With the off season officially upon us one of my favorite exercises starts this Monday. The SB nation simulated GM meetings!
From next Monday through next Friday we will be participating, along with every other major league site in the SB Nation family, in a mock off season sponsored by the folks over at Royals Review.
For those who were around last year, this was an absolute blast. For those who weren't the thread Detailing what we did can be found here.
Looking back, I think we put together a pretty interesting team actually. And while there are a few deals I'd likely take back (in hindsight, Chris Perez for Darin Ruf might have been a mistake) there were certainly a few that were awesome (Ubaldo Jimenez for Trevor May was a last minute coup).
There will be a thread over at Royals review and we'll link it here once its up tomorrow, where you can follow the action. In addition, we'll be keeping tabs here all week.
A few things to understand though in regards to how things will shake out.
- The clock is reset. the team we put together last year is no more, so we're working with the real Phillies here.
- Players with 10/5 rights and/or FULL NO TRADE CLAUSES can not be dealt in the sim, so rollins and Utley are going nowhere. Players like Lee and Howard, with limited no trade clauses can be dealt, but the person running the sim reserves the right to veto a deal if he feels the player would not accept.
- arbitration figures are taken from the MLBTR estimates done by Matt S. So we know what guys like Revere and Kendrick will cost. We determine non tenders etc.. and while I don't want to give up too much of my plan, I'm not planning on doing anything silly here.
- We determine who gets a QO and who doesn't. It's pretty obvious that we have no QO guys.
- the clock is reset, so Hunter Pence and Lincecum and Abreu are still free agents.
- The posting system is a little different. The top three teams that bid on a player like Masahiro Tanaka get to negotiate rights.
- Every team is working within a budget that should be around 10% more than last season, unless they can show evidence that their team intends to increase drastically. So we have an unofficial negotiated Salary cap of $180,000,000. It doesn't mean we can't go over, but we're going to try and do this the way we think the Phillies will do it.
- I've got about $55,000,000 to work with including arbitration raises, and finding a catcher, OF, 2 SP, at least one RP, and filling out the bench and bullpen. It's not going to be easy.