Just to provide anyone who may be interested with some more information about the league, here is the constitution from the 16 team H2H league I've played in with Jeff since 2006. The new league is essentially a roto version of this one, and though there will be some differences between the two leagues, this should give everyone a basic idea how the league operates. The level of detail in the constitution is also representative of the effort Jeff puts in as commissioner.
FBC XTRA Innings League Constitution
ARTICLE I. OBJECT
To assemble a lineup of 25 National and American League baseball players whose record during the regular season, compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those of all other teams in the League.
ARTICLE II. TEAMS
There are 16 teams in a duly constituted League composed of National and American League players.
ARTICLE III. MAJOR LEAGUE ROSTER
A teams' 25-man major league roster consists of the following players:
Three outfielders, one catcher, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one utility hitter, one corner infielder, on middle infielder, nine pitchers, and five reserves. A team's active roster shall consist of three outfielders, one catcher, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one Middle infielder, one Corner Infielder, one utility hitter, and Four SP's, 3 RP's and 2 P (can be either) and a 5 players bench. Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to a Rotisserie League team only when he is on the active 25-man roster of that team.
ARTICLE IV. AUCTION DRAFT DAY
A Major League Player Auction will be TBD. Each team must acquire 25 players at a total cost not to exceed $260. A team need not spend the maximum. Order for auction nomination will be determined by the date and time each player's payment to the league commissioner is received - the first to turn in their league dues gets to make the first nomination and so on. The team bidding first opens with a minimum salary bid of $1 for any eligible player, and the bidding proceeds online at minimum increments of $1 until only one bidder is left. That team acquires the player for the bid amount. The process is repeated, with successive team owners introducing players to be bid on, until every team has a squad of 25 players.
* No team may make a bid for a player it cannot afford. For example, a team with $3 left and two openings on its roster is limited to a maximum bid of $2 for one player.
* Players who commence the season on a major league team's disabled list are eligible to be drafted however, their roster spot can not be filled until the free agency period begins.
* Players who have rookie status are eligible to be drafted, but if they do not start the season with their major league clubs the player will be ruled ineligible (as a minor leaguer) and will be dropped from the winning owner's team and entered in the subsequent minor league draft.
Beginning on MLB Opening Day or a date specified by the Commissioners, a Minor League Player Draft shall follow, whereby each Rotisserie League team may acquire players (a) who are not on any team's major league or reserve roster; and (b) who still have official rookie status, as defined by major league baseball
NOTE: The major league rule reads: "A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues clubs (excluding time in the military service)."
* Selection takes place in 6 rounds of a simple snake draft, not an auction. Order will be determined by random number generation rankings on http://www.irony.com/webdice.html
(dice settings to be determined by the League Commissioners)
* In subsequent years, the selection order in each of the 6 rounds is determined by the order in which the teams finished in the previous season - in order to discourage tanking the picks will be in this order:
o 9th place- 1st pick
(Consolation Playoff winner)
o 10th place - 2nd pick
(Consolation Playoff 2nd)
o 11th place - 3rd pick
(Consolation Playoff 3rd)
o 12th place - 4th pick
(Consolation Playoff 4th)
o 13th place - 5th pick
(Regular season finish)
o 14th place - 6th pick
(Regular season finish)
o 15th place - 7th pick
(Regular season finish)
o 16th place - 8th pick
(Regular season finish)
o 8th place - 9th pick
(Regular season finish)
o 7th place - 10th pick
(Regular season finish)
o 6th place - 11th pick
o 5th place - 12th pick
o 4th place - 13th pick
o 3rd place - 14th pick
o 2nd place - 15th pick
o 1st place - 16th pick
* Teams shall have 6 hours to make their selection. If a team's time elapses, the team will be skipped and the next team will be on the clock. The team skipped can make it's selection any time thereafter.
* Teams shall make their selection either by posting on the League's web site or by emailing the League Commissioners.
* The price and subsequent salary upon activation of each farm system player drafted is $1.
* See Article XII for rules governing farm systems.
ARTICLE V. POSITION ELIGIBILITY
Players are eligible at their primary position, plus positions they've played 15 games last year or 5 games this year. Pitchers gain eligibility at Starting Pitcher with 5 starts last year or 1 start this year. Pitchers gain eligibility at Relief Pitcher with 10 relief appearances last year or 10 relief appearances this year.
ARTICLE VI. PLAYER SALARIES
The salary of a player is determined by the time and means of his acquisition and does not change unless the player becomes a free agent or is signed to a guaranteed long-term contract. (See Article XVII.)
* The salary of a player acquired in the major league draft is his auction price.
* The salary of a player called up from the free agent pool during the season is the amount of the winning bid.
* The salary of a player activated from a team's farm system during the season is $1.
NOTE: The $260 salary limit pertains to Auction Draft Day only. After Auction Draft Day, free agent signings and trades may drive a team's payroll past $260. However teams may not begin the following season with a salary total exceeding $260.
ARTICLE VII. PRIZE MONEY
All fees shall be promptly collected by the League Commissioner, who is empowered to subject owners to public humiliation and ultimately remove owner from the league and put the team on the block to ensure that payments are made to the League in a timely fashion. The principal shall be divided among the top 3 teams in the final standings as follows:
* 1st place - 50%
* 2nd place -- 35%
* 3rd place - 15%
* Monthly prizes with also be rewarded (catagories rotating each month) in the amount of $25 per.
ARTICLE VIII. STANDINGS
The following criteria are used to determine team performance:
* Composite batting average (BA)
* Total home runs (HR)
* Total runs batted in (RBI)
* Total stolen bases (SB)
* Total runs (R)
* Composite earned run average (ERA)
* Total wins (W)
* Total saves (S)
* Composite ratio: walks (BB) + hits (H) / innings pitched (IP)
* Total Strikeouts (K)
The 16 team league will be divided into 4 divisions (AL East, AL West, NL East and NL West) and will square off in a weekly match-ups against another manager's team to see who can compile the best stats across 10 different categories. A new weekly match-up begins every Monday and will consist of a set number of games based on your league's statistical categories. Each stat category counts as one game, with the win going to the team that finishes the week with the highest total in that category (the cumulative total after each Sunday's games). So, if in a given week, your team hits more home runs than your opponent's, you would be credited with a victory. However, if your opponent's team ended the week with more saves than your team, you would be charged with a loss. If the two teams end up tied in a given category, each will receive credit for a tied game.
This weekly win-loss total will be added to a cumulative season record, which will be used to determine standings and playoff seedings. These standings will be based on your team's overall winning percentage, which is calculated by taking your win total and adding 1/2 of your tie total and dividing the sum by the total number of games your team has played. In the event of a tie, head to head records will be used and if the tie remains unbroken the tiebreaker will fall to the better divisional records.
Upon completion of the fantasy regular season the 4 Division Winners as well as 2 "Wild Card" Teams will be bracketed for the stretch playoff run. 9th through 12th place will compete in playoff rounds with the winner getting #1 overall pick, runner up the #2 pick..etc. as follows.
Bye: First Place and Second Place
P1: Third Place vs. Sixth Place
P2: Fourth Place vs. Fifth Place
P3: First Place vs. Winner of P2
P4: Second Place vs. Winner of P1
Fifth Place Game: Loser of P1 vs. Loser of P2
Championship Game: Winner of P3 vs. Winner of P4
Third Place Game: Loser of P3 vs. Loser of P4
C1 Ninth Place vs. Twelfth Place
C2 Tenth Place vs. Eleventh Place
Winner C1 vs. Winner C2
Loser C1 vs. Loser C2
ARTICLE IX. STATS
Transactions recorded on Auction Draft Day, including trades and call-ups to replace disabled players, are effective on Opening Day.
* Roster transaction (ie: activations, DL placements and placing on reserves) will be placed on a daily basis.
* Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to a Rotisserie League team only when he is on the active 25-man roster of that team. It is common for a player to appear on the roster of more than one Rotisserie League team during the season because of trades and waiver-list moves. Even a player who is not traded may spend time on a team's reserve list, during which period any numbers he might compile for his major league team do not count for his Rotisserie League team.
ARTICLE X. TRADES
From the completion of the auction draft until completion of week 18 on the schedule, Rotisserie League teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit. No trades are permitted from week 18 through the end of the season. Trades are eligible to be made from the day after the season ends until rosters are frozen on March 1, of the following year. Trades do not affect the salaries or contract status of players unless trade and sign is executed (Trade and sign can only be used up until midnight of the final day of the current season All Star Break). When you trade for a player(s) you will have 48 hrs from the execution of the trade to sign the player to a new contract. The terms of that contract will be effective immediately, so if you sign a player acquired in his option year the contract salary is effecting right away...so if you trade for Liriano in his option year and his salary is $10 and you sign him to a 3 year deal, his salary is $19 effective immediately, the remainder of the current season will count as the first year of the contract. Teams are required to let me know via email within 48 hours so I can make the appropriate adjustment. After 48 hrs it will be assumed that the players current deal is satisfactory and no changes will be allowed after that (unless the player is not yet in his option year, then normal contract rules apply)
Any trade that is agreed upon may not result in an illegal lineup for either team. Minor league players may not be used to fill roster holes, If additional players are required to field a full roster, the trade may not be consumated until the required players are aqcuired via FAAB or in a separate trade
ARTICLE XI. THE DISABLED LIST
A team can have up to 3 players on its disabled list. A player's eligibility is determined by official MLB disability designation. Teams must move activated players from the DL by the start of the next scoring period after activation from the MLB DL.
* Once a specific action has been taken to remove a player from its 25-man roster (via release or placing him on the DL), a team is then free to place a bid on any eligible player from the free agent pool of players not already owned by another Rotisserie League team. (As outlined in Article XIII)
* If the same player is claimed by more than one team in a given week, he goes to the team with the highest bid.
* Every reserve move must be accompanied by a concomitant replacement move (i.e., a team may not reserve a player without replacing him).
ARTICLE XII. FARM SYSTEM
* A minor league eligible player can be moved freely between the minors and majors prior to reaching the MLB rookie eligibility limit (50 IP or 130 ABS). If any service time is accrued on a teams 25 man roster after the player has met these limits, the current season will be counted as their $1 season. If they are in the minors when the MLB rookie eligibility limit is exceeded, and are not called up to the active 25 man roster for the rest of the season (including playoffs) the following season will be their $1 season.
* A farm system player can remain within the minors so long as he retains official rookie status and the commissioner is duly notified on March 1 each year, when rosters are frozen.
* A farm system player may be traded during authorized trading periods, subject to prevailing rules governing transactions, as may a team's selection rights in the minor league draft.
* Prospects who are not playing with a minor league organization can be retained on their original fantasy minor league roster but, their rights cannot be traded until such time that they are on a MLB minor league roster. Teams will only retain their rights should they return to baseball if they are kept on their minor league roster.
ARTICLE XIII. SIGNING FREE AGENTS
Active major league players not on any Rotisserie League team's 25 -man roster and minor league draft become free agents. During the course of the season the pool of free agents may also include Major League players (on active 24-man Major League rosters) not in any Rotisserie League's farm system who are promoted to an active major league roster; waived players who are not claimed; and players traded from the "other" major league. Such players may be signed in the following manner.
Free agents may be called up to replace players placed on a Rotisserie League team's reserve list as outlined in Article XI. Free agents may be signed, without limit in number, but within limitations of a Rotisserie League team's Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB):
* Each team shall have, for the purpose of acquiring free agents during the course of the season, a supplementary budget of $100.
* The free agent bidding period will begin the weekend (Sunday) of Major League Opening Day.
* Minor league players not on their Major League team's active 24 man roster are ineligible to be bid on. Free agent bids for Minor League players will be rejected. Players picked up via FAAB are ineligable to be placed on minor league rosters.
* A team may submit a sealed bid for one or more free agents.
* The deadline for bids is Saturday, 9pm Pacific Standard Time.
* The minimum bid shall be $1; the maximum shall be the amount remaining in a team's FAAB + any unused cap space.
* A free agent so selected goes to the highest bidder. If more than one team bids the same amount on a player, and if that amount is the highest bid, the player goes to the team that is lowest in the most recently compiled standings that Sunday.
* The salary of a free agent signed in this manner is his acquisition price. His contract status is that of a first-year player.
* A team may not release a player to free agency with the intent to re-acquire said player through the FAAB process as this would circumvent league contract and salary guidelines.
* A player with a guaranteed long-term contract may be waived during the season. However, the team assumes responsibility for %50 of his guaranteed long-term contract (i.e., %50 of the contract counts against the cap for subsequent years for the length of the contract).
XV. THE OPTION YEAR AND GUARANTEED LONG-TERM CONTRACTS
A player who has been under contract at the same salary during the season and whose service has been uninterrupted (that is, he has not been waived or released, although he may have been traded) must, prior to the freezing of rosters in his second season, be released; signed at the same salary for his option year; or signed to a guaranteed long-term contract.
A minor league player who is called up from his team's farm system, and has been under contract at the same salary during two consecutive seasons and whose service has been uninterrupted (that is, he has not been waived or released, although he may have been traded)is subject to the same options.
If released, the player returns to the free agent pool and becomes available to the highest bidder at the next season's auction. If signed at the same salary for an option year, the player must be released back into the free agent pool at the end of that season. If signed to a guaranteed long-term contract, the player's salary in each year covered by the new contract shall be the sum of his current salary plus $3 for each additional year beyond the option year
* Specific notice must also be made at that time of any guaranteed long-term contract signings and farm system renewals on February 1.
NOTE: This rule is to prevent blue-chippers, low-priced rookies who blossom into superstars, and undervalued players from being tied up for the duration of their careers by the teams who originally drafted them. It guarantees periodic transfusions of top-flight talent for Auction Draft Day and provides rebuilding teams something to rebuild with. And it makes for some interesting decisions at roster-freeze time two years down the pike. Here's how it works. Let's say you drafted Michael Young of the Texas Rangers for $1 in 2003. It's now the spring of 2004 and Young, whose bat has caught up with his glove, has become a good hitter with SS eligibility. You could let Young play one more season for you and get a tremendous return on your dollar, but that would be almost as big a mistake as the Rangers signing Arod to a 215 million dollar contract. Taking a longer view, you daydream about Young's power, eligibility and surrounding lineup, assess your needs, project what's likely to be available in the upcoming draft, -- and sign him to a three-year guaranteed contract. Young's salary zooms to $10 per year ($1 (2004)+$3 (2005) + $3 (2006) + $3 (2007)) but he's yours through the 2007 season. If he continues to mature as a ballplayer, you've got a bargain.
* In determining a player's status, "season" is understood to be a full season or any fraction thereof. Thus, a player called up from the free agent pool in the middle of the 2002 season enters his option year in 2003 and must be released, signed at the same salary for an option year, or signed to a long-term contract.
* A team may sign a player to only one long-term contract, at the end of which he becomes a free agent.
* Option-year and long-term contracts are entirely transferable, both in rights and obligations; the trade of a player in no way affects his contract status.
* In all other cases -- specifically including sudden loss of effectiveness -- a team must honor the terms of a long-term contract, as follows: A player with such a contract may be released back into the free agent pool (that is, not protected on a team's roster prior to Auction Draft Day), but he will incur a cap penalty of %50 of said players salary for the contract duration.
NOTE: This is an escape hatch for the owner who buys a dog, but can't stand fleas. It's costly, but it's fair.
We will be instituting Type definitions for free agents. We will use Type A and Type B free agents based on the end of year ESPN player rater. The 50 overall players will be Type A, and 51-100 will be Type B. If a player who starts his final contract year on your roster ends the season still on your roster, you will receive a sandwich minor league pick as compensation for your loss. Type A compensation will be after round 1, Type B will be after round 2. Players who have multiple position eligibility will only qualify at their primary position (the position where they have the most games played). The Comp pick rounds will be split into two tiers- 1st tier will be non-playoff teams, 2nd will be playoff teams. All 1st tier comp picks will be made prior to progression to the 2 tier comp picks.These Type definitions will not be included in trades (you can trade the player, but the owner acquiring them will not be eligible to receive compensation if they lose the player after the season).
In addition, Teams who do NOT qualify for the championship playoff rounds in the previous season will receive additional compensation pick s as follows:
-A player qualifying as a Comp A will rate both an A and B compensation pick.
-A player qualifying as a Comp B will rate an A compensation pick.
NOTE: Compensation picks may be traded; however, picks will revert to their base value if traded. (IE: non playoff teams Comp B qualifies as an A, unless traded. The pick will then revert to a B comp.)
XVI. 40-MAN ROSTER PROTECTION
* On midnight January 5, teams must submit a list of their 40-man rosters. The 40-man roster can include all players on a team's 25-man roster, disabled list (with DL your roster could consist of 28 players, but the $260 cap remains the same), and minor league roster. Players not protected on their team's 25-man roster are deemed released from their team and subject to the upcoming season's Auction Draft Day. Remember that if a player in your farm system no longer has rookie status they MUST now be also placed on their team's 40-man roster or be released.
* Teams must also submit the names of their farm system players who they wish to retain in their minor league roster.
* The cumulative salaries of players protected prior to Auction Draft Day are deducted from a team's $260 expenditure limit, and the balance is available for acquisition of the remaining players needed to complete the team's 25-man roster.
* The commissioner should promptly notify all teams in the League of each team's protected roster, including player salaries, contract status, and amount available to spend on Auction Draft Day.
* Failure to give notice of a guaranteed long-term contract for a player in his option year will result in his being continued for one season at his prior year's salary and then released into the free agent pool. Failure to renew a farm system player's minor league contract will result in his becoming available to all other teams in the subsequent minor league draft.
* A farm system player who previously had not been added to a Major League team's official 25-man major league roster, and who subsequently makes his Major League Baseball team's Opening Day roster may, at his Rotisserie League owner's option, be added to the protected list of players on Auction Draft Day (and another player dropped, if necessary, to meet the 25-man roster), or he may be dropped and made available in the auction draft. He may not be retained in his Rotisserie League team's farm system.
ARTICLE XVII. RULE 5 DRAFT
The Rule 5 Draft is a method to prevent teams from stockpiling talent in their minor league systems. Rookie-eligible minor league players not protected on a team's 40-man roster are eligible to be drafted.
- The Rule 5 Draft will be conducted on a date in the offseason specified by the Commissioner.
- Selection takes place in 2 rounds of a simple snake draft, not an auction.
- Order is determined by the reverse order in which the teams finished the previous season (the last place team drafts first, etc.).
- A drafting team must clear room on his 40-man roster if selecting a player.
- If clearing room, a drafting team must waive a major league player.
- The player selected is subject to the same contract eligibility rules as other minor league players. (See Article XII)