This isn't a classified (yet), so I hope that this is the right forum. I was thinking about starting a league, but I haven't seen anyone with settings like these before so I'm looking for input.
The key is that players are signed to contracts at auction time. I think that it would make the league more like real baseball, where you really have to pay for bad decisions, and trades could be more interesting because certain owners may try to unload cap space. Also, if some player unexpectingly goes on fire, you only get to keep him if you had the foresight to sign him to a longterm deal. Otherwise he is a free agent.
Okay, the details. Each owner has 3 contracts worth up to 4 years, 4 contracts worth up to 3 years, and 5 contracts worth up to 2 years. I say "up to", so that if an owner signs 5 players to 3 year deals, that's fine, he would have 2 contracts left worth up to 4 years. During auction time, the highest value contract wins. So a $100/3 year deal beats a $80/2 year deal.
During the season, dollar values don't matter. Owners can add and drop as they please, but they can't drop players with years remaining on their contracts. (Contracts can be cancelled if Yahoo shows them as NA, but if the player just starts sucking, too bad.) Whoever owns the player at the next auction time is responsible for their contract value that year.
I would have a website to keep track of keeper stuff, and use Yahoo for stats.
Okay, that's all I have. Any input? Do you guys think that this is a good idea?