The SB Nation Winter Meetings Simulation in a nutshell: All rosters were reset to the day the World Series ended, and each simulated general manager was responsible for all decisions pertaining to his or her team's 25-man roster. You can read the full rules of the simulation and monitor all official transactions — posted by RoyalsRetro — at Royals Review.
The SB Nation simulated offseason will soon come to a close, which meant Thursday night was all about filling out the 25-man roster. Playing the role of Sandy Alderson, it's been a week full of transactions for me.
On Monday, I sent Daniel Murphy to the Brewers for John Axford and snagged Denard Span from the Twins for Jeurys Familia and Rafael Montero, extended David Wright for seven years, $122 million, negotiated Jason Bay's release, and non-tendered Andres Torres, Mike Pelfrey, and Manny Acosta.
Things were a little quiet on Tuesday, but I was able to ink R.A. Dickey to a two-year, $24 million extension, which immediately took him off the trade block. Scott Hairston then signed for two years, $9 million.
Wednesday was a day of free-agent signings: Kelly Shoppach, Kelly Johnson, Randy Choate, and Jeff Baker were brought on board. Manny Acosta also rejoined the club on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
And that brings us to Thursday night. With most of the 25-man roster penciled in, my top priority was making sure Jeremy Hefner and Elvin Ramirez would begin the year in the minors, not in the Mets' bullpen.
To take Hefner's spot as the long-man and spot starter out of the bullpen, I inked Jeff Francis to a one-year deal at $1.5 million with a maximum salary of $2.5 million via incentives for innings pitched: $500k for 50 IP, $500k for 100 IP. He's been a decent left-handed starter for the Rockies for quite a while now, but I'm hoping he'll turn into the Mets' version of 2012 Tom Gorzelanny, excelling in one-to-three inning stints out of the bullpen when necessary. If a member of the rotation goes down to injury and Zack Wheeler isn't ready, Francis will step in to fill the void.
Taking Elvin's spot on the 25-man roster is Jason Frasor, a 35-year-old right-handed pitcher formerly of the Blue Jays, on a two-year, $4.5 million deal. He's a high-strikeout pitcher who throws heat and struggles a bit with control, but he has not been overworked over his years in the big leagues. He's also been able to pitch to left-handed hitters nearly as well as right-handed hitters, which means Josh Edgin or Randy Choate won't have to be warming up every time there's a left-handed hitter on deck for Frasor.
Here, then, is the updated — and possibly final — simulated roster: