Who we missed on
There were a ton of free agents we placed bids on, but we were focused on making sure we got at least one superstar bat and one starting pitcher.
Had we not secured Harper, we had a 10 year $335 million offer on the table to Manny Machado. Once we locked in Harper we pulled that offer and the White Sox took home Machado at that same price.
We were also outbid in the Zach Britton market after submitting a three year $32 million offer for the former Orioles closer. Philadelphia nearly landed him after the Yankees pulled their deal, but the Nationals took home Britton for $36 million.
After missing out on Britton we offered up the same deal to Kelvin Herrera, but the White Sox nabbed him for $35 million. The Phillies will have to add a veteran arm to the back of the bullpen, but there wasn’t a deal to be made in our simulation’s short signing and trade window.
Close tabs were kept on veterans Adam Warren, J.A. Happ, Jeurys Familia, Adam Jones, and Curtis Granderson, but none of which were brought to Philadelphia.
We’ll have a full breakdown of how we went through the offseason simulation, including what trades we almost made.