11.2 Transaction guidelines
In general, trades and free agent acquisitions follow
similar guidelines. Transactions in Benchwarmer Baseball
take place once per 6-game week. In order to better match
the BWB Schedule to the MLB Schedule, the actual deadline
day will switch slightly throughout the season. See the BWB
web site for more details.
Unless otherwise notified, transactions are submitted at
the same time and follow the same deadlines as lineup
Only one submission is allowed per week.
Transactions are effective at the END of the fantasy
week. Thus, if you are releasing or trading David Wright on
the transaction/lineup submission deadline for Week 12, you
still use him for your lineup in Week 12, but not on Week 13
(unless for some reason the transaction was rejected and you
instead retain him). In the same way, if you pick up a
player in Week 12, he is not available to your lineup until
Transactions will be processed in the following order and
salary rebates and assumptions will take place concurrently:
- Moves to Injured Reserve and Prospect Roster
- Releases without contingency
- Trades and sales
- Free agent signings and contingent releases and
contingent IR moves.
- Contract Extensions (described elsewhere)
Usually, at the time transactions are processed, the league
is also awarding cash to teams for the wins they had in the
most recently scored week and their position in the division
after that week. That cash will be figured into a team’s
balance to help it pay for transactions. At the end of the
transaction phase, all teams must adhere to the roster
minimums and maximums and keep their cash balance at or
above zero. Intermediate transactions may temporarily put
the team out of these bounds, but the key values are checked
after all transactions. Should a team not meet the
requirements, transactions will be cancelled, in reverse
order, until the guidelines are met. (Example - If a team is
out of cash and signed three players – signing #3 is
cancelled, then #2 is cancelled if necessary, then #1. If it
turns out that after removing #1, #2 and 3 could still be
signed, they will be reinstated).
There are no limits to the number of trades/sales or
releases that a team makes in a week. Free agent signings
are limited to four per week.
Players may be traded or sold to other teams. Owners who
reach such an agreement should decide which owner should
report the transaction. Only one submission is required, as
separate reporting may prove confusing. All trades/sales
must be done at the present time - there will be no future
considerations allowed - draft picks, players named later,
deferred cash, etc. Owners may reach an understanding that
future deals are part of the process, but such agreements
are considered unofficial and they should be reported at the
time that they take effect. The League Office will not
enforce such agreements if one of the parties weasels out.
Trades involving more than 2 teams will not be allowed in
the same week. (No 3-team trades, for example)
Any cash must be in even thousand-dollar increments.
The League Office will assume that teams mean for trades
to go through. These actions will be taken to help ensure
- A team that ends up with a cash balance
below zero or some sort of illegal roster after all the
transactions are processed may have other transactions
(signings, releases, or contract extensions) disallowed in
order to let the trade proceed.
- If one of the teams still lacks
sufficient cash for the trade, the Commissioner will
automatically and perhaps without notice, transfer cash
from one team to the other to allow the deal to go through
if it appears that there was some miscalculation or other
mistake. This is a subjective decision and if the balances
are off by a great deal, it is likely that the trade will
- If one of the teams ends up with an
illegal roster and there are no other transactions from
that team for the week that could be adjusted to allow for
a legal trade, BWB will have no option but to cancel the
trade. BWB will not attempt to adjust the offending roster
with automatic releases or pick ups.
Thus, it’s important for both teams to understand what
the trade will do to their rosters. They may have to sign or
cut players as a result. Needless to say, the other team may
be making other transactions that week under the assumption
that the trade will occur…and those transactions may in fact
need to be stopped by the league office.
11.3.1 Trade Review
The League Office will make all rulings regarding whether
or not trades are allowed. There is no system set up for
The League Office has the right to consider any
transaction a "Travesty" and void it, should it determine
that it will be detrimental to the integrity of the league
as a whole or that either team will be severely limited or
damaged in this season or the next. The general principle
is that a trade should benefit both sides. It is quite
valid to "trade for the future," but the league will watch
for teams that appear to be dumping players with little or
no return. Trades will not generally be overruled simply
because one player seems to benefit more than the other.
While occasionally there may be some disagreements with
rulings, please keep these considerations in mind if you
wonder why a trade was allowed:
- There are no huge prizes or cash
rewards for winning this league, so typically there’s no
incentive for collusion.
- Salary levels may be seen as a general
basis of equity, but might not be the only measure.
- Some trades may be seen as unbalanced,
but allows a team to free up salary dollars this season or
- Players on multiyear contracts need to
be considered a little differently.
- There are long-term implications in
this league, so a team may appear in the short term to be
giving up too much, but there may be future benefits.
This is a situation where almost anything goes, as in the
major leagues. Only in cases where the office feels there
is collusion or a strong appearance that collusion may be
occurring - or if there is a case where one player seems to
take advantage of another, will trades be overturned.
11.4 Free Agents
As mentioned, up to four players may be signed off the
free agent list in any week. All requested players must
appear on the master player list.
Owners submit requests once per week, listing:
- the player that they would like to pick up
- a backup choice in case the first player is gone
- a player to release contingent upon the successful
signing of either player a or b. (also optional)
11.4.2 Transaction Order
Players will be awarded in a reverse-order manner each
week. A team gets one of its picks, and then goes to the
bottom of the list, until all picks are chosen. The order
is determined in this manner:
- Team with the lowest winning percentage at the end of
the previous week
- Team with the lowest place standing in its division at
the end of the previous week
- Team the most games behind the leader of its division
at the end of the previous week
- Team the fewest games ahead of the team directly
behind it in the division standings*
- Team the most games behind the team directly in front
of it in the division standings*
- Team with the worse head-to-head record (2-way ties
- Team with the worse division record. (Only when the
teams are in the same division).
- Team with the worse conference record (Only when the
teams are in the same conference).
- Team with the worse record in the last 10 games.
- Team with the lowest Runs Scored per Game (RPG) as
displayed on the league standings page (to one decimal
- Team with the highest Runs Allowed per Game (RAPG)
as displayed on the league standings page (to one decimal
- Redistribution Draft order from the off-season, if
- Coin flip
* Note: If tied with another team, the value of this is
Items in bold are changes in 2010
If more than two teams are tied, as we go down the list
and are able to pull out a team as the first team to pick,
we then go back to the beginning to see about the other
teams. For example, if we need to go to Conference record to
pull out the first team among a three-way tie, then it's
still possible for head-to-head records to determine the
remaining two teams' positions.
11.4.3 Alternate Picks and Contingent Releases
Should the player and the alternate that the owner listed
not be available during his turn, the next choice will be
used. Example: You list as your first choice
to pick up Albert Pujols, or an alternate pick of Alex
Rodriguez, and a contingent release of Richie Sexson. For
your second pick, you list Jason Bay. Your pick comes around
the first time and Pujols and Rodriguez are both gone. That
pick, including the contingent release, is then ignored, and
your second pick, Bay, will be used. Sexson remains on your
Note: You can list the same players in multiple picks.
That is you could have your primary second pick be your
alternate first pick, list the same player as a contingent
release more than once, etc.