Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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We submit our protection lists a week before the draft. There's no restriction on trading during that period, other than the fact that your roster has been wiped clean of the players you aren't keeping and you are still restricted to our limitation of 5 major league players and two rookie eligible players. So, 2-1 deals are verboten unless one team froze fewer than the maximum.

Two years ago I traded for Lorenzo Cain at breakfast before the draft. He missed the first half of the season. The pitcher I dealt for him (can't remember - bad saver) pitched the first half of the year and missed the second half. Both were $4. A perfect deal. We each got half a season and the prices matched up.

We also allow trades at the draft, but not trades for draft money. Teams, however, can reauction players they have purchased. But, they must introduce them at no more than $1 less than they paid. They lose their introduction. And, if the player doesn't sell, they lose a timeout. In rare instances they get more than what they paid.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 28 '14
The period we're talking about in my leagues ranges from two to seven days. If that that's the only time that you're likely to trade, I doubt you'll get much accomplished anyway.
jeff merk jeffamerk
Jan 28 '14
I think the restriction has more to do with teams doing prep for the greatest day of the year, without having their work wrecked by trades. So the restriction is a practical matter that surely can be overturned if the owners agree.

But maybe it shouldn't be. Isn't it nice to have the time to prepare?
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 28 '14
Question for keeper league players ... what is "standard" for trade timing restrictions?

My home league doesn't allow trading between freeze day and the end of the auction ... I see no reason to not allow trades during this time ... I don't like to trade much, but the days between freeze and auction are the days I'm most familiar with all the variables and therefore most likely to make a trade ...

In general, my league likes to do what is "standard" ... and I guess the Waggoner book started out with this restriction ... just want to get a feel for what other keeper league players here think and are actually doing ... thanks.
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jan 28 '14
NL rooki Hitters who were worth at least eight last season:

Puig, Gyorko, Pollack, Adams, Gattis, Arenado, Gennett, Yelich, Kh. Davis, Rendon, Ruf, Ozuna.

The two Brewers are the biggest surprises if you were to think back prior to the start of 2013 season.

Ozuna wasn't expected that soon nor was Yelich.

So maybe it is worth it to take a top 10 overall prospect who is near (at least AA).
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 27 '14
If there's a closer in waiting still available, I'd go there. Otherwise a #5 starter who was a high prospect but hasn't really figured it out in his first 1-3 years so that everyone is still afraid of having him.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 26 '14
I've taken prospects with that pick that turned out to be viable keepers down the road but if a player you deem to be worth roughly $8 or more in the current season falls to the reserve draft, that's the way to go.
jeff merk jeffamerk
Jan 25 '14
Good question. I don't think you worry about keepers until further along in the reserve draft. Maybe when the salaries drop to $10, maybe even to $5.

I would say either take the best player available, meaning the guy you think will provide the most Rotisserie value that year, or possibly the direct backup to someone you spent a lot of money on.
Scott Shea SJS
Jan 25 '14
So I'll raise my annual question about the reserve draft in an ultra league.

What do you do with the first round when salaries are going to be 15?

Are there really 12 players in a mono-league reserve draft who are going to be worth $15 next year or is the first round mostly playing defense and not letting great players make it to the second round.
Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jan 25 '14