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Blue Jays: I simulated the offseason four times- Here’s what happened

TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 11: President and CEO Mark Shapiro of the Toronto Blue Jays talks to general manager Ross Atkins before the start of their home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre on April 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

The Blue Jays have a lot of important decisions to make over the winter, and I thought it would be fun to run some simulations to see what could happen.

In order to do this I turned to the trusty Playstation 4 and fired up my copy of MLB the Show 21. I didn’t want the results to end up being too similar, so I ran four different types of simulations, and hopefully that will cover the wide variety of outcomes that we could see.

For the first two times around, I really let the game do all the work and just sat back as a spectator. I let the default rules of the game play out, including leaving the salary cap where it is. As a disclaimer for those who have never played the game, sometimes the salaries can be really out of whack in free agency. It is what it is, but it still works for the purposes of what we’re doing here.

For the third simulation I removed the salary cap altogether, and for a team with two high-priced players to try to re-sign, how important would that turn out to be? In reality the Blue Jays have the money to do what they want in the short term, but long-term deals this winter will likely only be balked at because of necessary future commitments they’ll pursue, such as with Jose Berrios in a year, Teoscar Hernandez in two years, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette in four more.

For the fourth and final simulation, I took over in the GM seat myself. I have different ideas about what makes a team great than the MLB the Show computer brain, and I’d love to hear what you think of my squad in the comments section below.

With that, let’s have a look at the results of four different offseason simulations for the Blue Jays.

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