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A summary of the 2019 SB Nation off-season simulation

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Oh boy, we spent a lot of fake money.

Chicago Cubs Introduce David Ross - News Conference Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

Our annual off-season MLB simulation wrapped up this week and it if is a preview of the real off-season, it will be a doozy. For the uninitiated, I take 30 fans, assign them each a team, usually their favorite team, and allow them to make trades with each other using real world contract and payroll situations. They also negotiate free agent contracts with me, the most ruthless of all the player agents.

An added wrinkle this year was that instead of budgets, I had “notes from the owner” to give each GM a rough guideline on what to spend this off-season. You can read all the ground rules here.

I kept track of all the free agent signings, options decisions, and updated team-by-team payrolls in a master sheet you can see here. Here were the 25 largest free agent contracts.

Biggest free agent contracts

Player Team Contract length Amount AAV
Player Team Contract length Amount AAV
Stephen Strasburg Phillies 8 years $324 million $40,500,000
Anthony Rendon Nationals 10 years $310 million $31,000,000
Gerrit Cole Angels 7 years $280 million $40,000,000
Zach Wheeler Yankees 6 years $180 million $30,000,000
Yasmani Grandal White Sox 6 years $150 million $25,000,000
Madison Bumgarner Giants 6 years $144 million $24,000,000
Marcell Ozuna Rays 6 years $132 million $22,000,000
J.D. Martinez White Sox 4 years $92 million $23,000,000
Josh Donaldson Braves 4 years $90 million $22,500,000
Dallas Keuchel White Sox 4 years $88 million $22,000,000
Didi Gregorius Reds 6 years $75 million $12,500,000
Jose Abreu Astros 4 years $65 million $16,250,000
Mike Moustakas Royals 4 years $60 million $15,000,000
Nicholas Castellanos Pirates 4 years $55 million $13,750,000
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo White Sox 5 years $55 million $11,000,000
Kyle Gibson Mariners 4 years $48 million $12,000,000
Hyun-Jin Ryu Mets 3 years $75 million $25,000,000
Cole Hamels Red Sox 3 years $64 million $21,333,333
Jake Odorizzi Cardinals 3 years $54 million $18,000,000
Aroldis Chapman Yankees 3 years $48 million $16,000,000
Will Smith Cardinals 3 years $40 million $13,333,333
Rick Porcello Twins 3 years $37 million $12,333,333
Alex Wood Braves 3 years $33 million $11,000,000
Julio Teheran Brewers 3 years $33 million $11,000,000
Yasiel Puig Padres 3 years $33 million $11,000,000
Dellin Betances Indians 3 years $28 million $9,333,333

Here are what each team’s payroll looks like:

Team payrolls

Team Payroll
Team Payroll
New York Yankees $221,552,857
Washington Nationals $202,525,000
St. Louis Cardinals $200,473,333
Boston Red Sox $199,633,389
Los Angeles Angels $194,741,667
Houston Astros $193,240,000
Philadelphia Phillies $190,110,000
Chicago Cubs $187,435,000
Los Angeles Dodgers $182,035,000
San Francisco Giants $181,901,667
New York Mets $179,928,248
Texas Rangers $162,590,000
Chicago White Sox $160,740,000
Atlanta Braves $153,075,000
Cincinnati Reds $145,402,386
Colorado Rockies $132,015,000
Milwaukee Brewers $125,290,000
Seattle Mariners $118,685,000
Cleveland Indians $115,063,333
San Diego Padres $113,855,000
Minnesota Twins $113,383,333
Oakland Athletics $108,290,000
Detroit Tigers $105,865,000
Arizona Diamondbacks $103,115,000
Tampa Bay Rays $91,805,000
Baltimore Orioles $83,945,000
Pittsburgh Pirates $82,075,000
Kansas City Royals $80,790,000
Miami Marlins $79,420,000
Toronto Blue Jays $73,510,000

Here I have team-by-team transactions as well as what their rosters may look like now. Who did the best? What team looks poised for a championship in 2020?