Below is a list of the rules/guidelines, we have 3 openings due to switching to fantrax this year. Again league will be held at fantrax and we are looking for 3 owners, if interested leave email address or PM me.
This League will be a 7x7 head to head format
Hitting categories will be:
* Batting Average
* Home Runs
* Runs Batted In
* Stolen Bases
* On-Base Percentage
Pitching categories will be:
* Quality Starts
Lineups are set once for the start of each period. Each scoring period begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.
ALL major league players will be available, both AL and NL. We will also have extensive minor league rosters, with a 5 round draft following the auction draft.
Players are eligible for any position played based on Yahoo Standards.
* 23 active players, 6 bench spots, 4 DL spots, 10 minor league spots
* 2 Catchers
* 1 First Baseman
* 1 Second Baseman
* 1 Shortstop
* 1 Third Baseman
* 1 Corner Infielder (1B or 3B)
* 1 Middle Infielder (2B or SS)
* 5 Outfielders
* 1 Utility Player
* 4 Starting Pitchers
* 5 Pitchers
* 6 bench spots
* 4 DL spots (reserved ONLY for players on the real-life disabled list)
* Minor league (specific rules/eligibility to be discussed later)
There will be TWO drafts for the league, a major league auction draft and a minor league snake draft.
Major League Draft
* Draft will begin at 9am EST on Saturday, February 19th.
* Draft will take place @ Couchmanagers
* When the draft officially opens, each owner will nominate two players.
* Nominations must be a minimum of $1.
* Owners will be allowed to bid on the players that are nominated only.
* When there has been no new bids on a player for a 24 hour period, bidding is halted on that player and he is sold. Please notify me in the Chat Thread if I have overlooked a player.
* Once a player has been won and awarded to a team, the owner who nominated the player is now free to nominate another player.
* If any owner with roster spots yet to fill has no nominated players active on couchmanagers, they will not be able to bid on any other player nominated by another owner.
* This "slow draft" will continue until all teams have filled their Majors 29 man roster.
* DL spots WILL NOT be filled during the draft.
* A roster thread will be created for each team, players won in auction will be placed in their respective threads by admins/moderators which are TBD.
Pre-Season / Draft day
* For purposes of the draft, each team will be forced to adhere to a $320 salary cap.
* Each owner will be expected to construct an active roster within the confines of the $320 salary cap; this also includes any bench spots you would like to fill via the auction draft.
* Owners may spend any amount, on any player, at his discretion.
* Owners may NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES go over the salary cap during the draft;
* However, owners are NOT required to use their entire cap during the auction draft. Any cap dollars not used during the draft will transfer to the regular season and give the owner more cap dollars for making in-season moves, trades, add/drops, etc.
The In-Season Cap
* Immediately AFTER the draft, each teams salary cap will increase to $360. This will be the in-season salary cap. This will be the working salary cap for the remainder of the season. This increased salary cap will allow for owners to trade, add/drop, recall minor leaguers, etc.
* For the remainder of the season, owners can at no time go over the $360 salary cap. All player maneuvering from this point forward must be done within the confines of the in-season salary cap.
* When a player is on the DL, his salary WILL count against his teams salary cap; there will be no salary cap relief for a player on the DL. Players may be traded while on the DL.
Minor League Draft
* Minors draft will take place immediately following the conclusion of the Major draft in the snake draft style, only in a new forum designated for the minors' draft.
* To be eligible for the minor league draft, a player must have under 150 at-bats, and 50 innings pitched. Only players that fall below these career major league limits can be drafted in the minor league draft.
* Only players that have been drafted/signed by a major league team are eligible. No college or high school players will be allowed to be drafted. Also, no foreign players will be draftable in the minor league draft.
Adding/Dropping Minor Leaguers:
* There will be NO adding of players to the minor league roster during the season.
* Minor leaguers MAY be dropped during the season.
* Minor leaguers may also be traded. Minor leaguers can be traded to another team for other minor leaguers, or in conjunction with a multi-player trade with major leaguers.
* Again, minor leaguers CANNOT be picked up to the minor roster during the season, but they CAN be dropped.
Calling Up / Sending Down:
* Minor leaguers do not have to be called up to fantasy rosters when called to the majors in MLB.
* It is at the discretion of the owner as to when he will call his minor leaguers up to the major league roster. (However, there is a limit outlining the maximum amount of time a player can be left in the minor leagues outlined below)
* However, an owner can call a minor leaguer up to his active roster if desired. At this point, there is no limit on the number of times a player is called up and sent down.
When a Minor Leaguer MUST be called up:
* Any minor league player can stay on his teams minor league roster until he reaches certain real-life playing time minimums. These minimums will be:
* 150 at-bats 50 innings or 20 appearances for pitchers
* Until a minor leaguer reaches these minimums, the owner will have 100% discretion regarding whether or not to recall minor leaguers to the major league roster. While below these minimums, a player MAY be recalled to the major league roster, and can also be sent back down.
* However, once the player reaches the career major league minimums stated above, he MUST be recalled to the major league roster. From this point forward, the player can never be sent back to the minor leagues. The owner must permanently recall this player to his major league roster, or release him.
Keepers / Contracts
* All players won by an owner will play that season under the contract value at which he was won during the auction.
* However, if an owner chooses to keep a player after the season, his contract dollar value will escalate in future years as long as he is kept.
* Keeper Note: There will be NO LIMIT to the number of players that an owner may or may not keep from one year to the next. An owner may keep as many of, or as few of, his players as he chooses. However, in following years, players that are kept will be subject to contract escalation as outlined below.
* Player escalation will be as follows:
* In the players first season, he will play that entire season at the salary at which he was drafted.
* In a players 2nd year with his team, his salary will increase by $3.
* In a players 3rd season, and every season thereafter, with his team, his salary will increase by an additional $5.
* Example: If an owner drafts Albert Pujols for $45 in this year's draft, his salary will progress as follows in future years IF his owner chooses to keep him.
* Initial year: $45 - Pujols would play at his auction value.
* 2nd year: $48 ・Pujols・salary increases by $3 from previous year.
* 3rd year: $53 ・Pujols・salary increases by $5.
* 4th year: $63 ・Pujols・salary increases by $10.
* 5th year: $78・Pujols salary increases by $15.
* And on and on and on until the owner chooses not to keep
* Players can be kept until infinity as long as the owner is in compliance with the salary escalation rules.
* This escalation schedule will be consistent for ALL players won during the major league auction and kept in future years. The escalation does not change for $1 players, or for $45 players.
* Players that are NOT kept by their owner will go back into the draft and be subject to the following years major league auction draft.
Minor League Salaries:
* While in the minors, minor leaguers will NOT have a salary, and will not count against their teams salary cap. However, once a minor leaguer is recalled to his owners major league roster, he will be assigned an intro salary of $1.
* Introductory Salary: When a minor leaguer is recalled to the major league roster, his salary becomes $1. As long as he is below the minimums stated above he can be sent back down to the minor leagues at the discretion of the owner. When he's on the major league roster, his salary is $1. When he is returned to the minor leagues, his salary becomes $0.
* Once this former minor leaguer reaches the minimums stated above, he officially becomes a Year 1 Major Leaguer.
* Year 1 Major Leaguer: Once a minor leaguer reaches his minimums, he becomes a Year 1 Major Leaguer for the current season. At this point his salary is $1, and will remain such throughout the remainder of his first full season. And again, he can no longer be sent to the minors at this point.
* Year 2 Major Leaguer: When a former minor leaguer enters his second full season, he will have a fixed salary of $2.
* Year 3 Major Leaguer: When a former minor leaguer enters his third full season, he will have a fixed salary of $3.
* Years Thereafter: After the three year cycle described above, the player then enters the rules for a KEEPER player after the second season. Or, more simply put, the player can be kept for a salary $5 more than the previous season (to infinity, if so desired).
* Trading will be allowed and encouraged in The League.
* This is a free trade league where trading is encouraged, only attempts at collusion or trades that are trying to hurt the integrity of the league will be vetoed(owners will be warned).
* ALL trades must be completed while keeping both parties under the salary cap. Under no circumstances will a team be able to consummate a trade that leaves his team over the salary cap.
* IMPORTANT NOTE: Whenever a player is traded, his salary and contract status transfer to his new team. A players salary and contract status will never change as a result of the player being traded.
* This years trade deadline will be August 21st, 2011.
* Trades can involve any number of players. Both major and minor leaguers alike are allowed to be traded.
* There will be NO TRADING of salary cap dollars, FAAB, or draft picks.
* There will be NO TRADING during the drafts.
The free agent pool of players is defined as any player who is on the major or minor league roster or disabled list of a Major League team, but who is not on an active roster, reserve list, or disabled list of any team in our League. The pool of free agents increases as players released by teams in our League clear waivers and are traded to or otherwise acquired by a Major League team during the course of the season.
Beginning with the first transaction period following conclusion of the the draft and continuing through the season until the last weekly transaction deadline, free agents in the free agent pool may be signed without limit in the following manner:
Each team shall have, for the purpose of acquiring free agents, a supplementary budget of $100. This amount shall be known as the team's Free Agent Acquisition Budget (F.A.A.B.)
* Players released into the free agent pool are placed on waivers for one week. If claimed on waivers, their salary and contract status remains the same as it was when released. Any owner may claim a player on waivers, including the owner that released the player into the pool. The cost and FAAB impact of picking up a player on waivers is the same as any other free agent pickup. Once a player clears waivers, he can be picked up the same as any other free agent.
Teams may submit bids for one or more free agents via e-mail to the commissioner. Bids must be received by the League Commissioner by 8:00 PM PST each SUNDAY/TUESDAY/THURSDAY.
* An alternative bid for another player may be placed in the event that a team is outbid on its first choice. Teams must place separate bids for every player it is interested in acquiring.
The minimum bid for each player shall be $1, the maximum bid shall be the amount remaining in a team's F.A.A.B.
A free agent 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 standings as of the end of the most recent stat week.
A team may NOT bid on more than one player during the same transaction period with more than the amount remaining in its F.A.A.B. For example, a team may not bid $30 on one player and $30 on a second player if the team only has $50 remaining in its F.A.A.B. in anticipation of winning only one of the bids.
Free agents receiving bids will be added to the rosters of the winning bidders, and, if necessary another player waived in his place. The salary of a free agent signed in this manner and placed on the team's active roster is the amount of the winning bid. The normal acquisition and/or activation fees shall be charged, but these fees do not take away from the F.A.A.B. It is the responsibility of the winning bidder to notify the Commissioner which player(s), if any, will be waived from the roster.
* February 19th begins the drafts.
* THURSDAY MARCH 31st will start 2011 scoring.
* August 21st is the trade deadline.
* September 28th 2011 is the final scoring day (unless there are tiebreakers which will count)