Is there a comprehensive explanation for how Waivers work for Baseball?
Waivers attempts to level the playing field, giving the highest priority to free agents for the league’s struggling against the competition. Undrafted free agents, dropped players, and new players to the pool will all need to go on waivers at least once, depending upon the league’s settings.
After the initial waiver run completes, any players dropped from rosters or players newly added to the pool must spend at least one full 24-hour period available to all team owners for a claim. The length of time will differ based on the Waiver Period and Waiver Runs settings, both of which are determined by the league’s Commissioner. The specific add/drop policies for Waivers will be listed on the League/League Details page on the table labeled Transaction Settings.
All pending requests for players on waivers will have their claims sorted initially by the Waiver Order, and secondly by the team owner’s preferences – prioritizing the sorting preferences of multiple claims of desired free agents by the team owners. Free agents with pending claims from multiple owners will be awarded to the player at the top of the highest Waiver rank order. Owners with successful waiver claims will fall to the bottom of the order.
The automated system will run waivers when maintenance runs for the server hosting your league, occurring nightly at any time between 1am and 6am ET. For days selected on Waiver Runs, any day checked off should be considered deadline days for claims (i.e. a selection of Tuesday will mandate any claims to be submitted by no later than 11:59pm ET to guarantee consideration for the claims that will process a few hours later on Wednesday morning).
In a commissioner league, the days selected for the waivers to run are at the Commissioner’s discretion. Those selected days are verifiable under the Transaction Settings on the League/League Details page.
All transactions during the waiver process are effective for the next lineup deadline – the following day in daily leagues and the following scoring period in weekly leagues.
Conditions for Waivers
Consider the following circumstances in which players are placed on waivers:
A player is released during a waiver process: A player released during a waiver process is on waivers until the next waiver process.
Example: An owner requests Player A on waivers and drops Player B. This request is pending until the waiver process runs. During the waiver process, the owner is awarded Player A, and Player B is released from the roster and placed on waivers until the next waiver process.
A player is released during a free agent acquisition: Requests for players not on waivers are executed immediately. However, the player dropped in a non-waiver transaction is placed on waivers for at least 24 hours. If a waiver process runs prior to 24 hours, the player will remain on waivers until the following waivers process.
Example: An owner drops a player on Wednesday afternoon in order to pick up a free agent. The player dropped remains on waivers until Thursday night's waiver process.
During a waiver process, pending transactions are processed in an order determined by each team's waiver rank. The team with the highest waiver rank will get its first requested player. If that team's highest pending transaction can't be executed because another team has the requested player, the transaction will be voided and the team's next transaction, if one exists, will be executed. When a team gets a requested player, the team's waiver rank is dropped to the bottom and every other team moves up one and the process is continued. If a team doesn't have any pending transactions because all players requested were taken by other teams (or the owner simply didn't request any players), the team's turn is skipped but the waiver rank is not dropped.
If a team has the highest waiver rank after Monday night and doesn't request any players for Tuesday night's waiver process, that team will still have the highest rank for the next process. The waiver rank for all teams at the end of one waiver process will be the starting rank for the next process within the same scoring period.
Check the League/League Details page (or ask your league's commissioner) if your league's waiver ranks are reset every week based on reverse order of the standings.
The waivers period is the length of time a player must remain on waivers before a claim will be processed, adding the player to a roster. Check the League/League Details page to see how long dropped players remain on waivers in your league (1, 2 or 3 days).
Making a Waivers Claim
If you want to drop a player and pick up a player off of waivers, follow these steps:
Assume you have a player that you want to drop (player A) and several players that you would like to add (players B and C), depending on their availability at the time of your turn. If player B is not available, you would like to pick up player C. In order to accomplish this, you would submit two Add/Drop requests:
Drop player A, Add player B, and
Drop player A, Add player C.
Now, assume your turn comes up and player B has already been picked up off waivers by another team. A request cannot be executed if either the added or dropped player is no longer available. Requests will be skipped until the first valid roster move is found. In this case, your second request would be executed and you would get player C (provided he is not also already picked up off waivers).
The same is true in the reverse. If you dropped player A and added player B, then during your next round of waiver selections, it will skip over the second waiver request involving Player A and go down your list to see if you have any other waiver requests.
Any waivers request that would cause your roster to exceed the maximum players allowed will be skipped.
Note: Free agents are available on a first-come, first-served basis; they can be picked up at any time. If a player is dropped from a roster and he clears the waiver process without being picked up, he then becomes a free agent, and can be picked up at any time, without having to go through a waivers process.
For a video tutorial on how to set up a waivers process for your Baseball Commissioner league, please click here.
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