I'm seeking advice on how to handle a situation.
We are an NL-only, keeper, auction league. Our selected keepers need to be signed to either a 1, 2 or 3-year contract with a salary inflation of $5 per year. So, If I drafted Braun for $10 and decided to sign him to a 3-year contract, his future salaries would be $15, $20 and $25. He would be a cornerstone on my team for 3 years. But, what if he gets traded in real life to the AL in Year 1 of the contract?
Suppose he gets traded to the NYY for A-Rod. Normally in our league, Braun's stats would still accumulate through year's end despite being an AL player now (he will drop out of the player database after the season), while A-Rod goes to waivers to be picked up by whoever is lucky enough to have the highest waiver priority at the time. This doesn't seem right.
So, we implemented a rule that allows Braun's owner to transfer his contract terms if he wated to any one player received in the real life trade. Therefore, Braun's contarct would transfer to A-Rod, while Braun gets dropped from our league. We have other scenarios that spell out what happens if Braun is traded for 2 AL guys, or if 2 NL guys (owned by 2 different league owners) are traded for one AL guy, etc.
League owners seem to like this concept, except for one who questioned what happens if I have Greg Dobbs under a 2-year contract at a $6 salary this year and $11 next year and A-Rod is traded for Dobbs and minor leaguers? By rule, Dobbs' owner as the right to transfer Dobbs' contract to A-Rod. So, A-Rod would be under contract for 2 years at $6 and $11. He didn't feel that was fair, and he has a point. My retort was that if that happened to Dobbs' owner, then good for him, just like I would say the same thing if some lucky bastard obtained the rights to A-Rod for luckily having the highest waiver priority ranking at that time.
Doesanyone have any suggestions on this rule? Is there a standard rule across fantasy baseball that addresses my concern? Am I doing it right, wrong or is there not a measuring stick out there for which to measure against?