TheZenador, on Feb 22 2010, 05:20 PM, said:
I did some fiddling around, and when I change the setting, Strasburg is still there while Heyward disappears.
My suggestion for the rule:
Yahoo! historically adds high profile prospects at the beginning of the season (Jay Bruce and Francisco Liriano come to mind) and we've historically been able to draft them. My suggestion if the rule is passed would be that we kept the setting as it is but then changed it after the draft. I like the rule change because it will make the waiver wire more interesting, but I don't think it should have an effect on who we can or can't draft.
An interesting result. My comments:
- It seems that Y! keeping Strasberg in the system indicates that they ARE keeping SOME of the highest-profile guys in the draft, even though they're known to NOT be available on Opening Day. I theorize that this setting may in fact be exactly
the way it was originally set up... making this the best of all possible worlds.
- Heyward not being available surprises me, as I expected him to be a shoo-in for a job on Opening Day. Quick online research indicates, however, that I am mistaken... he's expected to make the bigs very quickly, but not at this point on Day One. Therefore, it's appropriate that he be initially unavailable. I don't think that ALL of a year's top names should be in the draft... see my previous post on big names that came through our waiver system in the last 4 years. There're still several weeks until Opening Day, and our draft is late. If he makes the team, I expect it to be known - and his name added to the system - in time for him to be drafted by us.
- I don't think your suggestion (change the rule AFTER the draft) is possible. I wouldn't really support that idea even if it were possible, as it drastically alters the playing pool post-draft... not ENTIRELY unlike adding an extra 3B or something to the lineup. But I think it's a moot point, as I believe this is one of those settings that can only be changed pre-draft. Can you confirm that, Ethan? (I'm not commissioning a league this year, so I can't check under which category the setting is displayed...)
Once again... yes, we've been able to draft guys like Jay Bruce, Francisco Liriano, and Hanley Ramirez (my best pick EVAR!!!) in previous years. I acknowledge that list is incomplete... those are just two examples. But the number of impact players who, being added midseason came through waivers rather than the draft, is MUCH larger than even that complete list would be. Think about Ryan Braun, Jered Weaver, Mat Gamel, Alexei Casilla, Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto and Justin Upton. That's a lot of midseason fun... and you have to decide what you're going to do with your waiver pick. Will you wait another two months and HOPE Stephen Strasberg is called up? Or, will you snag the closer someone foolishly dropped, who will
turn your playoff hopes around right now
Vote FOR the change.