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    FAB 2012 countdown and tracking

    Last time, we had a single FAB thread for people to post questions and signings, so here we go again.

    Before we begin (around 48 hours from the time of this post), a FAQ:

    Make sure you've decided whether to dump your whole roster ("Firesale") or not. Dumping the whole roster includes prospects, and you will have $100m free to spend. You can waive individual players instead of dumping the whole roster, but then you're on the hook for half their remaining salary - unless they get claimed by another team.

    If you want to extend any existing contracts, you must do this before the FAB. Otherwise, they'll hit free agency.

    You have a salary cap of $100m during the FAB, but $110m for the whole season - the game forces you to keep $10m in reserve for mid-season signings. Probably a good idea. Money not spent does not roll over to 2013! Mid-season signings cannot be extended beyond 2012, but trading for players, or claiming them off waivers, avoids this problem.

    Contracts are in $m/year, not $m total! (This tripped up at least one owner last year . . .) A contract for $18m/3Y is for $18m per year, not $6m per year! Also, GDR contracts do not correlate particularly well with real-world contracts, so avoid thinking that A-Rod is a bargain at $22m/year just because he makes more than that for the Yankees . . .

    You are limited to 50 contract years and 3 No-Trade Clauses total. Be aware - if you use up all 50 contract years, you may have difficulty signing prospects or trading for new players during the season!

    You gain GM rating through signing players, and making bids that put you in the lead for a player (even if you're later out-bid). You lose GM rating for late bids (final 10% of the bidding period, with higher penalties later on), waiving players, or submitting bids to a player you can't fulfill - e.g. because you run out of years or money when the signing deadline hits. That doesn't mean you can't do those things - you can save a lot of cash by low-balling players when you're the only one bidding! But be aware that it comes with a cost.

    GM rating lets you see more information on the bidding - how many teams are competing against you for a player? Which teams are they? At high levels, you even get to see what the current high bid is . . .

    Your team will automatically place 5 new players onto the market every FAB round (of which there are 5) = 25 players total. You do not have to bid on these players if you don't want - this is useful if your roster is already filling up! Go to Free Agency Blitz/Autobid and configure the tool appropriately. This is a great way to finish the draft if you're happy with your roster already, and don't want to spend more. It can also help you find bargains in the late rounds! If no-one bids on a player, they return to free agency. You don't lose GM points for doing this.

    You may sign up to 40 players, not including prospects. You have a 25-man MLB roster, and can have up to 15 players in the minors - they don't have to be prospects! Young players can be sent to the minors up to 3 times each; older players, 1 time each. This is tracked in your Front Office/Contracts page.

    Finally, any other questions or problems, please raise them now! Veterans, feel free to jump in with other advice. The FAB isn't hard, or even that complicated, but it is different to most leagues.

    Be seeing you,

    Saxmania
    Mayonnaise is a demanding master.

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    Very well said, Sax. Like has been said in the past, go down to the bottom of GameDay to read through the rules. GM rating does have an impact on whether you get a free agent.

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      #3
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      11 minutes!
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        #4
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        5 minutes to go! I am a little nervous I did something wrong, even though I don't think I did....

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          #5
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          How long does it take for players to sign with teams once they hit the market? Do they wait the entire 24 hour period?

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            #6
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            Yes, always. It's structured so that one player will hit the market each round after the first just after another player signs, so you pretty much always have 50 players on the market at one time.

            Be seeing you,

            Saxmania
            Mayonnaise is a demanding master.

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              #7
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              Not a bad start to things - some interesting names hitting the market! rodg12, I think your First Offer Queue is empty, and so the compter is auto-placing players on the market for your Pinch Hitters. Not sure if that's deliberate?

              Signings start tomorrow at noon EST, with each signing immediately followed by another player hitting the market.

              Be seeing you,

              Saxmania
              Mayonnaise is a demanding master.

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                #8
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                A reminder - some of the players on the market are now in the final 10% of the countdown, meaning that new bids on them will incur a GM rating penalty. This increases as the player gets closer to signing; on the Free Agent Blitz/Team Planner screen you should see the rating tracker flashing red to indicate this. Not all the first wave players are yet in the final 10%, either, so choose accordingly.

                It's still a valid tactic to bid late (including amending your own bid downwards if you're confident you're easily winning), but it will cost you. Be warned!

                Be seeing you,

                Saxmania
                Mayonnaise is a demanding master.

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                  #9
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                  Whats the GM penalty for bidding late? -2 to the GM rating?

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                    #10
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                    Originally posted by wang+cano=future View Post
                    Whats the GM penalty for bidding late? -2 to the GM rating?
                    Depends how late you bid.
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                      #11
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                      Where can we see the signings on the site? The just seem to disappear......

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                        #12
                        Re: FAB 2012 countdown and tracking

                        Go to Free Agent Blitz/League Progress. You can select which Wave (round) you want to view.

                        Be seeing you,

                        Saxmania
                        Mayonnaise is a demanding master.

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by Big_E View Post
                          Depends how late you bid.
                          Seems to range from -1 to -10, so a true last-second bid would be -10.

                          Be seeing you,

                          Saxmania
                          Mayonnaise is a demanding master.

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                            #14
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                            Yay 96 GM rating! Watch out suckas I know your bids!
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                              #15
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                              I am falling short on all my bids. Even tied for a bid, but must have lost to a higher GM rating...
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