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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
by
Christina Kahrl

11-22

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10

GM for a Day: Texas Rangers
by
Tommy Bennett

11-19

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25

GM for a Day: Philadelphia Phillies
by
John Perrotto

11-18

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GM for a Day: Cincinnati Reds
by
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
by
Ken Funck

11-12

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GM for a Day: San Diego Padres
by
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
by
John Perrotto

11-08

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GM for a Day: Chicago White Sox
by
Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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GM for a Day: St. Louis Cardinals
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Christina Kahrl

11-04

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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
by
Christina Kahrl

10-28

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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
by
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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GM for a Day: Blue Jays
by
Joe Sheehan

12-05

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GM for a Day: Yankees
by
Jay Jaffe

12-04

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GM for a Day: Mets
by
Joe Sheehan

12-03

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GM for a Day: Mariners
by
Joe Sheehan

12-01

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GM for a Day: Dodgers
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Joe Sheehan

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November 5, 2010 9:00 am

GM for a Day: St. Louis Cardinals

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Christina Kahrl

"Stars and scrubs" left the Cards on the outside looking in, so how about one more star?

So here we are in Mound City, home of the team that featured three of the 10 most-valuable players in the major leagues last season, and wound up with nothing but October golf dates to show for it. It would be easy, on a visceral level, to overreact and decide that the stars-and-scrubs formula hasn't worked, and start shopping one of the stars, but one of the advantages of this strategy for roster assembly is that you can easily replace the scrubs, and if you're worrying about expense, you know where to avoid it while making sure to spend top dollar on the capital items. It's the eight-figure mistakes with the likes of Kyle Lohse that are the ones to avoid.

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November 4, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Oakland Athletics

27

John Perrotto

One big hitter could be the final piece to the puzzle.

What if you got a new job, even on a very temporary basis, and had virtually nothing to do? That is the situation I find myself in as I fill in as the Athletics' general manager while Billy Beane takes the day off.

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November 3, 2010 12:00 pm

GM for a Day: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Tommy Bennett

What can the Angels do to regain their reign of AL West supremacy after being upended by the Rangers this year?

Can—or maybe how will—the Angels keep outperforming their expected records? Is this the year Brandon Wood finally puts it all together in the majors? And how about that farm system?! Temper caution about former Golden Spikes winner Jered Weaver, though; he’s nothing more than a slightly above-average innings eater.

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November 2, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Houston Astros

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Steven Goldman

The state of the organization leaves little room for creativity but plenty of room for suicidal thoughts.

Top 10 things I would do if I were the general manager of the Astros:

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November 1, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Los Angeles Dodgers

9

Christina Kahrl

Ned's away, so what'll we do for the day?

The Dodgers' dilemma is one of timing. Their 2011 roster is already stocked with one big-ticket holdover in shortstop Rafael Furcal, and there are a number of retention-related concerns. Is Hiroki Kuroda a pitcher they want to re-commit to at top-market pricing, or do they want to shop around? But as far as the big picture, whether later next season or in 2012, they should be looking forward to the arrivals of top up-the-middle prospects like shortstop Dee Gordon and center fielder Trayvon Robinson.

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October 28, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Detroit Tigers

25

John Perrotto

A willingness to spend could push the Motor City Kitties from .500 to the postseason.

So the question is: What would I do if I were the general manager of the Tigers?

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October 27, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Florida Marlins

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Ken Funck

With such a strong, affordable core, the future in Florida depends on the progression of the kids.

When considering the franchises for which you might want to serve as GM for a Day, arguments can be made for the Florida Marlins as both the most- and least-appealing franchise to take a stab at. While this year’s squad finished just below .500 and could never quite pull itself into the NL East race, few clubs can boast Florida’s collection of young, under-compensated talent and lack of regretful long-term commitments—exactly the recipe for building a consistent winner in a small market. However, the Marlins have other issues which make them far less attractive than they ought, issues which are touched on by my proposed mission statement.

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Trying to build a contender in this situation isn't the easiest task in baseball.

It's quite possibly as tough a time to be a contender in the AL East as it's ever been anywhere in recent baseball history, with the Yankees and Red Sox spending big dollars and the Rays reaping the benefits of the game's best talent pipeline. Even coming off their fourth winning season out of five, what's a fourth-place team like the Blue Jays to do? Stepping into the shoes of GM Alex Anthopolous isn't the most enviable task in the world at this point in time.

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October 25, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: New York Mets

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Christina Kahrl

A day on the hot seat with the Big Apple's National League team involves a long to-do list.

Taking on the mantle of GM for a day may only be a matter of cutting ahead of either Sandy Alderson or Josh Byrnes by a sunrise, but with a team this dysfunctional and disappointing, you'd think they were taking on an epic failure. But the same talent and the same issues that make the Mets as likely a team to win 72 games as 92 makes them a particularly exciting opportunity.

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Though the Tribe may not be able to field a playoff team in 2011, it can take on rehabbers and projects.

Three years ago, it was the Cleveland Indians who found themselves up 3-1 in an American League Championship Series against one of the titans of the AL East. Not only that, they had both Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia, not to mention a working Fausto Carmona model. Never mind that St. Cliff hadn’t yet been converted on the road to Damascus; the 2007 Indians were a good team that outscored their opponents by more than 100 runs. The next year, the balance of the Tribe’s run differential account had dwindled to less than 50; in 2009 it had dropped below -90. Despite finishing four wins better than they did last year, the 2010 Indians were outscored by their opponents by more than in any season since 1991.

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October 20, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Chicago Cubs

17

Ben Lindbergh

Laden with awful contracts, it's difficult to construct the 2011 roster for the North Siders.

As GM for the day, I’m setting this article’s agenda. So while it might be poor form, allow me to lead with a table:

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October 19, 2010 11:00 am

GM for a Day: Milwaukee Brewers

17

John Perrotto

Two quality starting pitchers could make the Brew Crew a contender in 2011.

The Brewers appear to be trending downward after a long uphill climb to respectability. The team has followed their first trip to the postseason in 26 years by winning the National League wild card in 2008 with 80-82 and 77-85 seasons.

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