Welcome to the Iowa Baseball Confederacy (IBC). We're a bunch of nerdy jocks who have a passion for baseball. We look to recreate the GM experience of the MLB. You make long-term decisions that affect the franchise's success. From signing top free agents to big contracts in the offseason auction, to drafting prospects in a draft, to deciding when to call up the heralded top prospect, to finding the bargain basement missing pieces off the waiver wire that complete the puzzle for a winning team.
If you're interested in obtaining a franchise, we are expanding to 12 teams for 2012. Take a look around and contact Jeff Yager or Eric Schaefer if interested.
After getting some good input from a few owners over the off-season, I have edited our rules. The Rules page should be up-to-date, so if there are any questions or discrepancies, let me know.
1. First, we will do away with the "option" year for prospects. It was confusing and could have created a "super 2"-like loophole. Removing it means that you'll want to be more selective when calling up your prospects from the farm team, but I don't think it alters decision making too much. So now anytime you want to move a player down to the farm team, he'll need to pass through waivers. Which leads us to ...
2. We're changing the waiver wire process and going to a continuous waiver wire system. This will allow more flexibility to your roster instead of waiting for the end of the month, but still gives everyone a chance to bid on players. It's a similar system used by Fangraphs fantasy league for those familiar with that. This system will allow me to at least semi-automate it, so it'll mean less work for me too.
Welcome to the IBC, Scott Brown. Scott is a friend of Eric, Mike, and Al's and I'll paraphrase Eric's introduction of Scott. He is currently a PhD candidate in the department of kinesology at the University of Minnesota. More importantly, he's a huge baseball fan, having been to something like 25 of the 30 MLB stadiums, and an even bigger Los Angeles Angels fan (he was born in LA). He especially likes Vernon Wells and Wells' contract.
If we don't lose any owners, he will be granted an expansion franchise. As a reminder, we decided not to do any kind of expansion draft, but instead $50 of his budget can be allocated to signing bonus money for players signed during the free agent auction. The expansion franchise will be picking 1st in the Prospect Draft
The off-season is wrapping up, the trucks are being loaded up, and spring training is right around the corner. You have a few options with your roster you need to decide upon before spring training gets going though. Visit the Teams tab to view your current roster.
There are a couple things to consider when making these crucial decisions. First, you will only be able to draft as many prospects in the Prospect Draft as you have open spots on your farm club at the start of the draft. You can move players up to your ML roster or release them if you need to make room.
Second, any of your players that are now free agents, you will have a chance to resign during the Auction. If you win your own player, you will receive a Hometown Discount rebate after the auction of 10%. See Rule 2.d.iv
Finally, we may be adding an expansion team. That's tentative still, so if another team and extra money in the auction will change your decision, I will let you know by Feb. 15th if we are expanding or not.
Who in the What Now?
Add Salvador Perez's numbers for the first week in July.
The farm teams will become static on April 30th. Every team may move players up and down between their ML and farm teams throughout April without having to pass players through waivers. After May 1st, the only players that can be demoted from the ML level to the farm team without going through waivers are players with an option left. For this year, that's everyone taken in the Prospect Draft.
As far as how you should construct your rosters, you are free to do so how you feel fit, but I'll share how I plan on constructing mine. I plan on using my MLB bench spots for MLB starters who get regular playing time and could fill in if a guy is slumping or gets a short term injury. My farm club will consist of about 5 future prospects and about another 5 guys who are perhaps not getting regular MLB playing time (on the DL, back-ups, AAA players, or are in the bullpen and not closing), but if their MLB role changed, they could be productive IBC players.
Have fun and experiment with this. If you have questions about it, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to clarify anything.
With the Free Agent Auction behind us, the regular season is closer than ever. Everyone now has a full 30 man roster but still has room on their farm team to add guys. This will make the first waiver wire auction a very active one. In light of this, I will be modifying the procedure slightly to make it a little bit more simple. Here's how it will work.
Before midnight on March 31st, submit via the IowaBaseballConfederacy.com website bids on players in the order of your preference of acquisition. You will not have to designate any players for waivers unless you want to acquire more than the number of empty roster spots on your 40 man roster.
For example, my blind bid could read:
1. Drew Butera $1
2. Trevor Plouffe $3
3. Jason Kubel $2
4. Glen Perkins $3
5. Carl Pavano $1
6. Nick Blackburn $2
Designated for Assignment:
1. Brandon McCarthy
Once the winning bids on each player has been determined, you will be notified of your winning bids. For every empty roster spot, the players you've won will be added to your roster automatically in the order of your preference. Once you've run out of roster spots, you will have 48 hours from notification to make a roster move.
So, in the above scenario, if Yogi's Bears wins all 6 of those bids, I have 5 open roster spots, so Butera, Plouffe, Kubel, Perkins, and Pavano would all be added to my roster. I will have 48 hours to decide which player I want to keep, Blackburn or McCarthy. If I do nothing in 48 hours, McCarthy will be released and Blackburn added to my roster.
For this first auction only, players will be added to the farm roster. In future waiver wire auctions, players will be added directly to the Major League roster. Then, you'll have to choose to either demote a ML player to the farm team (where he may or may not have to go through waivers first) or release them outright. But, for this first auction, you can put players anywhere on your ML or farm team.
The draft war room phones have been busy, and this trade announcement has just reached the commissioner's desk. Here's what each team receives.
The Bay City Rollers:
Jeremy Hellickson (2012: $7, 2013: $7)
Freddie Freeman (2012: $5)
Jhonny Peralta (2012: $5)
The Bay City Rollers 2012 3rd round pick (#21 overall)
I am suggesting an auction date of March 11th at 6 pm Central. If you cannot make this time, please suggest other times. If we have several options, I will put up a poll to see what is the most popular.
Due to getting a new owner orientated and myself organized, we will start the Prospect Draft on Monday, January 23rd.
Check out the new Prospect Draft page for more details. Each team will be on the clock for 24 hours, but let's try and keep it moving faster than 1 pick per day. I would like to finish by the time pitchers and catchers report. Start consulting prospect rankings!
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