@nivshah I have a a rule change proposal and a feature wish to bring to you and to see if the community agrees.
Rule Change Proposal
Arbitration vs. Positional Eligibility
Arbitration is a very unique part of this game, and the way is done affects such a huge part of the game. As I understand it, arbitration increases will happen based on accrued service time for players which dictate whether their salaries increase by $1 or $2.
To me it doesn't seem 'fair' to have the ability to increase a player's salary when they haven't played all year and won't be eligible for a position at the beginning of the next season. It's seems that the player is being penalized (and his owner) for NOT playing an entire year, but doesn't have a position and saw his salary increase as if he did play the previous year. As an example, let's look at Greg Bird. I assume he will see his salary increased $2 because of his accrued MLB service time. However, when he starts next year, he will only be eligible for the UTL position until he accrues 5 games at that position.
Tie arbitration increases to positional eligibility as well as level-accrued service time. For instance, in Greg Bird's case, this year he would accrue $0, because he did not meet the positional eligibility. Additionally, let's suggest Clint Frazier gets called up to the Yankees post-Sept, but only starts 4 games in the OF. I would recommend he accrue $1 because he did not meet the MLB positional eligibility requirement, thus he would only accrue the MiLB arbitration amount. This, to me, would be a better representation of what arbitration value means in the Ottoneuverse.
Feature Development Wish
Improve the Watchlist
The watchlist is one of those options that is present everywhere. It's on each player page, it's on your team page, it has its own page. Yet, I'd venture to say not many users take advantage of this feature. It's not hard to add a player to your watchlist, but what is so special about having them there other than aggregation of players you like?
Use the watchlist as a way to notify (email) you of players you have interest in. So, once a player is added to the watchlist, they are players you want to be notified if something happens with them: they get auctioned, they get cut, they get traded, etc. Make some subtle changes to the 'Email Preferences' link which adds a specific watchlist section to include preferences pertaining to what people can receive notifications for. This way, if I like Bryce Harper and have been trying to get him from @LuckyStrikes, but he just loves him too much I can't pry him away...if he trades him to @eamuscatuli and we have a good trade relationship and I think I have pieces he likes that may pry Harper away, I can then set Bryce Harper onto my watchlist and know when he gets traded.
Anyway, those are my two suggestions and I'd love to hear feedback from the Ottoneu community as well as you, @nivshah, to see if these changes are interesting or easy enough to make and whether we 'should' make them. Thanks for reading!
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