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OMD's Shadow Royals: 2014-2015 Offseason Simulation Day 3

Much of the work has been done. Just tweaks remain. Then the Shadow Royals will be unleashed upon the faux baseball world.

But I Don't Know What To Do With Those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
But I Don't Know What To Do With Those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Here we are in the third day of the SBNationwide sim--in which I am the General Manager of the Shadow Royals and most of the other teams are run by representatives from those other sites--and the Shadow Royals have been changed relatively drastically, remade in my vision. The Shadow Royals write-ups for the previous days can be found here: Day 1 and Day 2.

Here is a quick recap of what happened during the first two days:

Orders of business
  • extended Qualifying Offer to James Shields, which was declined
  • exercised Wade Davis's $7MM option for 2015
  • bought out Billy Butler's 2015 club option for $1MM
  • non-tendered Jayson Nix and Aaron Crow
  • offered arbitration to the rest of the rostered arbitration-eligible Royals
  • Ned Yost promoted to Special Advisor in Charge of Wild Game
  • Brian Bannister hired as manager
  • sent Jason Vargas and pitching prospects Christian Binford and Cody Reed to the Cubs for Edwin Jackson, Luis Valbuena and $4MM in 2015/$2MM in 2016
  • sent Greg Holland to Red Sox for Allen Craig, prospect Brian Johnson, and $1.5MM in 2016/$3.5MM in 2017
  • shipped Tim Collins off to Milwaukee for prospect Ariel Pena
  • acquired Jordan Zimmermann and outfield prospect Brian Goodwin for a gaggle of prospects: Kyle Zimmer, Hunter Dozier, Ryan O'Hearn, and Ramon Torres
  • sent Jeremy Guthrie, Omar Infante and $2.2MM in 2016 to Toronto for R.A. Dickey and his caddy/catcher Josh Thole
Free Agent Signings
  • Luke Hochevar - three-year deal totaling $12MM guaranteed, some of which comes from a club option with a buyout; contract structured as follows: $2.5MM in 2015, $3.5MM in 2016, $4MM in 2017, $4.5MM club option for 2018 with $2MM buyout
  • Luis Mendoza - split minor-league deal that becomes $700K if added to the 25-man roster
  • Jonny Gomes - one-year deal for $2.5MM
  • James McDonald - minor league deal

As we entered Day Three of the simulation, word trickled in regarding the Shadow Royals first move of the day.

Free Agent Signing #5

The Royals agree to terms on a one-year deal with left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher in the amount of $1.3MM.

Free Agent Signing #6

The Royals agree to terms on a three-year deal with Jason Frasor. But I Don't Know What To Do With Those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs will get $1.75MM in 2015, $2.25MM in 2016, and $2.5MM in 2017.

Free Agent Signing #7

The Royals sign Scott Baker to a minor-league contract.

The 25-man roster currently looks something like this:

Position Player 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Catcher Salvador Perez 1.75 2 3.75 5 6
Catcher Josh Thole 1.4 Arb-4 FA
First Base Eric Hosmer 5.2 Arb-3 Arb-4 FA
Second Base Luis Valbuena 3.1 FA
Shortstop Alcides Escobar 3 5.25 6.5 FA
Third Base Mike Moustakas 2.7 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA
Left Field Alex Gordon 14 13.25* FA
Center Field Lorenzo Cain 2.3 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA
Right Field Jarrod Dyson 1.3 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA
Outfield/DH Allen Craig 5.5 7.5** 7.5** 13**
Outfield/DH Jonny Gomes 2.5 FA
Utility Infield Christian Colon 0.5 0.5 0.5 Arb-1 Arb-2
Utility Lane Adams 0.5 0.5 0.5 Arb-1 Arb-2
Starting Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann 16.5 FA
Starting Pitcher Yordano Ventura 0.5 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3 Arb-4
Starting Pitcher R.A. Dickey 12 12***
Starting Pitcher Edwin Jackson 7^ 9^ FA
Starting Pitcher Danny Duffy 2.6 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA
Relief Pitcher Wade Davis 7 8^^ 10^^ FA
Relief Pitcher Luke Hochevar 2.5 3.5 4 4.5^^^ FA
Relief Pitcher Kelvin Herrera 1.5 Arb-2 Arb-3 Arb-4 FA
Relief Pitcher Louis Coleman 0.7 Arb-2 Arb-3 FA
Relief Pitcher Joe Thatcher 1.3 FA
Relief Pitcher Jason Frasor 1.75 2.25 2.5 FA
Relief Pitcher Francisley Bueno 0.5 0.5 Arb-1 Arb-2 Arb-3
Buyout Billy Butler 1

That brings the Shadow Royals total payroll to $98.6MM of the allotted $101MM. Added so far on minor league deals are Scott Baker, Luis Mendoza, and James McDonald, though other offers are out there.

A quick recap of the prospects gone is as follows: Kyle Zimmer, Hunter Dozier, Christian Binford, Ramon Torres, Ryan O'Hearn, and Cody Reed.

The prospects that have come back in trades are: Brian Goodwin, Brian Johnson, and Ariel Pena.

I'm not quite done, but I'm pretty close.