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A summary of the 2020 SB Nation off-season simulation

This may be more fun than the real off-season.

MLB: DEC 17 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Press Conference Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This is expected to be a slow off-season with teams in austerity mode, so we thought we’d generate activity on our own with our annual SB National Off-season Simulation. We take 30 volunteers to run each team and operate under real world conditions, working out trades and negotiating free agent contracts. 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

Last Name First Name Team Contract
Last Name First Name Team Contract
Bauer Trevor SDP 6 years, $215M
Realmuto J.T. PHI 6 years, $172M
Springer George CLE 6 years, $170M
Stroman Marcus NYM 6 years, $102M
Ozuna Marcell MIA 4 years, $100M
Kim Ha-Seong SFG 7 years, $90M
Gausman Kevin SFG 5 years, $80M
Semien Marcus NYM 4 years, $56M
Brantley Michael HOU 3 years, $50M
Rosario Eddie BOS 4 years, $45M
Pederson Joc TOR 3 years, $42M
Morton Charlie NYY 2 years, $40M
Minor Mike MIN 3 years, $39M
Hendriks Liam PHI 3 years, $37.5M
Bradley Jr. Jackie CHC 3 years, $36M
Simmons Andrelton CIN 3 years, $34M
Paxton James STL 3 years, $31M
McCann James HOU 4 years, $30M
Profar Jurickson SDP 4 years, $30M
Wong Kolten COL 2 years, $30M
Rosenthal Trevor TOR 2 years, $28M
Gregorius Didi MIL 2 years, $24M
Tanaka Masahiro CHW 2 years, $21M
Kluber Corey MIL 2 years, $21M
La Stella Tommy STL 2 years, $20M

Here are what each team’s payroll looks like:

Team-by-team payrolls

Team Payroll
Team Payroll
NY Yankees $233,977,000
LA Angels $207,827,000
LA Dodgers $203,671,500
NY Mets $187,163,248
Houston $187,140,167
Washington $179,321,500
Chi. Cubs $174,844,500
Colorado $174,417,500
Philadelphia $174,151,666
Boston $163,224,889
St. Louis $160,828,333
San Francisco $154,022,309
Cincinnati $153,090,386
San Diego $150,033,333
Atlanta $131,574,000
Minnesota $131,527,833
Chi. White Sox $126,181,000
Toronto $108,945,333
Miami $105,648,500
Seattle $103,977,500
Detroit $102,546,500
Cleveland $95,922,333
Milwaukee $92,308,000
Texas $90,805,000
Oakland $86,685,000
Kansas City $81,452,500
Arizona $78,435,833
Tampa Bay $70,889,000
Baltimore $56,029,500
Pittsburgh $51,335,000

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?