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    Launching today: CBA2.1, new free agent decisioning model, and more!

    Today is the day! Within the next few hours, the latest feature release is going live and yes, this includes the adjustments to the CBA! I’m still traveling right now, so the announcement will be on the shorter side, but here’s what we’ve got…

    1) New salary calculations
    We have adjusted the player salary model! Note the term *adjusting*. This is a tweak, not a re-write. The current salary model is commonly referred to as "CBA2". This roll-out should be thought of as CBA2.1

    There are 5 specific objectives.

    1. REDUCE salary for older veterans with declining skills
    2. REDUCE salary for draftees and prospects
    3. REDUCE salary for bench/bullpen types (this will also increase the quantity of low salary players)
    4. INCREASE salary for SS & 2B (and CF to a much lesser degree), especially those with high RA
    5. INCREASE salary for top end starting pitchers, especially those with high EN

    That’s pretty much it. Older veterans and younger prospects will get paid less. Mediocre players will get paid less. Bad players will get paid MUCH less. Rubber armed pitchers and range-tastic middle infielders will get raises, in some cases, significant raises. Lowsals and reasonably priced bench and bullpen options will be more plentiful. There will still be players that are greedy and overpriced and there will still be players that are humble and quite a bargain.

    We’ve tested and compared current salaries to the adjusted model and we like what we see. The net result is typically an overall reduction in total payroll with the active roster payroll dropping slightly and the minor league payroll dropping a bit more significantly. These changes will go into effect for ALL leagues, at the flip to that league’s new season.


    2) New Free Agent Decisioning model
    A few months ago we rolled out some huge improvements to CSFBL free agency. In doing so, it shined a brighter light on some flaws in the model for free agent signing. So we’ve fixed it! Essentially, there was far too much weight placed on 1 or 2 criteria. Now we have adjusted the model to take a more balanced approach to decision making. Criteria includes the amount of the bid (higher bid is an advantage), whether you have ever waived a player before (if you have he will be far less likely to sign with you), wins over the past 2+ seasons (more wins leads to more chance they will sign with you), current payroll (lower payroll makes a player more likely to sign with you), strength of your hitters (when trying to sign a hitter), strength of your pitchers (when trying to sign a pitcher) (the weaker overall team hitting/pitching has a higher chance of winning the player over stronger hitting/pitching). Most importantly…these factors are all nicely balanced.


    3) Salary cap check upon execution of the transaction
    Currently, a transaction is checked for salary validity when submitted. When a trade is proposed…when a free agent bid is made…but there is no check when the trade is approved or the free agent signs. This has now changed. Now, a trade can only be accepted and processed if the trade still meets the proper criteria (below the cap or lowering your salary). A free agent will only sign with your team if the signing still falls within the rules of free agency. In other words, this closes some salary loopholes. But it also does something else…

    3a) Multiple sign and drops will now work properly!
    You may have been frustrated by the challenge of trying to make multiple sign-n-drop transactions. This has now been fixed. By setting up a salary check at the execution of the transactions, we can now properly calculate the “sign” and the “drop” impact of each move, thereby allowing multiple sign and drops. I know I’m not explaining this very clearly, but I’m running out of typing time….


    4) Browsing through retired leagues

    There are some great leagues that have reached the end of their lives and been retired. All the history is preserved, all the players are accessible however currently, there’s no easy way to find those leagues. Until now. We’ve added a “Retired Leagues” tab to the “Find a League” page, so you can always stroll down memory lane.



    OK…that’s the quick update on some major improvements to the game. As always, we have set up a discussion thread so please ask questions, post comments, give kudos…whatever you’d like.
    Last edited by smittias; July 31, 2017 at 07:00 PM.

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    Re: Launching today: CBA2.1, new free agent decisioning model, and more!

    We've noticed a few unforeseen impacts of the new CBA that need further investigation. We've taken the new salary model off-line briefly while we tighten a few bolts. Amateur draft lists created and leagues that are flipping to new seasons are using the same salary model that has been in place previously. Stay tuned for updates and further details.

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    Re: Launching today: CBA2.1, new free agent decisioning model, and more!

    CBA2.1 has been re-released. Flips to new seasons, create free agents, and draft lists are all using the adjusted model. Let us know what you think in the discussion thread.

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    Re: Launching today: CBA2.1, new free agent decisioning model, and more!

    Based on the data we've seen and the feedback we've received, last night we pushed out two adjustments to CBA2.1.

    1) One of the major adjustments with CBA2.1 was to factor a quality pitcher's EN more heavily into salary. A quality pitcher with a high EN will command a higher salary to better reflect their workhorse-ness. But the salary boost was applied in an all-or-nothing approach and that has been changed. The salary boost will now occur incrementally over the years as their development and performance warrants it.

    2) Another major adjustment with CBA2.1 was to factor a middle infielder's RA more heavily into salary. (and to a lesser degree, center fielders). A 2B/SS/CF with a high RA will command a higher salary to better reflect their value as a defender. But the salary boost may have been a bit too extreme, especially for the no-hit/all-glove types. The salary boost will still be significant over CBA2...just not quite as high as you've seen over the past few weeks.

    Please note:
    1) No changes will be made retroactively. The salary model will be applied to all flips to new seasons, all free agents that get created, all new draft lists...but no retroactive changes will be made.

    2) Some players are still greedy and will still be demanding more salary than you think they are worth. Other players will remain humble and request a reasonable salary...maybe even a bargain. None of that has changed.

    As always, we want to hear what you think. So please chime in to the 2 discussion threads...

    7/31/17 Release discussion thread (CBA 2.1!)


    CBA Adjustment Discussion Thread

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