The 2017 FanSided Winter Meetings are officially over and boy was that a wild 72 hours. The San Francisco Giants certainly have undergone a massive makeover in this simulation.
The San Francisco Giants were represented to the best of my abilities in this simulation. As stated in our article introducing the concept of this simulation, there were specific rules we had to follow. Everything had to be done with the current 40 man roster as the resting point. We also could add no more than the 15% to last year’s opening day total. There was a super-agent to handle all free agent deals, and a commissioner to handle all trades and corresponding roster moves.
As mentioned in the intro article as well, acquiring Giancarlo Stanton was virtually impossible, mainly because the Marlins real GM and the Marlins GM for the sim didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye on what package works to acquire Stanton. The GM for the sim was more interested in the prospect packages than he was the money. From reports now, it’s pretty clear the Marlins value the salary relief the most. So Stanton was not an option. Otherwise I would’ve made the two trades (one to free salary, one to acquire Stanton) and called it good and done with. So here we are.
The first official move I made was actually to give Madison Bumgarner a massive (well deserved) contract extension. The deal agreed upon was a 7 year, $220.5 million dollar contract starting in the 2019 season. It also comes with a team option for the 8th year, at $25 million with a $4 million buyout.
That way he counts for $12 million in 2018, and we can add salary this year since a lot was coming off the back end after 2018. That was the easy move. Here are more moves that ended up happening.