Welcome to the terrydactyls 2022 off-season moves. My decisions had a couple of assumptions.
1. Buxton is extended at a base of $15M a year plus incentives.
2. A trade is made with the Miami Marlins. The Twins trade Kepler, Arraez, Garver, and Wood Richardson in exchange for Sandy Alcantera and Richard Bleier (LHRP). This seemingly lopsided trade was necessary to balance the trade on baseballtradesimulator.com. If the trade can be completed with less assets moving to Miami, that's even better.
3. The front office made its final decision based on the New Home Buyer methodology (explained below).
My first step was to fill the holes left by the trade. So Jeffers takes over for Garver, Celestino replaces Kepler, and Gordon is the new Utility Guy instead of Arraez. Yes it is a loss of offensive punch but I believe the farm had plenty of substitutes. Miranda is now the full time DH. Larnach, Astudillo and Rortvedt complete the bench. To cover the SS hole, I sign free agent Iglesias to a 1-year deal.
Next, I turned to the pitching side. Alcantera is now at the top of the rotation. I retain Ober and Ryan as starters. In the bullpen, I retain Rogers, Duffey, Thielbar, Alcala, and Moran plus the addition of Bleier from the trade. I then sign free agents McHugh and Knebe to complete the bullpen. At this point, my salary total is at $96.4M leaving me $34.4M for two starting pitchers. Next up is to get Robbie Ray at $25M, leaving only $9.4M for the last remaining roster spot. This is where the New Home Buyer methodology comes into play. When buying a house, you always have a list of desired features and a budget within to work. The decision you have to make is between most of your features and staying within budget, or stretching your budget and get some additional features that you really want. I can add Pineda for $10M and come in just slightly over my $130M budget. But that doesn't give me the dream house I would really like. So do I stretch my budget a little and get what I want or live with the less than ideal situation. I decide to stretch the budget and sign Stroman for $20M. That brings my new salary total to $140.6M. That might necessitate reducing the number of three martini lunches for the front office, but it will give me a World Series caliber starting rotation, a very solid bullpen, and enough offensive to win a lot of games. Comments?