This is a project where 30 people got together to act as the GMs of the 30 MLB teams with the idea of conducting the offseason in one week. This is what happened in this simulation, not a prediction of what will happen in real life.
By John Coppinger
I was excited to have the Tigers this year in the MLB 30 project. I had a good run with them last season, making trades that alleviated payroll concerns while getting a top prospect back who, for his actual team in 2016, made a huge splash.
I was concerned about the existing payroll, but still thought that I could move somebody. even if I had to take some salary back. But almost everyone that contacted me was in pure salary dump mode, and I couldn’t take anybody without dumping somebody. I was willing to do it, but nobody wanted what I had. And I could understand why. Contracts were completely unmovable, and I can’t expect anybody to take $16 million of Anibal Sanchez, $21 million of Justin Upton, and even $8 million of Mike Pelfrey. It made it difficult to trade, and impossible to be a player in free agency. I dumped Cameron Maybin in a trade and still couldn’t stay under budget.
It was interesting to note that during the project the actual Tigers GM said that he was willing to listen on any of his high priced players. I’d be shocked if he could actually get rid of anybody without eating a ton of salary.
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