Fixing The Franchise: The San Diego Padres – Spring Training 2019

Here we go again. I was having a good time with my San Francisco Giants franchise – but I lost all of my work. I upgraded to a PS4 Pro and forgot to save my work to the cloud. Here I am today – back at square one. This time I am working with a new franchise, and with input from reddit I have decided to go with the San Diego Padres.

The goal with this team is to build a long lasting contender without depleting the farm system too much. The Padres have been to the World Series twice before, but have never won it all. If I get this team in a position to make a run I will be tempted to unload the farm and go all in. Heading into the season this club is ranked in the bottom third of the league – pitching is the glaring weak point.

Current Roster

Budget

I feel like we are in a pretty good spot as an organization financially. If I were GM at the time I am unsure if I would have signed Manny Machado for 10 yrs at $300M – but I have to work with it now. Eric Hosmer is eating up a large portion of our budget for the foreseeable future – he is a player that I will be looking to move if I can find the right deal. Wil Myers is the third in our trio of enormous contracts – and that thing is backloaded. I will not want to pay at 32 year old Wil Myers $16.6M in his final year. Garrett Richards is the other outlier – I’ll be moving on from him as well if I can find a taker.

Lineup

We have some decent bats in the lineup – but this doesn’t look like a team that will contend in 2019. Fernando Tatis Jr. is an exciting young player that I am happy to have on my squad – but I want to find a better place for him in the lineup. Machado is a solid bat to build around in the middle of the order, and Hunter Renfroe provides good pop against left-handed arms.

Our rotation needs some work. The only arm I am excited about on this staff is Chris Paddack. In the bullpen I can build around Kirby Yates.

Coaching Staff

We have some weak points in our coaching staff that I want to address right away. Our hitting coach (Johnny Washington), pitching coach (Darren Balsley), and 1st base coach (Skip Schumaker) are not up to my standards. I had to let them go.

I replaced them with Lee Flores, Rob Moin and Jeremy Salazar. All three of these coaches only influence attributes in a positive way. As you can see with Manager Andy Green – some coaches can negatively impact player performance. Unfortunately, I am not willing to eat the remaining $10M on Green’s deal to let him go.

Trades

Hosmer

I really like Eric Hosmer as a person and as a player – but I do not like him for seven more years with $100M still owed to him. First base is an easy position to find a replacement. I do not think it will be hard to duplicate his 2018 season of .253/.322/.398 with 18 HR and 69 RBI.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Eric Hosmer2978CAstrosYuli Gurriel1B3478C
Boog Powell2663BTyler White1B2870B
Hector RondonRP3183C

Yuli Gurriel is a solid replacement for Hosmer at first base. He put up a better .291/.323/.428 in 2018 with 13 HR and 85 RBI. He also provides me some versatility with the ability to play 2B, 3B and LF. Tyler White will be an option off the bench for me – he can also spell Machado and Gurriel when needed. Hector Rondon quickly becomes one of the best arms in my bullpen. The best part about this deal is I save $9.4M this season and get myself out of that seven-year Hosmer contract. I have no commitments to these new players beyond the 2020 season.

Myers

Wil Myers was the next contract I wanted to get off the books. He only played in 83 games in 2018 – putting up a slash of .253/.318/.446 with 11 HR and 39 RBI. My lineup is incredibly right-handed heavy – I would love to grab a left handed or switch hitting outfielder for Myers.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Wil Myers2980BBrewersChristian YelichRF2791A
Franmil Reyes2373ALuis Aviles Jr.SS2464C
C.J. Abrams1861A

Not bad to just go out and grab the 2018 N.L. MVP. Christian Yelich immediately becomes the best bat in my lineup – he will pair nicely with Machado in the middle of the order for years to come. I am sad to see Franmil Reyes go, but I do not see him as a fit for my organization. He is a slow outfielder and looks like he may be a better fit for the American League long-term. I also lose a young prospect in C.J. Abrams – but I am set with Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop for years to come – Abrams was a luxury that I can afford to lose in this deal. With this trade I save $6M on the 2019 season and pick up a much better contract in Christian Yelich vs Wil Myers.

Target: Joc Pederson

I have my eyes on Joc Pederson as the ideal platoon partner to pair with Hunter Renfroe in left field.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Cal Quantrill2467BDodgersJoc PedersonLF2685B
Robbie Erlin2879BKyle GarlickRF2758C
Ian Kinsler3679B

This is a good deal for my club. I grab a bat that I desperately needed against right handed pitchers. I also am able to match contracts in this trade by getting rid of Ian Kinsler. Robbie Erlin and Cal Quantrill were nice pieces to have in the organization – but neither player is irreplaceable.

Target: Ender Inciarte

I need a solid lead-off hitter and an everyday centerfielder. Ender Inciarte is exactly the guy I need on my squad.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Brett Kennedy2464BBravesEnder InciarteCF2879B
Allen Cordoba2365C
Michael Gettys2366C

Not bad. I have to give up three prospects, including pitcher Brett Kennedy. I have plenty of young arms in my farm system – I think we will be OK.

Target: Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler

As I mentioned earlier – our pitching needs some help at the Major League level. The Mets have been rumored to be sellers at the trade deadline in 2019 – so I wanted to see how this would play out in my fantasy world.

*This trade was completed in two separate deals – for the sake of organization it is in one table.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Luis Urias2179AMetsZach WheelerSP2882B
Francisco Mejia2369ANoah SydergaardSP2690A
Manuel Margot2470ATim TebowLF3161C
Craig Stammen3582AJeff McNeil2B2682B
Josh Naylor2167B
Garrett Richards3081C

This is a blockbuster of a trade. I pick up an ace in Noah Sydergaard and a solid arm in Zach Wheeler. My pitching rotation is now looking great. In order to get this deal done, I traded away three A level prospects in Luis Urais, Manuel Margot and Francisco Mejia. Urias was my future second baseman, so I went back to the Mets and found a way to grab Jeff McNeil. McNeil now becomes my best contact hitter and everyday second baseman. I was able to include a couple larger contracts in the McNeil trade to balance out the contracts I took on.

Target: Marcus Stroman

This is another player that is rumored to be moved at the 2019 trade deadline. I inquired with the Blue Jays to see if I could grab Marcus Stroman to continue to improve my staff.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Franchy Cordero2471BBlue JaysMarcus StromanSP2783B
Travis Jankowski2768B
Nick Margevicius2268B

I trade away a trio of contributors in order to get Stroman – the most valuable in the deal being Nick Margevicius. I also hate to see Franchy Cordero go, he gave me some outfield versatility off the bench.

Target: Mike Clevinger

Like I said, the pitching rotation was weak. I reached out to the Indians to see what they would want for Mike Clevinger – a pitcher in his late 20’s but with a manageable contract.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Phil Maton2668BIndiansMike ClevingerSP2883B
Dinelson Lamet2670B
Anderson Espinosa2162B

This trade was a no-brainer for me. I had to give up three B level prospects, two of which are 26 years old. Anderson Espinosa was the youngest player in this deal – but he is years away from competing for a Major League roster spot.

Target: Josh Bell

While I was content with the numbers I would get from Yuli Gurriel – I was concerned with his age and other factors. I also had an abundance of right-handed hitters in my lineup – so going out and grabbing a switch hitting first baseman would be ideal for my club.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Yuli Gurriel3478CPiratesJosh Bell1B2683A
Logan Allen2163AChristian KelleyC2560C
Austin Allen2566C

This is an awesome trade for my club. I move on from Gurriel before he dons a Padres uniform and only have to give up Logan Allen and a 25 year old minor leaguer. I get one of the best hitters in the game – Josh Bell.

Targets: Jose Alvarado, Diego Castillo and Matt Duffy

At this point my bullpen consisted of Kirby Yates, Jose Castillo, and Hector Rondon. The Rays had a duo of young Dominican relievers that caught my eye. I also thought Matt Duffy would be a good fit as a utility player off the bench.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Matt Strahm2775BRaysJose AlvaradoCP2388B
Adrian Morejon2063ADiego CastilloRP2582B
Jacob Nix2368BMatt Duffy3B2772B

It is hard to find good lefty arms from the pen, and Jose Alvarado is one of the elite arms in the game from that side. Diego Castillo also adds much needed depth to my middle relievers. I lose a trio of solid players in this deal – but feel OK with what I gave up. Matt Strahm became expendable after all of the starting pitcher I have traded for. Adrian Morejon is a solid pitching prospect – but I have plenty of depth there in the minors.

Target: Tim Beckham

I have always rooted for Tim Beckham – it feels like he has been around forever, and he is still just 29 years old. He seems like a player that I can acquire for minimal prospects while providing me with some speed and versatility off the bench.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Tirso Ornelas1957CMarinersTim BeckhamSS2971C

Target: Franchy Cordero

With where my team stands right now – I have four great outfielders in Yelich, Pederson, Inciarte and Renfroe. I want to carry a 5th outfielder on the Padres this year to be a defensive replacement and give me some speed off the bench. I need to get Franchy Cordero back.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Luis Campusano2061BBlue JaysFranchy CorderoLF2469B
Andres Munoz2060B
Dillon R. Overton2763C

Target: Adley Rutschman

I am content with Austin Hedges as the everyday catcher on the Padres – for now. Adley Rutschman projects to be an all-star in the near future and hits from both sides of the plate. He is a guy that I can stash in the minors for a couple of years. This could really help us out long term.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Miguel Diaz2465BOriolesAdley RutschmanC2168A
Xavier Edwards1964A
Adam Warren3176C

The big piece that I give up is Xavier Edwards. He was blocked by Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop and is still a few years from being ready. I feel like top tier catching prospects are very rare – I had to take my chances and go get Rutschman.

Target: Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt is a solid bat and would be nice to have as depth at the catcher position. He also can provide some veteran leadership to such a young squad.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Trey Wingenter2458BGiantsStephen VogtC3469C

Target: Brendan McKay

I have always loved pitchers that can hit. With us being in the National League, having a pitcher with some pop would give us an advantage. While Brendan McKay is not quite ready for my squad yet, he would be an exciting piece for the future.

PlayerAgeOvr.Pot.ToReceivedPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Michael Baez2366ARaysBrendan McKaySP2367A
Gabriel Arias1960B
Christian Kelley2560C

I had to give up a really good pitching prospect in Michael Baez – but I feel like the price is worth it in order to get McKay.

Contract Extensions

I had the opportunity to lock down some of my new acquisitions prior to Spring Training. I gave up quite a few valuable assets in order to build such a talented roster – I wanted to ensure these guys would be around for a few years.

NameAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Noah Syndergaard26SP92A2$8.5M$17M
Jeff McNeil262B84B5$2.8M$14M
Mike Clevenger28SP83B3$1.1M$3.3M
Austin Hedges26C81B3$800K$2.4M
Jose Castillo23RP78B2$800K$1.6M
Hunter Renfroe27LF77A4$3M$12M
Josh Bell261B83A5$5.1M$25.5M
Jose Alvarado23CP90B4$3.2M$12.8M
Diego Castillo25RP82B2$750K$1.5M
Franchy Cordero24LF71B3$1.5M$4.5M
  • Sydergaard – signed through the next two years at $8.5M per. He will be a free agent in 2021 when he is 28.
  • McNeil – this is an incredibly team-friendly deal. We have our second baseman at just $2.8M a season through 2023.
  • Clevenger – another value signing for the Padres. We bought out his remaining arbitration years at just $1.1M each through 2021.
  • Hedges – three years for less than $1M per. I have Hedges at a price where I could possibly keep him as a backup when Rutschman is ready.
  • Castillo – a solid lefty out of the pen for less than $1M a year through 2020.
  • Renfroe – signed through the 2022 season for $3M a year.
  • Bell – this is the largest contract I gave out this offseason, and it still seems like a great value. Josh Bell will be a Padre through 2023 for just $5.1M a year.
  • Alvarado – I lock down my new closer through the 2022 season for just $3.2M per year.
  • Castillo – a solid right-handed reliever for two years at less than $1M per season.
  • Cordero – signed through the 2021 season at $1.5M a year.

Free Agents

NameAgePos.Ovr.Pot.Yrs.Sal.Contract
Robert Puason18SS60A1$90K$90K
Jasson Dominguez18CF60A1$90K$90K
Alexander Palma22RF63A1$90K$90K
Luis Gil20SP60B1$70K$70K
Freicer Perez23SP60B1$70K$70K
Mason Englert19SP58B1$70K$70K

I traded away some of my better position player prospects – luckily I was able to find a few gems in free agency:

Puason

Dominguez

Palma

Prospects

Team RankMLB RankNameAgePos.Ovr.LevelPot.
12Fernando Tatis Jr.20SS79MLBA
26Chris Paddack23SP83MLBA
319Adley Rutschman21C68AAAA
422Mackenzie Gore20SP66AAAA
532Brendan McKay23SP67AAAA
645Ryan Weathers19SP65AAA
747Luis Patino19SP64AAA
8NRAlexander Palma22RF63AAAA
9NRJasson Dominguez18CF60AAA
10NRRobert Puason18SS60AAA

Even after all of the big trades that were made – we still have the best farm system in baseball. The Padres have SEVEN top 50 prospects and FOUR of the top 25 prospects.

  • Luis Urias was traded to the Mets. He is the #10 prospect in baseball.
  • Michael Baez was traded to the Rays. He is the #44 prospect in baseball.

Spring Training

This is an unbelievable lineup. It is hard to find a weak spot in the order, and the power in the middle will be impossible to pitch around.

I did not observe much of spring training, but what I did witness could only be a good sign of things to come. Machado and Yelich hit back-to-back homeruns in their first AB with a Padres uniform on. This is going to be a good baseball season in San Diego.

Coming Up

I will take an in depth look at the Major League roster prior to Opening Day. We will also play through Opening Day at each level of the organization so I can get a feel for the prospects in our system.

– Buzz

Fixing The Franchise: The San Francisco Giants – Spring Training 2019

This is a really tough year to be a fan of the San Francisco Giants. As I type this they are 30-39 on the season and 16.5 games back of the first place Dodgers. They have no path to the playoffs in the near future. They have old and bloated contracts that will hinder them for the foreseeable future. Long story short – the Giants need to unload their bad contracts and re-stock their farm system. Their quickest path to success is to blow things up.

If you are following along with Fixing The Franchise: The Miami Marlins, you will notice that I have a much quicker path to success with that ball club. I am going to play by different and more realistic rules with this San Francisco Giant organization.

Rules

  • I cannot tinker with trades. I can only offer up players, or identify players that I am interested in.
  • Players have to be played at their primary position, unless there are injuries.
  • I can make realistic position moves – if I can justify it in writing.
  • I have to make this a realistic rebuild – meaning the Giants are not buyers this season, I am only able to trade talent for prospects.
  • I am using the latest version of OSFM Rosters – which includes draft picks from 2019.

State of the Initial Roster

MLB(R) The Show(TM) 19

This team is bad. In my lineup, if I am looking for young talent to build around I see Steven Duggar, Mike Yastrzemski, Joe Panik and Tyler Austin – none of which are all that young. Every other starter is into their 30’s and does not match the timeline of my rebuild. I also have some hefty contracts with Posey, Longoria, Belt and Crawford.

MLB(R) The Show(TM) 19

The rotation looks much better. Dereck Rodriguez is talented and only 26, Shaun Anderson is a good player at just 24 years old. Trevor Gott and Reyes Moronta are also within the rebuild window as 26 year olds. I absolutely have to get rid of Jeff Samardzija with his $18M a year contract. Bumgarner is also an impending free agent, I need to flip him for prospects.

Budget

MLB(R) The Show(TM) 19

The contracts that I have are insane. I am locked into Johnny Cueto, Buster Posey, and Evan Longoria through 2022. I have Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford for a combined $27M through 2021. Jeff Samardzija and Mark Melancon are costing me $34M through 2020. If any of these players were in their prime, these numbers would be reasonable. As it stands, I am not fielding a competitive team with these players. I simply needs to unload these contracts to jump start my rebuild.

Getting Rid of Bad Contracts

Looking at my budget – I am locked into many aging former-stars for multiple years at 7 or 8 figure contracts. That is not going to work for my team. I want to just get these players off of my roster and set myself up for the future.

Cueto

The first player that I want to unload is Johnny Cueto – he is 33 years old and owed $21.6M annually through the 2022 season.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Johnny Cueto3379BAngelsJeremiah Jackson19SS61B
Jonathan Lucroy32C74C
Matt Harvey30SP77C

With the salary of Cueto considered – no teams were willing to take him on entirely for prospects. I was able to make a deal with the Angels – acquiring two of their pricey vets and a decent prospect. Jeremiah Jackson was a second round pick in the 2018 draft. With this trade I am able to save $7.2M this season.

Longoria

My next move was to get rid of that Evan Longoria contract. He is owed between $13M-$20M annually through the 2022 season. I simply cannot pay a 33 year old that much, no matter how awesome he was in the past.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Evan Longoria3378CAstrosSeth Beer22LF59B
Miguelangel Sierra20SS57C
Wade Miley32SP76C

Not bad. I was able to acquire two prospects and a vet with an OK salary. I saved $8.6M on this season alone by moving on from Longoria.

Posey

The last of my 2022 monster contracts – Buster Posey. He has been the face of the franchise and the heart and soul of the team for almost a decade. Rookie of the Year, MVP, and three time World Series Champion. Baseball is a business, and I cannot be paying a 35 year old catcher $19.8M in 2022

I offered up Posey and there was not a single team that would take him on alone. To entice teams I pulled a move out of the Houston Texans playbook. Not long ago they attached a 2nd round pick to unload the Brock Osweiler contract. My version of this was to attach Tyler Beede to Posey in order to get a team to make an offer. It worked.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Buster Posey3288ATwinsRoyce Lewis19SS65A
Tyler Beede2566BMarwin Gonzalez303B79C

Oh my god. I somehow was offered the #1 overall pick from the 2018 draft. What a deal. Posey is out but I may have a new face of the franchise for years to come. Hopefully Royce Lewis lives up to his potential. I was so excited I forgot to see how much money this would save me.

Samardzija

The next big contract to move is Jeff Samardzija – $18M per year through 2020. There was not a lot of interest in the former Notre Dame Wide Receiver.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Jeff Samardzija3481BIndiansJason Kipnis312B81C

This move looks like a wash – but it saves me $10M. With Jason Kipnis at a much lower salary I may be able to immediately flip him for a few mid-level prospects.

Melancon

Next to go was Mark Melancon – owed $15.5M through 2020. Much like Posey, he was too expensive to take alone. I decided to attach him to 26 year old RP Trevor Gott in hopes of getting a prospect back.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Mark Melancon3488BDodgersKody Hoese213B62B
Trevor Gott2682CMatt Beaty261B63B
A.J. Pollock31CF78C

Whoa, a trade with the Dodgers. I was able to acquire their 1st round pick from the 2019 draft – Kody Hoese – a power hitting 3rd baseman. I also grabbed A.J. Pollock – who I will be immediately trading. This move saves me $3.4M.

Pollock

OK, Pollock is owed $12M a year through 2023 – we need to dump him somewhere.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
A.J. Pollock3475CPhilliesVince Velasquez26RP74B

Nice. I grabbed a Major League level relief pitcher and saved $9.8M in the process. Not bad.

Belt

Brandon Belt is the next to go – he is owed $14.5 per year through 2021. Unsurprisingly, nobody wants to take on his contract without getting something in return. I attached Fernando Abad – and the Mets showed interest.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Brandon Belt3083BMetsDominic Smith23LF73B
Fernando Abad3370DJuan Lagares30CF75C

Not a bad return for Belt and a RP I would never use. Dominic Smith was the 11th pick of the 2013 draft. I also save $10.1M on this trade.

Crawford

We have just a few bloated multi-year deals left to move, and this next one hurts. I have to move on from Brandon Crawford at shortstop. I love him as a player, but I can’t pay him $12.5M a year through 2021. Without attaching a prospect I did not get much interest. I decided to add on Andrew Suarez to see what interest I could draw up.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Brandon Crawford3382CAthleticsLogan Davidson21SS64B
Andrew Suarez2668BStephen Piscotty28RF77B

This is an interesting trade. I save $6.5M with this move. I also snag Logan Davidson, the 29th pick of the 2019 draft out of Clemson. Stephen Piscotty is not a bad player to acquire either – it just depends on if I want to keep him through his contract, which goes through 2023.

Gonzalez

My next move is to get rid of the newly added Marwin Gonzalez contract. He is 30 years old and I don’t need him around for the rebuild. Much to the dismay of Heliot Ramos – I attached his brother Henry Ramos to this deal.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Marwin Gonzalez3077CMarlinsMagneuris Sierra22CF63B
Henry Ramos2657CGarrett Cooper28RF73C

Magneuris Sierra was the key piece in the Marcell Ozuna trade to the Cardinals. I also save $10.1M in this deal.

Kipnis

Time to move Jason Kipnis next. I was kind enough to let him know I would trade him right away – he didn’t even come to San Francisco.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Jason Kipnis3177CBravesShea Langerliers21C65B

Another great move for the future of the Giants. I move Kipnis and his $8M this year – for 2019 9th overall pick Shea Langerliers.

Piscotty

I want to move Stephen Piscotty next. He has a long commitment and I am unsure if I want to go all in on Piscotty.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Stephen Piscotty2875CBrewersBrice Turang19B63B

I grab another young shortstop prospect in Brice Turang. A 2018 first round pick for the Brewers. I save $6.3M this year with this move.

Harvey

Matt Harvey and his $11M this year have to go. I don’t want his personality around on my squad. His interview with Dan Patrick still bothers me.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Matt Harvey3077CNationalsJackson Rutledge20SP57B
Brandon A. Beachy3266BAdam Eaton30RF76C

I pick up another 2019 first round pick in Jackson Rutledge and only had to attach a 32 year old minor leaguer to Harvey to get it done.

Bumgarner and Smith

OK – now it is time to move some big names. Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith do not benefit my ball club this year. They are free agents in 2020 – it is time to collect some prospects for them. I am going to attach both players in a trade to see what kind of big return I can get.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Will Smith3990APiratesCole Tucker22SS77B
Madison Bumgarner2985BKe’Bryan Hayes223B67A
Peter Maris2555CJosh Bell261B81A

Wow! The left side of my infield and Josh Bell! All three players are controllable for the foreseeable future. What a trade!

Tucker

Hayes

Bell

Eaton

Adam Eaton does not fit into my future plans. Time to trade him before he steps on the field in a Giants uniform.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Adam Eaton3072CMarinersGeorge Kirby21SP65B

I needed to beef up my minor league pitching depth and this helped in a big way. George Kirby was the 20th pick in the 2019 draft. This takes another $4.6M off my salary.

Pillar

I love Kevin Pillar – but a $5.8M 30 year old CF on a rebuilding team doesn’t do me any good.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Kevin Pillar3079CRed SoxDarwinzon Hernandez23SP65B

Holland

This is another player that does not fit my franchise moving forward. Derek Holland is expensive and I would rather give the innings to a younger players.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Derek Holland3271CBlue JaysRyan Noda221B45B

I save $6.5M with this move and pick up a decent 1B prospect with good potential.

Dyson

Sam Dyson is a solid relief pitcher. Someone else can use him this year that has an eye on competing. I need to get a good prospect in return for him.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Sam Dyson3076CYankeesTrevor Stephan22SP61B

I snag a solid pitching prospect and save $5M on the 2019 season.

Lagares

Just like the other vets I acquired, I have no plan for Juan Lagares. I would rather give the playing time to a younger player.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Juan Lagares3073CYankeesClarke Schmidt22SP63B

I save $4.7M and snag another young pitcher with good potential for my farm system.

Panik

Joe Panik has been a solid player for the GIants for a few years. He is getting older though and does not fit the vision I have for the future of the ballclub. It is time to say goodbye to another World Series Champion.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Joe Panik2875BBlue JaysAlek Manoah21SP64B

With this trade I save just about $4M and also grab the 11th overall pick from the 2019 MLB Draft.

Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy was another player that was acquired as part of moving a larger contract. Just like the others, it is time to say goodbye before he puts on a uniform.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Jonathan Lucroy3272CPadresMiguel Diaz24RP68B

Miguel Diaz is a solid player that I can add to my bullpen and will find his way to the 25 man roster in the immediate future.

Miley

Wade Miley is a decent arm with a good personality. While it would be nice to keep him around and fill out my rotation – I am all in on grabbing prospects.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Wade Miley3273CCardinalsSeth Elledge22CP56B

I save almost $5M in this trade and snag a good prospect at just 22 year old.

Vincent

Simply just another aging vet that I have no use for this season.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Nick Vincent3280CRangersTyler Phillips21SP59B

I save about $3M with this move and grab another arm to continue to add to my minor league depth.

Watson

I love Tony Watson – I respect him enough to seek out a competitive club to send him to. He is 33 years old and I want him to have an opportunity to make it to the playoffs in 2019.

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Tony Watson3379BBrewersEthan Small21SP61B

I grab another 2019 first round pick in Ethan Small, and save $3M in the process.

Pomeranz

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Drew Pomeranz3074CMarinersJoey Gerber21RP62B

Solano

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Donovan Solano3170CRed SoxJarren Duran22RF59B

Cooper

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Garrett Cooper2871CWhite SoxLuis Gonzalez23CF59B

Austin

TradedAgeOvr.Pot.ToRec.AgePos.Ovr.Pot.
Tyler Austin2769ADodgersCaleb Ferguson22RP75B

This is a huge move. Tyler Austin does not fit the path of this franchise. He is just a bit too old to fit the timeframe I have set for our club. Caleb Ferguson can come in and get some innings right away.

Coaches

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The Giants had a pretty good staff to begin with. Considering all of my prospects, I absolutely must have the best coaches. I let go of Jose Alguacil and Ron Wotus. I picked up Landon Baldwin and Jay Makepeace to take their spots.

Free Agents

After all of the move that I made – I could hardly field a Major League team. There is an odd beauty to tanking and rebuilding, you have to perform just well enough to not get fired. I turned to Free Agency to help fill out my 25 man roster.

PlayerPos.AgeOvr.Pot.Yrs.Contract
Carlos Asuaje2B2773B2$1.9M
Chase Headley3B3472C2$4.6M
James ShieldsSP3769B1$600K
Bartolo ColonSP4568A1$600K
Jason HammelSP3671C1$1.7M
Jose Reyes2B3569C1$600K
Santiago CasillaRP3873B1$1.9M
Alexander PalmaRF2263A1$100K
Joaquin BenoitRP4175A1$2.4M
  • After three seasons with the Padres, Carlos Asuaje found himself playing in Korea with the Lotte Giants in 2019. I called him up to be my everyday second baseman and brought him back to the United States.
  • Chase Headley was a 2015 target for the San Francisco Giants when they lost Pablo Sandoval. I do not want to rush Ke’Bryan Hayes to the show, so this will buy me some time.
  • James Shields, Bartolo Colon, and Jason Hammel fit the mold of players that used to be great that the Giants sign five years after their prime.
  • I pick up a versatile player in Jose Reyes to play a utility role for this club.
  • Santiago Casilla comes back to the Giants, along with Joaquin Benoit to fill out my bullpen.
  • Alexander Palma was sitting in Free Agency for some reason. At just 22 years old and with A potential I had to grab him. He will start the year in the minor leagues.

Making Room For Free Agents

In MLB the Show 19, rosters are capped at 90 players. In order to make room for the free agents above – I had to release the following players:

PlayerPos.AgeOvr.Pot.
Pat VenditteRP3358D
Ronnie FreemanC2850C
Sam SelmanRP2850C
Enderson FrancoRP2654C
Michael ReedLF2659C
Brock Stassi1B2961C
Levi MichaelSS2861C
Keyvious SampsonSP2862C
Chase JohnsonSP2761C
Ben MadisonSP2160C
Gio Brusa1B2559C
Samuel CoonrodRP2657C
Sam MollRP2758C
Jandel GustaveRP2562C
Anthony GarciaRF2761C

Updated Budget

Before

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Now

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I went from having a 2019 player salary total of $177M to now having player salaries coming in at $33M. I shaved $144M off of my total payroll for the 2019 season. I had $62M committed through the 2022 season, and now I have zero commitments in 2022. In fact, I only have $3M committed in the 2020 season. Those values will increase a bit – I have some contract extension possibilities that I need to take a look at.

Current Roster

Pitching Staff

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Dereck Rodriguez is the ace of the staff. Following Rodriguez is a trio of vets in Shields, Hammel and Colon. I have the youngster Shaun Anderson as my #5 starter – I don’t want to put too much pressure on him during his rookie campaign. My bullpen is a grab bag of old and young talent. Reyes Moronta and Caleb Ferguson are in my long term plans – Vince Velasquez is currently auditioning for that as well. Casilla and Benoit are short term options to keep the team competitive.

Lineup

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RHPPos.LHPPos.
1Carlos Asuaje2BCole TuckerSS
2Pablo Sandoval3BJose Reyes2B
3Josh Bell1BJosh Bell1B
4Dominic SmithLFChase Headley3B
5Steven DuggarCFAramis GarciaC
6Mike YastrzemskiRFAustin SlaterRF
7Stephen VogtCDominic SmithLF
8Cole TuckerSSSteven DuggarCF
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Outside of Josh Bell – there are not many exciting bats in this Giants lineup. Dominic Smith, Steven Duggar, and Cole Tucker are giving fans a glimpse of the future. We don’t project to score too many runs, so we can let the fans see what the young bucks can do. Outside of those four players, everyone else in the lineup is in a platoon role. We do not have the talent, so we need to play the odds and take on the best matchups this season.

Coming Up

The Giants are a completely different franchise as we head in to the 2019 season. We are no longer the aging over-priced team. We are a franchise with a ton of minor-league talent and a bright future. In the next post we will look at some contract extensions, top prospects lists, and opening day.

– Buzz