Official Rules for Rotisserie Baseball (2013)
I. TEAM REQUIREMENTS
Each team shall consist of 28
under-contract players (AL) or 27 (NL), all with a reasonable chance of
making an opening-day major league roster, at the conclusion of the
post-auction lottery: 24 starters (23 for NL), and 4 reserve players.
Specifically, by the weekly deadline (starting time of first game on
Monday), each team must field the following:
- 1 first baseman
- 1 third baseman
- 1 1B or 3B
- 1 second baseman
- 1 shortstop
- 1 2B or SS
- 5 outfielders
- 2 catchers
- 1 designated hitter (AL)
- 10 pitchers, but
- no more than 6 starters, and the rest relievers.
- Up to 4 players on reserve.
B) Player eligibility
The position eligibility of each
position player is determined prior to the auction by the commissioner
based on the player's projected actual position. A player can become
eligible at another position during the season by playing 15 games
there. A player omitted from the preseason position list or a DH who
joins the NL shall be granted new position eligibility by the
The eligibility of pitchers, be
they starters or relievers, will be announced upon their nomination at
Any pitcher who makes a relief appearance can
be used as a reliever until he makes 3 consecutive starts, after which he may
only be used as a starter.
II. THE AUCTION
No children may be
present for the auction. The
auction begins with the defending champion nominating a player for
nominations then proceed in a predetermined order (generally clockwise around
the table). Owners may pass rather than nominating, and a nomination shall be forfeited
at the commissioner's discretion if not made within one minute. Nominations
include an opening bid of .10 unless a higher bid is specified prior to the
naming of the player. The minimum bidding increment is $.10. The salary cap is
$30. By the end of the auction, including free-agent pickups for disabled
players, each team must have all the necessary positions filled as well as four
reserve players. During some point in the bidding for a certain player, one
owner must volunteer to be the auctioneer; i.e., to announce with rhythmic
cadence, "Going once, going twice, sold." The auctioneer cannot bid on the
player he is auctioning. Owners may not gain access to news sources during the
auction. Internet access for static data, such as historical player statistics,
is permitted. Should an owner come across news during the auction that might
affect player valuation, he must immediately disclose this to the league.
B) Disabled players and the
It is legal to bid on a disabled
player, whose disabled status will be announced by the commissioner
after he is won. To replace the disabled player designated as such at
the auction, a free agent must be picked up immediately after the
auction. Order of selection shall be determined by lottery. Trades and
trade discussions are forbidden until the post-auction lottery
You may only bid on players currently
in a major league spring training camp. This includes non-roster invitees,
but you cannot bid on players who have been sent down or who are unsigned
at the time of the auction.
A preseason roster spot that is
the result of a player being released, sent to the minors, or designated
for assignment cannot be filled after the season starts.
Roster spots that result from a player being released or demoted may
only be filled with a player who was available at the time of the
auction. These roster spots may not be used to manipulate player
The commissioner may deem a player
eligible for the DL any time between when that player is purchased at
the auction and the time at which MLB teams must set their opening day
25-man rosters. Evidence of the disabling injury must be presented by
the player's owner.
Effects of the above rules ***
An owner may
complete his auction at the post-auction lottery, e.g., by picking up a
10th pitcher and attaching him to an injured infielder. He must have a
legal team by the end of the lottery. A legal team may include an
injured player. In between the post-auction lottery and the first
pitch, teams need not be positionally correct.
An owner may
attach players who were not available at the auction to DL players
purchased at the auction. This includes FAAB bids. But purchased DL
players may not be cut.
players not attached to a free agent at the post-auction lottery are
then attached to free agents via FAAB bidding.
Contingency pickups are recommended to avoid immovables.
roster spots due to trades or injuries may be carried into the season.
C) Time outs
Each owner has one time-out. If an owner
calls for a time-out when he has none, he shall be slapped upside
his head and the countdown resumed immediately.
III. ROSTER MOVES
A) Disabled list
A player put on the disabled list
by his major league team may be placed on his Rotisserie team's
disabled list and simultaneously attached to a free agent or a player
activated from the Rotisserie team's disabled list.
The player and his replacement are
considered "attached". You cannot trade one of the pair without trading
the other, unless you first separate the two players by retaining the
When the disabled
player is removed from his MLB team's DL, his Rotisserie owner has a week
from the upcoming deadline to activate him, or the disabled player will
automatically "float," becoming a free agent. If he is not added
to his MLB team's active roster, then he may be activated and then
cut, leaving his owner with a blank roster spot.
A player activated on the first
day of the week is presumed activated prior to the deadline and will
float at the following deadline, unless his owner can demonstrate prior
to that presumed float deadline that said player was activated after
his team's first game.
Activating a DL player "bumps" his
attached replacement off the team; the replacement can be kept only if
another roster spot is available and his owner states his intention to
do so when activating the DLed player. This roster spot may be used
to attach either the DL player or his replacement.
A disabled or suspended player may
be activated only if his MLB team has activated him or if you keep his
Attachments may not be manipulated
in such a way as to potentially hasten the bumping of a player.
No more than two players may be
attached at any time.
B) Supplemental DL
On or after September 1, position players
who have missed four consecutive games or pitchers who have missed five
consecutive games because of an injury documented by his
owner, or any player who has been shut down for the season for any reason,
may be placed on the supplemental disabled list and attached to a free agent.
Activation is automatic upon his
return to play.
An SDL player who returns on the
first day of the period is activated effective the following week.
An SDL player cannot be activated
before he returns to play.
C) Suspended list
A player on the restricted list, the
bereavement list, or
suspended at least seven days or “indefinitely” may be placed on the
suspended list and a free agent picked up for him.
Like disabled players, a suspended
list player is "attached" to his replacement, and the two may only
be traded as a pair while they are still attached.
Unlike disabled players, a suspended
list player is automatically activated upon his return to a major league roster. If at the end of the suspension the player does not immediately return to an active major league roster or the disabled list, he floats immediately and does not bump his attached player.
A suspended list player who returns on
the day of the weekly deadline is activated the following week.
D) Cutting players
Players may be cut if they are not
on a 25-man roster in the relevant league, for example, if they are
released, traded out of the league, in the minors, on the disabled
list, designated for assignment, declared retired, or dead.
A player placed on a 25-man roster
is presumed active before the first game that day.
E) Reserve players
Each team must conclude the auction with four
players on reserve (the maximum allowable number). However, it is not
required that a team's reserve remain filled. Reserve players can be of
any position. Their statistics do not count until the deadline
following their insertion into the starting lineup.
When making a trade, the
transaction is not official until all participants have said or written
"Agreed," while cognizant of the terms of the agreement.
Stipulations, agreements, players
to be named later, future considerations, cash, etc. may not be part of
Prior pick-ups and Rotisserie
trades must be disclosed to a potential trading partner.
Unless otherwise specified, an
acquired player shall inherit the same status (active or reserved) as
the player for whom he was traded. Lineups should be clarified
following a deal.
By the weekly deadline a legal
team must be fielded, and at no time may a team have more than 27
active players in the NL, or 28 active players in the AL.
The trading deadline for the ESRA National
League is 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 1. The Park Slope Rotisserie
league's trading deadline is one hour later, at midnight Eastern Daylight Time
on the morning on August 2nd.
Upon a trade between Rich Najjar
and Jim Olechowski, a rape crisis counselor shall be dispatched
immediately to Najjar with a rape kit, and Jim shall submit a DNA
G) Free Agents and the Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB)
To pick up a free agent you must enter a bid on that player before
6:00 AM EDT on the day of the weekly move deadline. At that point
the RotoValue web site processes FAAB auctions, awarding the player to
the owner with the highest valid bid when the auction ends. Free agents
must be on an active roster in the relevant league.
Each owner's FAAB begins at $6.00.
It increases by the auction price of owned MLB players traded to the
other major league and then cut by their Rotisserie teams. Players
traded to the other league but assigned to a minor league affiliate do
not affect FAAB when cut. FAAB decreases by the amount of any winning
bids. Owners must self-report changes to their FAAB. Players acquired
as free agents have no FAAB value, even if previously drafted.
Between the bidding deadline and the move deadline, free agents who have
been in the league for at least 6 hours (as determined by RotoValue.com)
before the bidding deadline may be picked up on a first-come, first-served
basis. Players new to the league (e.g. recent call-ups or players traded
into the league) would be subject to FAAB bidding until the following
week's regular bidding deadline.
The RotoValue web site will "validate" each bid (and its associated
moves) before resolving an auction. If winning the bid and applying the
associated moves would result in an
illegal lineup for the owner, it is withdrawn and does not count.
When entering bids, you may enter other moves to be made if the bid succeeds.
Sometimes this is necessary to make the bid valid, but be warned that if
you later make moves that would result in a bid no longer being valid,
that bid will be withdrawn.
Bids cannot be disclosed to any
league owner prior to the 11 p.m. deadline, and must be registered at the
www.rotovalue.com web site.
The minimum bid is zero.
For any auction, your maximum FAAB is
defined as the lower of your publicly reported FAAB 10 minutes before
the bidding deadline and your FAAB at the bidding deadline. If your
bid is higher than your maximum FAAB, then that bid is
automatically reduced to your maximum FAAB. This rule
means that you cannot bid with FAAB acquired less than 10 minutes before
the bidding deadline.
If the owner does not have a blank roster spot,
the roster spot to be used for the pickup must be specified with the FAAB
If your bid wins, then any moves associated
with the bid take effect at the next deadline after the auction is run, even
if there is more than one move deadlines after you enter your bid.
Contingency moves attached to
FAAB bids are considered made at the FAAB deadline (and thus don't take
precedence over standard pickup attempts) but may be applied
retroactively to the time of the bid.
Disputes about the timing of
transactions that trigger FAAB bidding deadlines will be resolved by
the commissioner based on all available evidence.
FAAB may be traded, but you cannot
bid with newly acquired FAAB until after the trade is reported to the
H) Transaction Protocol
Moves should be recorded at the RotoValue web site
and take effect at the subsequent weekly deadline. In the
event of extenuating circumstances, moves may be reported to another
owner or even a non-league source, provided that the commissioner can
verify those moves with that source, that the extenuating circumstances
are explained, and that the moves are reported to the league promptly.
Moves should be reported promptly to
all owners in the league. Failure to do so may result in fines, or perhaps
even in nullifying the transaction.
Contingency moves, such as "If he
hit a home run today, I pick him up," are forbidden. To put a player on
the disabled list, for example, you must know he is on his team's DL
from a news report, newspaper, or the like; you cannot assume
J) Illegal rosters
If, during the season, a team with
six starters (the maximum) has one of its four relief pitchers moved by
his major league team into the starting rotation, the relief pitcher
officially qualifies as a starter when he makes three consecutive
starts without a relief appearance. The owner cannot have seven
starters; he must remove one of them, either by a trade, free agent
pickup, or reserve call-up, by the next deadline. In emergency
situations, the commissioner may grant a one-week grace period (from
the deadline following the three starts) to make his lineup legitimate.
If it is after the trade deadline, and the owner has neither a usable
roster spot nor a relief pitcher on reserve, he must cut the new
starting pitcher and pick up a relief pitcher.
In the case of correctable illegal rosters
discovered after the weekly deadline, the commissioner will issue a
ruling benefiting the greatest number of other owners. "Correctable"
implies accidental and changeable with a simple reserve call-up or
pickup, to be made by the commissioner at the conclusion of the week.
Rosters can be "illegal" with
regard to position eligibility within a week, but the penalty for not
fielding a legal team at the beginning of a week is zero stats for the
week, if the roster is not "correctable" (see above). The commissioner
can make special rulings if extenuating circumstances apply.
An owner may not benefit by the
reversal of his illegal transaction.
The rankings of each team in eight different
statistical categories are what determine the overall Rotisserie league
standings. The categories are: composite batting average, home runs,
RBIs, stolen bases, composite earned run average, composite pitching
ratio, wins, and saves. Ratio is your pitching staff's [hits + walks] /
innings. The standings are determined as follows: In a league with
seven owners, the team with the most home runs, for example, would
receive seven points, the team second in homers six points, etc. Last
place in a category earns one point.
B) Innings pitched requirement
A team must pitch at least 1,300
innings on the season. Teams short of that number shall be allotted
penalty innings sufficient to reach 1,350 IP. Penalty innings shall be
accompanied by earned runs and hits+walks at the same rate as that of
the pitcher with the worst numbers in each of those categories and at
least 130 IP in the relevant league.
These transactions cost $.50 each:
Placing a player on the disabled
Cutting a player
Activating a player
Letting a player float
Picking up a free agent
Trades cost $.20 per player acquired.
Each owner will be charged commissioner's and
secretary's fees determined by the commissioner.
Fines may be handed out by the
commissioner for any reason. Fines may be appealed only in writing.
Owners may not withdraw from the
league in midseason. Any owner who threatens to will be fined $5 and
excluded from all future leagues.
VI. CODE OF CONDUCT
You may not give another owner your opinion
of his prospective trade. You may, however, offer predictions on what a
player might do statistically the rest of the season (and lie if you
You must disclose to a prospective trading
partner if any of the players you agree to trade away are, to your
knowledge, injured or have been traded or demoted.
is the worst crime in Rotisserie. Information should not be exclusively
and selectively conveyed to another owner, particularly if it directly
benefits that owner. If it is, the other owner cannot act on the
information until the rest of the league is aware of it. Owners may not
advise other owners on specific pickups.
D) The Commissioner
The commissioner will rule on conspiracy
matters, as well as adjudicate all other disputes in the best interests
of the league. He may create new rules or clarify old ones during the
VII. THE WINNER'S CIRCLE
The only standings that count are the final
standings. The total pot, including the $30 per owner from the original
auction, is divvied up as follows:
- 1st place - 50%
- 2nd - 25%
- 3rd - 15%
- 4th - 7%
- 5th - 3%
Rotisserie debts must be paid within three
weeks of notification of those debts. Debtors should send their payment
to the commissioner, who upon receipt of all payments will promptly
distribute the winnings. Failure to pay within the allotted time may
result in the owner being banned permanently from the league.