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#1 danhuse

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 09:58 AM

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?

 

 

 

 



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:15 PM

I wouldn't go Trout first.  Pitching would come first for me.  My priority would be Kershaw.  He's 25 and probably the best arm in baseball.  I'd spend big on 2 or three starting pitchers and see what i have left to work with.



#3 wvcubsfan

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:55 PM

I think there would be a whole lot of empty rosters and players without a contract come Sunday at midnight.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:19 PM

All prospects are free agents as well? So we have to flesh out all the minor league rosters and the forty man?

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:29 PM

Interesting. I'd panic

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:32 PM

Wow, the bidding on Kershaw/Trout/Harper would get crazy, quick.  You'd have a couple GM's blow $50M a year on those guys.

 

My big spending would target the middle of the field and then go after the upper-middle class guys everywhere else but the bidding would get insane on the 23-27 year olds.

 

I would avoid Trout.  The Dodgers or Yankees would give him a $60M AAV contract in a flash.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 11:34 PM

I bet you'd have a couple players on insane contracts and the rest would be on contracts similar to now, just with a bulk of the money shifted to 23-27 year olds.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:53 PM

This reminds me of an auction fantasy draft. I would get a few (5?) impact players that cost most of the budget and then wait to fill in the rest. Impact would be 3-5 WAR types and fill in the rest. ala economy is successful with specialists and not an average population...I'm reaching here though. I could see a lot of league average players to fill in for a low cost.

 

 You could probably fill an all star team of 32 year olds with everyone bidding for the 23 year olds.






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