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 Post subject: Use of the DFA
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:54 pm 
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I noticed something, by sheer accident, that I am hopeful is not a common practice.

The purpose of the DFA is to move a player off ones 40-man roster, freeing up a spot for another player. Players that are acquired by a team through signing a free agent contract or via trade will also arrive there - with the intent that they will be moved to an appropriate roster or, in the case of players placed there by a team, rostered or released.

The DFA is not meant to be a revolving door, a pseudo-roster, where players are moved off and then back on DFA on the same calendar day, restarting the clock to buy time, multiple times over many weeks.

There is not the (reasonable amount of) time to study each team's DFA before and after each sim to check for such actions. It is the expectation of The PEBA that GMs act in a fair manner, for the sake of honesty and sportsmanship. If we were talking one player, one instance, then I wouldn't be horribly concerned, but when it is a large number of players at a time, the act fails the spirit of fair play.

I will say no more on the subject and I will hope that everyone will take care to manage their DFA appropriately.

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 Post subject: Re: Use of the DFA
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:50 am 
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I assume this post is referring in whole or in part to me, so I must respond.

I utilize the DFA for three main purposes:
1. The usual spot where players are put after injury, trade, etc.

2. Immediately after the draft a place to hold draftees while we evaluate where to put them in the system. This process is still ongoing. Every sim more players are released and the appropriately-aged players who remain on DFA are added to minor league teams to see how they do. This is a slow process, as many players in the minors, particularly SS-A, do not see playing time. I suppose I could move those who have seen no SS-A action to DFA and vice versa, but what purpose does that serve other than empty player-shuffling?

3. Most importantly, I use it as a place to protect my youngest prospects. It has been noted multiple times in the past (former Toyama GM Ron Collins in particular did a lot of research on this) that high-school-aged players struggle when facing college-aged players, which ends up harming those younger players' development; indeed, I can see it playing out in real time in Lanai City, where age 19 SS Mike Holliday, thrown into the breach due to thinness in the infield, is getting absolutely worked by the 22- to 23-year olds who predominate in SS-A.

Now there is nothing wrong with 22- and 23-year olds being in SS-A. And I would love to have my age 18 and 19 guys playing somewhere. But without an age-appropriate league for them (I and others have advocated for a Rookie League to be added to our minor league system for just this purpose), I am not going to let the value of my young prospects be destroyed right out of the gate by throwing them to the SS-A wolves. I will keep them on the DFA until they seem able to fend for themselves.

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