These rules apply to all standard continuing leagues including all public keeper leagues (public meaning that the league was formed and for which team owners are found by Scoresheet. All of our leagues designated with a number are public leagues.) If you are in a private league (one that finds its own owners), you may modify these rules as you see fit. However, following the Scoresheet standard rules in private leagues can help settle any rules questions that may arise.

  1. Each year, teams will keep 13 players. The remaining rounds of the draft, beginning with Round 14, will go in reverse order of the previous year's final league standings in every round (except the league's playoff winner will pick last and other division winner(s) will pick 2nd to last, regardless of won-loss records.) In a normal (non-lockout year), the upcoming season's player lists come out in late January and then team's keeper lists are normally due in mid-February. However, in 2022 the new player lists will be posted in mid-February, and keeper lists will be due in early March, with exact dates being sent to everyone with a copy of their league roster in late February.

    NOTE: You can make trades throughout the off-season. However, please send us a trade note as soon as a trade is made so that we can process it.

    All protected spots must be used; you can not only protect 11 players, for example, and get the first 2 picks in the draft. (However, you CAN trade protected spots as described below.) Among tied teams, we use the team number as a tie-breaker for determining draft order. This upcoming year (for the 2022 draft for existing leagues), the lower (smaller) numbered team among tied teams will draft first in Round 14 (the first "real" round of drafting after the 13 rounds of keepers.) The tie-breaking order alternates each round, so the higher numbered team among tied teams will draft first in Round 15, the lower numbered tied team picks first in Round 16, and so on. The tie-breaker also alternates every year - in 2023, the higher numbered team among tied teams will draft first in Round 14.

    NOTE Players that moved from the AL to the NL (or vice versa) will be available in the next year's draft, making your Round 14 pick potentially VERY valuable! For instance, Noah Syndergaard will be available in NLs for the first time in 2022. Therefore, do not trade away your Round 14 picks without recieving a lot of value in return!

  2. In addition to the 13 players protected each year, you can also protect any "Scoresheet minor leaguers" you have on your roster. A "Scoresheet minor leaguer" is a player who, at the end of the season, does not have more than 130 career major league at-bats, or have more than 50 career major league innings pitched. "Scoresheet minor leaguers" have an "m" next to their name on the league roster on your league's home page. Each minor leaguer you protect costs you a draft pick. The last pre-season pick you own is used for the 1st minor league player you protect, your 2nd to last pick is used for the 2nd minor league player you protect, and so on, regardless of whether the pick is your own or one you traded for. This was new in 2021. Before 2021 it was only your own team's picks that would be lost, but beginning in 2021 you can also use picks you have traded for. For example, if you have 3 round 35 picks, they will be be used for your first 3 protected minor league players. You can also protect "minor leaguers" with the 13 standard protected spots if you like.
  3. Beginning in 2020, the crossover limit increased from two to three. That means that on each year's keeper list you can keep a maximum of *three* players that have signed with a team in the other league (and show up on the other league's Scoresheet player list). If any of your players are traded to the other league during the season, you can finish out the year with them. If a player has switched leagues, and is not protected by his owner, then he out of your league and not eligible to draft. NOTE: "Scoresheet minor leaguers" that are kept DO NOT count against the limit of three "other league" players if they are on the other league's Scoresheet player list. In future years, if they are no longer "minor leaguers" and you protect them as regular keepers, they do count against the three player crossover limit.

    Players that are not signed when the player lists are first posted will not count as crossovers (will not count against the 3 player limit from the other league) in 2022. Though they do (like all players other then Scoresheet minor leaguers) do require the use of one of your 13 keeper spots to protect them.
  4. You can trade draft picks, and you can also trade protected spots. But draft picks and protected spots can be, at most, one year in the future when you trade them. For example, once your league has drafted Round 18 in 2022, you can trade for a 2023 Round 18 pick. But in 2022 you can not trade for year 2024 picks, and you can not trade for 2023 picks until that round of the draft has been held in 2022. Also, if you trade away one of your protected spots, it means you get to protect only 12 players, and the team to which you traded the protected spot gets to protect 14 players. NOTE: You can NOT make trades for players to be named later (they are too difficult to review for fairness.) Also, you can NOT "rent" players. Deals such as: "I'll give you Trout for the rest of the season, and then you give him back, plus a draft pick" are definitely NOT allowed!
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