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 Mark C. Healey
Last year was the first time that Brian Joura asked me to be part of the GM Project.
I got the Kansas City Royals, and without going into any major details, I did a pretty terrible job.
I used the excuse that I had just had major eye surgery, but really, I just did a bad job.
I asked for and received the Yankees this season for a variety of reasons, mainly because I wanted to see what I could do with the resources at hand.
One thing I definitely wanted to do was remaking the rotation and revamps the bullpen.
The Boston Red Sox offered David Price, and I offered Chase Headley, Tyler Austin, Chad Green and Gleyber Torres. They accepted.
The Arizona Diamondbacks dangled Zach Grienke, and asked for Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Brian McCann.
That was an easy yes.
The Padres called, asked for Dellin Betances. Now I like Dellin, but his work down the stretch as a closer scared me. I happen to like Manuel Margot a lot; lots of speed, line drive with some power. I told them to throw in Tyson Ross, and we had a deal.
Risky? Maybe. But I needed to get younger and cheaper in the outfield, and I let Aaron Hicks walk.
I started to offer Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellbury in a few deals, but no one wanted Ellsbury’s contract.
The A’s said they wanted Gardner, so I asked for Ryan Madson. Deal.
I really didn’t want to deal Greg Bird, but I was outbid for Alrodis Chapman, so I dealt Bird and Donny Sands to Kansas City for Wade Davis.
I don’t have a first baseman right now; but I figure I can pick up a 1B at the Winter Meetings or in Spring Training. The roster is pitcher heavy at the moment, 14 pitchers, but by Opening Day, we’ll be ready.
Our rotation looks great; David Price, Zach Grienke, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia and Tyson Ross.
Wade Davis is the closer, while Ryan Madson, Adam Warren, Luis Cessa, Tyler Clippard, Bryan Mitchell and Chasen Shreve will fill out the rest of the bullpen.
The only other position player I added was Carlos Gomez, who I signed for one year at 10 million. He’ll give me some depth in the outfield, and allow me to try and see if Aaron Judge can play 1B.
I love the double-play combination of Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro, and with Headley gone, Ronald Torreyes will get the first look at third. If Judge can’t play first, Rob Refsnyder will get a look as well.
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