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MLB Offseason GM Simulation Set to Begin Wednesday

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ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of the main entrance at Tropicana Field before the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of the main entrance at Tropicana Field before the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays on September 29, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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As of 4pm on Wednesday, November 14th, FanSided’s annual MLB Offseason GM simulation is set to begin. Multiple writers across FanSided’s MLB division will wheel and deal over the course of a little more than 48 hours. This will mark my first GM sim and I am very excited.

As I mentioned before, this is my first GM simulation and I am thrilled to be taking part in it. As the “General Manager” of the Tampa Bay Rays, I will partake in a 3 day exercise where I will act just as I expect the Rays to act this offseason.

Game plan: 

I will be aggressive in pursuing a right handed bat, starting pitcher, and a catcher. I will look into the possibility of acquiring a definitive closer and lastly, I will be looking to trade away some familiar faces.

The Rays have money to spend, but they also have a large prospect pool to dip into. I have no issue spending the money they have available, but I do expect them to utilize their deep farm system this offseason to acquire some rather substantial pieces this winter and I will make trades and sign players accordingly.

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The Rules: 

The Rules of this simulation are pretty simple, but I still want to briefly outline them for you so you can understand some of the rationale behind some moves that are made.

Act as your team will act this offseason. If you team is selling, sell. If your team is looking to buy, well then, buy.

I must account for the 40 man roster when trades and signings are made.

The contract offers made to players are simple deals. Basically, X amount of years for Y amount of dollars. No options, clauses, incentives, or deferred/graduated payments.

Contract offers must be realistic.

There will be a player agent designated to assess all contract offers, he will decide where the player would realistically sign.

Trades are approved by the commissioner of the simulation and must contain at least 1 major league player.

The roster I will be referring to will be the Tampa Bay Rays official roster as of 11:59 on November 11th. Anything that happens after that regarding the Rays, I can accept or reject.

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Disclaimer:

I will be posting updates at the end of each of the three days the sim is active and a full recap on Saturday. None of the moves mentioned in the recaps are real. This is a FAKE simulation, none of the headlines that contain GM SIM are to be taken as literal news headlines.

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