Build For the Future
Dumping players from here on out does you no good.
You don't get any more salary rebates for cuts. So what's the advantage to stay active in
the transaction hunt? There are a number of reasons:
- Take advantage of your position on the waiver wire.
If you've got your league's worst record, you're
guaranteed your first pick each week. Even if you
are a couple slots down, your chances are still good
(because in reality, those teams below you might have
already checked out for the season).
- Browse through the free agent lists now and you may
find some usual stars sitting out there. Maybe they
were cut for salary rebates a few weeks ago. Maybe
they're a huge disappointment this season. Maybe
they're hurt. Playoff contenders will be looking for
players that can put them over the top this season.
This may be a chance to pick up a player now. The
downside - you'll need to pay 40% of their 2007 salary to
sign them now...and you could get them cheaper in the
off-season. The upside? You lock them in now
for your roster and if 2007 was a bad year for them, their
2008 salaries will be lower than this year.
- Look through the minor leaguers. Particularly if
you've got a lot of roster room available, now could be
the time to stock up on minor leaguers. Many of the
top prospects are probably already signed, but you can
still find a few gems on the free agent list. You
can use sites like Baseball America to give you some ideas
on the top future stars.
- Pay attention to the "New Players" added each week.
Now's the time - and particularly in September - when
you'll start seeing more call ups to the major leagues.
Our minor league lists currently consist of players who...
A) have appeared in the majors.. B) were once a
first round draft pick... or C) were on a 40-man roster at
the time of the MLB Winter Meetings. There are
several top prospects in the minors who don't fit into
either of those 3 categories - and have huge future
potential. As they get called up they'll start
showing up in our lists.
- Trade for tomorrow. The trading deadline
is the final transaction cycle in August. Teams
looking for a boost toward the playoffs will be looking
for help. And here's an opportunity to still get a
salary rebate for your high-priced players. But
don't give away the store! If you hang on to ARod
this season, you've got him as a building block for next
season. But, if your suitor is willing to part with
some high-quality players and/or prospects in return - and
maybe cash - it may be worth a deal. You should work
things to your advantage as the seller and, in my opinion,
unless it seals up players you want for the future you
shouldn't be giving up cash.
Some past examples of players added to BWB late in the
sure, a bunch of guys we've never heard from again...
Could one of those guys have helped you this season?
Who's coming up this year?
Pay For the Future
OK, the "integrity of the game" may not be enough for you
to put together a real lineup for the last third of the
season. But in the big leagues, even Tampa Bay, Kansas
City, and Pittsburgh still play games in September (and I
say that as a lifelong Pirate fan). Now, you can't
really "develop" players by throwing them in the lineups
like real teams can, but there are some financial benefits
to winning games in the last part of the season.
- It pays to win. You earn $30K in
Benchwarmer Bucks for every game you win. Yes, you
get a better weekly "boost" in cash if you're lower in the
standings...but here's maybe a chance to double dip...get
last place money PLUS cash for winning.
- Division standing does pay off in the end.
You get $500K if you finish the season in 3rd place.
You get zip if you're 4th.
- Post season rewards? In our version of
"everyone gets a trophy" - where all teams play in some
kind of post season tournament - you'll earn cash if
you've got a lineup good enough to win or finish second in
one of the consolation tournaments.
It never fails. Whether it's in November when
you're choosing which players to keep for 2008 - or in
January when we run the Redistribution Draft - or next April
when you're trying to fill your final roster spots - or next
June when your star shortstop hits the DL - or next July
when you're trying to sign just one more contract for 2009 -
you're going to want some extra cash in your team account.
You get to carry over all of your cash into the off season,
so why not start building up that cash now?
What if BWB just isn't for you, or at least not this
Much as I'd hate to admit - sometimes Benchwarmer
Baseball isn't the right fit for everyone. Maybe it's
the amount of time you need to put into the game - maybe
it's the scoring system - maybe it's the service that has
you less than satisfied. We'd ask that if you don't
put a lot into winning games over the last couple months or
building for the future that you also don't take the
opposite approach in gutting your team. Here are some
- Let someone else run your team - temporarily.
There are likely to be some orphan teams in your league
next season. You might enjoy getting a friend into
the league next year and this might give them a chance to
try it out. It's not a great idea with your bank
account, but give them your BWB login and password and let
them take a test drive for a few weeks.
- Let someone else run your team - with you. Some
teams in BWB are run by more than one person. Bring
another owner/manager onto your team for the rest of this
- Let someone else run your team - permanently.
Maybe you didn't find BWB a great option for you, but
think your buddy would like it. We can do a
permanent owner transfer now (and they'd make the call on
whether or not to return next year).
- Let BWB know that you've had it, and we can take over
the team and potentially find a new owner to finish it