SBN MLB Winter Meetings Simulation

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I am participating as Fake Billy Beane in an SBN-wide winter meetings simulation for this week. What should I do?

Last year, RoyalsRetro of Royals Review was nice enough to organize a Winter Meetings simulation that a lot of the participants had great fun with.  This year, he's doing the same.  Here is the thread where the groundrules are layed out, and where you can follow the action, if you'd like:

SB Nation Winter Meetings Simulation Open Thread

The ground rules:

We rewind to the end of the regular season.

The assumption is your GM has resigned and been replaced. The new GM is free to set their own organizational philosophy. Each team has a "recommended" budget.

We're not concerned with the 40 man roster.

Players with no-trade clauses cannot be traded (this includes players with 10-5 rights). Players with limited no-trade clauses can be traded, but I reserve the right to veto it if I think the player would not accept the trade.

Minor leaguers can be traded, but must be specified. No Players to be Named Later. Cash may be dealt, but the amount must be specified.

You are free to frontload or backload contracts, although player preferences are for contracts not to be backloaded. Anything ridiculous will not be accepted. You can offer player, club, mutual, and vesting options. Teams up against the luxury tax threshold (Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees) will have their contracts average annual value (AAV) applied to their budgets.

Top offer will typically be taken, although there may be exceptions if a player has a preference on where he wants to play (NY over Pittsburgh; older vet may want to play for a "winner.")

I am not going to negotiate long-term deals for players that are not free agents.

If anyone would like, they are welcome to email me with trade ideas, or free agents I should persue as part of the sim.  You can be my front office brain trust.  Otherwise, I just thought I'd let you know of my participation in this.

Wish me luck!

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