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Friday, February 03, 2006

FAAB

FAAB’S

Each team shall have, for the purpose of acquiring free agents entering the National League from another place during the course of the season, a supplementary budget of $100. This budget would be known as the Free Agent Acquisition Budget or (FAAB).

NOTE: We could negotiate the starting money to something we would all agree upon. Personally, I like the idea of $100.

At the deadline established by each league for recording weekly transactions, a team may submit a sealed bid for one or more free agents. The minimum bid shall be $5; the maximum shall be the amount remaining in a team's FAAB.

A free agent so selected goes to the highest bidder. If more than one team bids the same amount on a player, and if that amount is the highest bid, the player goes to the team that is lowest in the most recently issued standings.

The salary of a free agent signed in this manner is his acquisition price. His contract status is that of a free agent.

In addition to the player's acquisition price, a team signing a free agent must pay the 10 dinero transaction fee for calling up free agents as set forth in the Baseball Unlimited Constitution.

If a Baseball Unlimited team loses a player to the "other" league in an interleague trade, then the team’s available FAAB dollars are increased by an amount equal to the lost player's salary.

NOTE: As a wrinkle, and to provide a BU team who lost a player some leverage in obtaining the new player to the NL as a result of his player being dealt, we could also institute the “plus one” rule. Under this rule, a BU team who lost a player would have the right to add one dinero to the new player’s final bid price and obtain his services.

NOTE: We could also put in play the “over $15 surcharge”. This would be some kind of a surcharge on player’s whose final bid prices exceeded $15. This excess fee is intended to discourage frivolous bidding for free agents coming over from the “other” league. It is also intended to make teams who are most likely to benefit from signing costly free agents—that is, teams still in the hunt for the money—pay for it dearly.

NOTE: The bid process would be the same as previously set up, with sealed bids going to bids@baseball-unlimited.com.


Monday, January 02, 2006

Spring Training Games

I suggest the following schedules of games:

Thurs: Cubs at Angels 1:05, Rockies at Padres 7:05
Fri: Cubs at Giants 1:05 ($20 on the Cubs against the first Giant fan to respond)
Sat: Brewers at Padres or Seattle at Giants 1:05
Sun: Rangers at Cubs 1:05 or Brewers at Giants


I am not sure what teams want to do on Saturday. I know there was some talk last year of skipping the game to start the draft earlier. Tickets for the Cubs go on sale 1/5 and the Giants 1/10. If we get a quick count I will buy tix for the Friday Cubs-Giants game and Sunday Cubs-Rangers. If there will be SF teams still in town for the Sunday games I would be willing to suffer through another Giants game just to spend more time with the fellas.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Constitution rewrite

Does anyone want to take a crack at updating the constitution? They should be Thomas Jefferson/John Adams types with a gift for language and superior reasoning skills. They should be well versed in history, preferably possessing a degree of higher learning in said subject. They should have the time to devote to such a collossal undertaking so full time jobs are right out. They should live in the great state of Michigan for no particular reason. Anyone?

Insurance against off season player loss

League determines "under market value" of signed players between the season's end and the World Series. Players are grouped into 3 tiers; 30, 20, and 10 dinero, representing the difference between their signed contract and their "fair market value". If a BU team loses one of these players to the AL through either a trade or a FA signing, the BU team would receive additional draft dinero equal to their tier level (30,20, or 10 dinero). BU team would be charged this additional dinero.

Presently I estimate the following "values":

Tier 30 players: Carpenter, Wright, Bay
Tier 20 players: Harang
Tier 10 players: Berkman, Patterson, Duke, Cain, Myers, Howard

One could argue that rookies should be exempt due to the volatility in determining value eliminating Duke, Cain, and Howard from the list.

Beltre last year would have been a 20 or 30.

There is something to be said to balancing the above with a tax of 5 dinero or so on teams losing overvalued guys from BU.

More than 5 overvalued: Lowell, Morris, Garciaparra, Padilla, Closser, Sledge, Rolen, Grieve.

A first pass at slotting players by value could be made a small committee before being submitted to review by the league. Players value could be confirmed by vote.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Issues Still On the Table

Posting of Players: We decided that perhaps this was a good idea, but haven’t come up with any parameters. I would suggest the following:

  1. The posting of players should only occur AFTER the All Star Break
  2. The posting of players should ONLY apply to UNSIGNED PLAYERS
  3. The ONLY unsigned players that need be posted are: Hitters with a RC over 6, Starting pitchers with an ERA under 4.00, and relievers with an ERA under 3.00.

    This way, not every player would need to be posted.

    Prize Money: Should we have other types of incentives to keep teams in the race? Maybe we could have weekly winners in August and September? I don’t know, but Cooney suggested, so we should discuss.

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