Here are the “official” rules for the 5MiLB system in the Ottoneu Champions League (both Division A and B)
5-Man Non-Rostered Minor League System (“5MiLB”)
Each team in the Champions league may draft up to the maximum of five (5) minor league players (“5MiLB”) during the annual March MiLB non-roster snake-draft (to take place immediately following the auction player draft). A separate 5MiLB draft will take place for each division of the @Champions league.
Unless they are added via trade, 5MiLB players may only be added during the annual March non-roster draft. 5MiLB players cannot be added to the non-roster portion of an owner’s roster at any other time during the year, and cannot be added via the standard Ottoneu free-agent or waiver system by starting a player auction.
5MiLB players will be owned outside of the standard Ottoneu 40-man roster system for a salary of $0 each (with ownership and transaction history managed in a spreadsheet). 5MiLB players are considered “non-rostered” (not included or part of a team’s salary or roster limits), and are ineligible to receive annual arbitration allocations so long as the player has not been added (“called up”) to any owner’s standard 40-man Ottoneu roster at any point during the year.
The following players are ineligible for 5MiLB non-roster status:
- Unsigned (amateur or foreign) players
- Players with MLB experience (one PA or IP)
- Any player that is currently owned by another team in the league
- Any player with either a salary or cap penalty of ≥ $1 in the current season
5MiLB transaction rules:
The maximum number of non-rostered MiLB players a team can draft is five (5); the maximum number of non-rostered MiLB players a team can own at any given time is ten (10).
Owners may not participate in the annual March 5MiLB draft if they own five or more MiLB non-rostered players entering the draft. Owners may draft up to the maximum of five (5) 5MiLB players during the draft. 5MiLB draft picks cannot be traded.
5MiLB players may be cut, traded, or “called up” (added) to an owner’s standard 40-man Ottoneu roster at any time during the calendar year, except the days in which a draft (annual auction or 5MiLB) is in process. In order to cut a 5MiLB player, the player must first be called up to the 40-man roster, thus incurring a $1 cap penalty upon cut.
5MiLB-only trades (trades that do not include any players currently on 40-man rosters) must be announced via the league message board, are not subject to veto by the league, and may be executed immediately by the commissioner. All trades involving a 5MiLB player must be announced on the league message board for record keeping.
5MiLB players will be drafted immediately following the annual auction player draft using a randomized snake-order (announced after the auction) selection process. Each owner will have up to 24 hours during each round to select and post their player to the league message board immediately following the selection of the preceding team. Owners that exceed the 24 hour timeline for their pick will forfeit their draft pick. The annual player auction will remain “open” until the 5MiLB draft is complete, which means all rosters will be “frozen” until the completion of the 5MiLB draft.
5MiLB keepers will occupy your first available round picks in the 5MiLB draft. For example, if you keep four (4) 5MiLB players, they will be kept using your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round draft picks in the 5MiLB draft, so your first open selection will be in Round 5 of the draft.
The Call Up:
5MiLB players may be “called up” (added) to an owner’s standard 40-man Ottoneu roster at any time by announcing the transaction to the league via the league message board.
5MiLB players must be added to an owner’s standard 40-man Ottoneu roster within 48 hours after the 5MiLB player incurs his first MLB PA (hitters) or IP (pitchers). Upon “call up”, the league commissioner will add the non-rostered MiLB player to the owner’s 40-man roster for a salary of $1 (regardless of how long the owner has actually owned the player), at which point the player will be considered “rostered”, immediately included in the team’s salary ($400) and roster limits (40), and eligible for cut (with cap penalty), trade, and arbitration allocations, and ineligible for future 5MiLB status (even if the player is sent back to the minor leagues).
In order to cut a 5MiLB player, the player must first be called up to the 40-man roster, thus incurring a $1 cap penalty upon cut.