FAQ: Cut down dates and the auction (2017)

Our league has a bunch of moving, sometimes confusing, parts. Here are some answers to questions that have been asked or that we anticipate may be asked with regards to our final cut down date that just occurred and the upcoming auction draft…

Q: Can we cut players after final cut down date?

A: No. Free cuts are no longer allowed following our final cut date (March 27, 2017). However, the league rules do state the following:

There will be one cut related exemption: if between final cut date and auction date, you have a player that has surgery or is suspended, you will be allowed the option of dropping that player.

The only other exception to this rule is that players with green flags in Fantrax are not allowed on your roster when the auction begins, even if that player only gains a green flag shortly before the draft. Be aware and plan accordingly.

If you have a player with a green flag on your roster, we will enforce this the same way we enforce the seven day maximum rule during the regular season. You will need to either demote the player (if you have an available minor league roster spot), cut the player, or cut some other player to make room in your minors to demote the player.

Q: Can we still make trades after the final cut date?

A: Yes. Trades are still allowed, but both teams must honor roster and budget rules. This means that following a trade, both teams must be at/under their budget, at/under a 30 man active roster, and at/under a 20 man minor league roster. Both teams must also make sure that they have $1 of budget available for every open active roster spot.

If after a trade a team is in violation of roster and/or budget rules, the trade will be reversed.

Q: Where can I find every team’s budget?

There’s a spreadsheet here with that information.

You can also use the Rosters drop down on this site to view each team’s roster, budget, and projected available money.

We advise that all owners track and monitor their own budgets independently as well. It is ultimately your responsibility as an owner to account for and manage your team’s budget.

Q: Something in Fantrax looks incorrect. What should I do?

First, let’s be clear: Fantrax sometimes makes things harder than they should be, but it’s the most customizable platform we’re aware of. We do not believe in being limited by software.

At the bottom of every team’s roster, Fantrax displays the amount a team has spent. It does not, for whatever reason, display a team’s budget. The salary amount used is the total cost of all the players on your roster, both active and minor league.

The mobile app has it’s own issues. The Used field here is accurate, but the Remaining and Cap fields are not. Inexplicably, the mobile app displays as each team’s cap the league norm, rather than what the team may actually have. For example, if your team has $510 worth of cap, it will still say $500.

Our advice would be to use the mobile app for basic lineup changes and transactions only.

In the draft room itself, Fantrax does not count the salaries of players in your minor leagues. Yes, this is baffling. For example, if your team truly has $100 worth of budget, but you have a player that costs $5 in your minors, the draft room will display your team’s budget as $105. We will make manual adjustments pre-auction to account for and resolve this.

We have reached out to Fantrax about all of these issues.

Q: When and how can I fill empty minor league spots?

You can fill these spots when free agency opens after the draft or by trade. Reminder: per league vote, we will have a FAAB system beginning in 2017 with a minimum bid of $0.

Between final cut date and auction, you can trade for minor leaguers that have green flags in Fantrax to go into these open spots. Just remember, if they do not have a green flag, you will be unable to demote them and they will occupy a spot on your active roster until they get green flag status, which may or may not occur by the time the auction begins.

Q: So when is the auction?

This year’s auction will be on Saturday, March 18 beginning at 11 AM/EST.