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11-24

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GM for a Day: New York Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

11-23

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14

GM for a Day: Tampa Bay Rays
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Christina Kahrl

11-22

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10

GM for a Day: Texas Rangers
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Tommy Bennett

11-19

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25

GM for a Day: Philadelphia Phillies
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John Perrotto

11-18

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32

GM for a Day: Cincinnati Reds
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Steven Goldman

11-17

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20

GM for a Day: San Francisco Giants
by
John Perrotto

11-16

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29

GM for a Day: Atlanta Braves
by
John Perrotto

11-15

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28

GM for a Day: Minnesota Twins
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Ken Funck

11-12

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24

GM for a Day: San Diego Padres
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Christina Kahrl

11-11

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42

GM for a Day: Boston Red Sox
by
Jay Jaffe

11-09

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GM for a Day: Colorado Rockies
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John Perrotto

11-08

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8

GM for a Day: Chicago White Sox
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Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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20

GM for a Day: St. Louis Cardinals
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Christina Kahrl

11-04

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27

GM for a Day: Oakland Athletics
by
John Perrotto

11-03

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GM for a Day: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
by
Tommy Bennett

11-02

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30

GM for a Day: Houston Astros
by
Steven Goldman

11-01

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9

GM for a Day: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Christina Kahrl

10-28

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25

GM for a Day: Detroit Tigers
by
John Perrotto

10-27

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GM for a Day: Florida Marlins
by
Ken Funck

10-26

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GM for a Day: Toronto Blue Jays
by
Jay Jaffe

10-25

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GM for a Day: New York Mets
by
Christina Kahrl

10-21

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GM for a Day: Cleveland Indians
by
Tommy Bennett

10-20

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GM for a Day: Chicago Cubs
by
Ben Lindbergh

10-19

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GM for a Day: Milwaukee Brewers
by
John Perrotto

10-18

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GM for a Day: Washington Nationals
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Christina Kahrl

10-15

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GM for a Day: Baltimore Orioles
by
Steven Goldman

10-14

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GM for a Day: Kansas City Royals
by
John Perrotto

10-13

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GM for a Day: Arizona Diamondbacks
by
Ken Funck

10-12

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GM for a Day: Seattle Mariners
by
John Perrotto

10-11

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GM for a Day: Pittsburgh Pirates
by
John Perrotto

12-07

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17

GM for a Day: Blue Jays
by
Joe Sheehan

12-05

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43

GM for a Day: Yankees
by
Jay Jaffe

12-04

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34

GM for a Day: Mets
by
Joe Sheehan

12-03

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GM for a Day: Mariners
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Joe Sheehan

12-01

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GM for a Day: Dodgers
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Joe Sheehan

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November 24, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: New York Yankees

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Jay Jaffe

Keeping a lot of balls in the air this winter should give the pinstripers an excellent chance to win it all in 2011.

It's no picnic building a team to compete in the American League East, and within this year's GM for a Day series, I've been tasked with doing so for both the Blue Jays and the Red Sox. Both of those jobs required a fair bit of background research to familiarize myself with the contract situations and the minor-league systems in order to craft rosters for 2011. Today, however, I take the helm of a team whose organization is far more familiar given my geography and extracurricular activites: the New York Yankees. Roll over, Brian Cashman, and tell Bob Watson the news.

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November 23, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: Tampa Bay Rays

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Christina Kahrl

Trying to keep the Rays atop the American League East means finding some extra offense.

Another year and another near-miss for the Rays has to be taken as simultaneously typical yet frustrating. There's not a lot of reward to having a ready-now roster and winding up no better off the long-gone Moneyball teams in Oakland—left talking about crapshoots and short series and saying there's only so much you can do is all well and good, but how about a better shot at a pennant? The Yankees and Red Sox aren't in perfect situations as far as squeezing we here in Tampa Bay back out of the playoff picture, but even so, let's not take anything for granted. Instead, let's focus on dealing from areas of depth, and dial up our standards slightly higher by trying to win the whole thing without giving away the store.

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November 22, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: Texas Rangers

10

Tommy Bennett

Keeping the Rangers atop the American League will require a major investment.

Today I borrow the keys to Jon Daniels’ golf cart and take it for a ride in an attempt to convince the Ryan-Greenberg ownership group to open the purse strings just wide enough to land an ace. I’m talking about Cliff Lee, the most valuable free agent this year.

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Keeping a franchise on top despite making what is sure to be an unpopular move.

Being the general manager of the Phillies has been a good job to hold in recent years.

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November 18, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: Cincinnati Reds

32

Steven Goldman

Trying to build the next great Big Red Machine.

Having appeared in the postseason for the first time since 1995, the Reds are in a position where, if everything breaks right, they could enjoy a sustained run of strong seasons, along the way becoming the powerhouse team the NL Central has been missing as the Cardinals have weakened.

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November 17, 2010 12:00 pm

GM for a Day: San Francisco Giants

20

John Perrotto

How one major move might set up the defending world champions to win even more rings.

My first act as the Giants' general manager for a day is to thank a higher power that I have Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Madison Bumgarner in my starting rotation. With those four pitchers in tow, anything is possible, even a World Series championship with an otherwise ordinary roster, as the underdog Giants proved in beating the Braves, Phillies, and Rangers in the recently-completed postseason.

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November 16, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: Atlanta Braves

29

John Perrotto

Attempting to move forward in the post-Bobby Cox era.

Having just been named general manager of the Braves for a day, I feel a little wistful at first. I wonder what it would have been like to work with Bobby Cox, one of the all-time great managers, who retired at the end of the season. Cox was always a joy to deal with from a media member's standpoint, and I can only imagine how much fun it would have been to join forces with him.

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November 15, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: Minnesota Twins

28

Ken Funck

Attempting to turn a perennial contender with early post-season exits into a champion.

Stepping in as the general manager for the Minnesota Twins, even for a day, is a somewhat daunting task. Ask around the league and you’ll hear franchise after franchise, at least those in the “Accord/Split-Level/Vacations In Orlando” economic strata, talk about how they want to model their organizations after the Twins. While some of the traits attributed to the Twins in the media, such as their commitment to “small ball” and how they “play the game right,” seem more like a projection of how outsiders familiar with the Upper Midwest mostly through Fargo and A Prairie Home Companion would expect a Minnesota franchise to play than how the Twins actually go about their business, there’s no doubting their success or how they’ve achieved it. The Twins have managed to win six division titles in nine years, and have done so with a payroll that has only twice broken the $70 million mark. They’ve achieved this due to a productive player development system and a commitment to avoiding crippling long-term contracts—a responsible, conservative business plan that leads to success, stability, and rather boring Hot Stove seasons in the Gopher state.

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November 12, 2010 11:00 am

GM for a Day: San Diego Padres

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Christina Kahrl

Making some tough choices doesn't have to mean being non-competitive.

So, the Padres came up short, if only just, and the legacy of their big finish in 2009 just heralded a nice surprise and second-place irrelevance in 2010. That's the heartbreak of transient happiness for you, but with a roster stocked with plenty of passing fancies and the clock ticking on most of the club's big-name ballplayers, there are few one-day fixer-uppers more challenging than trying to sort out what to do with the Padres.

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November 11, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: Boston Red Sox

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Jay Jaffe

Some creative problem solving and a reversal of a recent decision can get the BoSox back to the postseason after a one-year absence.

Theo Epstein spent a good portion of the winter of 2009-2010 with run prevention as his mantra. Much to the chagrin of a sizable contingent of media and fans who felt what the Red Sox needed was a big bopper and not all of this sabermetric hooey, Epstein raided the free-agent market for four players—John Lackey, Adrian Beltre, Marco Scutaro, Mike Cameron—who could bolster Boston's pitching staff both directly and indirectly, upgrading a defense which had finished a sorry 13th in the league in Defensive Efficiency in 2009. Alas, the joke was on both Epstein and his detractors. The Sox did improve to seventh in Defensive Efficiency, but the team slipped from third in the league to 10th in runs allowed. Though they survived a wave of devastating injuries to score more runs and hit for a higher True Average than any AL team except the Yankees, the Sox missed the postseason for the first time since 2006.

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November 9, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Colorado Rockies

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John Perrotto

A difficult decision might be just what this team needs to make it to the postseason in 2011.

Newly minted as the Rockies' general manager for a day, my emotional reaction is to blow it all up. After all, the Rockies collapsed in the last two weeks of the 2010 just when it seemed they were on the brink of a third post-season appearance in four years.

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November 8, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Chicago White Sox

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Ben Lindbergh

The Sox remain just a few moves away from striking distance in a perennially winnable AL Central.

Kenny Williams hasn’t always seen eye to eye with either PECOTA or his human counterparts, but the White Sox GM has managed to maintain his position for a full decade, experiencing considerable success along the way. The collection of talent he assembled last season finished with the sixth-best record in the AL, which left the Sox six games behind the Twins in what seems to be a perennially winnable Central division. Chicago’s third-order record backed up its status as the second-best the Central had to offer.

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