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Matthias wrote:We just put in minor-league players this year so I'm not sure how well it's going to work, but here's the rules I came up with.
* Every team is given 3 minor-league spots.
* Any player who has accumulated enough service to not be eligible for the ROY is a major-leaguer.
* Any player who starts that season on a 25-man roster is a major-leaguer.
* Any player not a major-leaguer is a minor-leaguer.
* Minor-leaguers can only be purchased during the draft, not available through waiver wire.
* Minor-leaguers can be kept in the minor-league spot until an Opening Day that they qualify as a major-leaguer, defined above.
* If you use a minor-leaguer in your regular roster, you can't "depromote" them back to the minor-league spot. You just burned it.
* Anyone who starts as a minor-leaguer on Opening Day has a salary increase of $1 instead of the normal keeper rules.
chairshot wrote:The easiest way to do it, in my opinion, is this way:
- 3-5 player minor league roster, depending on the size of your league.
- minor leaguers are players that qualify for ROY status and are not currently on an MLB roster.
- if a team calls up a minor leaguer in real life, the fantasy owner has 2 weeks to promote that minor leaguer or he must be cut to the FA pool (this helps for when a minor leaguer is called up to replace a major leaguer who goes on the 15 day DL).
- minor leaguers may be add/dropped the same way as major leaguers. If your league uses FAAB, then a separate minor league budget gets assigned.
- regardless of what the FAAB bid price was, if a minor leaguer is promoted, their cap figure for the current season is $1. Their future price would follow standard league rules.
- minor leaguers may be bid on at auction time but they must stay on the fantasy teams major league roster for 2 weeks before they can be demoted to the minor leagues.
I like these rules because you get a real nice reward for cultivating a minor league system ($1 players) but also have to work to get it. I like the 2 week rule because it gives an owner time to decide if he wants to stick with a player long term, but it doesn't give them half a season of play to evaluate the player like it would if the owner was able to wait until the player lost his rookie status. The separate minor league FAAB is something I like, but not everyone does. It definitely doesn't have to be used, if a league doesn't want to.
It's a good balance, I think. You're mileage may vary.
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