great gretzky wrote:its not churning if you keep them on your roster.
I pick up players, especially pitchers to have on hand while I CONSIDER playing/dropping them.
There is a major difference. He isn't just picking up and dropping to exploit the waivers. You are allowed to pick up players to play "keep away" to some measure.
so if you were set at 1b and corner IF, say you have tex and helton, and someone dropped thome. do you let him sit there because you don't need him? no.
you are allowed to pick up the best options from the wire, even if you don't use them.
Nobody is saying that.
If you pick up a guy you don't have any use for and whom you aren't going to play just so another guy who can use him cannot have access to him, then you are churning. If you pick up Thome cause he was dropped you are adding depth to your team and very well could use him at some point.
It comes down to intellectual honesty. Nobody knows if you pick up Joe Kennedy because you really think he will be a valuable guy to help improve your team except for you. Picking up and dropping immediately is obvious, but you can also pick up and sit on him for a day or two and then drop and it is really the same thing.
What it really comes down to is this section of Yahoo rules (assuming this is a Yahoo league.).
No owner will make any roster moves (including waiver claims, trade proposals, etc.) whose sole purpose is to hamper the play of other owners.
Let that be your guideline.