So, I have had this conversation at work the past few days, and I am curious to hear your thoughts..
Let's assume that we live in a World where Major League Baseball wanted to stir things up a bit. The Commissioner's Office comes up with an idea to give teams a fresh start:
Every player is a free agent.
This includes prospects, rookies, and veterans. Every team is given a 125 million dollar payroll with which to work. This is a week-long process, with teams having from Monday through Thursday to come up with a plan and strategy. At midnight Thursday, free agency begins and lasts until Sunday at midnight. Teams cannot contact players or agents until midnight Thursday and their 40 man roster must be set by midnight Sunday.
What is your strategy? Do you go all in on a few superstars and then fill in the roster with whatever is left? Do you pluck from the middle and have a well-rounded team? How much is Mike Trout worth in this scenario? After Trout, who is your priority?