader keeper rules. For example, we can only keep a player for up to 2 years after the initial year he is purchaed. If you buy someone for $1.00 you can keep him at the position where he was drafted or his new position for $1.00. if you want to keep him for the third year you must add$5.00 to the price at the beginning of the 2nd year.
If you trade a player during the season (not in the off season) you cannot keep him. This prevents lopsided trades which could throw off the balance of the league.
We also have a $25.00 free agent pick that can be utilized after May 1st. Exp. if you want to dump bad pitcher jones, for $25.00 you can pick hot rookie.
If at the auction you pick an injured player, (someone who is starting the season on the D.L.) you can not reserve or replace him until May 1st
There are other fine points I did not mention. Hopes this helps. I have been involved in auctions and drafts. There is no comparison. An auction can be much more exciting, especially at the end when some teams have substantial remaining funds and others are nearly out of cash
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