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One Opening for a 16 team auction keeper league!

Postby gwynndman » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:23 am

We are currently looking for one owner to fill our league. League is run on CBS Sportsline and is a 16 team H2H 10 category league. We run an auction draft on and would like to have you take a look and if you are interested email me at

league constitution:
**The O-PEE-CHEE Fantasy Baseball League Rules, 2008**

I. Teams and Rosters

1. There will be 16 teams in The O-Pee-Chee League, comprised of a mix of AL and NL players. Each team will consist of 25 active Major League Players (22 Starters, 3 Reserves), 3 Injury Slots and 0-10 Minor League Players.

2. A team’s roster will consist of:

• 4 OFs

• 1 C

• 1 1B

• 1 2B

• 1 3B

• 1 SS

• 1 MI (Middle Infielder)

• 1 CI (Corner Infielder)

• 2 Utility (any non-pitcher)

• 9 Ps (any combination of SPs and RPs)

• 3 Reserves (any combination of positions)

• 0-10 Minor Leaguers (any position - see rules on qualifications)

. 3 Injury Slots

3. There is a minimum innings requirement for all pitching staffs of 1000 innings pitched. Any team that does not achieve 1000 innings of work will be prohibited from post-season consideration and replaced by the team with the next-best record.

4. There is a maximum innings limit for all pitching staffs of 1800 IP. After a team reaches 1800 innings any additional innings will not count toward any pitching categories.

II. Auction

1. The auction date is Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at 9:00am (Central), through (This is the tentative date which will be confirmed at a later date)

2. Each team must fill its roster with 25 major league players (combining any pre-season keepers with players acquired at this season’s auction) at a cost not to exceed the $260 salary cap. A team need not spend the maximum as any left over monies will go toward the faab. After the auction the salary cap expands to $320 (which can’t be exceeded) for the remainder of the season (to account for additional salaries of traded-for players and signed free agents). The 0-10 minor league players' salaries will come out of this expanded cap.

2a. Just to clarify as well you can’t trade salary cap money from one team to another and must stay under the set cap!!

3. MLB & minor league players are eligible for the auction. All come out of the $260 cap. Minor league players acquired via the blind-bidding process that will occur between the auction’s conclusion and Opening Day will come out of the expanded $320 cap.

4. The team bidding first opens the auction with a bid of any amount, and all bids must be in whole dollar increments, no cents. Bidding continues until only one bidder is left and then the full time runs out. Run the "Try It Now" function ahead of time at to get a feel for the format.

5. No team may bid more on a player than he has left.
- Example: Team A has 3 slots left to fill on his roster and $3 left. He may not bid more than $1 on a player since it wouldn't leave any $ for remaining slots.

6. Any player who was not purchased at the auction will have a minimum FA salary of $1 and can be claimed weekly via the waiver wire claims process (see rule 10.4).

7. Minor League players will be picked up the same as FAAB Major League players during the season. Also take note that if the player you want is not available in the Free Agent Pool you can’t bid on them until they are. This avoids problems with interpretation as far as if Team A already picked him up then Team B tries to because now he is shown as available in the system. The 0-10 Minor League slots will count against with the expanded $320 cap. (See 12.1)

III. Position Eligibility

1. A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in 20 games the previous season. If a player did not appear in 20 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position(s) at which he appeared most frequently.

2. Once the season is underway, a player becomes eligible for any position at which he appears at least 10 times.

3. The position eligibility of minor-leaguers who have no MLB experience will be determined by their projected fielding position for the upcoming season. If there is any objection raised, this position must be confirmed by a minimum of 5 owners.

4. During the season, a minor league call-up who is signed by an owner as a FA and has no prior MLB experience will qualify at: (a) the position he most often played in the minors, and (b) the first position he plays in the field in the majors. After 10 games at one position, normal position eligibility rules take effect.

IV. Fees

1. The entrance fee is $60 per team this season.

2. All fees must be paid (via PayPal) no later than February, 29, 2008. The Commissioner will freeze rosters until fees are paid, and if not received by February 29, 2007, will award that team to another prospective owner. (If you wish to pay via money order you can do so as well deadline will remain the same).

3. PayPal charges a fee (2.9% + $0.30) for receiving funds from credit cards. So every $75 paid fee is immediately reduced by $2.48 to $72.52. Also, when winnings are paid out at season's end, another 2.9% + $0.30 comes out of that amount on your receiving end. Either way, it's not much of a fee, but it's something to be aware of.

4. All transactions throughout the season are free.

V. Player Salaries

1. The salary of a player (even if dropped) remains on a team’s budget the entire season. The only times player salaries are removed from team budgets are when a player is traded (his salary goes w/ him to his new team’s budget).

2. Minor league players acquired through the preseason blind bid auction count against the *expanded* salary cap of $320.

3. Any free agent that was previously on a team and had been dropped will have salary reset to whatever the new FAAB winning bid is and that will be his new salary.

Example Tony Gwynn was originally contracted at $8 for the year but was dropped for whatever reason. Team B has winning FAAB bid of $4 so the salary will be $4 on Team B not the original salary of $8.

VI. Prize Money (numbers are approximate and if costs are less then I will up the payouts according to the difference)

1. All fees shall be paid promptly (via PayPal), collected and maintained by the Commissioner.

2. The fee of $130 and fee of $30 will be subtracted from the entry fees before the prize money is distributed.

3. The money shall be divided among the top eight teams at the end of the season as follows:

16 teams x $60 entry fee = $960 - $130 fee = $830

$830 - $20 PayPal fees on receiving league payments = $810

$810 - $30 fee = $780

Two League winners $75 each ($780 - $150 = $630)

Six Wildcard winners $30 each ($630 - $180 = $450)

Four Round 1 Playoff winners $45 each ($450 - $180 = $270)

Two Round 2 Playoff winners $75 each ($270 - $150 = $120)

One Round 3 Playoff winner $120 ($120 - $120 = $0)

-- Make the playoffs, you win anywhere from $30 to $315 --

Bottom line: half the league will get at least ½ its money back.

VII. Playoffs

1. The two league (National & American) winners earn an automatic playoff berth. Three wildcard berths in each league will fill the remaining six playoff spots.

2. Wildcard teams are those in each league that have the three highest winning %s among non-division-winners.

3. Each league's playoff teams will be seeded and matched up according to winning %. In the first round of playoffs, the best record is the #1 seed and will play the #4 seed in its league. Thereafter the match-ups are simply the remaining teams.

4. Tie-breakers for determining first round seeds and for each round's match-ups will be head-to-head records between the teams that are tied. If still tied, the next tie-breaker is each team's intra-division record, then intra-league record.

5. Playoff week tie-breakers will follow same rules as regular season as stated in rule 7.4 (above)

VIII. Standings

1. The following criteria are used to determine team performance:

• OPS (On-Base % Plus Slugging %)

• Runs Scored

• Runs Batted In

• Stolen Bases

• Home Runs

• Quality Starts (starts of 6 or more IP, 3 or less ER)

• Saves

• Earned Run Average

• WHIP (Walks + Hits divided by Innings Pitched)

• Strikeouts

You'll notice the more common stats of AVG and Wins are omitted. The Commissioner has replaced them with the more production-reflective stats of OPS and Quality Starts, respectively.

2. Teams meet Head-to-Head each week as per a pre-determined schedule. At the end of the week stat totals in each category are tallied. For every category a team wins in its matchup, a W is awarded. For every category lost, the team gets an L. Ties are counted as a TIE. Each week every team's W-L-T record will add up to 10 (the total # of statistical categories). W-L records will be reflected in the league standings (divided into 2 leagues).

3. To assure fairness, leagues will be determined randomly using the 3-digit lottery game some states employ. Returning owners will use the same states chosen the previous year. New owners will inherit the state previously assigned to their team. Using lotto results from March 1st, the teams with the eight lowest results will be grouped into one league and teams with the eight highest results will be grouped in the other league.

IX. Stats

1. will be the site that handles stats. A fee of $130 is charged against the league entry fees to pay for this.

2. Any problems with statistics or player movements must be brought forth within 7 days of the occurrence. After that, any challenges will fall under the discretion of the commissioner.

3. Performance stats of a player only apply while he is on an ACTIVE roster.

4. Standings and Transactions will be tabulated daily on-line and available on the Web.

5. Our Regular Season ends with the MLB games of Sunday August 31, 2008. Four weeks of head-to-head playoffs begin Monday September 1, 2008, with teams seeded 1 through 8 based on final Regular Season standings (ties broken by head-to-head records).

5a. The final head-to-head match-up (aka "Championship", aka "World Series") will span the final 2 weeks of the MLB regular season. Stats will be accrued in 2 separate 1-week sessions, w/ roster adjustments allowed for the 2nd of the 2 weeks just as they're allowed for all other weeks of the year.

X. Trades

1. From February 16th until midnight (PDT) the night of Thursday July 31, 2008, teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit (w/ a temporary trading freeze while the auction is in progress). The February 16 to draft date only applies once rosters have been established hence if we restart then any trades done before current years draft become void.

2. Teams making trades must stay within the expanded ($320) salary cap.

3. No trades will take place from August 1, 2008 through Feb 15, 2009.

4. Trades after this season will resume (between teams paid in full) from Feb 16, 2009 to Auction Day in March/April 2009.

5. There are no limits to the number of trades a team may make.

6. Once a trade has been agreed upon by both parties, an email will be sent out by to the league commissioner with the details of the trade. I will then approve the trade unless it is deemed or determined to be unfair or damaging to team(s) involved. I will then contact the owners involved to explain there position and after listening to there reasoning make a determination. If it passes then an email will be sent to all owners with details of the trade. If it doesn't then teams will need to try and make adjustments to said trade to make it fair and represent a new deal at such time that a new proposed trade between teams is made.

7. Trades will not be vetoed/reversed solely for reasons of their being “unfair” or “unbalanced”. However, if a trade appears suspicious, if there appears no logical reason for one of the two teams to have made the deal, then the review process can begin.

8. The trade review process for league owners not involved with the trade begins when concerned owners raise their concerns privately with the commissioner. Therefore, the commissioner will discuss the trade privately with the teams involved (if not done before trade was accepted by the commissioner). At the commissioner's discretion, if the rationales given by the teams involved outweigh the concerns of the concerned owners, the trade will go through unhindered. However, if the opposite is true, if the concerns outweigh the rationales given by the owners involved it will be turned over to the commissioner for a final decision.


10. Any trades involving the commissioner will be reviewed by a review panel of an owner not involved in the trade.
2nd (if trade involves 1st member) Dodger Dogs (I know both these owners will be fair in judging the trades as well).

11. The trading process takes time so don’t assume that you make a deal on Sunday night that its going to be good for you on Monday for the next weeks match ups. I will address them as soon as I have them presented to me and don’t plan on rejecting any of them but if extra time is needed to get the deal done that’s the way it must be so the sooner you get the deal done in the week the better off you will be.


XI. Free-Agent Eligibility

1. Any player who is on an MLB 25 man roster or on the DL and not owned by another fantasy team may be acquired as a free agent at any time at the league site. Any dropped player may be acquired via a weekly FAAB waiver claiming process (see 10.4, below). Foreign players not on an MLB roster on Opening Day are NOT eligible to be acquired as free agents until they are assigned to the Sportsline player pool. Players on an MLB club's minor league roster and in the Sportsline player pool may be acquired via the weekly FAAB process held on Wednesdays and Sundays.

2. No free agents may be acquired between the end of the season and the auction.

3. Waiver wire claims may be placed any time at the league site but they will only be processed and corresponding free agents awarded (via CBS's automated FAAB system) on Wednesdays and Sundays, at Midnight (central), starting the first Wednesday of the season, through the end of the MLB season. FAAB add/drops may be made during the playoffs.

4. Each team is limited to the $320 expanded salary cap during the season. All winning waiver claims will count against the team's expanded salary cap. Any interested team must place its claim by the weekly deadlines, Wednesday and Sunday at Midnight Central. CBS processes waivers a few minutes after Midnight Central and awards players accordingly. By having 2 FAABs each week in gives everyone a chance to have the most productive lineup possible. If you like to set your lineups early in the week then Wednesday FAAB works but if you have pending injuries and want to make the last minute pickups then you have a second chance on Sundays. There is no limit to free agent pickups as long as each team stays within the expanded salary cap.

5. The waiver claiming list is perpetual, meaning it simply drops to the bottom of the list any team that’s awarded a successful claim (and that team has to slowly work its way back up the list as the teams above it make future claims).

XII. The Reserve and Injured Lists

1. Rosters will include 3 Injury slots. A team may replace any player on its 25-man roster who has been placed on the MLB DL by placing him in one of the 3 allotted Injury slots, and picking up a free agent from the FA pool (subject to normal free agent rules). A team is required to remove the injured player when he is taken off the MLB DL (either by activating or dropping him). Only injured players may occupy Injury slots.

2. If you choose to not place an injured player in an Injury slot, you may place him on the reserve list and start one of your reserves.

3. Each team has a 3-man reserve list comprised of players from a position of the owner's choosing (hitter or pitcher).

4. Players who begin the season on an MLB roster but are later sent to the minors may be placed on the minors list if the owner so chooses. The maximum number of players on the minor league roster is 10.

5. There is no limit to the number of active to reserve moves a team can make during the season.

6. Lineups must be set weekly each Monday, no later than 30 min before the first scheduled game of the day.

XIII. Minor Leagues

1. Minor leaguers *can* be acquired during the MLB auction, at the discretion of each owner. The drawback is that these bids come out of the $260 MLB auction cap (whereas waiting until the season starts then you can place a FAAB bid and they will apply to the post auction $320 cap).

2. Only players who qualify as a rookie in MLB (<131 ABs, <50.1 IP) and those who are sent down to the minors are eligible for the Minor League roster.

3. If an MLB team activates a player drafted in the minor league draft, an owner may leave him on the minor league roster until the player *exceeds* the MLB definition for rookies (used to define Rookie of the Year candidates), 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched. After passing those AB or IP marks, the player must be moved out of the minor league roster (unless he is later sent down to the minors by his MLB parent team).

4. 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 doesn't exceed the criteria listed in 12.3. The salary of minor leaguers is the amount at which he was acquired.

XIV. Roster protection and contract extensions (These rules apply this season only if we continue the current league. In case of restart then this will in turn be dealt with for next season and should be considered at that point in time)

1. From season to season, each team may retain between 0 and 10 MLB players and 0-5 minor league players.

2. The names of the players being protected must be sent to the Commissioner (who will immediately make them known to the entire league by updating the rosters on the league site) no later than midnight February 15th.

3. Teams which submit no keepers by the deadline will have ALL of their players (their entire roster) released back to the FA pool (w/ all standing contracts still intact). This is done to ensure fairness in making keeper decisions. And the team losing its players can still reacquire them at auction (though, obviously, the cost may be higher b/c other owners can also bid for them).

3a. For clarity of the above rule it implies that if you choose to not save anyone then you will receive a penalty on any players that are still under contract with your team which will be applied on the auction draft. Rule 4 goes into greater detail on this topic.

4. If a player is under contract and you don’t wish to save them (IE terminate the contract) then the salary that you had committed will be deducted from your auction day cap of 260.
Example you have Mike Sweeney under contract for this coming season but decide you no longer want to save him and his salary is $3, so you will begin the auction with 257 dollars instead of 260.

4a) The only time an exception will be made is when teams take on a new owner. In such cases the league will allow teams with new owners to choose one player who may have an unfavorable contract and deduct it by ½. With the requirement of dropping the player back into free agency. All teams who still have returning owners must follow the above rule as they signed the deal and must abide by it.
Example you have Randy Wynn signed to a two year deal at $18 and you don’t wish to keep that contract. You will be penalized $9 against the $260 auction day cap instead of the whole $18.

5. If a player is to be kept as a keeper, the owner has two options for his next contract. The owner may keep a player for 1 or 2 seasons. If the player is retained for just the one upcoming year, his salary will be equal to his last year’s salary (either the amount paid at auction or the $5 amount paid via waiver claim). If the player is retained for the upcoming year *and* the year after that, his salary for the second year will be equal to his last year’s salary + $5.


• Towering T-Ballers wants to keep Ervin Santana for just the 2008 season. His 2007 salary was $9 so his salary for 2008 will remain $9.


• Towering T-Ballers wants to keep Ervin Santana for 2008 *and* 2009. His 2007 salary was $9 so his salary for 2008 salary will be $9 *and* 2009 will increase by $5 to $14.

Basically this rule will allow you to keep a player for up to 3 total seasons (the drafted season and 2 additional) but his contract will need to be favorable to risk the commitment of the third season.

6. Once a contract expires on a protected player, that player cannot be kept for any additional seasons and is automatically re-entered into the free agent pool for the next auction. Even if traded between teams, a player cannot have his contract extended beyond its given length.

7. Contracts carry forward even when a player is traded. So, if team A trades away a player with 2 years remaining on his contract to team B, then team B will retain that player with all his specified contractual obligations and salary counted against team B's expanded cap.

8. Minor league players have no contracts and may be kept for as long as they meet rookie status and are kept on the fantasy minor league roster. Once they no longer qualify as minor leaguers, all the usual contract rules apply. If their MLB team moves them back to their minor league roster, the fantasy team may do the same but contracts will apply (meaning to keep him for two years would cost his present salary +$5 for the second year).

9. Trades do not affect contract status of a player.


If you have a player who you signed to a 2 year deal (anyone with a 2 showing as a contract on your roster) and you decide at some point during the season to drop that player you will be fined for doing so. The reason for this is you have that player locked up for next season already and can’t drop him to void or get out of a contract. The commissioner will have a spreadsheet or some other form that will track these things (and will be available to the league at all times) so that they can be applied to the next season’s auction monies.
Example: You have Pedro Felix signed to a two year deal. His current salary is $8 for this season and will be $12 dollars for next season. You decide to drop him and pick up another player via the FAAB. By doing this you are going to receive a $12 fine at next season’s draft (his next year’s contract price) thus losing $12 off the 260 auction cap and will start with 248 instead of 260. The Moral to the story is to be very careful in signing two year extensions because they may come back to bite you.

XV. Governance

1. The decision of the Commissioner supersedes the rules herein and is final in any disputes. He also has the power to change a rule with an unforeseen loophole after the fact for the benefit of the league. The overall good of the league as a whole will be greater than the benefit of any one team.

2. The current Commissioner is Shawn Dodson. The Commissioner decided to appoint Say May kids as a Co-Commissioner at this time to help with keeping track of the everyday operations of the league. The Co-Commissioners main job will be to help track transactions and help in keeping track of any contact penalties that may develop as the season unfolds.

3. Any rule changes will only take place during the offseason. (Unless it is something that must be handled immediately then the commissioner has the right to present a vote with final say authority).

4. This league isn't about cheating to earn a little bit of money. It's about having a great time playing fantasy baseball. The Commissioner didn't design it for any reasons other than that. While conflicts may arise between owners now and then, please don't lose sight of the overlying reason we're all here... to share a love of baseball. PLAY BALL!!!
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