From earlier ...
chris8 wrote:Late to this discussion as always, when they take place in the middle of the night UK time!
Just to clarify - Pond Scum clarified this rule before the draft started, and we have the same situation in place as in Masters.
As for the situation with waivers, that was not discussed in Pond Scum before we started, so I am hesitant to change the settings now. Personally, I don't see a problem with guys like Ryu & Rondon being available to be bid on as soon as the draft is over - everyone has an equal opportunity to get them, and if they want to bid on a prospect who isn't up yet, and take the risk that they will have a roster spot with no production for a few weeks, fair play to them.
kaiser wrote:Obviously, there has been some confusion on the question of who is draft eligible.
The topic was discussed in both the Cafeholics Masters and Pond Scum board during the organizational phase, as well as briefly on the Masters "League Settings" thread before the start of the draft. At that time, I asked for anyone who was in opposition to utilizing that rule to say so. No opposition was raised.
I also said I would confirm draft rules before the start of the draft. I neglected to address this rule specifically as part of that confirmation. I apologize for this oversight.
Since it is apparent that at least some members of the Masters League have been drafting with the belief that players without major league experience are ineligible, and since no players without MLB experience have been drafted yet in Masters, the fairest thing to do is to continue with that rule. This is what we will do.
The FAAB will allow for anyone who wishes to roster a player not available in the draft to have a fair and equal chance to do so before the season starts.
kaiser wrote:Another point of clarification: High-interest players with no major league experience, such as Rondon, Ryu, Hamilton, etc., will not be free agents at the start of the season. They will be on waivers, and you will be able to place a blind bid on any player you are interested in, utilizing your Free Agent Aquisition Budget (which will be set at $100).
From Yahoo rules:
In a Free Agents Acquisition Budgets (FAAB) waivers system, each manager receives a dollar amount to place blind bids on players that are on waivers. The manager with the highest bid at the end of the waiver period claims that player and that bid amount is deducted from the team's acquisition budget.
This is why I put a claim on Fujikawa, Gyorko, etc. I thought it was pretty clear that we'd be able to bid on them immediately.