Starting a keeper league this year and me and other managers can't settle on a rule regarding free agents pickups you want to keep for next season.
My suggestion is that any free agent you want to keep is your 5th round pick next season. In our league last year, there were plenty of big names who qualified...Trout, Encarnacion, Harper.. so each manager could keep their respected free agent player in 5th round, rewarding the manager with the best free agent pickup. Makes you decide whether or not that free agent you picked up is worth losing your 5th round pick.
another managers idea was that you get to keep the player at the round the player is currently being drafted at plus 3...so for example Mike Trout, currently being drafted in 1st round, would be eligible to be kept in 4th round. With this format, you'd be able to keep a free agent in essentially any round. A big problem I have with this is that come last week of the season, you could just pick up a promising prospect for next season and guarantee you get first chance at keeping him. For example, the year before Bryce Harper was called up, all baseball fans knew he was being called star of the future. So without even having the guy play for your team, or without him even being in majors you could just pick him up in hopes of storing him for next season.
Does anyone elses keeper league have rules guidelines regarding free agent pickups? Would love some input