RocketsDWM wrote:Not a big fan of the new bird rights rule. Essentially, every FA is now a restricted FA since you have the ability to match if you hold their bird rights. Something to discuss next off-season. Also would like to discuss having the ability to cut a 2nd round pick in-season with no cap penalty.
That's wrong. Bird rights are not the same as RFA at all. In the former you still have to participate in the auction. In the latter you can just sit back, wait for it to close, and then match.
Dropping 2nd rounders without penalty isn't going to fly either. Too inconsistent with the other rules.
I agree that the Bird's Rights work better for me now...at least I have an idea if a manager is going to match a bid on a player, then I can go in and re-bid higher if I choose. I like that.
I'm even thinking RFA's should do something similar. I'm not saying we should just give it the same weight, because I do get why they're written the way they are...so we can at least have a fair shot at keeping our own rookies.
But I don't think it's very fair, bordering on a complete waste of time, when an auction can happen over a period of 24 to 48 hrs, then all of a sudden, when it's all over, the original owner can just come in and say "match" and get that player back just like that. As a bidding owner, it would make me feel like it's complete waste of my time and effort. Just to drive the price up on a guy to set his 4th year "market value"?
When I'm tying up potential money in an auction, I need to know I've got a chance to legitimately win it. If the auction ends, and all of a sudden the original owner comes in and says "match", and I have no chance to counter, then I might as well have not bothered because I could have used that money elsewhere in other auctions.
If anything, maybe we need to re-visit how the auction process is set up in tiers. Maybe RFAs go first, with no other auctions taking place at the same time. Or maybe they go last, again with no other auctions taking place. If all it's going to really do is set market value of a player (which would be the case if the original owner decides to "match and win"), then in my opinion, it should happen separately from the rest of the auctions, where I won't be worrying about losing some other
auction because I've got money tied up in one where the original owner will simply beat me without even trying.