Before you go through reading below the question is does anyone have any experience in transitioning a league from a keeper into an auction-keeper league? If so, how did you do it? OR How would you do it?
The background story...
My league and I are wrapping up our 7th season as a keeper league (12 teams; 10 keepers) and my commish recently proposed to move away from a straight keeper league and transition immediately into a keeper auction league starting next season.
His solution on continuity between the straight keeper and auction is that a monetary values be associated with any players that teams would like to keep. The monetary value can be created either through league vote and/or taking the average value that's attributed in published written sources.
I'm not against transitioning, although I'm not thrilled about the immediate move in 2009 as I think this is the kind of change that people would have taken into account throughout the entire 08 campaign (he doesn't want to propose the league start date of 2010, thus making our keeper league next year a "lame duck" year).
My feeling is that if we're changing league format and it has to be for 2009 then continuity be damned = we should just start from scratch. I'll admit, it's partly for selfish reasons, but how would it be fair that the players that I've drafted/traded and picked off of waivers the past 7 seasons be out of the realm of reason to keep in an auction league (IE Hanley, Sizemore, Felix, Mcab) while someone who drafted David Price this last year end up with him at a premium? The retort from my commish was that I should consider all of the other great players that people can't keep that will be on the table, while I agree - it doesn't change the fact that some teams will most definitely have an advantage with young prospects that haven't quite yet hit their stride and are most likely bargains at the moment.
Anyway. Any input would be appreciated...