thelimey wrote:A few questions about the 4 year keeper rule, is that irrespective of trades & waiver wire transactions? Eg player A is with one team for 2 years & then traded to another does he need to be dropped by his new team after 2 years? Like wise if player B is with one team for 2 years & then dropped, another team picks him up - can he only be kept for another two years? Also does the initial draft count as one of our keeper years, so players who were drafted & kept only have 2 more years before re-entering the pool?
The way I intended it to mean was that a player can only be kept by one team 4 seasons in a row. If they are kept for 2 seasons by one team and then traded/picked up by another, that new team gets to keep them for 4 years in a row max. The keeper timer isn't like a contract that travels with a player to each new team.
The main purpose of the rule is to avoid having a player with a great keeper value (i.e. Eric Bledsoe at $1) stay at that value forever and provide the team with a permanent huge advantage. At some point, the player has to be released back into the pool for everyone to get a shot at him, where his value will be re-set by the market.
As it is, a team can reap the benefits of a timely pickup just before a player blew up for 4 full seasons after the one in which they are initially picked up, which is a lot. I actually considered shortening the keeper period to sometime like 2-3 seasons for that reason, but settled on 4 because the whole appeal of a keeper league is building a team over multiple seasons and being able to hold onto players for a while.
Keep in mind that a player can be picked up by the same team that just released them, which would then restart the keeper timer. Teams are only prevented from designating such a player as a keeper, but nothing prevents them from re-drafting or adding them as an FA right away. For example, I currently have Bledsoe for $1 and can keep him for 4 seasons, release him back into the pool of available players in the 5th season, and then re-draft Bledsoe again in that same 5th season for whatever price it takes to do so and start another 4 season period.