Just in case I'm using the wrong terminology;
I guess what I'm seeking is if other keeper-auction leagues have a rule that allows teams to keep one player at either a reduced rate (or something similar)
My league is trying to hammer something out, however opinions are differing in regards to how it should work;
I tend to think that it should help you keep one player for a longer period of time with little to no negative side effect; At least 3 others (commish included) feel otherwise.
The first proposal I gave was that you could give one player the "franchise tag" and it would lower price to keep the one player from +$5 to +$3;
The negative aspect to this was that if you removed the franchise tag from the player, they had to be dropped from your team. You can trade your franchise player, however you cant name a new franchise player until after the next increase.
That was countered with....
the "franchise" tag could be done in a way similar to a player deferring money to allow for their team to go out and spend. if we do have a "franchise" tag that will allow each team to defer the keeper premium for X number of years, after those years have passed the team should owe the premium in full. for example, I franchise joe mauer, it is decided that franchised players can defer their keeper premium for a maximum of 3 seasons, in 2012 whether or not i decide to keep to joe mauer i am responsible for the total of the premium ($9). should a "franchised" player be traded, their total deferred keeper premium should kick in at the start of the following season.
I don't hate that proposal, however I see little use for it since the amount saved by deferral would be minimum until the second or third year at which point in the 4th year you'd be severely handicapped at the draft; To me...that's not even slightly helpful.
My last proposal was that we increase the keeper rate from say $5 to $8 per a season; However we cap the highest price you would have to pay for one player to something in the $40-$55 range (whatever we decide is most reasonable).
Are any of these even remotely close?