Overall, player salaries are calculated using statistics
earned in the previous season. The most important statistics
are those counted in the game – thus, we don’t work with
pitchers’ wins and losses, for example.
Following the initial calculation, the player’s salary
for the new season is determined by this formula:
New Salary = (2/3 * Raw salary calculation on this
year’s stats) + (1/3 * Current season’s salary)
As mentioned, this helps prevent incredibly humongous
jumps for young players in their breakout seasons, plus it
ensures that a veteran losing a season to injury doesn’t
come back the following year at the minimum salary.
Players will have a minimum salary of 100 ($100,000).
If, in the previous equation, "New Salary" is less than 100, then the
salary is bumped up to 100.
Finally, after the salaries are calculated, league
leaders in many statistical categories and postseason
awards have their salaries adjusted upward as these are
premium players (described below).
In the calculations for salary from a given season, if a
player does not have the statistics to qualify as a rookie 
130 AB or 50 IP or 45 days on a ML Roster (which might be
harder to come by)  his maximum salary will be 250. Keep
in mind, that the final salary level is still an average of
the results of the current season plus the previous salary.
15.2 Salary Formulas
15.2.1 Batters Salaries
Offensive Multipliers
In the salary formula below, three multipliers will be
used, based on plate appearances
 Offensive Multiplier OM:
 If Plate Appearances (PA) >= 600 then OM = 15
 Else, if PA >= 300 then OM = 13
 Else, OM = 10
 Total Bases/Hits Multiplier  THM:
 If PA >= 600 then THM = 2
 Else, if PA >= 300 then THM = 1.75
 Else, THM = 1.5
 Runs/RBI Multiplier  RRM:
 If PA >= 600 then RRM = 15
 Else, if PA >= 300 then RRM = 10
 Else, RRM = 8
Batters Salary Formula
Raw Salary = OM *(
(RBI * R * RRM) + (TB * H * THM)
) – (K * 100) – (E * 150) + (SB * SB Pct. * 100) + (HR *
1000) + (PA * 1000)
Raw Salary is then divided by 1000 and rounded to the
nearest integer in order to display the salary in thousands
(for example, 1,500,000 becomes 1500)
Any salaries lower than 100 are rounded up to 100 (League
minimum)
Any batters not reaching the rookie minimums (130 PA or
45 days on the roster, interpreted in BWB to be 35 games
played) will have a maximum salary of 250. This 250 is only
for the current season calculation – it still needs to be
combined with the current season’s salary to set the final
value.
One of the largest components of the salary for hitters,
including the multipliers, is plate appearances, reflecting
the importance of having players that are in the lineup a
lot.
15.2.2 Pitchers Salaries
Pitching Multipliers
In the salary formula below, four multipliers will be
used, based on games pitched (GP) or games started (GS).
 ERA Multiplier  EM:
 If GS >= 25 OR GP >= 60, then EM = 1,500,000
 Else, if GS >= 10 OR GP >= 32 then EM =
1,000,000
 Else, EM = 750,000
 WHIP Multiplier  WM:
 If GS >= 25 OR GP >= 60, then WM = 150,000
 Else, if GS >= 10 OR GP >= 32 then WM = 75,000
 Else, WM = 50,000
 Innings Pitched Multiplier  IPM:
 If GS >= 25 OR GP >= 60, then EM = 1.5
 Else, EM = 1
 Games Pitched Multiplier  GPM:
 If GS >= 25 OR GP >= 60, then GPM = 1,000
 Else, if GS >= 10 OR GP >= 32 then GPM = 500
 Else, GPM = 0
Preliminary Pitching Salary Calculations
 ERAScore = (Average ERA for all
major league pitchers in the current season) / (Player’s
ERA)
 WHIPScore = (Average WHIP for all
major league pitchers in the current season) – (Player’s
WHIP)
Pitchers Salary Formula
If Innings Pitched <= 18 then Raw Salary
= 100,000
Otherwise, Raw Salary = (ERAScore
* EM * ( ( (IP * IPM) + (4
* Sv – (3 * BS)) + K ) / 250 ) + (G * GPM)
) ) + (WHIPScore * WM)
This number is then divided by 1000 and rounded to the
nearest integer in order to display the salary in thousands
(for example, 1,500,000 becomes 1500)
Any salaries lower than 100 are rounded up to 100 (League
minimum)
Any pitchers not reaching the rookie minimums (50 IP
or 45 days on the roster, interpreted in BWB to be 25 games
pitched) will have a maximum salary of 250. This 250 is only
for the current season calculation – it still needs to be
combined with the current season’s salary to set the final
value.
15.2.3 Premium Player Salary Adjustments
Following the initial salary calculations above resulting
in New Salary, leaders in various statistical categories
will have their salaries adjusted upward. This takes place
AFTER the calculation of the BWB salary cap.
Final Salary = New Salary + (New Salary *
Adjustment)
Adjustment = the sum of the following:
 Gold Glove Winner = .05
 Silver Slugger Winner = .03
 Top 20 in these statistical categories will have
adjustments from .020 down to .001 (First place = .020,
20th place = .001)
 Hitters:
 Plate Appearances, R, H, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI,
BB, SB, BA*, OBP*, Slg*
 *Using only batters qualifying for the
batting title
 Pitchers:
 G*, GS, IP, K, Sv*, ERA**, CG, ShO, QS, Ho*,
WHIP**, Opp. Avg**
 *Since relievers will generally be only in
these categories, these adjustments are
multiplied by 5 (thus first place = .100 down to
.005 for 20th)
 **Using only pitchers qualifying for the ERA
Title
 Fireman of the Year* – adjustments from .10 down
to .01 for the top 10 finishers in each league
 *This rule was originally written when the
Rolaids Fireman of the Year award existed
through 2012. In 2013, we used the "Delivery Man
Award" sponsored by DHL. Since 2014, BWB
has used the "Reliever of the Year" awards as
named by MLB.
 Cy Young – adjustments from .10 down to .01 for
the top 10 finishers in each league
 MVP – adjustments from .20 down to .01 for the
top 20 finishers in each league
So, adjustments for players could rank from .1% up to 25%
or more.
Note: Pitchers in MVP voting will have their Cy Young
adjustments subtracted from the MVP amount.
Additionally, Relief pitchers who have Cy Young or
MVP adjustments will have any adjustment from Fireman of the
Year subtracted out. This prevents pitchers (particularly
closers) from being priced too highly.
15.2.4 The Island of Misfit Free Agents  Salary
Reduction
All players within the system (on the BWB Player List at
the end of the season) that did not appear on a single BWB
roster for even a single week of the regular season will
have a 10% reduction in salary. At no point can a player's
salary fall below the BWB minimum (currently 100).
15.2.5 Special Situations
15.2.5.1 Salary limits during calculation of current
season's stats
Added for 2018 season
In the calculation of the raw salary
numbers for a player (current season's stats  the basis for
2/3 of the player's next season salary), there is a maximum
cap of a 10% increase compared to the player of the same
type (hitter or pitcher) with the next lower salary.
There are a few parts of the salary calculation that once in
a while can produce some major outliers in salary,
particularly with pitchers and specifically with closers.
Rather than messing with the calculations themselves which
may have unintended effects, this should help prevent the out of
whack salaries such as Zachary Britton in 2017.
15.2.5.2 Salary calculation for 2way players
Added for 2019 season
This is for 2way players, such
as Shohei Ohtani. A player's raw salary calculation
for the current season will be calculated separately as
hitter/pitcher and the higher of those salaries will be used
as the base. Then, 25% of the lower salary will be
added to come up with the new total. To be honest,
this is just a shot in the dark at how to do this and is
subject to change. For example, if BWB changes the way it handles
bench processes and allows a 2way player to contribute to
both hitting and pitching stats in a given schedule week,
then this may be revised.
15.2.5.3 Maximum salary for players who were
below salary 250 in the previous season
Added 11/29/2020 to apply to 2021 salaries
In another attempt to limit bizarre and unintended
massive jumps in salary from one year to the next, there
will be limits on a new salary for players who had salaries
below 250 in a previous season:
 Calculate player salaries as normal  using
statistics from the current season and plugging into the
equation of 2/3 of this season's stat calculation + 1/3
of the current season's salary
 Inspect new salaries and limit as necessary:
 For players with salary this year of 100, the
maximum new salary will be 4000
 For players with salary this year between 101
and 250, the maximum new salary will be 5000
 If appropriate, players with limited salaries may
have additional increases during the Premium Player
Salary Adjustment phase
15.2.5.4 BWB Discretion to Adjust Salary
Added 11/29/2020
BWB reserves the right after all calculations are
complete to further adjust player salaries. The
formulas above have worked or have been adjusted as needed
for more than 20 seasons. However, in a small number
of situations, the formulas have created salaries that are
simply incompatible with the salaries of the other players
that season. The side effect of that is that one
player with an abnormally large salary does not
significantly change the salary cap number for the season
and makes that player virtually unownable unless previously
signed to a contract (and affects that player's future
salaries for years).
This is envisioned to look at salaries at the top of the
scale, but BWB reserves the right to make adjustments
throughout the range.
15.3 Salary Caps
15.3.1 Derivation of the Salary Cap
For now,
consult the full rulebook and see Appendix D: BWB Salary
Cap Calculation.
15.3. Salary Cap Distribution
The salary cap in itself is only important for firstyear
leagues. Teams must create their original roster within the
limit of the cap.
For returning leagues, the cap will represent a target
cash distribution. All teams will receive an identical
amount of cash. Once the salary cap is determined, the
league will give each team the amount necessary to get the
team with the smallest remaining cash balance up to the
salary cap level. Thus, teams with an advantage in cash
balances will retain that edge.
Once the cash is distributed, teams may spend it as they
wish. There is no ceiling for total team salary  each team
is limited merely by the amount of money in the bank.

