Here is the rough draft of the rules. I've already got a ton of interested players, and we're nailing down all the bits and peices now, so now is the time to join in!
Cost: $50 entry fee.
Website: CBS – fee will include cost of website
Scoring System: Daily 6x6 Roto (BA, HR, R, RBI, S, OBP, ERA, WHIP, W, K, S, Holds)
Starting Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, 5 OF, 2 U, 9Ps
Bench: 10 reserves, 2 IR, 10 Minor League Bench
Auction: $300 auction dollars for 33 roster spots. There will be 6 lists of players that will be released every 5 days with extended time allowed if necessary or time decreased as well if necessary. Each list will contain players in each of the various positions. Once a list is released, each player can be bid on. Once a bid stands for 24 hours without another bid, that player is closed. This will continue for all 6 lists of players. After all lists have been released, anyone else not included on the lists will be allowed to be proposed and bid upon as the lists will not be entirely all inclusive of EVERY major league player. Under this system, you must use your auction dollars wisely and budget appropriately. The auction will be used to draft your starting positions as well as your bench; however, you are not forced to fill all your positions. So for example, you are not forced to draft a catcher, or a 3B, but you are forced to auction for a roster of 33. If you do not have a full roster, you will be forced to bid or nominate a player for bidding until ALL teams have 33 players. You can only nominate players that have had at least 1 inning pitcher or 1 AB. If they haven’t seen any time in the majors, you cannot auction them off here, they must be drafted in the minor league draft. Any salary you have remaining will go with you into the season as you will need it for free agent pickups or for trading. You will not be able to bid on any player/position that you do not have money for, or position available for, just how ESPN or CBS will not allow you to bid in their live auctions, you will not be allowed to bid up players that you have no room for or $ to afford. I will need each of us to look out for this as this is where the biggest headache can come from.
Contracts: Once all teams have full rosters, each owner will have 4 days to decide what contract lengths they wish to assign. The max contract length is 5 years. Each additional year of contract costs an additional 10% of the original contract value (normal rounding is necessary). So for example:
Year 1: 100% auction value
Year 2: 110% auction value
Year 3: 120% auction value
Year 4: 130% auction value
Year 5: 140% auction value
Anyone under and equal to $10 will have $1 added for each additional year of contract due to the rounding issue that would exist. I will have a spreadsheet that will keep track of all this, so the complexity here is greatly minimized.
You can assign contract values that will put you over $300 in future years; however, it will be your responsibility to ensure your team is within the $300 limit in the coming years through via trade or dropping players. All 1 year contracted players can be dropped with no fee. Any long-term contracted player (2-5 years) can be dropped, but at a 50% cost for EACH remaining year of their contract at that respective year’s contract value. So for example, you auction Albert Pujols at $50. You sign him for 5 years, but drop him in the first year of his contract. Your situation would look as such
Year 1: $50 contract, dropping costs 50%, so you would lose $25 dollars. Total available salary = $275
Year 2: $55 contact, dropping in year 1 costs 50% (27.5 or 28 with rounding) so you lose $28 dollars. Total available salary $272
Year 3: $60 contact, dropping in year 1 costs 50% so you would lose $30. Total available salary = $270.
Year 4: $65 contract, dropping in year 1 costs 50% (32.5 or $33) so you would lose $33. Total available salary = $267.
Year 5: $70 contract, dropping in year 1 costs 50%, so you would lose $35. Total available salary = $265.
Upon the completion of a contract, that player will be put back into free agency the next year as there will be no contract extensions allowed.
Transactions: all free agent pickups will be assigned a $1, 1 year contract automatically. These players must be assigned a long term contract at the time of pickup (or just afterward but must be same day) or they will be automatically given a 1 year contract. All free agent signings that are assigned to contracts MUST be emailed to THE LEAGUE NOT ME for all to see.
Trades: All trades will be allowed except in the instance of collusion. Trades where another team picks up part of a player’s salary is also allowed as is the trading of minor league players.
Minor League System: There is a 10 person bench for minor leaguers. After the draft we will have a traditional snake style draft for minor leaguers where their salaries are $0. This will occur after contracts are assigned. This draft will occur in the forum, and each team will be given 12 hours to make their selection. Once the 12 hours is up, if they have not selected, the next team may pick. If an owner is out of town, they can send me a list of their targets and I can pick for them when it is their turn. If a pick is missed, and the next owner goes ahead with their selection, the owner that was skipped will be able to make their missed pick at any time. So for example, draft pick 4 lets their 12 hours expire, so draft pick 5 makes a selection, then draft pick 6 makes a selection, and then draft pick 4 realizes what happened and they make their selection after draft pick 6. That is acceptable. Minor league players can be called up from the ML bench at any time; however, they can never go back to the bench. Upon call up or upon a forced call up (position player reaching 130 ab, SP getting 50 IP, or RP getting 30 IP), the minor league player will be assigned a $1 contract for 3 years. During this time, any Minor Leaguer under long-term contract will be allowed to be dropped at no charge. Their contract value will stay at $1 for all three years. Upon the end of this contract, the player will go back into free agency. Each year we will have a minor league draft to replenish the bench for any teams that have had call-ups as the draft or through trading is the ONLY way to get Minor League Players on your bench. They may not be picked up through regular free agency.
IR: Only players on the DL can go on the IR.
Free Agency: Will be a first come, first serve basis.