I’m in an ottoneu 4x4 league and have had some degree of success over the past two seasons
I’m considering sending two high salary, high productivity players to waivers and back filling with somewhat less productive but dramatically less expensive players.
I suppose that’s the essence of this game, so it seems to make sense. I’m not really interested in trading them, because I don’t want to trade $$$. I’m thinking I’d like to go into the draft with 20% of my cap to spend and a handful of roster spots to fill.
One driver of this idea is I have a lot of 1B depth and a very expensive 1B.
I could probably forget the whole thing and roll out my team as is and be competitive. But I can’t stop thinking that shedding those salaries and using the cap space to add depth and youth and still look to compete is really how this game is to be played.
most teams have a 1B that puts up good numbers, has a surplus value, or both…it really devalues the 1B once his salary gets to the $40-$50 range
at least half of the teams in this League will be 10 to 20% over cap coming out of arbitration, a couple will be at 25% over…I’m expecting them to shed players and salary, rather than take on or exchange dollars
seems there comes a point where despite the player performance level, the cost becomes prohibitive
that said, you make a good point, but maybe the best play might be to sell off the surplus value and very selectively take on some of the contracts others are looking to shed
In general the goal of the off season should be to acquire players under their market value (gain surplus value). It’s not impossible, but the annual player auction is one of the worst places to target value prior to the start of a season.
At $50 for Goldy in 4 x 4 I’d be holding or at the very least trading. Just as an example, if I had $60 budgeted for three positions (1B, CI, UTIL), I’d rather keep a $50 Goldy and take a chance on finding two $5 breakout picks (the next Justin Smoak, etc.) than spend $20 each on those three positions. Goldy’s about as good as they come because the risk seems very low.