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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

What if every MLB player was a free agent every year? How extreme 45-year-old idea would create baseball chaos

Professional baseball players are famously not fond of the peripatetic lives they live in the minors, and of course those who settle in as journeyman at the highest level continue to endure the regular upheavals of uprooting their lives each winter and spring (albeit with better compensation and working conditions than those of minor leaguers). Few relish this sort of existence, and it becomes even more unsatisfying as players start their own families.

As such, players under this “one and done” system would probably be especially amenable to re-upping with their teams from the season prior. Add in the possible desire for ownership to achieve some semblance of carryover, and you’ve got incentives on both sides to keep the relationship going. This won’t always be the case, of course. A few wandering spirits may relish the idea of new places and new faces each season, and some players of course want to get out of their current situations. For the most part, though, players prefer to focus on their craft rather than devote themselves to the tedium of housing searches and change of address forms.

The other consequence of all this is that teams other than the incumbent squad might typically have to pay a premium in order to lure a player away (assuming his old team wants him back). That, in turn, means that year-to-year player turnover might not be quite as extreme as you’d think. Note, however, that this wouldn’t really dampen the intensity of the offseason. The unknown creates the intrigue, and each player’s status is indeed unknown until he inks that contract to return to his former team or packs up for points north, south, east, or west. One-year contracts make the unknown a truly dominating presence in the MLB offseason, and even if star players don’t sign elsewhere as often as you’d expect, the possibility that they could keep things taut.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 13, 2021 at 09:35 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Sunday, November 08, 2020

A summary of the 2020 SB Nation off-season simulation

We do this simulation every year, it can give you an idea on what FA contracts may look like, although with imaginary money, the high end always gets inflated.

I negotiated for free agents this year, and I messed up accepting the QO for DJ LeMahieu and not for Masahiro Tanaka - Tanaka ended up getting screwed. Anyway, the GMs came up with a few interesting trades this year, and we didn’t have too many insane ones.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2020 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
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