Thread: Stage Four

It doesn’t exist. But we keep hoping.

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Here's what I just proposed for my home league to handle the scenario where players like Harper and/or Machado are still unsigned (or still not on active NL roster) on our Auction/Draft Day ...

                On Draft Day, if you have an Unsigned Free Agent on your roster at a salary of 16 or more, then he goes into the auction on your active roster  

                Any Unsigned Free Agents that are not already on an roto roster going into the auction can be bid upon, with a minimum bid of 16.

The point of the "16" is ... if a player isn't worth 16, then it's OK for him to go in the Reserve Draft (where he will get a salary of 15 if taken in the first round).

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Feb 15

We could use a player page for Ryan Brasier. 

Scott Shea SJS
Feb 6

The CBS only league auctions should be challenging if Harper, Machado, et al. remain unsigned then.

John Thomas Roll2
Feb 4

Thanks, Tim and Phil, for carrying the banner of Patton & Co.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 4

Tex and yours truly were invited to partake in a 12-team Mixed Mock at the end of last week, hosted by Scott White. I normally do mostly 15-team Mixed, so it was a chance to give a smaller format a good look-see. Here's the results for your perusal.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Feb 4

Somthing vaguely similar happened in the NL-only league home Texpope and I call home last year.  Greg Holland was unsigned and not on an MLB roster on opening day.  So he was kept as an ultra roster player at $23b and was an auction freebie.  That looked awesome in April but did not pan out.

For me as the owner of a must-keep $51 Machado, if he signs with an NL team but is not on an opening day roster, that is the dream scenario.  Harper's owner at $42 would be just as pleased.

If either were a unowned free agent, we'd very likely vote to simply make them auction eligible lwith the conditions described below... you get FAAB back if they sign with an AL team.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Feb 2


Mike Dean TMU2009
Feb 1

So let's add a rule that established players who have been in the majors a certain amount of time (5 years?) cannot be drafted in the reserve round if they sign late and must be purchased in the auction.

ABSOLUTELY NOT! It will ruin the integrity of the game!

...says the guy with the #1 reserve pick in the PCL.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Feb 1

In our league, if a guy's under contract to an AL team (even if, as in the example below, he won't be on an opening day roster), we allow him to be auctioned, but you'd have to fill the spot with an eligible player, either with a reserve pick or in the first FAAB.  If he hasn't signed AT ALL, it would be the reserve draft (where ANYBODY can be taken) or the FAAB (limited to AL-contracts, even if in the minors).

Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 31

My league allows players in the auction as long as they aren't under contract with the NL or another professional league internationally, or if they are rookie eligible minor leaguers.  So, free agents can be purchased in the auction. So can major leaguers assigned to the minors for rehab or extended spring training.  Even 5th starters who would otherwise not start until April 20 are available in the auction if they are assigned to AAA to get some work in if they have already exhausted their rookie eligibility.  That's better than throwing it to the FAAB where bids are blind.

If a free agent taken in the auction eventually signs in the NL, his team receives his salary as extra FAAB money.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 31