Posted by jtrinsey on 6/23/2012 10:13:00 AM (view original):
While I wouldn't go with tuft's suggestion, I think Mike is being creating deliberately dumb strawmen in his sample scenarios.
What would happen with unlimited bidding is that you would just offer what you feel is an appropriate bid to all of your players, A high bid on a player would never scare anybody off, they would just leave their bid out there because there is no cost to it.
However, I think the unlimited bidding would create a less strategic and less skilled game. Right now, I like the fact that, during the FA process, I really only have the ability to pursue one or two players at a time, and you have to understand your league and the market for each player. If I have 14M available and I want that stud CF, I have to look at the cap space other teams have and if it's likely that he will go for more than that. With unlimited bidding, I could just throw my max bid out there with no real repercussions, and still pursue other guys.
I think the way the system is currently constructed rewards owners who:
(a) Log in a lot to see the activity from cycle to cycle to be able to change bids or player targets in response to what is happening
(b) Are good at pricing the market ahead of time to know if they have a shot at getting a certain player.
I completely agree with you on (a). I don't agree on (b). I think rather than skill at pricing the market, it's more about random luck. Yes, there is some skill, but it's more luck.
If there are 3 really good SPs, and I want one & am willing to pay the big money I think it will take, I have to pick one to bid on and can't make an offer to the other 2. Unless I'm at a computer 16-20 hours a day, every day, for about a week, making & dropping offers, hoping that in the 1/2 cycle I drop an offer that player doesn't sign. Success is a mix of dumb luck (because once the bidding starts, I know about how the market is going) and being able & willing to put in a lot of time. I really don't like that the game hurts GMs who happen to have finals, work double shifts, travel, etc. during a critical period of time. If you're playing to win, missing FA or coach hiring can really hurt your team. I assume a lot of people decide to punt the game, or at least on that team, when that happens. If you could make all of your bets at one time, and then check back less than every 4 hours, it would be a game more people could play.
In your example, if you've got the $14M and want that stud CF, right now you either have to go all in on him or not. And if you do go all in, you can't try any other way to improve your team. You either win big, or lose big. IMO, there's not a whole of strategy there. More like picking a random number & hope it comes up on the wheel.
IMO, there would be more strategy if you could bid $14M on that CF, and at the same time, without 24/7 interaction, act on your Plan B, which might be that the 3rd or 4th best CF would be OK, and they will probably only cost $4-5M, bid that on them, and then be able to spend $9-10M on a 1B that is better than yours, plus an good RP that would also help, plus maybe a 4th-5th SP that's an upgrade. I see more strategy, not less, in having more good options & being able to act on all of them. You can sort-of do that now, but it takes a lot of time in front of a computer.
Also, I think it's a bad thing we can see other teams budgets & spending during that season. Great that we can see prior seasons, because that's a good way for people to learn. I think one area Mike & I agree is that current season budgets & spending should be hidden form other teams.
Just my opinion. Hope I don't come across like I'm sure I'm right & you're wrong.