I just don't feel that there is enough time between the draft and when the season starts to determine if that rook is worth carrying. Perhaps a deadline of the All-Star break to cut him without consequence?
I understand, but the thing is that even the all star break isn't enough time often. If I had evaluated Klay Thomsen at All Star break last year, a cut might have been justified and it would have been a mistake. With rare exceptions we are drafting rooks for the long term, which is why we added the extra roster spots. Our ratio of roster spots to active spots means that we can carry 2 or 3 guys that don't contribute without being disadvantaged in terms of games played.
Hey fellas! I was offline the last several days cause I caught a nasty PC virus, and pretty much had to wipe the whole hard drive clean (yes, it's been a fun last several days!
Anyway, the whole guaranteed contract thing for rooks doesn't bother me any, including the amount of time we have to drop the contract.
What I'd ACTUALLY
like to see is some sort of non-guaranteed option for during the season. I really don't like using the 7-day contract. I'd prefer the option of being able to sign one or two guys on for non-guaranteed deals. Maybe even make it a stipulation that if we keep them past a certain amount of time, their deals become guaranteed (think like the 10 Day's in the NBA). Or maybe just limit the number of non-guaranteed contracts you can sign in one season to something like 10 or so? That way you would avoid any possible future abuse of the system.
I don't really have a problem with how the 7-day contracts work, or how we're able to keep track of them. We've all been pretty good with policing ourselves with that regard. I just personally don't like the option, and prefer not to use it. But it does get a bit tedious when I go and sign a guy for .25M, then decide to release him a month or so later. I know those are the rules, and it's a choice I have to make. But it just seems to me we could address this area and make it better.