The Boston-area 12-team 4x4 AL-only live auction keeper rotisserie league that I’m in is looking for new owners for three of its teams. The learning curve is pretty easy, a rookie owner won last year’s championship.
The league has been around for over a decade and my understanding is that it’s a pretty standard roto league—23-player active rosters (14 hitters, 9 pitchers), $260 team auction budget, and weekly transactions. There are no bench slots but unlimited disabled/demoted slots. Each team is also allowed to have a 3-man minor leaguer squad (we hold an online/pre-rank two-round minor league draft the week after each year’s live in-person auction). The categories are batting average, home runs, RBI’s, stolen bases, ERA, WHIP, wins, and saves.
Teams can keep a player at the same initial salary for his first two seasons—after that you can either A) keep him at the same salary for a third season and then lose him, or extend him to a higher salary that adds $5 for each extra year you want to keep him. Teams can keep up to nine keeper-eligible players each season. It would obviously be up to you to decide which 2009 roster players you want to keep on the team you take over this spring.
Transactions are pretty restricted—before the All-Star break, you can pretty much only replace a guy if he goes on the DL, gets demoted, released, etc. by his real AL team or by claiming a player another owner has waived. After the break, every available free agent is subject to weekly FAAB bidding (each team gets a $100 budget for the season) and it is a lot easier to get a player off your roster.
We operate on a 1/20 fee scale and the entry fee is $40. There are also additional per-transaction fees that end up totaling somewhere between $20-40 for most owners each season, so we also require you pre-pay for your first $20 of transactions on auction night (if any of it goes unused it’s refunded at the end of the season).
The live auction will take place on Saturday, April 17 at an owner’s home in Wayland, MA. It will begin at 3PM and will likely run for about eight hours, including a short take-out dinner break. You must be available beginning at 3PM on Saturday, April 17, we can’t change the auction date.