Well, maybe then we should revisit the idea that a manager can't bid on a player he released earlier in the season? Or maybe we should put a restriction on any player dropped who had a 1M or more contract, that said player has to be picked up for a certain amount - say, no less than the equivalent of the waiver amount the other manager is paying. Or just don't allow that player to be eligible for pickup for the rest of the regular season.
I'm not really pushing for any of these ideas, mind you. It's just that I'm seeing waived contracts all over the place for players which are getting picked up at later times for a fraction of the cost. And that, too, doesn't make sense in real life. In real life, a player leaves his team to go looking for more money, not less, right? Even if waived, most players still command at least as much as they were receiving before (obviously, there are exceptions to this though).
Again, let's look at my Carl Landry example - I had him for a two year deal at 1M + .9M. I dropped him a few weeks back, when it really looked like he was going nowhere fast. Can anyone here really say he was worth holding on to at that point? Now all of a sudden, he's come on with a vengeance, and just this last week, Jim has picked him up for .25M + .25M. That's a big difference from 1M and .9M. So now, I'm stuck paying .75 and .45M for Landry - simply because he was a lost cause when I dropped him, and I didn't have clairvoyance enough to hold on to him.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not regretting the move I made, especially because at the time, he was worse than bad! And we can sit here and preach patience all day long with this type of league, I get that also. But I've made trade offers with what is available to me on my roster salary-wise, and have been turned down strictly for performance reasons - "that guy's just not good enough." (and understandably so - I'm not arguing that
So I can't really trade to fix my team. I'm left with rookies and the FA pool. And now, apparently, I have to wait things out on all my lower tier players, while sucking that entire time, before I get the chance to see if they'll perform well. I mean, It's bad enough I'm sitting on rookies and "prospects" as well as injured players and such. But now I can't make plays for guys I dropped a week too soon, simply because I didn't have clairvoyance enough to hang onto them until they did better. And all the while, I'm settling into 14th place with nowhere else to go.
I understand you're Felton argument, though, and it does
make sense. But if that's the case, maybe we need to make a rule that if a player under a guaranteed contract gets dropped during the season, no other manager can pick him up for the remainder of the season. This will avoid the other side
of that coin you just mentioned, where if you were to drop Felton at 8M, I couldn't go picking him up for .25. Next
off-season, he would go into the pool, and let everyone bid what they think he's worth.
And I'm sorry Jim for seeming like I'm calling you out on this example - I'm really not - it just happened to go that way. Even though I'm being wordy here, this isn't really a rant. It's just something that doesn't make much common sense to me on ALL
fronts - the fact that I'm paying MORE
for Landry than you are and didn't even get stats out of him - the fact that I can't go back and pick up guys I dropped earlier, simply because my timing was bad, or someone's ankle got sprained three days later than I could wait for, or whatever.
I know luck is luck, good or bad - but again, it's all about feeling like I can get a fair, fighting chance to make my squad better. But right now, it looks like I'll have to suck for another year or two, OR MORE
, before I even get a chance to move up into the middle of the pack!
And as laid back as I've become, changing my whole attitude towards this league, trying to relax and not make "mountains out of molehills" (compared to earlier in the off-season when I went off for really no good reason a couple of times), that fact, to me, is really discouraging.