The San Francisco Giants emerged as major players very early on as well.
The San Francisco Giants are in the market for a power bat in real life. Their site expert, Daniel Sperry, certainly did his due diligence to bring him into the fold.
These negotiations mirrored what the real life Miami Marlins are likely talking about. The Giants franchise has no shortage in cash right now, but their stable of top-end prospects is pretty depleted. Just like in real life, dealing with Giants was a decisive step in dumping salary, but not getting a ton of value in return.
The challenge with the San Francisco Giants became a matter of staying within the simulation guidelines. In the name of realism, teams in the simulation were to do their best not to exceed their real world 2017 payroll by more than 15 percent. Obviously an issue if you’re trying to move $25 million.
I again stuck to the script I laid out before negotiations began. Things stalled out initially, but picked up a serious head of steam as the simulation progressed into the 11th hour. The Giants emerged as a serious contender for Stanton as it came down to the wire.