CincyReds11 wrote:Great to see some other dynasty leagues out there, I joined in my Uncle's league about 6 years ago and it's currently going into its 22nd season with 10 teams, NL Only. We have the exact same contract set up, 3 year contracts with a +1yr/+$5 contract value. I'm not sure if this is the case for you Sticky, but for us, extending the player puts him under a guaranteed contract.
Let's take Andrew McCutchen, say over the next 4 years his market value will be: 20, 25, 30, 30. However, his option year is the $20 season and you have him on a $5 contract. Now, if you choose to just keep him and soak up the $15 surplus you make out with that money alone. However, if you extend him through the 4th year, making him a $20 player, you get no surplus value this year but you get +5, +10, +10 for a total of $25 surplus value over the contract life. Given he will likely go over market value in the auction anyways because of inflation due to extensive keepers, this probably understates the value gained by extending him by perhaps as much as $10-$20 more dollars. Lock up your money in known quantities and pay for the guys you want in the auction. That's my 2 cents at least.
Yes, guaranteed contracts in our case.
Your league is much different than mine, but I know why. In order to cut down on the number of insane contracts that seemed to perpetuate some atrocious dump deals we made a few rules. The two that apply to this conversation are that farmed players start out at $7 and may not be long-termed. I know this sounds like a horrible idea and contradictory to the entire premise of farming a player, but we had to do it to save our league from all the bad feelings from dump deals. We were also tired of waiting five years for a player to hit the auction and get market value. The other is more innocent - we don't have a FAAB system and free agents are slapped with a $10 salary. So LTing is certainly rarer in our league.
We also had an incident one year that scared everyone away from getting too greedy. A guy added three years to Ben Grieve's contract
One of the most infamous moves in our league's history.
Your point about how much you save over the life of the extension is valid, but equally valid is the point that if you are going all out to win first place you don't want the extra baggage. In this case the goal is to go into the auction with as much undervalue as possible.
Just bringing that up as a point and not an opinion. In my 17 years in the league (it's actually existed for 19) I have had 11 top-five finishes, but only one of those was a first place finish. Take another guy in our league who has been in for about eight years and has three championships. He is constantly on the two-year plan - build up one year, win the next, build up, win, etc. I prefer to have fun and compete every year. His way is certainly more lucrative (1st place approx $2700), but you have to do it right and have some luck.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” --Henry David Thoreau