I bought OOTP 17 on an Amazon special a couple of weeks ago. Don't have any idea what I'm doing on that game so far. If anyone has tips for a brand new player, it would be much appreciated.
I was kind of annoyed within the first day of my franchise with the Twins Brad Hand was traded for peanuts on the dollar.
I prefer playing as GM than as manager, which is what it sounds like you're playing as.
I don't have many tips, except to start fresh, over and over under various scenarios and various strategies, and enjoy seeing how the game responds. Accept that it's a time consuming game. Try a complete gut and rebuild, for instance; that almost always fails for me, but maybe you'll have better success.
The game seems realistic in most ways but you'll probably find loopholes you can exploit. One feature I consider a bug and which I nevertheless exploit: when negotiating with a free agent, an offer of a team option year seems to be viewed as of value to the player, rather than as a detriment.
Oh, here's a tip I believe in: on your first day as GM, hire the best scouting director available, and don't worry about the cost of firing the incumbent. Don't make any player moves until he's on board.
OK, and one last: the day after the World Series, do a full roster evaluation, do a search of players outside your system, and formulate a comprehensive plan for your off-season. Don't just make piecemeal trades and signings.
Apologies to milldaddy35 for this tangent to his thread.