To assemble a lineup of 23 Major League
baseball players whose statistics during the 162-game regular season,
compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those
of all other teams in the League.
There are ten teams in our Rotisserie
League composed of players from the 15 National League teams from Major League
A team's ACTIVE roster consists of the
following players: Five outfielders, two catchers, one first baseman, one
third baseman, one corner man (either a first baseman or a third baseman),
one second baseman, one shortstop, one middle infielder (either a second
baseman or a shortstop), one utility player, and nine pitchers.
A Major League player draft in
the form of an open auction is conducted on the weekend before or the first weekend
after Opening Day of the baseball season. Each team must acquire 23 players
at a total cost not to exceed $260 (dollars refers to bid amounts rather
than actual dollars). A team need not spend the maximum. The team bidding
first opens with a minimum bid of $1 for any eligible player, and the
bidding proceeds around the room at minimum increments of $1 until only one
bidder is left. That team acquires the player for that amount and announces
the roster position the player will fill. The process is repeated, with
successive team owners introducing players to be bid on, until every team
has a squad of 23 players, by requisite position.
- Eligible players include players who are on a
Major League roster at the time of the draft.
- Players who commence the season on a major-league team's
disabled list are eligible to be drafted.
- Players eligible at more than one position may be shifted
during the course of the draft.
- No team may make a bid for a player it cannot afford.
- No player may bid for a player who qualifies only at a
position (or positions) that the team has already filled.
Immediately following the auction, a
reserve player draft shall be conducted, in which each Rotisserie League
team acquires five players. National League players not already selected
and Minor Leaguers on the roster of a National
League affiliate are eligible for the
reserve draft. Players from the American League and farm systems of
American League teams cannot be drafted. Players not associated with
any Major League franchise as of draft day may be drafted.
- Selection takes place in five rounds of a simple
- The selection order of the reserve draft is determined by
the order in which teams finished in the previous season. The last place
team in the preceding season is awarded the first overall pick. The
selection order is as follows:
- Rounds 1, 3, 5: 10th place team, 9th, 8th, ... , 3rd,
- Rounds 2, 4: 1st place team, 2nd, 3rd, ... , 8th, 9th,
- The price and subsequent salary upon activation of each
reserve player drafted is $10.
A player may be assigned to any position
at which he appeared in 20 or more games in the preceding season. If a player did not
appear in 20 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position at which
he appeared most frequently. If a player did not appear the prior season in
the majors he qualifies for the position he appeared most frequently in any
league(s) in which he played. If a player sat out the previous season for
any reason these rules apply to the last season in which he played
professional baseball. The 20-games/most games measure is used only to determine the
position(s) at which a player may be drafted.
To qualify at the utility position
(UT), a player must have appeared in 20 or more games at one position
AND in 20 or
more games at all other positions combined, excluding DH. For example, in
2014, Josh Rutledge of the Colorado Rockies appeared
in 69 games at Shortstop, 17 games at Second, and 5 games
at Third. Under the 20 game rule, Rutledge qualifies
at SS but does NOT qualify for 2B or 3B. However,
qualify for UT because he played a combined total of 22 games at positions
other than Shortstop.
During the season, a player need
only play another position one time to qualify at that position.
When determining eligibility at
the utility position, the number of games played at DH is not considered.
The Rotisserie League has a schedule of
fees covering all player personnel moves. No money passes directly from team to team. No
bets are made on the outcome of any game. All fees, except for the stats
service, are payable into the prize pool and are
subsequently distributed to the top four teams in the final standings.
- BASIC: The annual fee due on Auction Draft Day is $100.
This is a static amount. A team that does not spend their allotted $260 on player salaries
still must pay the $100 fee.
- TRADES: $1 per trade (no matter how many players are
involved). In a trade, the transaction fee is normally split $.50/$.50, but the team that
pays the fee is subject to negotiation.
- ACQUISITION: $1 for each player acquired via
- ACTIVATION: $1 for each player activated from the reserve
list, disabled list, or at the time of acquisition.
- RESERVE: $1 for each player placed on a team's reserve
list from its active roster.
- DISABLED LIST: $1 for each player placed on a team's
- FREE AGENTS: $1 for any player acquired from the list of
eligible players not on any team's roster and placed on reserve; $2 for any player acquired from the list of eligible players not
on any team's roster and activated.
- WAIVERS: There is no fee for placing a player on waivers.
- SEPTEMBER ROSTER EXPANSION: $5.
- STATS SERVICE: An additional $20 per
team charge is assessed to each team to pay for stats and upkeep of the
The salary of a player is determined by
the time and means of his acquisition and does not change unless the player becomes a free
agent by being placed on and clearing waivers.
- The salary of a player acquired in the major league draft
is his auction price.
- The salary of a player activated from a team's original
5-man reserve list is $10.
- The salary of a player acquired via waivers is
the same as what it was when he was waived.
- The salary of a player acquired during the season from
the free agent pool and immediately activated is the amount bid upon from a team's Free Agent Acquistion Budget
- The salary of a player acquired during the
season from the free agent pool and placed on reserve is $10 OR
the amount bid upon from a team's FAAB, whichever is higher.
All fees shall be promptly collected and
wisely invested by the League Treasurer. Fees shall be divided among the first four
teams in the final standings as follows:
The following criteria are used to
determine team performance:
- Walks + Hits/Innings Pitched (WHIP)
Teams are ranked weekly
from first to last in each of the twelve categories and given points for each
team they are ahead of starting with the last place team in each category
getting one point. In cases of ties
in an individual category, the tied teams are assigned points by totaling points for the
rankings at issue and dividing the total by the number of teams tied. Points
are determined from total accumulated stats at any given point in the
season from players on each team's active roster.
A team must have 5000 at bats to receive points in the OBP category and pitch a
total of 1100 innings to receive points in the ERA and WHIP categories. A team
that does not meet these requirements maintains its ranking but receives zero
points in the applicable categories. (Thus, a team that finished third in ERA
would receive no points in that category should the team fail to reach the
inning requirement. The fourth-place team in ERA would
still receive 7 points). The final point totals when a team (or teams) fails to
reach the minimums are only to determine the division of the
prize money. It will not
affect any team's draft position in the following year's
The stats compiled by the
Sports Fantasy Baseball website constitute the official data base for the computation of standings in our Fantasy
- The effective date of any transaction for purposes of
statistical calculation is the Tuesday immediately after the weekly deadline for
- Transactions recorded on Auction Draft Day but before
Opening Day, including trades and call-ups to replace disabled players, are effective
- When Auction Draft Day takes place after Opening Day, any
transactions that occur immediately after the draft are effective the beginning
second stat week.
- Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to a
Rotisserie League team only when he is on the active 23-man roster of that team.
- Standings shall be tabulated and issued in a regular and
The deadline for setting rosters
for each period during the season is five minutes before the start of the first
Major League Baseball game to be played on Tuesdays. It is each team's
responsibility to know the schedule of games for each Tuesday. Roster changes may
be updated directly through
roster page on the website or reported to the commissioner via e-mail.
From the conclusion of the
draft until the Monday one full stat week following the Major League trading deadline of July 31, teams are free to
make trades of any kind without limit, so long as the required position distribution of
both teams remains intact, and so long as the rules outlined below are adhered to.
After the Major League trading deadline through the end of the season, trades may take place only between teams
contiguous in the preceding week's standings. No trades may take place from the day
rosters are frozen in March until completion of the draft. Trades involving
a "player to be named later" or future draft choices are not allowed.
with a salary of $25 or more are considered "asterisk" players. Such players may
be traded only under the following conditions:
- One team may trade asterisk players to another team
provided that for each asterisk player traded, one is received in the same deal.
- The above notwithstanding, a team may trade one asterisk
player to another team without an asterisk player coming in return, but may only make one
such trade with each team in the course of the season.
- Between the end of the season and Roster Freeze Day, any
player may be traded for any other player without restriction to position
requirements or salary whatsoever.
All trades are subject to review. If a
complaint against a trade is filed, a vote among all teams uninvolved in the
trade will be taken. A majority vote is required to overturn a trade as
against the best interests of the league.
The Reserve List
A team may replace any player on its
23-man roster at any point during the season, so long as the player called
up keeps the
required position distribution intact. To replace such a player, a team must first waive
him, place him on its reserve list, or place him on its disabled list. A team reserves a
player by making the appropriate change to its roster on the league website
or by notifying the League Commissioner. A reserved
player is removed from a team's active roster at the end of the current stat
period and placed on the team's reserve list. There can be no more than
five players on a team's reserve list at any time during the season. It is acceptable to
have less than five players on reserve.
Once a specific action has been taken to
remove a player from its 23-man roster, a team is free to select any player from its
reserve list or disabled list, a player acquired via waivers, or any eligible player from the free-agent
pool that is acquired through
may be made at any time; however, a player's
stats will not begin to accrue until the beginning of the next reporting
Only players placed on their Major League
team's disabled list may be put on a Rotisserie team's disabled list. An
owner is not
required to place a disabled player on its disabled list. There is no limit to the
number of players a team may have on its disabled list.
- When a player on the disabled list returns to active
major league duty, he must be reinstated to the active 23-man roster or
placed on reserve within two full
stat weeks after his "real-life" activation. Failure to make this change
or to notify the League Commissioner shall be
considered a waiver of the player on the disabled list.
- When a player is reinstated to the active 23-man
Rotisserie League roster, another player on the active roster must be waived or placed on
reserve, so long as the required position distribution remains intact. If
the player is moved directly from the disabled list to the reserve list, then a player on the reserve list must be waived.
Under certain conditions, a Rotisserie
League player may be placed on waivers.
- When a team activates a player from its reserve list, the
player to be replaced must either be reserved or placed on waivers.
- When a team activates a player from its disabled list,
and there are no openings on its reserve list, a player must be waived
or, if eligible, placed on the disabled list.
- When a team acquires a player from the free agent pool of
and there are no openings on its reserve list, a player must be waived
or, if eligible, placed on the disabled list.
A player placed on waivers, for a
one week period following his release, may be claimed by any team other
than the team that released him. If two or more teams claim the same player, the
team lowest in the most recent end-of-week standings obtains the player. The salary of the
player remains the same as it was prior to his release. Players not claimed
after one week become free agents and can be acquired through
Claims must be submitted to the League Commissioner
by 8:00 PM PDT each Monday.
If he chooses, an owner may expand
his roster for the pennant drive by calling up one additional player after August 31 from the
free agent pool of players or his own reserve list. The performance stats of a player called up
during September Roster Expansion start to accrue on the first Tuesday after the League
Commissioner has been notified of the player's selection. The fee for adding a
twenty-forth player is $5 plus any acquisition and activation costs.
Our fantasy baseball league
will run on a four-year cycle from 2015-2018. In the first year, all teams need to draft a full roster of 23 players.
In the second through fourth years of the cycle, each team must keep a minimum of 7 and a
maximum of 15 players from its current roster as of the date the freeze list is due
in March, approximately two weeks before the date of the draft. The
salary of a player who is kept from one year to the next goes up $5 in each
of the third and fourth years he is kept. A player traded from one fantasy league team to another retains his salary and
For example, if Buster Posey is drafted for $25 in the first year and
kept over the next three years, his salary remains $25 in the second year,
increases to $30 in the third
year, and goes up another $5 to $35 in the fourth year. If Posey gets traded in our league during the second year at $25, his salary still goes up to $30
the following year, even though he is on a different team.
Free Agent Acquisition Budget (F.A.A.B.)
The free agent pool of players
is defined as any player who is on the major or minor league roster or disabled list of a National League team but who
is not on an active roster, reserve list, or disabled list of any team in
our Rotisserie League. The
pool of free agents increases as players released by teams in our League
clear waivers and are traded to or otherwise acquired by a National League
team during the course of the season.
Beginning with the first transaction period
following conclusion of the the draft and continuing through the season until
the last weekly transaction deadline, free agents in the free agent pool may be
signed without limit in the following manner:
Each team shall have, for the purpose of
acquiring free agents, a supplementary budget of $100. This amount shall be
known as the team's Free Agent Acquisition Budget (F.A.A.B.)
Teams may submit bids for one or more free
agents via e-mail to the commissioner
or by sealed envelope. Bids must be received by the League Commissioner by
8:00 PM PDT each Monday.
An alternative bid for another player may
be placed in the event that a team is outbid on its first choice. Teams must
place separate bids for every player it is interested in acquiring.
The minimum bid for each player shall be
$1, the maximum bid shall be the amount remaining in a team's F.A.A.B.
A free agent 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 standings
as of the end of the most recent stat week.
A team may NOT bid on more than one player
during the same transaction period with more than the amount remaining in
its F.A.A.B. For example, a team may not bid $30 on one player and $30 on
a second player if the team only has $50 remaining in its F.A.A.B. in
anticipation of winning only one of the bids.
Bids shall be opened and read shortly after the
deadline, and the appropriate teams notified of the results. Free agents
receiving bids will be added to the rosters of the winning bidders, and, if
necessary another player
waived in his place. The salary of a free agent signed in this manner
and placed on the team's active roster is
the amount of the winning bid. The salary of a player placed on reserve is $10
or the amount of the winning bid, whichever is higher. Minor leaguers may be
activated in anticipation of a call-up during the upcoming stat week; however,
if the player is not activated during that week, his salary becomes $10 if the
winning bid was less than $10.
The normal acquisition and/or activation fees
shall be charged, but
these fees do not take away from the F.A.A.B. It is the responsibility of
the winning bidder to notify the Commissioner which player(s), if any, will be
waived from the roster. The player waived cannot be the same player; any player
won via F.A.A.B. or the waiver process must remain on a team's roster for one
full stat week.
If a player is traded to the American
League, a team may waive him and his salary will be added back to the
current year's F.A.A.B. Original reserve draft picks who are on reserves
at the time of being traded will have $1 added back to their team's F.A.A.B.
Free agent acquisitions who are traded will have the amount bid on them returned
to their team's F.A.A.B.
F.A.A.B. may not be traded to
Owners who want to propose a new
rule or request a change in an existing rule may do so at anytime by submitting
the request in writing to the Commissioner. Due to the structure of the league,
most rule changes will not be implemented until after the current four-year
cycle. Requests will be collected and brought to the league for a vote
during the off-season. A majority vote from the league owners is required for
approval of any rule proposal.
No rule changes may take place
during any given season unless the requestor specifically requests an immediate
vote for change. The adoption of a rule or a change in a rule during the season
requires a unanimous vote among all league owners (teams with more than one
owner get one vote). If the proposal is not approved unanimously, the request
will be put up for a vote again during the off-season unless the request is
If a dispute on league matters
arises between two owners, the dispute should be taken to the Commissioner for
resolution. One or both parties are responsible for notifying the Commissioner.
Once notified, the Commissioner will request the parties involved to state the
nature of the dispute and present their case. The Commissioner's decision will
be based on a strict interpretation of the league's rules. If a party wishes to
appeal the Commissioner's decision, the matter will be brought to the league for
final resolution in which both sides once again state their case. All league
owners not involved in the dispute will vote on the matter, and judgment will go
in favor to whichever side receives the majority vote. This decision is final.
If the Commissioner is one of the
owners involved in the dispute, the two parties will agree on a third owner to
hear and resolve the matter as above.
Bryan Wolf Hayward