Washington Nationals: Recapping the FanSided GM Simulation
By Blake Finney
The Final Roster Construction
So with everything out of the way, let’s take a final look at how the Finney’s Washington Nationals look after our simulation. On the whole, this seems like a very well balanced team that can hopefully get D.C. back on top of the National League East.
We’ve added in some of the extra costs according to Cots luxury tax calculation to get the final luxury tax figure. As you can see, we had a nice amount of breathing room that will give the front office a lot of flexibility if they need to add a player via trade or free agency during the season.
Obviously, without some guy named Bryce Harper, it gave us a lot of money to play with and construct the roster we wanted. However, the Anthony Rendon contract extension and Dallas Keuchel signing essentially ate the rest of that up, but you could argue that it was worthwhile in that regard.
The spread of salary in the bullpen is almost perfect, with a few top-end guys earning big, but the back-end flexible. With the volatility of relievers, it’s worth having that flexibility to switch them in and out if some are struggling at any given point.