We are a keeper AL only ($100 fee) 5 x 5 auction league. This is our 4th season. We use CBS Sportsline. Our auction will be on March 24th 7PM EST. It will be conducted on fantasyauctioneer.com.
We use contracts and minor leaguers. As a new owner you are not obligated to keep any of the players on your roster already under contract. Normally you would keep 3-12 players.
Below is the league constitution. If you would like more information, or would like to see the rosters of the available teams, please contact me at mailto:Aikoprod@gmail.com
The Positive Friction Fantasy Baseball League
I. Teams and Rosters
1.1. There will be 12 teams in The Positive Friction Fantasy Baseball League. Each team will consist of 28 American League Players and 6-12 Minor League Players. (23 Starters, 5 Reserves, and 6-12 Minor Leaguers). There will also be a 5 man disabled list.
1.2. A teams roster will consist of the following:
• 5 Outfielders
• 1 Catcher
• 1 First baseman
• 1 Second baseman
• 1 Third baseman
• 1 Shortstop
• 1 Middle Infielder
• 1 Corner Infielder
• 2 Utility (any non-pitcher)
• 9 Pitchers (any combination of starters and relievers)
• 5 reserves (any combination of positions)
• 6-12 minor league players (any positions)
1.3. There is a minimum innings requirement for all pitching staffs of 900 innings pitched. Any team that does not achieve 900 innings of work will be placed last in the categories of ERA and WHIP.
2.1. Each team must acquire 23 American League players at a total cost not to exceed $260 (not real money). A team need not spend the maximum.
2.2 The auction date is March 24, 2007 at 7 PM EST.
2.3. All Major and Minor league players associated with an American League team are eligible for the auction. However, a minor league player that is purchased will lose “free” minor league status for the entire season. Only if the player is dropped from a fantasy team before the next auction, and is still a rookie (as stated in Rule 13.3), may that player be eligible for “free” minor league status again.
2.4. Players will be selected for auction in random order. All bids must be in dollar increments. Bidding continues until only one bidder is left. (Auction will be live, via chat room.)
2.5. No team may bid more on a player than he has left. For example, a team with $3 left and two openings on its roster is limited to a maximum bid of $2 for one player.
2.6. No team may bid for a player who qualifies only at a position that the team has already filled and that team has already fulfilled its utility position.
2.7. Following the auction there will be two drafts (though not necessarily on the same day); a five round Reserve draft and a six round Minor League draft. The Reserve Draft will be done in a serpentine manner. The draft order will be in the reverse order of the previous year's finish. The minor league draft will NOT be done serpentine. It will be conducted in a worst to first order, based on the previous year’s final standings, for all rounds.
2.8 Only players that have not yet been sent down to the Minor Leagues and are associated with an American League baseball team are eligible for the reserve draft. Only players associated with an American League teams Minor League system are eligible for the Minor League draft.
2.9 All questions about whether or not a player has been sent down to the Minor Leagues will be checked in the transaction section on http://www.Rotoworld.com
or by general consent of a handful of owners.
III. Position Eligibility
3.1. A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in twenty (20) games in the preceding season. If a player did not appear in twenty (20) games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position(s) at which he appeared most frequently.
3.2. Once the season is underway, a player becomes eligible for any position at which he appears at least ten (10) times. However, the player will not lose any position eligibility that he obtained at the Major League level from the previous season (i.e. If a player played 20 games at a position last season he will maintain that position eligibility throughout this season).
3.3. The position eligibility of minor-leaguers who have no MLB experience will be determined by their projected fielding position for the upcoming season. This position must be confirmed by a minimum of 3 owners.
3.4. Once the season is underway, a minor league call-up who has no prior MLB experience will qualify at: (a) the position he most often played in the minors, (b) the first position he plays in the field in the majors. After ten (10) games at one position, normal position eligibility rules take effect.
4.1. The entrance fee is $100 per team per season.
4.2. All fees must be paid by March 1. The commissioner can freeze rosters until fees are up-to-date.
4.3. All transactions throughout the season are free.
V. Player Salaries
5.1. The salary of a player acquired in the Major League auction is his auction price.
5.2. All players chosen in the reserve draft will have a salary of $5.
5.3. The salary of a player does not change during the season unless the player becomes a free agent.
5.4. The salary of a player called up from the free agent pool during the season is $5.
5.5. When a player is claimed off waivers, his salary either becomes $5 or remains the same, whichever is higher.
5.6. Minor League players that are activated will be activated with a $1 salary.
5.7. Minor League players acquired through the preseason draft or midseason draft, that are not on the active roster, do not count against the salary cap.
VI. Prize Money
6.1. All fees shall be collected and maintained by the Commissioner.
6.2. Website and auction room fees will be subtracted from the entry fees before the prize money is distributed.
6.3. The money shall be divided among the top four (4) teams at the end of the season as follows:
• 1st place – 50%
• 2nd place – 25%
• 3rd place – 15%
4th place – 10%
7.1. The following criteria are used to determine team performance:
• Batting Average
• Runs Scored
• Runs Batted In
• Stolen Bases
• Home runs
• Earned Run Average
• WHIP (walks + hits divided by innings pitched)
7.2. Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the ten categories, and given points for each place. For example, in a twelve-team league, the first-place team in a category receives twelve points, the second-place team eleven, and so on down to one point for last place. The team with the most total points wins the pennant.
7.3. In case of ties in an individual category, the tied teams are assigned points by totaling points for the rankings at issue and dividing by the total number of teams tied.
7.4. In case of ties in total points; each team involved in the tie is compared to all other teams involved in the tie in each individual category. One point is given to each team for leading in a category. The team with the most points using this method wins the tiebreaker. If, after this method is used, it is still a tie, the tie stands.
8.1. The Commissioner will decide before the upcoming season which stat service to use. The stat service fee will be taken from the league entry fees to pay for this service.
8.2. Any problems with statistics or player movements must be brought forth within seven (7) days of the occurrence. After that, any challenges will fall under the discretion of the commissioner.
8.3. Performance stats of a player only apply while he is on an ACTIVE roster.
8.4. Standings and Transactions will be tabulated daily on-line and available on the Internet.
8.5. All regular season statistics from Major League Baseball, including any extra games necessary to determine playoff teams, will be included. Statistics from Major League Baseball's playoffs and All-Star game are not included.
8.6. Should an American League player, who is on one of this league’s rosters, be traded to the National League, his statistics will continue to count throughout this season. However, the team that owns that player’s rights loses all rights to that player at the end of the season.
9.1. No trade may take place from two weeks before the auction until the auction. Trades are official once both sides have posted the trade online.
9.2. Once the Major League auction is complete, teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit and without position requirements.
9.3. There are no limits to the number of trades a team may make.
9.4. Auction money may not be traded at any time.
9.5. There will be an in-season salary maximum and minimum. The maximum will be $400. The minimum will be $150. This includes the players on the teams Reserve List. The in-season salary caps become effective immediately following the auction. National League players gained through sealed auction will have a $10 value against the salary cap. This rule is in effect to deter salary dumping and collusion. Any trades that exceed these minimums/maximums will automatically be voided.
9.6. No trade may take place from September 1 until the last day of the regular season.
X. WAIVER ACQUISITIONS & NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYERS
10.1. Any player may be released by his rotisserie team.
10.2. When a player is released, he is placed on waivers. Each week, by Sunday evening at 9 PM EST, any team can make a waiver request using their FAAB money. Each team begins the season with $100 in FAAB money (not real money). $0 bids will be accepted. The team that places the highest bid will be awarded the player. Should there be a tie in high bids, the player shall go to the team that is lower in the standings. If the two teams are tied in the standings, those teams will resubmit bids on Monday and the player will be awarded on Tuesday. This will continue through the week if need be. The first week’s order will be determined by the inverse order of the previous season’s final standings.
10.3. Any player called up from the Minor Leagues, that is not already on a team’s roster, must pass through waivers before he can be claimed.
10.4. Distribution of players traded to the American League from the National League shall be conducted in the same manner as any waiver claim as outlined in Rule 10.2., using the same FAAB monies that each team is supplied. National League players gained through this method will have a $10 value against the salary cap. Any player traded to the American League is not eligible to be kept for the following season.
10.5. When a player is claimed off waivers, his salary either becomes $5 or remains the same, whichever is higher. National League players gained through sealed auction will have a $10 value against the salary cap.
10.6. The team who waived the player cannot claim that same player off waivers. That team must wait until the player clears waivers before reacquiring the player.
10.7. Only players who are on an active American League roster and not owned by another rotisserie team may be claimed off the waiver wire. Minor league players and players on the Disabled List are not eligible to be acquired.
10.8. No player may be acquired between the end of the season and the auction.
10.9. The first waiver transactions can be made the first Sunday following the auction. Waiver acquisitions can be made until the end of the season.
10.10. The minimum/maximum in-salary cap can and does affect any waiver wire pick-ups. There is no limit to pickups as long as each team stays within the in-season salary cap.
10.11 Any player that is traded to the National League following the auction and subsequently returns to the American League before the end of the season will be subjected to the same rules as a player that has left the American League. In other words, they are ineligible to be kept the following season.
XI. The Reserve and Disabled Lists
11.1. Each team has a five (5) player Reserve List comprised of players from a position of the owners choosing. A team may replace any of its players on its reserve list through waiver pick-ups or trades. Reserving a player protects a team's rights to that player.
11.2. A team may move any player from its reserve list to active list and vice versa. There is no limit to the number of these moves a team can make during the season.
11.3. Lineups may be changed daily before that days games.
11.4. Each team has a five (5) player Disabled List. A player can only be placed on the disabled list if he has been placed on a MLB disabled list. Disabled players do NOT count toward the in-season salary caps. A team is not required to activate the injured player when the player comes off the MLB DL.
XII. Minor Leagues
12.1. Following the major league portion of the auction, a six-round Minor League draft will take place.
12.2. Beginning the first day of the MLB All-Star break a midseason Minor League draft will be held. It is strongly recommended that all teams attend this draft! The draft order will be in reverse order of the standings as of the first day of the All-Star break. The format is serpentine and there are three (3) rounds. Teams are allowed to hold up to twelve (12) Minor League players (6 from preseason draft + 3 from midseason + 3 through trades) until keeper lists are due before next season when the maximum will be reset to six (6).
12.3. Only players who qualify as a rookie in MLB (less than 130 at bats or less than 50 innings pitched), and are associated with an American League team, are eligible to be drafted for the Minor League roster.
12.4. When a player is drafted in the Minor League draft, he is placed on the team's Minor League roster. This protects a team's rights to that player
12.5. When a player is drafted in the minor league draft, his salary is $1 (does not count against salary cap) and the team that drafts him owns his rights.
12.6. Adds to the Minor League roster are not permitted at any time. Only through trades or during the preseason or midseason drafts can Minor League players be added to the Minor League roster and be kept as “free” keepers.
12.7. If a MLB team activates a player drafted in our Minor League draft, an owner is not obligated to activate that player. However, if the player receives more than 130 at bats or pitches more than 50 innings he is no longer eligible to be kept on the Minor League roster the following season.
12.8. If a Minor League player is purchased at the auction or acquired through waivers, he loses all his “free” Minor League status in regard to salary and contracts.
12.9. Once a player is activated, waived or reserved from the Minor League roster, he cannot be returned to the Minor League roster. Likewise, a player activated by his fantasy team PERMANENTLY loses his minor league keeper status unless he is eligible for and taken in a subsequent season’s Minor League draft.
12.10. Minor League players can be retained from season to season without an increase in salary and without a contract. There is no maximum number of seasons a Minor League player can be kept as long as he stays within the criteria listed in Rule 13.3.
12.11 A minor league player can be added to the active major league roster prior to the auction. If this is done, the player will have a value of $1 for the current season.
XIII. Roster protection and contract extensions
13.1. From season to season, each team may retain between three (3) and twelve (12) players, not including Minor Leaguers. There is a maximum limit of six (6) Minor Leaguers that can be kept from season to season. The only exception to this is for a new owner entering the league. The new owner has the option of keeping between zero (0) and twelve (12) players.
13.2. Keeper lists must be submitted no later than midnight exactly two weeks before the next auction. No trades may take place from the time the keepers are due until the auction.
13.3. If a player is to be retained, the owner has three options for his next contract. The owner may sign a player to a one (1), two (2), or three (3) year contract. If the player is retained for one more year, his salary will be equal to the auction bid + $5. If the player is retained for two more years, his salary will be equal to the auction bid + $4 for the first year and an additional +$4 for the second year. If the player is retained for three more years, his salary will be equal to the auction bid + $3 the first year, +$6 the second year, and +$9 the third season. Examples:
· Team A wants to keep Dan Wilson for one (1) more season. His 2003 auction price was $10. Wilson’s 2004 salary will be $15.
· Team A wants to protect Dan Wilson for two (2) more seasons. His 2003 auction price was $10. Wilson’s 2004 salary will be $14 and his 2005 salary will be $18.
· Team A wants to protect Dan Wilson for three (3) more seasons. His 2003 auction
price was $10. Wilson’s 2004 salary will be $13. His 2005 salary will be $16, and
his 2006 salary will be $19.
13.4. Once a contract extension expires a team may re-sign that player or release him back into the free agent pool for the next auction.
13.5. Contracts carry forward even when a player is traded. In other words, trades do not affect the contract status of a player.
13.6. A team can buy out a players contract. It will, however, cost the team ½ of that player’s salary in the last year of the contract. The fine will be assessed at the auction for each of the years remaining on the contract. Any odd dollar amounts will be rounded up. Example:
· Team A has Dan Wilson signed for two years: $15 for the upcoming season and $19 for the season following that. Team A decides to cut Wilson. The buyout is for $10 (1/2 of his final salary, rounded up). In the next two auctions, Team A now has $250 to spend rather than $260.
13.7. If a player is traded to, or moves via free agency, to the National League, his contract becomes void with no penalty to the owner that had that player under contract. Likewise, if a player under contract sustains an injury that forces him to miss one (1) full calendar year, even if that year has not yet been completed, then the owner of that contract has the option of voiding the contract with no penalty attached.
13.8. Minor League players have no contracts and may be kept forever as long as they meet rookie status and are kept on the fantasy Minor League roster. Once they are moved to the fantasy Major League roster, all the usual contract rules apply.
13.9. Any player that is ineligible for the auction because he was associated with a National League team and then comes into the American League CANNOT be kept past the current season.
13.10. Should an American League player, who is on one of this league’s rosters, be traded to the National League, his statistics will continue to count throughout this season. However, the team that owns that player’s rights loses all rights to that player at the end of the season.
Rule 13.11. If any American League player has been kept and is then traded to the National League in the period between the due date of the keeper list and before the auction, that teams owner has the option of keeping the player or releasing him. Should the team decide not to keep the player, that player will NOT be eligible for the auction. The same rule applies to players kept on the minor league roster. This decision should be made promptly, within 24 hours would be best for the league.