[Updated at 9:49 PM]
Here we are again. It's simulation time. For the third year running, I am the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals--or at least of the Shadow Royals. As in the prior two years, I'll keep people apprised of the Shadow Royals' progress (I assure you, there is still a end of year wrap-up coming).
Max's offseason simulation started at 7:00 PM on Sunday night.
Of course I made a deal well before the sim started. Call me Dayton Moore without the flag flying over the Hall of Fame.
Royals trade starting pitcher Jason Vargas and pitching prospects Christian Binford and Cody Reed to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, infielder Luis Valbuena, and $6MM--$4MM in 2015 and $2MM in 2016.
Royals orders of business
The Royals bought out the final year of Billy Butler's contract, costing them $1.0MM.
The Royals exercise their club option on Wade Davis, committing $7.0MM to the reliever in 2015.
The Royals non-tender Jayson Nix.
The Royals extend a Qualifying Offer to James Shields.
The Royals send closer Greg Holland to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Allen Craig, pitching prospect Brian Johnson, and $5.0MM--$1.5MM in 2016, and $3.5MM in 2017.
Irons are in the fire. I'll keep y'all posted.