October 13, 2017

Can You Get the Marlins Under $90MM?

Today Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported that the new Marlins ownership wants to trim the payroll to less than $90 million dollars. I knew they were looking to cut payroll, but I found this shocking. They're currently projected to have a $130.5 million dollar guaranteed payroll next year, before figuring in all the pre-arbitration players making league minimum.

To help visualize this, I put together a list of checkboxes you can tick for which Marlins you'd like to trade to get to their payroll target. The payroll at the bottom of the widget will update as you tick the boxes (Looks like it doesn’t show up fully on mobile, sorry.)

And a few notes:

  • Edison Volquez is untradeable. He's hurt and likely won't throw another pitch until his contract is up at the end of next year. Don't tick his box if you're looking for realism. 
  • Wei-Yin Chen was also hurt this year, and has a large guarantee left: $60 million dollars over the next three years. I don't think he can be traded without paying a lot of salary and/or including prospects. 
  • Martin Prado also went through knee surgery this year and has $28.5 million left over the next two years, so I don't see how he's traded without paying down a lot of the salary.

So, with all that being said, who would you trade to get the Marlins under a $90 million dollar payroll? All salaries are based on Roster Resource. An asterisk indicates an estimated salary from arbitration.
    

October 1, 2017

Curse Your Enthusiasm - A Short Story


I have a short story in the Halloween Zeen put together by Ryan Veeder (an interactive fiction person). The story is called "Curse Your Enthusiasm," it's about a witch, and it's on page 18.

There are also other great things in the Zeen, like more stories, comics, and a one-page board game, so I'm glad to be in good company.

May 8, 2017

The Refenestration of Prague - A Visual Novel


I made a visual novel game for the TyranoBuilder Spring Game Jam 2017. It's called The Refenestration of Prague, and it's a comedic historical fiction game using real paintings and music from the Thirty Years War period. It's free and takes roughly 20 minutes to play, so download and play over at itch.io if you'd like. Screenshots from the game below.