This is how I'm feeling on the voting right now, and why. Feel free to try to change my mind (or change yours).
1. Eliminate divisions.
. We haven't run the experiment long enough to really get a feel for it. Ideally I'd like to go at least 5 years, but I understand that's a really long time. Still, certainly 2 seems like a minimum requirement.
2. Set minimum AB's. Note: Actual limits TBD along with a potential change in our IP limit (currently 10).
. I actually want to vote Yes, so let me clarify. We should have a PA minimum, not an AB minimum, first of all. Second, it should be low, and I'm not willing to vote for it without some amount of assurance it would be. I'd rather risk that, on occasion, a team accepts a 2-3 loss in the hitting stats, than implement something with a significant impact on anything else.
With 12 active lineup spots, an average of 1 PA/day, or 7/week, would give 12*7 = 104 PAs. So I think a minimum of 100 would work nicely. Pitching-wise, I have no problem with a team eschewing starters for relievers, and would say that at most the minimum should be 2-3 IP/day, so I could go as high as 20 IP.
3. Institute the FAAB system. Each team would be given a budget for waived players. Players are awarded to the highest bidder in a blind auction. The budget is separate from any other limits in place (auction budget & acquisition limit). This will only replace the previous waiver system and will not affect how free-agents are acquired (those passing through waivers or players never owned).
Note: If this passes, the system will have to be tested once ESPN opens up for the 2014 season. If it does not work as we expect and wish it to, we will default to our original waiver rules. I am not hopeful given how ESPN sets up the system for football.
. The fact that it's contingent on a satisfactory implementation makes this an easy call for me. If it does what we want (FAAB where things would be contested, easy-as-always FA otherwise), great. If not, forget it.
4. Replace the Saves category with Saves/Holds (2015). It is still a single category but now adds Holds. Due to contracts on closers already in place, this would not take effect until the 2015 season. Current keepers contracted through 2015 (I think only the Duckling's Perkins fits this description) would have that year optioned.
. The closer market is one of the odder things about fantasy baseball, and one of the places I think game-y strategy most significantly trumps baseball knowledge and player evaluation. While I actually think that's a good thing for me personally, I think it takes away from what fantasy baseball is supposed to be about. Having a way to spread our reliever contributions would make more relievers more valuable, but also make the supply greater, so that we don't have teams that punt a category out of necessity (rather than by design).
5. Move the keeper deadline to one week before the auction. It is currently two.
. I could easily persuaded otherwise, as for the most part I DGAF. But you have all offseason to evaluate your keepers, and much less time to evaluate other people's choices, so it seems odd to skew that balance even further. Yeah, it's a bit more time for things to go catastrophically wrong in spring training or whatever, but that can happen any time, and we're all playing with that same risk.