Argentum wrote:
BBF wrote:
This then ensures that each expansion team will at least get to keep 10 of the top 90 players, so that they aren't at a horrible disadvantaged to start the season.
I may be nit picking here, or I may be missing something (again!) but how is this fair to the established teams? Assuming the 10 best players are selected per each team, the expansion teams are guaranteed 10 of the top 90 players but theoretically an established team could end up with only 6 of the top 90 players and 4 of the 90+ ranked players. What am I missing?
Putting it another way, if I have exactly 10 players worth protecting, the other 15 on my roster being scrubs, how is only being allowed to keep 6 fair if, after the expansion draft, I have to supplement my remaining roster with 4 of my scrubs?
This is all very true. However, it tends to even out because you are obviously going to protect your best 6. This means the expansion teams, while having access to top 90 players, are never going to be able to get ARod or Ryan Howard. So really, expansion teams won't have access to the top 54 players, but would be able to get the next 36 best players. It tends to even things out in the leagues I have played in in the past.
We could just scrap the expansion draft and let them pick 10 rounds ahead of us out of the free agent pool, including the players we don't keep. I've only played in one league that tried that, and none of the expansion teams really had a chance, and they all kind of quit half way through the season. However, that was a 14 team league expanding to a 16 team league, so the free agent pool was a lot more shallow than ours will be. If people are in favor of doing it this way, speak up.