Welcome to the third annual installment of the “If I Were Perry Minasian” series. In order to rosterbate responsibly, we will use the following guidelines.
- Payroll is to be $210 Million so you have $38.4 Million to spend.
- No trading Ohtani
- No contracts longer than three years
- Use either MLBTR’s estimated free agent salaries or their counterparts at Fangraphs
- You can clear roster space by non-tendering players
- Run all trades through the trade simulator at Baseball Trade Values dot com
I am not writing an article called what Perry Minasian actually did. I set out to do something about pitching, shortstop, and corner outfield. I am presuming that the Yankees cannot retain the services of Aaron Judge. Otherwise, they won’t feel any need to get outfield help like Ward.
This trade gets the Angels a player in Jon Berti who can play most of the infield plus left field. He can also bat above the Mendoza line. It brings a competent but not great starting pitcher on board in Frankie Montas and a relief pitcher in Michael King who was real good until he was injured last year. He is projected to make $1.2 Million. We lose Taylor Ward and so there is still a hole in the outfield. The Marlins get a shortstop in Roderick Arias who is currently in the DSL and they get relief from Berti’s projected salary of $2.4 Million.
The Yankees took on Taylor Ward’s projected $2.9 Million salary while the Angels took on the projected $7.7 Million for Montas. The Angels added about $8.4 Million in obligations when you juggle these arbitration guys. $38.4 Million minus $8.4 Million equals $30 Million still burning a hole in my pocket.
Michael Conforto, Right Field 1 year at $15 Million. $15 Million left to spend.
Jose Abreu, First Base, 2 years at $40 Million. I am now $5 Million over my limit.
I have to make up for my $5 Million overage by non-tendering Griffin Canning ($1.1 Million), Jaime Barria ($1.2 Million), and Jared Walsh ($2.7 Million).
- Jose Abreu 1B .304/.378/.824 (He gets on base)
- Mike Trout CF .283/.369/.999
- Shohei Ohtani DH .273/.356/.875
- Michael Conforto RF .255/.356/.824
- Anthony Rendon 3B .229/.326/.706
- Jon Berti SS .240/.324/.662
- Luis Rengifo 2B .264/.294/.724
- Jo Adell LF .223/.263/.635
- Max Stassi .180/.267/.571
- Shohei Ohtani
- Patrick Sandoval
- Reid Detmers
- Jose Suarez
- Frankie Montas
- Janson Junk
- Michael King
- Jimmy Herget
- Andrew Wantz
- Ryan Tepera
- Aaron Loup
- Jose Quijada
- Chase Silseth
- Chris Rodriguez
- Logan O’Hoppe C
- David Fletcher UT
- Mickey Moniak OF
- Matt Thaiss C/1B
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi