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Expansion Teams

posted Aug 9, 2011, 2:16 PM by Jeff Yager   [ updated Aug 11, 2011, 11:10 AM ]
In addition to expanding rosters, Iowa Baseball Confederacy will be expanding to more teams.  Expansion will be capped to 3 new franchises.  The question will be how do we integrate these teams to make sure they can be relatively competitive?  There are two options that have been kicked around so far.  

First, is to handle expansion like the MLB and other pro sports have done, with an expansion draft.  Usually this means that teams can protect X players initially, and then after every round they can protect another Y players.  The problem with this is that teams can't keep all the players they wanted to.

The other option is giving expansion teams the ability to give out "bonuses" to players they sign in the Free Agent Auction.  The problem without doing a draft is that the expansion teams will have to overpay for free agents to build a decent roster. Then, in subsequent seasons, they won't be able to afford to resign those players because they will be over-priced.   So the "bonus" solution will be that next season, the expansion teams will be able to assign $50 of their budget as bonus money with a max bonus of $10 per player.  Which means they could bid $50 on Player A, and designate $10 of that as bonus money. That way the player's salary is $40 for future seasons.  The owners will get to assign that money after the Free Agent auction, but before the start of the season.

What do you think of these two options?