Daily Catch Fantasy Draft
If interested in joining our league, please use the form at the bottom of this page to email us with your interest in joining. Serious entries only please.
Eight individual owners will invest $50 through LeagueSafe in order to compete in an ESPN head2head Auction Fantasy Baseball League for the chance to win $400 in prize money.
1st Place – $250
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50
Each team will consist of 28 players; 12 hitters, 12 pitchers and 4 bench players. Positions are C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, LF, CF, RF, OF, OF and SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, RP, P, P. Three injured reserve allotments will be allowed.
Each team will have a farm club of 5 players. Details are outlined in subsection (9) of this charter.
- Hitting Categories (8)
Runs, Doubles, Triples, Homeruns, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, On Base Percentage, and Batting Average.
- Pitching Categories (7)
Strikeouts, Quality Starts, Wins, Saves, Holds, Earned Run Average and Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched
Using these 15 categories, the team with the most category wins each week will receive the win for that week. The first 23 weeks will be our regular season. Playoffs are the last 5 weeks and will be scored and ranked; top 2 teams have a bye-week, 3-6 play for spots to compete to play in the Championship Series.
- Hitting Categories (8)
- Contracts Deadline March 29th
Each season, your team will be allotted $300 to sign keepers and bid on free agents; to field a complete roster. Keeper salaries will be deducted from $300, the remainder will be used to bid on free agents during the preseason auction. Once the season begins, the budget is no longer in effect until the following year. Players may be added to your team or claimed off waivers with no financial impact.
The owner must re-sign their players in order to keep them the following year. Once contracts have expired, players will re-enter league auction. There are (7) options to signing keepers outlined below.
- Option Contracts
Player may be signed to his current value plus $3, and his owner will retain the right to re-sign him the following season. (won Vlad Guerrero at auction for $22, re-signed for 2012 at $25)
- One-Year Contracts
Player may be signed to his current value plus $1, but the owner loses control over player after contract expires. (kept Guerrero for 2012 at $25, re-signed for 2013 at $26)
- Two-Year Contracts
Player may be signed to his current value plus $2 per year, and owner loses control over player after contract expires. (won Alex Rodriguez at auction for $35, re-signed for 2012 and 2013 at $37)
- Three-Year Contracts
Player may be signed to his current value plus $3 per year, and owner loses control over player after contract expires. (won Josh Johnson at auction for $30, re-signed for 2012, 2013 and 2014 for $33)
- Four, Five and Six-Year Contracts with Signing Bonuses
Player may be signed to his current value plus $4, $5, or $6 per year depending on the length of extensions, and owner loses control over player after contract expires. Player is also awarded a signing bonus equal to 1/5th of their current value rounded up to the nearest dollar, to be paid on the first year of contract. (Carlos Gonzalez was picked up midseason in 2009 for $0 and offseason value determined to be $17, re-signed for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 at $23 per year, with additional signing bonus of $4 paid in 2010)
- Option Contracts
- Current Value
The price for which a player was obtained at auction by you is their “current value.” Any free agent obtained mid-season that you did not win at auction, will have their auction value determined in the off-season by ESPN.
- Under Contract
If you have a player under a long term contract and want to release him, you will face a penalty. For example, if you sign a player to a 6-year deal and want to release him after 3-years, you have to pay 50% of the remaining contract cost.
Any keeper placed on waivers will retain contract value and length. If another owner does not pick up player by the end of season, original owner will be forced to pay 50% of yearly contract rounded to the nearest dollar for every season remaining on the deal.
All players and prospects may be traded. Player’s value and contract status always stay with them unless they are released and stay free agents until the conclusion of the season. Draft picks are not tradable, but auction dollars may be traded.
Trading may commence before and during the Winter Meetings, after that all trading will be frozen until the beginning of the regular season. For every trade involving keepers or prospects made during the Winter Meetings, each team involved will receive a $1 “tax write-off” to be used on their keeper budget the following season.
- Service Time
Prospects may only be drafted during MiLB draft if they have failed to attain 130 AB or 50 IP in their entire major league career. You may not add a prospect mid-season through ESPN’s player list until they have reached 130 AB or 50 IP; at that point they are no longer considered a prospect. Once drafted, a prospect’s service time will start the season they accrue 130 AB or 50 IP. You may keep a prospect on the farm for $0 or on your ESPN roster for $0 for three years of service time. Once the third year is complete, the owner will be required to re-sign the prospect based on the player’s current value according to ESPN. An owner can choose to re-sign a prospect before the three years’ service time has been fulfilled.
When you wish to promote your prospect, they may not be returned to the minor league system. Your only options are to trade player, release player or keep player.
- Service Time
We as owners are responsible for knowing all the information listed in this charter. If an owner drafts a prospect that is ineligible for MiLB, they will forfeit the pick and receive a supplemental pick at the end of the round. If an owner picks up another owner’s prospect mid-season and uses them in a game, they will forfeit that roster spot the following game. If an owner signs too many keepers, the most recent signings will be forfeited until only fifteen remain. There is no excuse for not knowing the situation concerning trades, keepers, contracts and prospects because they will all be documented here in detail and backed up on paper in case of emergency.
I am by no means perfect, so if you have a suggestion, concern or problem with any rules or regulations I will be completely open and objective when hearing them. Off-season changes will only be made in a democratic means, including votes and polls.
- Important Dates
- Deadline to Pay – April 18th
- MiLB Draft – ASAP
- MLB Auction – Late March
- Trade Deadline – August 4th
- Winter Meetings – January 1st-31st
- Keeper Due Date – Early March
Comments or questions are welcome.
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