8.2 Player Salaries
Modified 2/25/16 (preseason salary
rebate increased from 50% to 80% for the entire preseason
and not just the final week)
For first-year leagues, all owners will begin the season
with a balance of fantasy dollars equal to the salary cap
for that season. Legacy leagues will be slightly
different. They will begin the season with a balance
including the balance at the end of the previous season plus
the salary cap figure (see Off Season Procedures for more
For first-year leagues, player salaries will be deducted
from the balance at the time they are drafted. For returning
leagues, player salaries will be paid for when a) players
are picked to carry over to the next season and b) as
players are selected in the Redistribution Draft. In
addition, as players are signed or cut during a league’s
free agency period in the preseason, salaries will be
deducted as players are signed. If a player is cut in the
preseason, that team will receive an 80% rebate of the
player’s salary, with the same exceptions as noted below.
8.2.2 Regular Season
Owners will be able to make roster changes that will
affect the team's finances as players are added or cut from
the roster. The Commissioner's Office will publish a season
schedule, which will also list the pro-rating deadlines for
the season. Owners cutting or trading away a player will be
credited with a prorated portion of that player's salary
(with exceptions noted below). In addition, owners signing
or obtaining a player in a trade will need to pay only a
prorated amount of the salary. Although there will be some
minor modifications, the general rule is that one week of
games (6 games) is 4% of the season schedule of 150 games.
Therefore, the prorated amount will decrease by 4% each
8.2.3 Exceptions to prorated salary assumption/rebate
Exceptions occur at the beginning and end of the season.
Owners will receive no more than an 80% refund of the
player's salary for roster cuts, and will pay no less than
40% of the player's salary for roster acquisitions.
Owners will not receive a salary rebate for a player they
release for these situations:
- Contracts at 200 or less are fully guaranteed. Owners
cutting these players at any time during the season will
not receive a rebate.
- Players under multiyear contracts do not get any
- All salary rebates end after Week 15.
Note: In trades, player salaries will be fully prorated,
without the 80% cap on rebates or 40% floor on salaries.
Also, traded players making less than 200 will generate a
salary rebate and rebates continue as long as trades are
allowed, rather than ending at Week 15.
8.3 Team Revenue Sources
Modified April 2018
As mentioned, all teams will receive a cash distribution
from the League Office during the winter or, in the case of
new leagues, at the time the league is formed.
New in 2018: After the Redistribution Draft, teams will
receive 1 million Benchwarmer Bucks to account for some of
the "player development costs" of the
Prospects roster. For the 2018 season only, this
cash will be distributed during the processing of Week 10
On Opening Day, all teams receive an extra 2 million
Benchwarmer Bucks. This award is actually made at the
conclusion of the Week Zero transactions. The way that
BWB calculates weekly cash and transactions, teams short of
cash can actually use that 2 million distribution to help
them sign players that week.
8.3.2 Regular Season
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During the season, teams will earn additional revenue
depending upon weekly performance and position in the
This cash will be awarded 2 weeks after the game week
occurs. For example, cash for games won and division
placement in Week 1 will be awarded during the
transaction/lineup processing for Week 3
Teams will receive cash per win each week. The amount
varies throughout the season to reward better team
performance at the end of the season. Think of this as
- the more a team wins, the more fans attend games, and the
more cash the team makes. As a team is pushing for the
playoffs or at least improving to win more at the end of the
season, that cash should go up. This is a bit of a
carrot to encourage teams to field competive teams
throughout the season. Tanking at the end of the year
will harm teams financially as they will miss out on extra
Cash per win:
- Weeks 1-15: $50,000
- Weeks 16-20: $75,000
- Weeks 21-25: $100,000
Teams will receive funds based upon
their position in the division standings at the end of the
week. Here's where we help keep teams alive - as the money
is allocated in reverse order:
- 4th place:
- Weeks 1-15: $150,000
- Weeks 16-20: $100,000
- Weeks 21-25: $0
- 3rd place - $75,000
- 2nd place - $25,000
- 1st place - $0
If there is a tie for any of these positions, it will be
broken with the same criteria as free agent signings. For
example, if two teams are tied for first, the team that is
determined to get the earlier pick during that week’s
transactions is considered the second place team here and
the other team considered the first place team.
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Benchwarmer Baseball will provide an additional 1 million
in cash to teams over the course of the season. Each
team will receive an extra distribution of 1 million BW
Bucks at transaction week 16 (one week before multi-year
contract signings close). Note - previous to the 2015
season this had been 1 million each during the final
transaction weeks of May, June, and July.
Teams receive financial incentives based on how they
finished in their division, as well as playoff performance.
This helps to give teams something to play for even in a
season where the division title is wrapped up early.
Position or Playoff Finish
Note - Financial awards for division finish will be
awarded as part of the current season's financial balance.
It will count in the derivation of the salary cap.
Following the distribution of the annual cap money,
post-season prizes will be awarded.
8.3.4 Player Performance Awards
Teams that have the top hitters and pitchers will earn
Benchwarmer Bucks on a weekly and seasonal basis.
Player of the Week - Winners receive a $25,000
bonus for their team. There are three weekly awards - one
each for hitters, pitchers, and relievers. As with cash for
wins and division placement, this will be awarded two weeks
after the games occur. For example, the bonuses for
players of the week in Week 1 will be credited during the
transaction/lineup processing for Week 3.
Players of the Year - Players finishing in high
standing for Player of the Year will earn financial benefits
for their teams. These are awarded separately for position
players, starting pitchers, and relievers. POY money is
distributed to teams AFTER the off-season salary cap
- 1st place - $500,000
- 2nd place - $250,000
- 3rd place - $100,000
Benchwarmer All-Stars - Each team will receive
$25,000 for each player on the Benchwarmer All-Star Teams.
Major League All-Stars - Each team will receive
$10,000 for each player on the Major League All-Star Teams.
NOTE - All-star teams and bonuses will be selected and
awarded based on Week 13 rosters and will typically be
disbursed during the Week 15 transaction/lineup processing
(subject to change).
8.4 Orphan Team Cash
Orphan teams are often left in an uncompetitive state for
various reasons - but whatever the reason often require a
great deal of overhaul to make them viable franchises.
During the off season (or whenever they are adopted) these
orphan teams will get an additional cash distribution to
allow them to reform their rosters and take on additional
salary or not worry as much about salary rebates.
Orphan teams, once adopted, will receive an additional 4
million Benchwarmer Bucks (4000). This cash
officially gets added to the team balance at the next
transaction processing posting, though teams can usually act
as though they have the cash immediately upon adoption.
In situations where a team remains an orphan and in
control of the BWB Office as of July 1 of
the season, the extra 4 million Benchwarmer Bucks will be
added to the team balance at the next transaction
processing. If another owner takes over the team
before the regular season is over, no additional cash will
be awarded. Once the off season arrives, the clock
resets and any new owner for the following season will be
awarded the cash.
Teams set up as orphans for league creation will not be
awarded the extra $4 million in cash when a real person
takes over that team in the league's first season.
Orphan cash is provided to allow new owners to fix problems
with existing franchises and to help remake the team roster
in the new owner's vision - but in the initial season,
adding that extra cash will be a competitive disadvantage in
a league where everyone started from scratch. If the
team remains an orphan, it will be awarded extra cash when
the team is adopted in the next season.
8.5 Carry over
Funds remaining in the team's account after the season
will remain with the team for the following season. See Off
Season Procedures to explain how this works.
8.6 Maximum Cash Balances
Intentionally or unintentionally, it is possible for
owners to carry over large sums of cash into the next
season. Over the course of a few years, that could lead to
a huge imbalance and allow an owner in a given year to
assemble a "super team". One week before the beginning of a
new season (during the financial adjustments for Transaction
Week Zero), all teams that have cash balances over $5
million will have those balances reduced to that $5 million
Owners can still accumulate cash after that time - with
the $2 million Opening Day cash distribution, salary
rebates, and financial gains through wins and position in
To be clear on the order of the process,
- Week Zero transactions are conducted - all salaries
and rebates calculated, and any trade cash is exchanged.
- Team finances are checked for balances over 5000 -
those above that value are reduced to exactly 5000.
- All teams get 2000 in extra cash.
The spirit of this rule is to attempt to maintain
8.6.1 Exceptions for Expansion Teams
If leagues undergo expansion, those new teams will not be
subject to the limit before their second season and will
have a $10 million limit before their third season. After
that time, they will be subject to the same cash ceiling.
8.6.2 Exceptions for First-year Leagues
The maximum cash balance limit will not be enforced in
the initial season of any league.
8.6.3 Exceptions for First-year Owners
New for 2015 - added 5/7/14
The maximum cash balance limit will not be enforced for
owners of orphaned teams who have just joined Benchwarmer
Baseball and in his/her first season. First, depending
on league, there may be few opportunities to spend cash on
quality free agents. Second, to require someone to
sign players to multiyear contracts to use up cash before
they even start playing the game is a source of
8.6.4 Exceptions for Late Orphan Assignments
New for 2015 - added 5/7/14
Any team that is adopted as an Orphan team where the
extra orphan cash is credited in Week -2, Week -1, or Week
Zero will not be held to the maximum cash balance since they
may have not had enough time to spend the money or sign
enough free agents to rebuild the team.
8.6.5 Exceptions for Current Orphan Teams
This codifies what has been practiced for many years.
Teams currently in orphan status will not be held to the
maximum cash balance.