Colorado Rockies simulation: Who ended up with these three players?
Over the past few days, we have participated in the FanSided Fake Winter Meetings, acting as the general manager for the Colorado Rockies and making moves that we believe would help the team succeed.
As a quick recap, the simulated moves we made on behalf of the Colorado Rockies included a trade with the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler, a swap with the Tampa Bay Rays for first baseman C.J. Cron, and re-signing reliever Adam Ottavino to a two-year, $18 million deal.
Those were the transactions we made. Of course, there were plenty of other moves made by other teams that included now former Rockies players. We kept a close eye on what would happen with these players, which teams signed them and what their salaries became. Let’s run those down quickly today.
Again, as a reminder, all of the moves listed above and below are not real. These are simulated moves made by the experts running FanSided’s 30 Major League Baseball sites.
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First, let’s start with All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Heading into the simulation, we were curious to see what price the 30-year-old three-time Gold Glove winner would fetch. We were also willing to match it if the price seemed somewhat reasonable.
Our colleagues running the Minnesota Twins started the bidding at two years and $16 million and quickly got into a bidding war with our colleagues overseeing the San Francisco Giants. Eventually, the Giants won LeMahieu’s services for three years and $36 million.
While we hated to see LeMahieu go to a division rival, it wasn’t worth the price tag (in our eyes) with Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers waiting in the wings for the Rockies.
Carlos Gonzalez didn’t receive much attention in the simulation, earning just one bid from the Chicago White Sox. That resulted in CarGo heading to the Windy City with a one-year, $5 million deal.
Gerardo Parra also received just one bid, but landed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.
In case you’re curious, in our simulation, Bryce Harper was given a 12-year, $485 million contract by the Philadelphia Phillies and Manny Machado was handed a 10-year, $355 million deal by the White Sox. Of course, many expect a bidding war for both these players. We’ll be watching this and how it impacts Colorado’s chances in the race for the National League pennant closely.