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  1. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Not bizarre. It is the Luxury Tax. Teams going over it are NOT just penalized in money anymore. The way some people post here (not you) you would think they thought the Luxury Tax was just about money. It is NOT. Go over the Luxury Tax for too much for too long (i.e., stupid mega-contracts) and your team's drafts and farm system as a result can be destroyed and your international signing pool money can be chopped down to nothing. If you want to cap the rich clubs which this NEW Luxury Tax does in large measure, you can't expect the wild west in contracts anymore. The Phillies have their decks cleared so they have more money this year and can still stay under the Luxury Tax which is why they are a major player whereas the Red Sox can't even afford a run-of-the-mill middle reliever without basically wiping our their farm system for the next half decade. Less clubs having the ability to bid for a player means less stupid mega-contracts. Which is good for baseball IF you want to see baseball healthy as in 30 teams going forward. Otherwise we would start having teams fold.
  2. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Maybe but maybe not. The market was way WAY W-A-Y too high for a long number of years and is finally settling into a more sensible, pragmatic level:
  3. How to Deal With Innings Limits / Streaming

    Simple. Yahoo's default is 6 moves per week in h2h as their default. Given picking up free agents for injured players or dropping and picking up a beter batter the pitcher streaming is next to none on the end. A little streaming is fine since it is always a gamble too and you can wreck your WHIP and ERA chasing Wins and K's. So that works perfectly fine. These defaults tend to be defaults because they have a good track record after all. You don't have to limit the number of starts for a pitcher and micro-manage like that making everyone wear a straight jacket that way either. In Roto there is always an innings limit for pitching for the entire season. That works perfectly fine too. Use the basic defaults and no problem. No need to turn it into rocket science.
  4. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Maybe they should have sent Brad Pitt to play Billy Beane at the meeting instead.
  5. Julio Urias 2019 Outlook

    I'm curious. Why do you say that? He may be or he may not be in the starting rotation depending on off season moves, injuries etc. For example the depth chart here at Rotoworld lists the Dodgers rotation seeding if the season started today as: 1. Clayton Kershaw 2. Walker Buehler 3. Rich Hill 4. Hyun-Jin Ryu 5. Kenta Maeda 6. Ross Stripling 7. Julio Urias 8. Brock Stewart 9. Dennis Santana I would think that unless Ross Stripling gets traded and someone gets injured in spring training that Urias will be in the bullpen at least at the start of the season. In dynasty if you have room, sure have him on your team. But in re-draft I wouldn't take a chance on him unless he drops way down in the draft.
  6. Gleyber Torres 2019 Outlook

    Another person who short changes Luke Voit. Just dump Tulo, who is a totally useless albatross, and move Torres over to SS.
  7. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    It is impossible to underpay anyone in MLB. The minimum is what. Half a mil? They make far more than their counterparts in the real workplace.
  8. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    That's what I meant. A now inferior old player blocking a young player is a zero or maybe it should be less than zero. The rocking chair player playing makes it a 24 man in effect roster blocking a real player from the roster. The rocking chair guy will either sit and clog the bench or be a negative albatross if in the line-up. Either way he blocks a better player from your roster.
  9. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Absolutely not. You have 25 man rosters basically reduced to 24 man rosters. So how would playing handicapped one man short for 4 years be good value? Especially if they block good young players who could do better for the team.
  10. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    Tulo? Hahahahaha. And Jeter was a shell of his former self over the last few years of his contract. These guys take up freaking roster space hampering teams because of it in their rocking chair years.
  11. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    I think it is wonderful that two rebuilding teams are the favorites right now. NFL has a cap allowing more competition from smaller teams. (Don't know about the NBA because I have no interest in basketball nor the NHL because I can't stand hockey either). But MLB has the Luxury Tax which was suppose to work that way as a cap but it doesn't work the same at all. No one of you seem to be adding this equation into your statements. The tax not only punishes teams big time financially for going over the limit but now with the recent changes can gut your farm system with VERY major draft penalties. If you take those penalties you have no in house players of note coming up or to use as trade bait because your drafts will always be poor. This puts you into an endless cycle of signing aging vets for way too much money over way too many years with no way to break out of the cycle. The system sucks. I for one am glad the madness of signing human beings to play a game for more money than probably the whole junior officer corps of the entire US Army makes is finally slowing down. It makes me mad that young men of the same age have such a disparity in pay when obviously one group just plays a game and the other group risk their lives. And the former complain because they are mere multi-millionaires as opposed to multi-multi-millionaire owners. Give it a rest or go and start your own teams and league and see how much you will pay your employees then. I bet you would suddenly change your tune big time. Because in the end it is just a pot and kettle thing. To quote the Duke of Verona: "A plague on both your houses!"
  12. 2018-19 Off-Season and Hot Stove Thread

    About the Yankee signing: Way to make fantasy owners of Andujar, Torres and Luke Voit "happy" (not) cutting into their everyday AB's. What to speak of LeMahieu owners who saw him go from every day play to weirdsville AB's. Will the Yankees turn around and try to trade one of their younger players now in some package deal for an arm or even another go at Realmuto?
  13. Jeff McNeil 2019 Outlook

    Age 26 is prime time. If he doesn't play everyday now he probably never will. I hate when I see a team ruin a promising career like this.
  14. Carlos Correa 2019 Outlook

    Didn't he already "breakout" in his first full year being declared the best fantasy SS in baseball? He is going the wrong way at this point.
  15. Yasmani Grandal 2019 Outlook

    I'd take Wilson Ramos over him any day.