Dooley McStitch

WANTED: 1 Active Knowledgeable Replacement Owner Up For A Challenge

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I won't lie - this roster (see attached) is in need of some fantasy TLC and will not be for everyone. We need a dedicated, active and knowledgeable owner to take over this one. Owner neglect failed to cash in some very nice trade pieces for future assets this past season. The good news (yes, there is some good news here!)...

1. This team has the #1 MiLB Prospect Draft Pick...and our draft pool will include prospects like Deivi Garcia, Dylan Carlson, Seth Beer, Logan Gilbert (amongst others) in addition to the 2019 draft class and 2019 J2 signings.

2. This team's minor leagues includes Luis Robert and AJ Puk. 

3. MLB players under contract include Josh Donaldson $5 and Michael Brantley $9. Good surplus value pieces that you can use to build around for 2020 or trade for future assets.

4. Our league offers all new/replacement owners a "get out of jail free" opportunity to cut bait with any player under contract from previous owners without incurring any draft or cap room penalties. In other words, as a new owner, you are NOT entitled to keep Carlos Rodon at $7 through 2021 (unless you really want to, of course). 

5. League owners are on a dedicated Slack channel and actively discuss trades.

6. Offseason trading is not only allowed, but it is highly encouraged! After entry fee payment is made, you will be able to put your own stamp on your team ASAP.


Now for some league settings/rules/highlights...

- 12 team H2H Points League on Fantrax Premium;

- $125 entry and all league finances handled via LeagueSafe;

- 2 separate drafts: MiLB Prospect slow draft (snake style) & $260 MLB auction draft (each team's cap room increases to $300 in-season to encourage trade activity);

- Trading includes MiLB Prospect Draft picks, +/- $15 auction draft money, and prospects;

- Contracts to extend players can be anywhere between 1-5 years (+$2 per year). Minor Leaguers are "free" and they do not need to be promoted ASAP when they are promoted in real life;

- Rosters are: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 5 OF, 6 SP, 4 RP, 6 Bench/Reserves, 5 IR, and 16 MiLB.


I'd be happy to send a copy of our League Charter to anyone interested and/or add you to the league so you can peruse other roster constructs. 

If interested, please email me at 

Bush League Open Team 1 Roster.xlsx

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#1 pick in MiLB Prospect Draft. Full $260 auction budget.


Roster is below...


1B - CJ Cron $3

2B - Dee Gordon $9 (through 2020)

SS - Dansby Swanson $3

3B - Josh Donaldson $5 (through 2020)

CI - Ryon Healy $1

MI - Andrelton Simmons $5 (through 2020)

OF - Austin Riley $1

OF - Gregory Polanco $7 (through 2020)

OF - Michael Brantley $9 (through 2020)

OF - Bradley Zimmer $5 (through 2020)

OF - Alex Gordon $1

UT - Bradley Zimmer $5 (through 2020)

R - Niko Goodrum $3

R - Addison Russell $5 (through 2020)

SP - Mike Foltynewicz $7 (through 2021)

SP - Rick Porcello $7 (through 2020)

SP - Marcus Stroman $5 (through 2020)

SP - Carlos Rodon $7 (through 2021)

SP - Josh James $5 (through 2020)

SP - Jerad Eickhoff $1

RP - Brandon Brennan $3

RP - Luis Cessa $1

RP - Tyler Kinley $1

RP - Framber Valdez $1

Minors - Alex Jackson (C/OF); Tyler Ward (3B); Daz Cameron (OF); Alek Thomas (OF); Luis Robert (OF); Kolby Allard (P); JB Bukauskas (P); James Kaprielian (P); Triston McKenzie (P); Riley Pint (P); Fernando Romero (P); Chance Adams (P); AJ Puk (P).



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All players under "2020" or "2021" contracts listed above can be dropped by new/replacement owners without any cap or draft budget penalties. Players with a dollar amount (but no year) may be extended 1-5 years (or not at all).

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Yup, the roster is rough. Any owner can take over a good roster and they may or may not win. We are admittedly looking for an owner who really knows his/her baseball and who will be active in our trade market. Most importantly, we are looking for an owner who is up for a rebuilding challenge (personally, I enjoy taking over garbage rosters and turning them into competitive teams!). We are a very active trading league (trades in our league do NOT go through a vote window; all are processed in real-time) and we all know and love baseball. It's a fun league - we are all active and talk trades throughout the year (even offseason) on Slack or other means so the replacement owner should not have any difficulty finding trade partners. The team also has the 1st pick in our Minor League Draft and the ability to acquire addition prospect draft picks and/or MLB auction budget dollars. 

We are also discussing a few rule changes and among them will be opening up the waiver wire at some point this winter for all MLB level players who are not under an expired 2019 contract . So there is some opportunity there to make some immediate changes. 

Last, we have several superstar players whose contracts expired after the 2019 season and who will be available in our 2020 auction. Those players include all of the following: Trout, Kluber, Ryu, Blackmon, LeMahieu, Strasburg, Clevinger, Snell, Greinke, Bauer, Benintendi, M Olson, Trea and Justin Turner, Machado, Bryant, Didi, Votto, Cruz, Gallo, Realmuto, Pham, Mazara, Villar, Suarez, E Escobar, Semien, Muncy, etc. So there is definitely opportunity here for a savvy owner to acquire some studs and compete in 2020 OR trade off some pieces for future assets.

Edited by Dooley McStitch

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You need to give a discount or charge the owner for next year right now but give him the first year for free. There isn’t a manager that could turn this team around right away. 

Edited by Playofftilt

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Thanks for your advice but we will not be giving any "first year free" discounts. We are looking for a good knowledgable owner and a long-term fit. Free years or discount years are short term solutions and most of those owner types who accept "first year free" discounts leave the league after the first year anyway. Make no mistake, it's a rebuild roster but as mentioned earlier, there are plenty of studs available in our auction draft and this owner has a full auction draft budget with the ability to trade for +$15 auction dollars. With a good approach, a good owner can compete and finish in our top 6 to qualify for a playoff spot. Then with a H2H format, anyone can win! 

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