PCL Redux Glossary
The following is an alphabetical listing of terms used
on this site which may have specific and/or unfamiliar
definitions when applied to this league.
base ratings (or base settings)
Generally, the ratings, based on his career stats, that a
player gets when he enters the league. They are the
ratings which will be restored whenever the player is
See base ratings.
A Negro League player who is drafted along with a star
Negro League player. The Buddy does not require a Star
Player slot. Buddies usually range from slightly
below-average to slightly above average. Sometimes an
aging star will be eligible to be drafted as a Buddy.
The mandatory act of supplying a team with a replacement
player whenever one team is preventing (via slotting)
another team from having a player that was on that team in
The period for which a team has control over a player.
Players in Flex slots get lifetime contracts. For
PCL players, the length of the contract is the period he
stayed with one PCL team in real life. There are
additional factors that affect contract length in this
A reference to the fact that a player’s real-life
statistics and career are a matter of historical record,
and can therefore sometimes be used as a somewhat reliable
predictor of the player’s career in our league (“Player X
should have a long and successful career, at least
according the the crystal ball”).
A Star Player slot designed to give GMs maximum
flexibility. A Flex slot may hold draft-eligible players
from the Negro Leagues, the Major Leagues, or the Minor
A player who is eligible to be drafted and who does not
require any type of Star Player slot. During the draft,
Freebies are Unrestricted Type-D free agents.
After the draft, they may be signed by any team. All
players (except those who were occupying Star Player
slots) become Freebies when they are released by a PCL
team in this league.
Major League player (or Negro League player, or
minor league player)
Whenever these terms are used on the rules pages or other
informative pages on this site, they refer to where the
player was playing in real life in a given year.
Obviously, most players play in both the major leagues and
the minor leagues at some point in their careers, so when
the rules refer to a “major league player”, it means a
player who was in the majors at the time the rule is being
Also, in this league the PCL is considered a major
league, but when applying rules to specific PCL players,
they are considered “minor league players” during the
years they were in the real-life (minor league) PCL.
The ability of a team to slot a player that another team
has attempted to slot, thus overriding that team’s claim
on the player. For Type-A and Type-C free agents, the team
that last had the player has matching rights. For Type-B
free agents, the team the player was on that year in real
life has matching rights.
minor league player
See Major League player.
Minor League Star slot
A Star Player slot specifically for players who were in
either the PCL or another minor league in a given year (in
Negro League player
See Major League player.
our league (or this league)
Generally refers to the PCL Redux simulation/game. “Our”
or “this” league might refer not just to the PCL, but to
the entire spectrum of PCL Redux leagues, which include
our NL and AL simulation (although these terms might also
sometimes refer to just the PCL).
Placing a player in a Star Player slot that is more
valuable than another slot for which he is eligible (Flex
slots are considered more valuable than Minor League Star
A rule that temporarily removes one or two Star Player
slots from a team after an extraordinarily good season,
and which temporarily adds one or two Star Player slots to
a team after an extraordinarily poor season.
To restore a player’s ratings to their default settings.
slot (slotting, slotted, etc.)
A “slot” refers to a Star Player slot. “Slotting” a player
means drafting him and assigning him to an available Star
Player slot. A player who has been assigned a Star Player
slot is considered “slotted”.
When the rules refer to a “Star” or a “Star Player”, they
refer specifically to a player who has been drafted and
placed in a Star Player slot.
star (all lower case)
When the rules refer to a “star” or a “star player”, they
just refer to a player who was a star in real life, and
not necessarily one who has been slotted in our league.
Star Player slots
A means to limit the number of great players in the league
at any one time so that the league doesn’t become too
star-laden. Each team has six slots with which they may
draft eligible star players; undrafted eligible star
players do not enter the league. The different types of
Star Player slots are Flex slots and Minor League Star
Star Player Status Downgrade
An option to petition the league to have an aging player
in a Star Player slot declared “no longer a star” and thus
freeing up the slot. It is intended as a way to keep “fan
favorites” on the team in their declining years.
A player who played at least 10 years in the Major
Leagues, the minor leagues, or Negro League baseball
(combined) and is not within three years of the end of his
real-life career (these are the general requirements;
other criteria are sometimes applied). “Resetting” a
player refers to restoring his ratings to their base
settings if OOTP’s player development has reduced them too
See our league.
Type-A free agent
A player who is eligible to be drafted who requires a Flex
slot. Generally these are players who were stars in Negro
League baseball or were players who went from the PCL to
MLB (or were players from the Western U.S., who may or may
not have played in the PCL).
Type-B free agent
A player who went from one PCL team to another in real
life. By default he goes to the team he went to in real
life, but the team he left in real life may retain him by
placing him in a Star Player slot.
Type-C free agent
A player who is eligible to be drafted who was in the PCL
and went to another minor league in real life. If drafted,
he requires a Star Player slot; otherwise, he may default
to his most recent PCL team.
Unrestricted Type-D free agent