HMHS Rules Proposals
I. Eligibility of players: Players currently under contract to American league teams or their affiliates should be ineligible for drafting in the major league draft, the reserve draft, as free agents or minor leaguers. Players “rumored” to be traded cannot be picked up until they are officially traded. Rationale: This is a national league rotisserie league. By definition these players should be off limits.
II. 10th pitcher flexibility: A team may, at its option, draft a second utility player on offense instead of a 10th pitcher. This position may be switched back to a pitcher at any time and back and forth, etc. The one limitation is that a pitcher who has been reserved to make room for an offensive player cannot be reactivated for at least two weeks. Rationale: This provides greater roster flexibility which could be great if a team needs a few extra K’s or a few extra RBIs to move up in the standings. Also makes more flexibility in trading. The limitation prevents teams from messing around with pitchers starts to reserve them during weeks with only one start and then reactivate the following week.
III. Revamping the minor league draft – part I: The minor league draft should be limited to 3 rounds. Rationale: most teams already have a full slate of minor leaguers so they don’t use all their picks anyway. This would also speed up draft day and put a premium on scouting the best minor leaguers rather than just taking a flyer on any available minor leaguer
IV. Revamping the minor league draft – part II: There should be no limit on the number of minor leaguers a team can hold in reserve. Rationale: This would eliminate the situation where teams have to sacrifice minor league picks because their minor leaguers have yet to make the majors yet. Teams who scout the better players who may be further away from making the majors would not be penalized because their players don’t make the jump.
V. Revamping the minor league draft – part III: Minor league picks should be tradeable. Rationale: If we adopt rules III & IV, then the value of a minor league draft pick will be much higher. There’s really no reason why they then wouldn’t be as tradable as a reserve pick.
VI. Eliminate the Reserve draft – Rationale: Why do we do this? If teams want to pick up undrafted players why not use the toteboard or, if voted in, the FAAB?
VII. FAAB – There have been a number of proposals for this. Here’s mine: any player on an active national league team (majors only) who is not on an HMHS roster is eligible to be picked up via a bidding process which occurs in increments of $0.50. Ties would go to the lowest bidding team in the standings. Teams would be allocated $20 for bidding throughout the year, however if they spend their full $20, they may still replace players who are placed on the DL for a fee of $3, provided that no team possessing any FAAB dollars has also claimed that player (i.e., if multiple teams bid on a player, a team with FAAB dollars remaining gets the player before a team without FAAB dollars, regardless of the bid.) Rationale: By making the bidding increments 50 cents, any player expected to contribute will generate bids of at least $1 making the likelihood of 10 or 20 cent bargains that much more unlikely. It will also force teams higher in the standings to bid more than the minimum for any player they think might generate interest from a team behind them in the standings. All FAAB players would be eligible to be keepers the following year. I agree with Charlie that the introduction of the FAAB should include the reduction in the salary cap to $35.
VIII. Trading of FAAB Dollars: I think this should be voted on separately. I am opposed.
IX. Waivers: Players still on an active national league roster who are not on the DL and are released by an HMHS team would go on waivers and can be picked up the following week without spending FAAB money. If more than one team claims a waiver player, the team lowest in the standings gets him at the same salary and salary status that he was released at. Teams that put a player on waivers cannot claim their player back. Players who clear waivers become regular free agents and can be picked up through the FAAB and begin again as A1 players at their bid price. Rationale: Creates another way for teams to improve their roster without having to bid. Also, if 90% of the teams wind up spending their FAAB, this would keep the bottom teams from dropping their high priced talent and then picking them back up as free agents.
X. Long term contracts: I am staunchly opposed to changing our long term contract rules, but there seems to be some momentum behind the idea so I’ll offer up a proposal. Following a players A2 season, the team would have 4 options: 1. Release the player back into the draft, 2. Designate the player as their topper pick, 3. Sign the player for an option year, 4. Sign the player to a long term contract. Players signed to an option year would have their salary increase by 50 cents and be required to be placed back into the draft following that option year. Players signed to long term deals would be limited to 2 or 3 year deals. In a two year deal the players contract would increase by $1.00 cents for each of the two years. Players signed to a three year deal would increase their salary by $1.50 for each of the 3 years. Example: I have Albert Pujols who just finished his 2nd season at 30 cents. I can option him and keep him one more year at 80 cents, or I can sign him to a two year deal and his salary would be $1.30 this year and $1.30 next year, or I can sign him for three years and his salary would be $1.80 this year, next year and the year after). At the end of a long term contract, the player must be returned to the draft pool. He cannot be given a second long term deal and he cannot be made a topper. Any team wishing to terminate a long term contract prior to its conclusion (including releasing the player during the season of the last contract year) would be required to pay into prize pool a $10 penalty for each year or partial year remaining on the contract. Exception: if the player traded to the AL the contract becomes null and void. However, if the player is released or retires the contract remains in force. Players in long term deals can be traded. All rights and responsibilities transfer.