We did this last year, and it was kinda fun, so let’s do it again - with a few minor adjustments to the scoring. Basically, what we do is divide the 40-man roster into five groups, from dead-certs to long-shots and you get to pick two from each. There are also slots for non-roster invitees and a “wild card” write-in. If your choice makes the Opening Day roster, you score from 1 to 8 points, depending on the group, with a total of 50 points available. Whoever scores the most wins. Easy, huh? Tell that to all the people who chose A.J. Pollock last year.
One change from 2016, where results were skewed by a sudden late rush of money on Tyler Clippard as a wild-card, when rumors of his arrival in Arizona started to swirl. Now, if we sign or trade for a player within 72 hours of you selecting him (based on the SnakePit post announcing it, not the official team statement), you will score nul points for the pick. This should stop any vulture selections, from people hanging round until we are close to a signing. Also, if a player is traded away and appears on any other team’s Opening Day roster, that doesn’t count. Zero there too. I’m using a Google Form this year, so submissions will be secret. But feel free to comment yours!
For some reason Google Forms won’t let you “unselect” a pick once you’ve made it, so think twice and click once. Otherwise, have at it... Let’s give you till midnight Thursday night to pick your men: I’ll report back on the selections next Friday, and monitor things through spring.