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New Auction Keeper League

Postby jaroche6 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:06 am

General League Information

20-team league
Four 5-team divisions
Two 10-team semi-leagues
Play each team in your semi-league in 2-week series
mixed AL/NL
slow auction draft over message board
20 week regular season
League will be run through CBS sportsline during the season


6 week postseason
8 playoff teams

weeks 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks 5-6

1v8 w1v8 v. w4v5 championship
2v7 w2v7 v. w3v6

Money Pool

$36.50 buy-in
$6.50 league fees for CBS
$600 total
playoff team $30 each ($240)
first round winners $30 each ($120)
championship teams $60 each ($120)
champion $120

Head-to-head scoring

Hitting Categories:

Batting Average (AVG)
Runs ®
Runs Batted In (RBI)
Homeruns (HR)
Stolen Bases (SB)
On Base Percentage (OBP)
Slugging Percentage (SLG)
Hits (H)

Pitching Categories:

Earned Run Average (ERA)
Wins (W)
Loses (L)
Strikeouts (K)
Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP)
Saves (S)
Holds (H)
Blown Saves (BS)


25-30-man roster

Active roster consists of the following:

1 catcher
1 first baseman
1 second baseman
1 shortstop
1 third baseman
3 outfielders
1 designated hitter
3 starting pitchers
3 pitchers
3 relief pitchers
7-12 bench spots
3 injured reserve

A team can have up to 3 players on its disabled list. A player's eligibility is determined by official MLB disability designation.

Auction Draft:

Our Auction will be held on the league Message Board, and will begin near the end of February. The date will be determined by how fast everyone gets their entry fee to me.

I will publish a list of all players along with the times and dates they will be put up for Auction. For example on the first release date there will be 80-100 players put up for active bidding (a few players from each position). Then each owner who wishes to acquire a player can place their bid on the Message Board by replying to that player's thread. If nobody ups the bid for 24 hours then that player goes to the high bidder.

During the first couple of weeks of the Auction I will wait 3-4 days before releasing the next group of players, however some players may remain active in the bid cycle even after the following group is released. So you must manage your bids well.

I will begin posting new player threads at 11 pm an hour before a new list opens. Teams can begin bidding on players at 12 am.

There will be NO trades allowed during the Auction.

You will begin the Auction with $300 of salary cap money to spend during the Auction. The minimum bid will be $1, and all bids will be in whole numbers (no fractions), i.e. $1, $2, $3 etc. (Any calculations involving salary cap money that results in a fractional value will be rounded up if the fraction is .5 or greater.)

For players that are not listed there will be a Nomination Round in which all owners can nominate twice as many players as their remaining cap. All nominations will be made public along with the teams that nominated those players. Then those teams that are in contention will email the commissioner blind-bids for the player(s) they nominated. The highest bid wins the player.

Penalties: If you bid more than you have remaining in your Salary Cap you will be penalized 2% of your remaining Salary Cap and your offending bid will be ignored (removed) from the active bids. The same penalty will apply if you place 2 or more bids on the table who's sum would exceed your Salary Cap. In that case the latest bid will be revoked, and if necessary further bids will be revoked until the offending owner is back under his (now penalized) Salary Cap. These penalties are in place to make each owner pay attention and not place fake bids on the Message boards.

No team may make a bid for a player it cannot afford. For example, a team with $3 left and two openings on its roster is limited to a maximum bid of $2 for one player.

Following Years
In early February of each following year, each team may choose to protect a maximum number of players. A date will be posted when all teams must declare who they intend to protect. Then when the following Auction begins -each team's Salary Cap used for bidding- will be reduced from $300 -based on a calculation of the salary money spent to acquire those players in the previous year's Auction.

Each team must acquire a minimum of 25 players and a maximum of 30 players at a total cost of $300 during the auction

Prospects may be bought through the auction but they are not eligible for your minor league roster and the same keeper rules apply to them as major leaguers.

NOTE: The $300 salary limit pertains to Auction Draft Day only. After Auction Draft Day, free agent signings and trades may drive a team's payroll past $300. However teams may not begin the 2006 season with a salary total exceeding $300.

Minor League Draft

The Minor League Draft will be held via message board beginning on a date specified by the Commissioners, a Minor League Player Draft shall follow, whereby each team may acquire players (a) who are not on any team's major league or reserve roster; and ( who still have official rookie status, as defined by major league baseball
NOTE: The major league rule reads: "A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues; or ( accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a major league club or clubs during the period of a 27-player limit (excluding time in the military service)."
Selection takes place in 5 rounds of a simple snake draft, not an auction. Order will be determined by random number generation rankings on (dice settings to be determined by the League Commissioners)
In subsequent years, the selection order in each of the 5 rounds is determined by the order in which the teams finished in the previous season - in order to discourage tanking the picks will be in this order:

9th place – 1st pick
10th place – 2nd pick
11th place – 3rd pick
12th place – 4th pick
13th place – 5th pick
14th place – 6th pick
15th place – 7th pick
16th place – 8th pick
17th place – 9th pick
18th place – 10th pick
19th place – 11th pick
20th place – 12th pick
8th place – 13th pick
7th place – 14th pick
6th place – 15th pick
5th place – 16th pick
4th place -17th pick
3rd place – 18th pick
2nd place – 19th pick
1st place – 20th pick

Teams shall have 6 hours to make their selection. If a team's time elapses, the team will be skipped and the next team will be on the clock. The team skipped can make its selection any time thereafter.

The price and subsequent salary upon activation of each farm system player drafted is $1

Another Minor League Draft will occur during the All-Star Break lasting 2 rounds. Order will be determined by place in the standings (see above).

Tie breakers

In cases of ties in an individual category, the home team wins the category.

In cases of ties in the standings, the following applies:
1. Best head-to-head record, if not then
2. Best record against league opponents
3. Fewest transactions


From the completion of the auction draft until midnight August 31, teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit. No trades are permitted from September 1 through the end of the season. Trades are eligible to be made from the day after the season ends until keepers are due.

Trades do not affect the salaries or contract status of players.

A farm system player may be traded during authorized trading periods, subject to prevailing rules governing transactions, as may a team's selection rights in the minor league draft.

Waivers/Free Agents

Waiver time is 2 days. There is a maximum moves limit of 10 moves during the season.

Waiver priority is determined in the opposite order of the Minor League Draft to begin the 2006 season. During the season and in following seasons, waiver priority is determined in order from last to first.

Free agents assume a $1 salary.


A player who has been under contract at the same salary during the 2006 season and whose service has been uninterrupted (that is, he has not been waived or released, although he may have been traded) must, prior to the announcing of keepers in the following season, be released; signed at the same salary for his option year; or signed to a guaranteed long-term contract.
If released, the player returns to the free agent pool and becomes available to the highest bidder at the next season's auction. If signed at the same salary for an option year, the player must be released back into the free agent pool at the end of that season. If signed to a guaranteed long-term contract, the player's salary in each year covered by the new contract (which commences with the option year) shall be the sum of his current salary plus $3 for each additional year beyond the option year

NOTE: This rule is to prevent blue-chippers, low-priced rookies who blossom into superstars, and undervalued players from being tied up for the duration of their careers by the teams who originally drafted them. It guarantees periodic transfusions of top-flight talent for Auction Draft Day and provides rebuilding teams something to rebuild with. And it makes for some interesting decisions at keeper time.


You draft Delmon Young in the Minor League Draft. He receives 130+ at-bats in 2006. He costs $1. Signing Young to an option year contract would be foolish because you would only retain his services for 1 year at $1. You want to sign him to a guaranteed long-term contract. You decide to sign him through 2010. Young's salary zooms to $13 per year ($1 (2006) + $3 (2007) + $3 (2008) + $3 (2009) + $3 (2010)), but he's yours through the 2010 season. If he continues to mature as a ballplayer, you've got a bargain.

You draft Roger Clemens in the Auction Draft. He costs $25. You want to sign him to an option year contract since he may retire soon. So you retain his services for another year at $25.

NOTE: Once a player’s contract runs out, that player becomes a free agent.
The cumulative salaries of players protected prior to Auction Draft Day are deducted from a team's $300 expenditure limit, and the balance is available for acquisition of the remaining players needed to complete the team's 25-man roster.


Each team is afforded 3 rookie/prospect slots which they may use or trade to retain players from their minor league roster.

Each team is afforded a maximum of 6 players in which they can retain, sign to an option year contract or to a guaranteed long-term contract, from their major league roster. A team may choose to retain additional minor leagues instead of major leaguers but must forfeit a future minor league draft pick. There is no minimum on the amount of players a team may retain allowing for teams to start from a clean slate.

The commissioner should promptly notify all teams in the League of each team's protected roster, including player salaries, contract status, and amount available to spend on Auction Draft Day.
Last edited by jaroche6 on Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:15 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Postby jaroche6 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:09 am

Link to message board: ... hp?act=idx

If you're interested contact me:

AIM: jaroche6
Yahoo Messenger: jaroche6

I'll get you set up on the message board and answer any questions/suggestions you have for the league.

We are only looking for serious, dedicated owners.

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Postby jaroche6 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:18 pm

Currently we have 6 committed owners, and 3 others that are almost certainly in, looking for more. This type of auction league has the best chance of succeeding in the future since the rules aren't too complicated and it uses a keeper format instead of dynasty so every year there will be an influx of top talent and every team will have a chance to win no matter how poorly they drafted the year before.
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Postby jaroche6 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:54 pm

We have 10 owners...looking for more.
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Postby jaroche6 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:42 am

We're up to 12. Looking to make it 20.
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Postby jaroche6 » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:22 pm

Looking for more owners...want to be full by February will start by February 27th

Contact me if you're interested.


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Postby jaroche6 » Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:39 pm

We're up to 15 registered owners (I'm talking to 3 others). Only need 5 more owners!
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Postby jaroche6 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:12 pm

Only 3 more spots left!
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Postby RoccoCorleone » Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:47 am

I just signed up for the league....gimme an email and let me know what I need to do. Thanks

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Postby jaroche6 » Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:14 pm

Will do...we are up to 18 owners now...need 2 more!
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