--With the rookie draft winding down, if not actually finsished, I thought everyone would be interested in getting a look at who is available in free agency. The Premium Free Agent (PFA) portion of the draft will kick off at 8PM EST on Friday, July 13 (the supersitous amoung us may want to avoid offering mega-deals on that day ). I've pared the list down to players who ought to be worth bidding on to try and keep it a little shorter tyhan last years marathon. It will kick off promptly and I am going to try to push the pace as much as possible.
--The PFA will auction these players in this order (based on 1965 salary);
Frank Howard - somebody's cleanup hitter for the next 5 years
Milt Pappas - decent rotation option
Rocky Colavito - solid starter now, but age is catching up to him
Bob Alllsion - injury problems this year, but still has some good years
Johnny Callison - solid starter for the rest of the decade
Jim Perry - very good pitcher, but underused in real life limiting his IP
--That is all for the PFA. The secondary auction of all remaining free agents will commence immediately after the conclusion of the PFA and conclude at 9PM EST on Monday, July 16.
--I'd like everyone to make sure their rosters/salaries are updated before the auction gets underway. Please post the number of players you have under contract and your total salary in this thread prior to that. No bids will be accepted from teams failing to provide updated salary data. Also, please remember you will need to reserve 250K per open slot on your roster to get to 40 men by Opening Day. Subtract that from the amount you have under the cap before figuring what you can afford to bid in the auction.
--Three PFA remain on multi-year deals to their current club. If not traded before then, they will be on waivers from 8PM Thursday to 8PM Friday. If not claimed they will stay with their current club. Those players are Ken Boyer, Lou Johnson and Jerry Buchek