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Now accepting applications for AZ SnakePit GM: Tell us your off-season plan!

With the World Series now done and dusted, the 2016 MLB season is officially over. Which means it's time to turn our thoughts fully toward 2017.

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Since the Diamondbacks have appointed a new GM, time for the SnakePit to follow suit... This is an entirely honorary possession, conferring absolutely no privileges on its owner. But you can get to put "Official AZ SnakePit GM" in your SIG line, which is more valuable than any baubles or trinkets, surely? Unlike on the team, the GM will be decided by popular vote, which is surely the best way to come to any decision (counterpoint: the 2016 election cycle).

Candidates for the position should submit a Fanpost with their off-season plan, as outlined below. I'll front-page these (you may want to drop me an email at to make sure I've seen it!), and whichever gets the most recs will be appointed to the position. Readers should take into account plausibility, baseball smarts, imagination, short- and long-term viability, and whatever else they want, when deciding whether or not to award a rec. Here are some instructions and guidelines for your rosterbating pleasure.

Copy and paste the template below into a FanPost. If you’ve never written a FanPost, you’ll have the option if you’re a registered member of SSS. Once logged in, CTRL-F "Write a FanPost" or "Post your own" and go to town.

I'm setting the D-backs actual payroll at $100 million. That's the actual dollar amount spent, so the deferred amount due to Greinke is NOT included. Existing payroll obligations can be found here, which gives you about $13 million more to spend. If you want to spend more, you can do so, but need to show where the savings will come from.

*MLB Trade Rumors has a list of the 2016-17 MLB free agents. Note the players with options and exercise logic in whether the team will exercise those options (for example, Jonathan Lucroy will not actually reach free agency this time around).

Start here and have fun.

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[Insert your name]’s Offseason Plan

Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):

Write "tender" or "non-tender" after each of the following names. You can trade before or after tendering a contract.

  • Welington Castillo (5.009) – $5.9MM
  • Patrick Corbin (4.105) – $4.2MM
  • Randall Delgado (4.100) – $1.9MM
  • Rubby De La Rosa (4.097) – $3.0MM
  • Jean Segura (4.065) – $7.3MM
  • Shelby Miller (3.166) – $4.9MM
  • Chris Owings (3.027) – $2.1MM
  • Chris Herrmann (3.001) – $1.0MM
  • Tuffy Gosewisch (2.143) – $600K

Free agents

Peruse the list of potential free agents (linked above) and name two (or more) you would pursue, the max offer you would extend to them, and a brief explainer.


Propose two (or more) trades that you think sound reasonable for both sides, and the rationale behind them.


Presuming good health (hello, Rubby De La Rosa), select your five starting pitchers for the 2017 Opening Day Rotation, and explain why you have chosen them.


Select a manager you would employ for the position, and why. They can be any current non-manager employed in the game, but again, plausibility of them accepting the job should be considered. [If you're writing after a manager has been appointed, you can either agree with the choice or pick someone else - either way, provide a rationale for your selection).


If you end up with a concrete 25-man roster, feel free to list it with as much detail as you have. The more detail, the better. What's more important, though, is describing how you resolved key positions, whether they're ones we know (bullpen) or previously stable areas you altered on your own with a shocking trade, capped by a sense of the payroll required.

The format for this was, to a large extent, shamelessly plundered from South Side Sox and, for that, we thank them...