As the season comes to a conclusion, I feel quite assured that the debate over changing the signing and rosters will once again return to the forefront.  I stayed out of the early debate, as simply I was ignorant to the process and still believe that I do not have the experience or usage of this current system to truly have a complete understanding of the nuances.  But a few things I can speak to and have elected to use this as the forum.   

To begin with the system that we currently use by paying the contracts is entirely unique from all the leagues that I have ever been in the past or am currently involved in.  I initially was perplexed, as it seemed foreign to me, but I have grown very fond of it and speak confidently of the pluses that this allows us.  The current system allows all of the franchises to remain solvent and competitive.  Moreover, the current system enables the next owner to have a realistic chance of being competitive even if his/her predecessor is incompetent.  By requiring each owner to pay for his mistakes ahead of time, then the next guy does not pay the ultimate price of having Walt Weiss signed for 2,000,000 per through next year, as is the case in one of my other leagues.  Additionally, no one has to pay the price for Ordonez(Met SS) for the next five years at 1,500,000 per season, as is the case in another of my leagues.  Worst-case scenario, if you make bad decisions or poor signings, you still have 35,000,000 per season coming in and some pretty damn good draft picks to rebuild with.  Bottom line you are able to get some arms, legs and sticks through the draft and free agency and enjoy your resurrection.  This is simply not the case in most leagues, as the down trodden franchises are the perennial kick-me teams that have changed hands four or five teams, normally mid-season and now teams devoid of promise and difficult to fill.  In fact, most of the leagues that belly-up, do so for just this reason, as eventually all of the talent is in the hands of just a few teams and the rest of the teams are simply non-competitive from the outset.  No matter the skill of the new owner, he/she will never be competitive. 

As I look over the history numbers for this league I see a different story, I see little runs by a handful of teams that deftly trade and sign free agents.  All of us with mediocre or worse teams would love to have Cook County, Minnesota, or Ocala, but all of us ultimately can put up a challenge, because the very nature of the rules protects us from ourselves.  You simply cannot spend projected money well into the future and have a league that is ultimately competitive.  One of the leagues, I recently left, because our founders, to which I was one, began to tinker with our own rules to protect folks from themselves.  We began to experiment with a franchise player tag that allowed each team to go over the payroll for one player without limit.  This rule followed an elaborate system where as a player dropped in Free Agency status A, B, C, would actually drop the future value of the contract so as to protect owners from their own stupidity.  We did not have the insight or vision to establish a completely unique and innovative system that does not mirror the major leagues.  We, as many have done in the past, attempted to closely mirror the Majors.  Why I’m not sure, as they are once again about to have another work stoppage that will be entirely based on a system of extreme inequality.  Why then radically change a system that actually eliminates the various inequities and ultimately protects the integrity of the league. 

In closing, I’d like to utilize Metropolis, as the ultimate example of what is truly right about this system.  Undeniably, this is the worst team in Brassball, the team is not competitive and truly Minor League in makeup.  We have all been in leagues where there is truly this awful team.  But under what format did that team strike fear into your heart because of its unbridled promise and bright future.   

3B- A. Ramirez
SS- Furcal

These players are his for as long as he wants them.  He has enough draft picks to fill the rest of the line-up and will have close to 2.5 times more funds available than almost any other team.  Additionally, he ahs enough expendable parts to garnish more draft picks, build up more money and be even more devastating in the future.  Anyway, the point is clear, as even the worst team in our league has a bright future because of the mechanisms in place to allow for not only rebuilding, but also truly for resurrections.