The following is a test. It is only a test — an experiment of the FanSided Winter Meetings Simulation. Here are the fantasy transactions made by the Yankees newest general manager… me.
If any of what you are about to read had actually taken place in the real world, the title of this article wouldn’t begin with the word SIMULATION. Also, ESPN, Fox and every New York-based newspaper and radio show would be churning out one piece of content after the other analyzing, dissecting and regurgitating the breaking Yankees news you’re about to read.
So before you get mad and ask why we’re writing about things that haven’t happened, read why.
Headed into the FanSided Winter Meetings, it was my goal as general manager of the Yankees to keep it 100. What does that mean, you ask?
Well, as tempting as it might be to throw caution to the wind and shun the luxury tax altogether, I wanted to keep this exercise as realistic as possible — so that I can add faux GM to my professional resume (kidding… LinkedIn page, maybe).
Knowing that the club has roughly $70 million coming off the books, and keeping a watchful eye on escalating yearly salaries, there’s around $40 million in funds to play with.
Rather than spend every single penny frivolously, I laid out a game plan of what was most important to increase the 2018 Yankees’ chances of reaching the World Series.
Without any glaring holes to fill, I was able to pick and choose who I desired most without getting into a bidding war. And believe you me, dollar for dollar battles raged on a plenty between many of the other 29 clubs.
You wouldn’t believe how much money was spent on Todd Frazier! More on that in a bit.