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How strong is my team?  What are my weaknesses?  What are the most productive changes I can make to my roster?  These are the questions answered by the Necromancer.

The module uses RAA (runs above average) as the primary method for calculating runs scored and allowed. RAA or Runs Above Average takes the card units on the Strat card and measures the number of runs that the Strat card will generate on offense and save on defense.  The position average is set to 0.00 for each position.  The 2017 projected values are posted in October. The actual RAA values are added around the first two weeks of February.

Trade Evaluation
Click on the player name and type in the players (last name, first name) added and subtracted in a trade.  Click on the draft picks columns and a drop down menu will appear that will let you select the round and player type.   Click evaluate and the module will show the expected changes in your team’s projected win total.  The draft pick RAA values are based on the averages from the 2016 Strat draft pick placement results. As a general rule of thumb, regardless of the numbers presented in the trade evaluation model we advise not to part with the “best player” in the deal or the player with the most “upside” unless it is deemed a move that may specifically put you over the top or give you a much better chance of winning in the playoffs. For a more comprehensive view, for uneven or non-straight trades, we recommend including replacement players. In our example below, we can include Andrus's replacement to the "Players Added" section in order to gauge the full effect of the trade. Naturally, you wouldn't have to take this additional step if Andrus isn't the primary shortstop.

Roster Evaluation
Start with
the button at the top of the screen. This adjusts the roster evaluation by league size.  Then click on the “player” columns and enter in the desired player names (last name, first name).  Use as much of the player’s name as possible.  Always start with the last name of the player.  For instance, to enter Buster Posey at catcher, type “Posey” in the column and his name and RAA score will appear. The plus sign can be used to add a second player at the position. Please note that pitcher RAA scores can change for usage based on where you place them. Corey Kluber will not have a 35.3 RAA if used in the SP 6 location.

Roster Evaluation Benchmarks
The roster evaluation tool also comes with the RAA (runs above average) for players and for team totals.  

Pitchers - The sum of the scores for your pitchers should be at least 70 RAA for the LH and RH columns.  Teams with a total of 140+ RAA scores have very strong pitching staffs. The sample team here is 46/51 for total of 97 RAA. Only 1 SP card is above 20+ RAA. 3 RP cards are in double-digits.

Hitters - The total for the hitting columns should be at minimum 70 RAA (LH) and 150 RAA (RH), 220 RA total.   Should your draft league team have less than these totals then we think it is probably much tougher for you to make the playoffs, or at the very least, you will struggle against opposing lineups that can exploit your weaknesses.  The sample team has a 63/117 for a total of 180 RAA.  There are several spots worth upgrading. A negative RAA typically indicates the first area of business.

With the roster evaluation, you can play around with different combinations of players.  With the roster here, you can find replacements for McCutchen and Orlando, perhaps discern the fastest or easiest way to move this team into contention.


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