Posted by gotigers17 on 10/24/2012 5:05:00 PM (view original):
"Hi Scott this is Dave. I would like to make a bid on Prince Fielder. We will offer him 9 years $218 million BUT only if someone else makes an offer of 217.9 million first. Otherwise we want to get him for one dollar more than the highest bid. Make sure to email me IMMEDIATELY if someone goes over 218 million or it just won't be fair. Thanks buddy! Talk to you later man!"
And after 3 seasons, when Fielder has declined due to age and maybe injury, and is still owed about $150M over 6 more season, Dave can decide he doesn't want to pay Fielder any more and walk away from the team without any liability at all. The league commissioner and other GMs have to find someone willing to take on that liability for 6 seasons, or the league folds.
And if Dave wants a different team, he can pick one up for $24.95. Unless he made it to the WS thanks to a that contract, because he got a credit for that and now can get a new team for free.
Every idea I've floated has pros & cons. What never
occurred to me is how many people (at least the one who post here) so deeply
identify with the pretend players. Pretend Prince Fielder gets a big contract - everything is fine. Actual real humans are frequently negatively impacted - doesn't seem to register with some of you at all. Fascinating. I guess HBD is a better simulation than I thought.