Thread: Reports from the Trenches

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We had our winter meeting in the American Dreams today. I have to say, interrupting each other on zoom isn't half as much fun.

The big question: should we lower our innings requirement now that the same number of innings are spread among so many more pitchers? The somewhat unexpected solution: add another pitcher.

We upped the number to ten years ago, with no change in the budget. This year it's 11, with no change in the budget.

Next year will it be 12?

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 20

The 15-team Mixed LABR Draft was held on Tuesday. I went fairly conservative early and took the gloves off starting in Round #11. LABR has a rule where you can't add prospects after the Draft until they get the call, so I bought early to avoid the FAAB battles on Kelenic, Vaughn, and Jung. A 45-second clock was used and we got it done in three hours on the nose. A fun yet very challenging evening! 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Feb 18

Eugene -- True for leagues that didn't play. The place where inflation will be crazy is the leagues that played last year but didn't age contracts (two leagues I'm in).

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Feb 17

But, on the other side of the coin, there are even more players who changed leagues, especially it seems AL to NL, probably half the closers from 2019 lost their jobs, and older players aged another year, lowering their values, eliminating them all as keepers. Plus, there are guys who debuted who weren't on reserve rosters like Arozarena, who now will be priced at market value rather than kept at cheap FAAB prices. It is a distorted market, but I wouldn't think it will automatically create super high inflation.

In one of my leagues I have a very young team with Vlad Jr., Eloy, Brandon Lowe, and Wander Franco and Alex Kiriloff both of whom may debut this year. So, the freezing of contracts is a boon.

In another I lost Brad Hand and Blake Snell, plus I'm no longer considering Carlos Santana at $16.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 6

For many (most?) leagues that played last season but chose to not age contracts this year is going to be a super high inflation, drag of a draft year.

There simply will be better keepers (an extra season of players to keep, especially the young studs like Soto) and no good players automatically put into the pool. It will be like that to a lesser extent for two additional seasons as well but nothing like this year.

For my five leagues, I have two that did this. In one, I'll have many of the good keepers, but the auction will still be less fun. In the other, I'm a new team so few great keepers. For my other three, 1 league skipped last year, one has only six keepers and just did smaller salary raises (they don't do contracts just add five in salary per season), and the final one (PCL where I commish) did regular contract aging.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Feb 6

There's a book here (Eight Years In the Trenches). I wonder if he's writing it?

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 3

An old Industry friend returns to his roots! 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Feb 2

For anyone interested, here's the link to all 750 players drafted in my first 2021 Draft and Hold League. It's a standard 5x5 with weekly roster moves. Some old, some new, and a heckuva lot of late round "dart tossing" was my strategy, especially after losing my Sugano edge. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jan 13