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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Maddie's Top Free Agent SP's

As good of a crop as I have ever seen -

1.Bubbles Judd - 102.66
2. Timothy Crawford - 99.20
3. Bernie Pena - 97.24
4. Mule Service - 91.68
5. Erv Johnstone - 90.36
6. Aaron Simon - 88.32
7. Anthony Patterson - 84.58
8. Angel Palmeiro - 84.38
9. Brant Riggan - 82.28
10. Stevie Waters - 81.15

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Coach Hiring / Re-sign Free Agents for Noobs

Today we really get going. First things first, if you have taken a guy to arbitration twice and you want to keep him, today is the day you must offer him a long term deal. You can do so on your arbitration report. If you go to arbitration three times with a guy, he will leave after the season. This can happen to even the best of owners, so be sure to check your report. If you have a question about this, ask on the forum.

As a bonus, most will take less long-term than what they are asking for in arbitration. It may make sense to offer a guy in year two of arb if his arb demands are significantly higher than his long term demands. Just be sure to lock him up for as long as you can.

Coaches! @#$% Coaches! If you despise coach hiring (like I do), re-sign as many of your guys as you can. Assuming you budgeted in the 10-12 million range, you will not have a problem signing good coaches if you spend responsibly. For the rookies, it is important for each coach to have a high rating in their respective specialty (pitching for pitching coaches, hitting for hitting coaches, etc.). Additionally, all else being equal, you want the guy with higher loyalty, patience, and discipline. A good guide for specialty ratings is as follows:

RL >50
LoA> 55
ML>80 for P,H, and B, >70 for 3B and F, >40 for 1B, and >70 for Bu.

It is important to not neglect your minor league guys. Your coaches will impact their development. There are tricks and strategies here, but I learned last season to not get too cute with this process. And remember, if you have less than 2 million, you cannot transfer money into another category, so you might as well spend it.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How They Do It - Budget

Here's a look at the four top teams (as ranked at the end of the season) and how (I think) they approached their Season 26 budget - 

1. Richmond
deang had a win at all costs strategy, and it worked. He minimized pretty much every category. This allowed him to sign multiple Free Agents to add to what was already a high salaried squad. Yes, it did win him a World Series, but will those contracts come back to haunt him (or future owners)?

2. Kansas City
mwelker is part of a growing trend of punting on the draft and advanced scouting. The theory is that once you are established as a top team, you will not draft a difference maker anyway, so try to get a guy (or two) in IFA with the saved money. And it was a lot of money that he saved (29 million vs the league average for those categories). Since his player budget wasn't high, he was able to compete in the IFA market and, in addition, sign multiple Type A free agents. This strategy yielded him Yusmeiro Montero. This strategy takes a while to materialize (and undo) due to the budget restrictions from year to year. 

3. Boston
cincy played it fairly straight. His coaching budget was way down, resulting in poor ML coaches. But did it matter? All of his other categories were at or above the league average. He put $25 million more into the draft than KC, and it yielded him Logan BowmanAl Segui, and Gabe Brantley

4. Helena
ncapodagli was also of the "punt the draft and advance scouting" school, although he spent his savings on salaries rather than IFA's.  He did keep his training at 20, thus maximizing the growth of his players. If you want your players to reach their potential, spend on training, and if you want them to recover from injuries, spend on medical. 

5. Salt Lake City
raybie2305 had the lowest player salary budget (prior to transfers) in the world, proving that there is no single right way to win. Only one season removed from a losing record, SLC had the 11th pick in the draft and couldn't afford to miss on a player, so the draft budget needed to be high. He also made six trades last season, so his advanced budget also remained high. Another growing trend is to make educated guesses on prospects when trading with a zero ADV budget. Based on where someone was drafted, how much they received in IFA, their development pattern so far, and their patience ratings, most experienced owners can guess where a prospect will end up. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Welcome to Season 28!

The blog took much of Season 27 off, so look for a new and improved blogger in 27. I will aim to finish the 25th Anniversary RP slot, as well as bring back features you all have become accustomed to (previews, predictions, FA reviews, etc.).

I have updated the info (records, clubs, etc.) to the left.

We have three new owners this season.

In the NL, voleye http://www.whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/UserProfile.aspx?uid=150531 takes over a very good Chicago team and has moved to Scranton. Voleye has 23 seasons under his belt and a career ML winning percentage of .460.

 In the AL, bfish36 http://www.whatifsports.com/HBD/Pages/Popups/UserProfile.aspx?uid=778508 takes over a very good, but very expensive Richmond squad. The other AL squad will be taken over by dirtybutt http://www.whatifsports.com/user/profile/Games/HardballDynasty/?user=dirtybutt. Dirty is a vet, with 16 seasons and 1 WS championship.

As a reminder, bfish36 will be the only one restricted from trading until the beginning of the season.