I’m going to level with you, much of this content is going to be a flat copy and paste from last year’s thread, which you can read here.
If you are familiar with the game, you can skip down to the comments and claim your players before anyone else does. If you are new, please read the rules first.
How to Participate
Create a Post in this thread with the names of 5 players that are not current with the Red Sox organization. Players can be FAs (excluding those with options, on the Red Sox) or under contract with another team (trade-able). Once a set of 5 is posted you cannot chose the same 5 players.
IE - You cannot say “Mookie Betts” because he’s already on the Red Sox. You also cannot choose players who have player/club options for the 2019 season, as those would just be unfair. Chris Sale’s option was exercised, you can’t get that free point. It would be a gimme.
IE 2 - If BobZupcic says “Paul Goldschmidt/Manny Machado/AJ Pollock/Bryce Harper/Clayton Kershaw” as his five, then .406 cannot choose the same five players. Additionally, you cannot choose those same five players in another order (so no Bryce Harper/Clayton Kershaw/Manny Machado/AJ Pollock/Paul Goldschmidt list from .406. From here on out, let’s assume .406 chose the same players, except instead of AJ Pollock, he chooses Patrick Corbin, and that’s the only difference.
How to Win!
As we go through the off-season and players are acquired by the Red Sox either as FA or via trade you will receive 1 pt for each player of your Pick 5 that makes the opening day 25-man roster. Tiebreaker will go to the Pick 5 with the highest overall 2019 salary of properly chosen players.
IE - You win by picking the right players. If BobZupcic chose the list above, and AJ Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt get traded to the Red Sox, then BobZupcic will get 2 points. Since .406 did not choose AJ Pollock, he only gets one point, for correctly picking Paul Goldschmidt... however, if Patrick Corbin and Manny Machado both sign with the Sox, .406 will get 2 points for correctly guessing both, and BZ will get one point for Manny Machado, leaving both .406 and BZ tied at 3 points a pop... the tiebreaker is salary. Whoever between Patrick Corbin and AJ Pollock makes more money would determine the winner in this two person scenario.
Deadline to participate will be November 3rd, 2018, at 10 AM ET. Essentially, you have until free agency begins to make your choices.
Deadline for the contest to end will be the first day of Spring Training. Once Spring Training ends, if a player has not signed, you will not get credit for it, since their market probably exploded.
Past Winners with links (Can anyone guess 3?)
2018 Pick 5 Winners: Chelista625, Bogey2Short, SirBenjaminPK, Ricochet!, crossedsabres8, REDSOXFAN1973, timtime321 (2)
2017 Pick 5 Winners: sguglie2, titio1300, On to Lansdowne Street (1)
2016 Pick 5 Winner: Rick Bentsen (2)
2015 Pick 5 Winner: RogueNine (2)
2014 Pick 5 Winner: .406 (2)
2013 Pick 5: Pick 5 Writer’s Strike
2012 Pick 5 Winner: aubatron2011 (2)
2011 Pick 5 Winner: mg050369 (2)
My picks for the curious: Steve Pearce, Craig Kimbrel, Kelvin Herrera, Trevor Rosenthal, Zach Britton