How complicated is it to track contracts? I guess I took for granted how easy it is; just use a shared google doc that any owner can access. That really is the root of weighing to go with a standard escalator or contract tracking.
We use 9x9 for categories. Categories are R, RBI, BBs, SOs, FPCT, BA, SLG, TBs, SBs, W, L, HLD, SV, ERA, WHIP, BBs, Ks, and IP. There is talk of going to 11x11, but for now it's just talk. So, a 5x5 "appraisal" would kind of work and kind of not.
One idea that was thrown out would be to permit a player's owner to have right of first refusal on the player's auction value. So, if Matt Kemp is on my 13-man "keeper" list, and he goes for 5 years and $120, I would have the right to match that price. Not exactly keeper, but probably pretty close to true market value for the league.
I appreciate the encouragement. I read on another site that 95% of leagues that convert to an auction & cap don't go back. That should tell you something.
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