We’ve had prediction threads, we’ve had offseason wishlist threads, we’ve had what you want to see happen, what you think we’ll see. Almost every thread recently has devolved into an ‘offseason plan’ thread at some point.But what I’m hoping for this thread though is (for the time being) no discussion, no debate, no arguments for or against, just a very simple list what you would do this offseason if you were GM in a quick, easy format.
The idea being we can revisit this later and discuss midseason/next offseason and see how things are going for everyone’s respective plans.
You can edit/revise your plans at three different times:
When players accept/reject Qualifiying Offers. Kevin Gausman and Marcus Stroman likely figure to be on many plans, and there’s a chance neither hit the open market, as we saw with Odorizzi last winter. I believe we should know this within two weeks or so, so you can also wait.
When Trevor Bauer signs, since he will likely be on a majority of submitted plans – here’s an opportunity to pivot if he signs elsewhere.
Around Dec. 2nd, 8pm ET, at the non-tender deadline. A significant number of free agents will be added, some of which could alter plans significantly.
In addition, I will potentially bump the thread once or twice this winter with an option to edit. The first will be if we learn of a specific amount from Arte/the FO is intending to spend this offseason, and the second will be late into the offseason, perhaps even right before Spring Training, in order to allow any last minute bargains.
When this happens, please edit your post but keep original plan detailed still. Strikethrough the text or write out your edited plan.
As of now, we’ll assume the Angels can add up to $30m in salary to the 2021 payroll. It could be less, could be more.
Overall, try to be as specific as possible when it comes to your money offered or players involved in trade. There are links below to help us work within a standardized set of trade and contract values.
Feel free to offer contingencies, i.e, pivoting to Gausman if Bauer doesn’t sign, but try to limit yourself to a couple options, maybe a Plan B or C, for the sake of the exercise.
Think outside the box – signing Bauer or Stroman are nice ideas, but names like Dylan Bundy, Mike Mayers, and Max Stassi were some of the biggest additions to the 2020 Angels over their 2019 counterparts. No one saw that coming – and that’s part of the fun. So, go out on a limb here or there.
A few handy links to reference in forming your plans:
List of free agents can be found here.
Determining contract terms (values/lengths): https://blogs.fangraphs.com/2021-top-50-free-agents/
Determining trade values (approximate, standardized): https://www.baseballtradevalues.com
The 2020 thread and Results thread
If applicable, using the projected arbitration salaries from MLBTR.