At the end of the 2001 season, NASA will expand from 16 to 20 teams.
At the same time, the NASA pool of eligible players will be expanded
to include all 30 Major League teams. The Commissioner and his
designates will be responsible for identifying and recruiting new
The expansion will be conducted as follows:
1. Shortly after the end of the regular season, an Expansion Draft
will be held. Each of the 16 existing NASA teams will initially
protect 12 players on its roster. The draft will consist of 5 rounds.
In each round, the 4 expansion teams will each select 4 players. In
rounds 1 through 4, each existing team will lose exactly one player.
After each of these rounds, the existing teams will be allowed to
protect up to 3 more players. In round 5, each existing team may lose
0, 1, or 2 players. They will still be entitled to protect 3 more
players after losing one.
At this point, each expansion team will have 20 players.
2. Around the end of November or beginning of December, the Free Agent
draft will be held. This draft will also serve as the pool-expansion
draft, and will be 5 rounds. The expansion teams will draft before
the existing teams in each round. Existing teams will draft in the usual
order. The expansion teams will also get an additional set of picks
after the 2nd and 5th rounds.
At this point, ignoring trades, each expansion team should have 27 players.
3. Around the end of February, the Rookie Draft will be held. Existing
teams will draft in the usual order. The expansion teams will draft between
playoff and non-playoff teams in each round (i.e., picks 11 through 14). In
addition, the expansion teams will have an extra set of picks at the end
of the 2nd and 4th rounds. The Rookie Draft will continue, as usual, until
all teams have exactly 40 players.
4. Rookie/Free Agent draft eligibility. Eligibility for the Rookie and
Free Agent drafts will be determined as follows.
a. All players who debut in the Major Leagues in the 2001 season will
be in the Rookie draft.
b. All unowned players who were previously eligible for NASA at any
time will be in the Free Agent Draft.
c. Any player who was not previously eligible for NASA, but who played
for one of the 22 NASA-pool teams in 2001 will be considered a Rookie.
d. All unowned players on the 8 new NASA-pool teams (Pittsburg,
Philadelphia, Florida, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Arizona, Colorado,
and Houston) not covered by parts a. or c. will be considered a Free
5. Draft order for Expansion Teams. Draft order for the expansion teams
will be determined randomly and will alternate (forward-reverse order)
after each pick. The order will also be reversed between the first
round of the Expansion and Free Agent drafts (i.e., the team picking
1st in the first round of the Expansion draft will pick 4th in the
first round of the Free Agent Draft). The order for the Rookie draft
will be determined separately.
6. League Structure: After expansion, NASA will continue to be
structured into 4 divisions, each now of 5 teams. The exact alignment
will be determined at a later date. Each team will play 6 games vs each
out-of-division opponent, and 18 games vs each in-division opponent.
7. Trading. Expansion teams may not make any trades until after the
Expansion draft. At that point, they will have the same trading
rights as any other NASA team (and also be subject to the oversight of
the Trade Committee). Existing teams may trade any of their 2001 Free
Agent Picks (rounds 1 through 5) or 2002 Rookie picks (rounds 1
through 8) as soon as the Expansion is approved (or rejected, for that
8. In subsequent years beginning with the 2002 Free Agent Draft, draft
eligibility will no longer depend on whether a player has previously
played for a NASA-pool team or not. Any player debuting in the Major
Leagues the previous season will be considered a Rookie, and all other
players will be eligible for the Free Agent draft.