I. General League Rules
A. The League
(a) The SimCentral MLB League is an Out of the Park league that began in 2010 using actual rosters.
B. Office of the Commissioner
(a) The League Management reserves the right to modify, alter, or add rules at the discretion of the Commissioner. (b) At times, the Commissioner may choose to bring these matters up for debate or vote with team owners, however, such action in no way waives the Commissioners right to make a unilateral decision in the best interests of the league.
C. Responsibilities as a Owner
(a) All owners are responsible for maintaining their teams at all times and behaving in a way that is benefitial to the league as a whole. (b) Prohibited behaviors/activities include (but are not limited to): cheating of any type, collusion with other owners, simming ahead, abusive behavior / slander against other owners or the league, or utilizing unauthorized or confidential information as an advantage. (c) Additionally, owners must always act in the best interests of their team (for example, intentionally "tanking" a season is prohibited). (d) If at any time, league management determines that a particular user has failed to meet the obligations and responsibilities of being an owner, management reserves the right to remove the owner without warning.
D. Sim Schedule
(a) Regular season sims are scheduled for every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with certain exceptions due to holidays and special league events (such as the All-Star break). (b) Exports are due by 3 pm EST the day of the sim, except on Fridays when they are due by 7 am EST. (c) The offseason schedule will be posted at the start of the offseason.
II. Player Contracts
A. Free Agents
(a) In the offseason free agent period, free agents may be signed by owners by making offers in OOTP and uploading them via FTP or by sending offers via PM to the commissioner. (b) In season will work exactly the same as offseason.(c) Teams may not sign free agents once the season ends until the free agent filing date has occurred. (d) Total contract bonuses may not exceed the highest annual value of a contract.
(a) Players who will be free agents at the conclusion of the year may be re-signed throughout the season. (b) Offers should be made within the game and uploaded with your export
(a) This league uses the arbitration setting within game. (b) To avoid paying arbitration rates, players may be released before the season is turned over.
III. Player Trades
A. General Limitations on Trades
(a) Trades which are deemed significantly unbalanced, in violation of the league rules, or would damage the integrity of the league can be voided at the Commissioner's discretion. (b) Trades cannot be made after the trade deadline unless all players involved with the deal are passed through waivers. (c) Players signed as free agents cannot be dealt until June 1st of the upcoming season. (d) Trades involving draft picks can't include draft picks more than one season in advance(i.e. if the season is 2010, 2011 picks are the limit)
B. Trading After the Deadline
(a) Teams must request revokable waivers on any players with MLB service time before they are dealt. (b) If unclaimed, players may be dealt to any team. (d) If claimed, players may only be dealt to the team with the winning claim. (e) Minor league players without any major league service time during the current season do not need to be placed through waivers in order to be traded.
IV. Waivers and Designating Players for Assignment ("DFA")
(a)SC MLB uses the Waiver System created inside of the game. The Waiver period lasts for 8 sim days. Since sims last 7 days, owners are given an opportunity to see who’s on the waiver wire, as well as who might have made a claim on a player that has a revocable claim. If a player is irrevocably claimed off waivers, the player becomes property of the team claiming.
B. Designated for Assignment
The DFA period is set for 21 days. If a player's time on DFA runs out, the player will either be released (if he refuses assignment) or placedon a minor league roster (if he will accept assignment) by the commissioner.
V. The First-Year Player Draft
A. The Amateur Draft
(a) The amateur draft will be held each offseason on March 1. (b) Teams select in reverse order of finish.
B. Trades involving Draft Picks
(a) The League allows trading of draft picks (up to one year in advance). Teams should assume a maximum of ten rounds in each draft when dealing picks.
A. Media Contracts
No team shall have its media contract fall below the threshold of 40% of the league's largest media contract.