For the fourth year in a row, we did a project where 30 people took over the roles as the 30 MLB GMs and conducted the offseason in a week. We did arbitration, made trades and signed free agents. At the end of the week, we were supposed to submit 25-man rosters and budgets and that information will be posted here.
This project cannot ever hope to replicate results in the real world. If this is the only way you can think of this being a success – please stop reading immediately. The 30 of us put a lot of time and effort into this and we know that it’s not in any way, shape or form indicative of how things will play out in real life. Don’t play the Captain Obvious role and point out things that wouldn’t happen in MLB. Any pointless posts such as this will be deleted with extreme prejudice.
However, please look at the individual teams and see what their owners thought were the proper ways to go. Did the Mets owner address the injury issues? Did the Reds owner get more starting pitching? Did the Marlins owner put up a representative team while adhering to ownership’s crazy payroll directive? There are storylines for each club and the thought process behind the moves is just as important, if not more important, than the moves themselves.
But feel free to criticize the moves, too. Did anyone pull an AJ Preller and try to trade a team into contention and make horrible deals? Did a squad a pitcher away from contention focus only on hitting? Did an owner trade a top prospect for pennies on the dollar? These things and others are certainly up for praise, criticism and debate.
This post will stay at the top of the page for about a week and I will update as the owners send me their information. Click on the hyperlinked owner names to view their recap. Thanks for reading and we look forward to your thoughts on our project.
Finally, I’d like to thank the 29 other people who participated in this. I hope you had fun and that you will consider doing it again next year.