The last year of Nigel Watson’s contract (OTT - CF) is voided due to failure to meet stat criteria, and Ottawa negotiates a new contract, offering 2 years at $28,000 a year ($4K less per year than current).
When I set up the game, I allowed league evolution to take place. In essence, certain parameters such as season length, new teams, etc… can occur. The league has just announced that the minimum duration of the disabled list is now 19 games, instead of 15. This is pretty annoying actually, as teams are going to be sacrificing some games from their players if the place them on the DL, or even more if they don’t, when injuries are only two weeks! At least it’s fair for everyone!
It’s also arbitration time. Ottawa shouldn’t be affected too much, with minimal increases to the salaries of Chandler Astorga, Jeff Allard, and a bunch of other players.
One of the other important things to deal with at this time is award nominations!
As expected, Tim Erwin (NAS) is the favourite for the Pitcher of the Year. Originally I was going to rename the award him should he win, but I think I will wait until a pitcher enters the Hall of Fame. This will not be done for any other awards until someone is elected to the Hall of Fame (reliever of the year and potentially MVP).
One of the goals of Ottawa’s owner was to acquire a Gold Glove winner. The plus side for Ottawa this season is the front runners for 1B and SS are both from Ottawa! Hopefully this will satisfy that requirement, and combined with granting the extension to Travis Taake at the beginning of the year, will make up for the dismal showing in the standings. We were supposed to play .500 ball! A quick perusal of the stats doesn’t show me any reason to disagree with the suggested nominations, so I lock them in. Both of Ottawa’s nominations pull through!
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List of Gold Glove Winners:
P - Kyle Harder (MIN)
C - Jake Stanley (DAL)
1B - Aaron Waters (OTT)
2B - Jeff Cummings (MIN)
3B - Lance Gregson (NAS)
SS - Josh Weast (OTT)
LF - Larry Pilkington (DAL)
CF - Ethan Ellis (DAL)
RF - Zach Brian (DET)
Amazingly, only 1 is from the champions Detroit Pilots!
Platinum Stick Winners
P - Maxence Deveraux (MIN)
C - Rick Klockow (DET)
1B - Tom Welshman (DET)
2B - Ronald Keating (CHA)
3B - Oliver Woodring (CHA)
SS - Travis Wheelock (DAL)
LF - Phil Cainrs (CHA)
CF - Edwin Baez (NAS)
RF - Danny Ellis (NAS)
Most Valuable Player - Tom Welshman - NAS
Pitcher of the Year
Tim Erwin - NAS
Reliever of the Year
Dustin Jackson - CHA
Rookie of the Year
Edwin Baez - NAS
Sept. 11, 1946
- Jeff Allard signs 1-year extension with Ottawa for $10,500. Fans are happy, and fan interest increases.
- Nigel Watson signs 2-year extension at $28,000 per year. Fans are happy, and fan interest increases.
I figured out how to bump the market size (I’ve moved it up to Average to compare with the lowest of the other teams). fan interest seems to be being bumped a tiny bit by my own managing actions, so not too worried about that. Ottawa is notoriously fickle with sports, so I’ll leave the loyalty at below average.
It’s late for the budget, so I’ve manually adjusted that up slightly as well (owner had dropped it from $750,000 to $640,00 - I’ve bumped it just to $900,000). I’m still lowest budget in the league, so not game breaking, but should even things out a bit. Hopefully I won’t have to play with this too much, but as I say, I’ve learned this lesson and won’t repeat it in OOTP 18 come March/April.
Sept. 12, 1946
- RP Cody Marx signs 2 year extension for $10,000 a year, just marginally more than his current yearly salary.
Note: the other teams are also signing extensions, but there are too many to report on.
Sept. 24, 1946
- Detroit CF Bob Pope, after a week of rumours, has announced his retirement at age 31. "After an anguishing few months and a lot of sleepless nights, I've come to realize my heart just isn't in the game anymore. It's been a good run and I couldn't be more thankful to my teammates and my coach, who have supported me every step of the way." Pope will become more involved in his church, and intends to become a missionary and travel the world to help others. Out with a bang as a Mudspike On-Target Series champion!
Sept. 28, 1946
Arbitration hearings! Sometimes good, sometimes bad! Let’s see how things fare.
- SP - Chandler Astorga awarded his ask - $16,250. Interesting, given Jeff Allard is the better performer and will be paid much less.
- SP - Taylor Chynoweth - $8,500 - team offer.
- RP - Sam Collins - $9,000 - team offer.
- RP - Sean Barlow - $8,500 - team offer
- 1B - Aaron Waters - $9,000 - team offer.
- C - Beau Strohecker - $9,000 - team offer.
- RP - Fred Gilroy - $8,500 - team offer.
- 2B/SS - Dave Shanks - $8,500 - team offer.
Pretty good overall! That could’ve been much more expensive!
Sept. 30, 1946
Key free agents hit the market, including Phil Cairns, Travis Wheelock and Chris Henderson. Maybe Ottawa can splash some cash and make a key signing to push them forward in the coming season! Chris Henderson maybe?? Move Nigel Watson to left to cover for Josh Wilson who wants out? Use Josh to trade for another gap, maybe at 2B? Or a key SP?
Manager goals have also been updated. I’ve managed to complete the Gold Glove winner goal, as it carried over. Further goals include not sucking completely (swear to all that is important that’s exactly what it says!), increase team attendance from 8384 to 9500 per game, and keep building the team to reach the playoffs within 5 years (oof!).
I’ve offered rich contracts to Chris Henderson and Barney Nordahl. We’ll see how that goes.
Oct. 9, 1946
An interesting offer has come our way from Dallas. They propose to send Mike Riddle (no kidding! this guy is a great 3B), CF Nate Bracy (reserve roster calibre but might develop) and LH-RP Vince Flory (reserve roster calibre). All they want in exchange is Nigel Watson! And on top of that, Riddle’s salary is much more friendly, which would open up further free agent options! I’m hoping to see how Henderson reacts to the deal I offered before moving on this. I have 14 days before I have to respond.
Barney Nordahl is impressed by the offer we’ve given him, and well he should be. I may have a quick acquisition here!
Oct. 13, 1946
Chris Henderson doesn’t even bother to negotiate, and signs with runners-up Dallas Spitfires. Frustrating, but understandable. We’re pretty terrible. Unfortunately for us, he signed for far less money and time than we were offering! The only bright side is that opens up the cash for other uses. Back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, not very many talented natural centre fielders are available! And I’ve got to respond to the Riddle for Watson offer soon! Watson is pretty old though, at 39. This might be a no-brainer…
Oct. 14, 1946
Travis Wheelock signs with Charlotte! A massive contract, $304,000 over 4 years. Too rich for me!
I’ve had to re-negotiate with Nordahl, as the Spitfires are playing havoc with my plans. Getting a bit rich for a pitcher who might regress.
I’ve decided to accept the offer from Dallas, and swap Nigel Watson for Mike Riddle and company. Need to fill that hole in CF now for sure.
So far I’m the “leader” of the offseason, having improved my team by 2.0 WAR, while everyone else is in the negative. Largely meaningless, but generally indicates the quality of players added. This gets skewed by players entering free agency when you have a ton of them who played short bits but generated positive WAR stats. I didn’t have that issue, so my gains are generally net positive.
As Wilson wanted to be traded, I complied rather than have him poison the clubhouse. I have enough problems. Being rather talented, I was able to acquire Tim Erwin, Pitcher of the Year, and promising 2B prospect from Cuba, Jesus Garcia, from the Nashville Aeros! Not bad!
Unfortunately, I’ve now got holes in left field and centre field. I have some up and comers to cover if necessary, but they aren’t permanent solutions at the moment. Still more work to do! If I can land Nordahl, I can trade away another starter to try and shore up the outfield.
That’s all I’ve got time for at the moment, we’ll continue the offseason in the next edition!