More details will come from time-to-time
about specific dates on the following events. Also see the
Season section of the Benchwarmer Baseball Rules
Player List Updates - Salary Cap Calculation
In mid-November, the player lists will
be updated to reflect new positions and new salaries for the
next season. Retired players will be removed
automatically from team rosters and free agent lists.
Teams will learn how much cash they'll get during the
winter. BWB will most likely post a preliminary salary
list, but the final values will not be known until all of
the major MLB awards are announced (MVP, Cy Young, etc.)
There are always questions about this, so here's an
attempt to run down a few things about cash balances and how
the events/decisions below come into play.
- You receive your cash distribution of salary cap
Benchwarmer Bucks in mid-to-late November.
This is all the cash you will receive from BWB until
Opening Day (Week
- There are two trading periods in November-December.
You can trade cash back and forth during these trades.
- As you make your final decisions for the carryover
of up to 28 players on your roster, keep in mind that
any cash left in your balance is all you have to work
with; you will not receive any further cash
distributions from BWB until Opening Day.
- All salaries for players carried over into 2018 will
be deducted at the carryover deadline.
- The remaining balance you have in your account is
all you have to spend on signing players in the
Redistribution Draft in January.
- When free agency begins again in February, you can
cut players for an 80% salary rebate. If you trade
players away, you will get 100% salary rebate.
There is no additional cash from the BWB office
until Opening Day.
In November-December, teams can decide which
players to retain for the next season
There are two fall trading periods - Dates TBD that gives you some flexibility on your team
composition before carryover selections. No salary
implications on these trades - it's just players and cash.
You can actually start this in mid-November, but after the two trading periods we go
exclusively into choosing your carryover players - you can
keep a maximum of
28 players. You MUST keep any players under contract
for 2018 and beyond - everything else is up to you.
See the Benchwarmer Rules
for more information about carryover.
The deadline to complete this is
tentatively January 2, 2018. You'll be charged at that time
for the 2018 salary for the players you keep. All other players will go into the free
The MLB Winter Meetings in December serve
as our cutoff point for the player lists in 2018. At
that time, any players on 40-man rosters immediately after
the Rule V Draft who are not in the BWB System will be added
to the master list. (In practice, the player list
update will typically occur in late December). After this time, there are no more
additions in 2018 until a player debuts in a Major League game
and at the amateur draft in June.
Redistribution and League Entry Drafts
New leagues will begin drafting as they
fill up. In January, teams in returning
leagues will submit a list of up to 15 players that they
wish to sign in the Redistribution Draft. Teams will
draft in reverse order of their 2017 season record.
See the Benchwarmer Rules
for more information about the Redistribution Draft.
Throughout January, February, and March,
teams can begin to make trades and sign/cut players.
By the beginning of April, they need to have a complete
roster in place in order to make a run at next year's title.