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In The Show's franchise mode, there are many ways to put together a team. For instance, you can take the slow burn path -- especially with a limited budget, and put together a team through the draft and small but key free agent acquisitions. You could be an ultimate Sabermetrician and find the guys who the stats say are much better than their ratings suggest. On the same token, you could simply just find guys with the higher overall ratings and sign them.

What is your preferred path? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below!

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# 1 steveownzzz @ 04/20/16 11:43 AM
Well, a little of everything. I play every game, so a guy's simmed stats don't matter to me. Somebody's advanced stats could be great, but it doesn't help me in-game. I look for guys with specific ratings depending on the position (speed and defense are nice to have in the OF, defense up the middle, power from 1B, etc)...

For pitchers, I'm looking for a repertoire that I'm comfortable utilizing. I love hard throwers w/4 seamers, 2 seamers, sliders. These guys are usually TOR arms, so those are going to come from within the organization, and should have a decent amount of team control. I don't like overspending on bullpen pieces- they can come from within as well. I also like making sure that if I've got a lefty bat that can hit righties but not lefties- that I've got a righty stick (probably a cheap free agent) that can replace him against lefties. I'll over spend on a FA if I'm desperate for a good player at that position.

So basically, my cornerstones and aces should be players from within the org that have team control for some time. Platoon and stop-gap options and BOR arms can come cheaply through free agency.
 
# 2 jkra0512 @ 04/20/16 11:57 AM
I draft catchers, SS, and CFs mostly.

Catchers are specialized
Shortstops can be made into 2B or 3B, if they don't pan out
Centerfielders can be made into LF or RF, if they don't pan out

As for pitchers, I look for velocity and command.

I sign FAs to short-term deals as I wait for the next prospect for that position to come up through the system.
 
# 3 scottyo60 @ 04/20/16 12:22 PM
This is the one game with no consistency in team building. In madden and 2k I have to force myself to switch styles of team and play. On the show it all varies. I have a Cubs franchise (go Cubs) that feels weird not to have to rebuild. I just play that.

Since the Cubs no longer are in rebuild I grabbed the Braves. Using the OS rosters. Going in I was preparing to tank and build for the future through the draft. Traded some unseeded salary for prospects as any good rebuild would go. Got to free agency though and put an offer out to Edwin Encarcion. Just was playing around with a 2 yr deal for 18 mill total since I had Freeman and landed him. Since I had both I figured why not do something drastic. traded an A potential pitcher who was 50s overall and a couple D potential outfielders for Weiters and a C potential outfielder who was developed it looked like that will help now. Essentially my rebuild went down and shifted toward a power team win now with still several young players in the farm.

Usually I build through free agency, I've never figured out the draft system and end up with terrible prospects. Leaves me with little wiggle room and hope I get lucky. So many scenarios and players make a standard system tough
 
# 4 mosdef328 @ 04/20/16 03:17 PM
I would love for someone to put together a good scouting and drafting guide for this game.
 
# 5 Ghost Of The Year @ 04/20/16 09:14 PM
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How do you typically build a team in The Show?

Through "The Earl Weaver School of Team Building":
Pitching, defense & the 3run homer.
While I value good/great defense, I don't really look for speed, just range & fielding.
I don't covet speed because I'm playing station to station till I get my homer (or Daily Double).
Also I don't need the greatest bullpen, so long as I have some inning eaters in my rotation.
I also don't mind scouring the FA list before the season begins. I may not get but a year from a guy, but so long as it's a good one, I'm not looking for loyalty. I also tend to avoid having more than two lefties on my staff. Lotta times I have 5 right-handed starters & a couple LOOGY's in the pen. And give me pitchers with that 12-6 drop. Love'em. Does this always work? No. Plenty times I've had 60-70 wins but I still enjoyed every minute of it.
 
# 6 dtlm6 @ 04/20/16 10:12 PM
I started a franchise using the San Diego Padres with the intent to rebuild the team from the ground up. Over three seasons, I traded high priced veterans to build my prospects as well as the draft. I had finally built my minor league system and was ready to make a mark in free agency when I was informed that I had to pick another team and was given a choice of four teams. All that time invested and this happens. When I set up franchise mode, I must have allowed to be fired. I will not make that mistake again.
 
# 7 millertime98 @ 04/20/16 10:14 PM
I try to make realistic trades, draft well (though I auto-scout, haven't solved that yet) and develop from within. I try to sign young FA's. I've found that every year late 1st and 2nd rounders from that year's draft are available. One year I had three A potential draft picks and signed 1A potential free agent (1st round pick unsigned) and two more B potential free agent draft picks. It helped speed up my rebuild. The biggest issue I have is stop gap guys getting hurt, then I have to bring up someone early. Franchise is my favorite and I try to keep it realistic. I'd actually love to play more minor league games to develop my prospects (especially SP) if I had time. In the draft I load up on blue chip CP when possible to build my pen. RP are hard to come by.
 
# 8 millertime98 @ 04/20/16 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dtlm6
I started a franchise using the San Diego Padres with the intent to rebuild the team from the ground up. Over three seasons, I traded high priced veterans to build my prospects as well as the draft. I had finally built my minor league system and was ready to make a mark in free agency when I was informed that I had to pick another team and was given a choice of four teams. All that time invested and this happens. When I set up franchise mode, I must have allowed to be fired. I will not make that mistake again.
That is the worst. The three year window is way too short for most teams.
 
# 9 millertime98 @ 04/20/16 10:19 PM
BTW when I say realistic trades I mean if I have a trade piece at the deadline I will look at the standings and see what competitors needs are and find a fit, if possible. Maybe I'm a nerd.
 
# 10 sydrogerdavid @ 04/20/16 10:49 PM
Never gotten far enough to do any of these.
 
# 11 Ruben2424 @ 04/21/16 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jkra0512
I draft catchers, SS, and CFs mostly.

Catchers are specialized
Shortstops can be made into 2B or 3B, if they don't pan out
Centerfielders can be made into LF or RF, if they don't pan out

As for pitchers, I look for velocity and command.

I sign FAs to short-term deals as I wait for the next prospect for that position to come up through the system.

This is pretty much the same exact way I run my franchise. I draft players with the intent of having them play multiple positions until each position is filled with a solid player. I only sign free agents to help fill a void until one of my developing players is ready to step up to the bigs.
 
# 12 Ruben2424 @ 04/21/16 01:22 AM
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Originally Posted by dtlm6
I started a franchise using the San Diego Padres with the intent to rebuild the team from the ground up. Over three seasons, I traded high priced veterans to build my prospects as well as the draft. I had finally built my minor league system and was ready to make a mark in free agency when I was informed that I had to pick another team and was given a choice of four teams. All that time invested and this happens. When I set up franchise mode, I must have allowed to be fired. I will not make that mistake again.

Why were you fired though? You weren't winning?
 
# 13 Trent Booty @ 04/21/16 04:03 PM
What I like to do is make sure I get at least ONE stud in the first draft, doesn't matter the posisition. Pretty much just take the best available player or the player with the highest potential. I'll find room for him no matter what pos. he plays.

After the draft, I start to think about my team in year two and what it could look like. After the season during FA I throw as much money I can at one high level player at a position I have ?'s at or at two mid/upper level guys.
 
# 14 Bobhead @ 04/21/16 06:36 PM
I trade my entire MLB roster for high level prospects and then splurge in free agency to replace all the guys I just traded...

Then when the prospects are ready I trade the veteran MLB guys in their way for more prospects... then splurge on FAs again as needed to plug holes. Usually the process takes about 2 years.
 
# 15 shadow2201 @ 04/22/16 09:51 AM
I try to keep my first season as realistic as possible, follow the teams moves when they make them, etc. After that it's all hands on deck, as has been said before, I draft SS and C, but I also draft SP with high upside. I also just scour FA for whoever fits my team.
 
# 16 KBLover @ 04/22/16 09:01 PM
I'm a draft-and-develop type with occasional trades and FA signings if either an impact player or a solid reasonable cost addition that can fill a role.

I like having strong pitchers, especially relievers to hold leads or keep the team in the game if the starter bombs. I usually go with finesse types that can keep pitch counts low to eat innings, but I won't shy away from a top-tier power type. I just don't like the kind of pitcher that might get 9 K's and give up 10 H's.

For position players - I like catchers with strong arms, fast outfielders with good first steps (Reaction) so they can cover a lot of ground and track down more than just lazy flies. Infielders, I want quick hands and feet (Reaction) and if SS or 3B, strong arms.

At the plate, I'll take what I can get. If it's power, so be it. If it's walk, steal, grounder, grounder = 1 run type offense, fine. I just want them to be good at whatever enough to be steady with it more times than not.
 
# 17 BG921 @ 04/23/16 04:19 PM
I like doing complete rebuilds of teams, so I begin by getting rid of every big contract (unless the player is like 25-26 or younger). The draft is important to go for upside, but I also always make sure I'm saving money however possible. I build my teams to have many guys who can get on base and try to either trade, sign, or develop one big power threat. Since I play most of the games, the pitching doesn't have to be ELITE, but just enough to get the job done.

Also, seems like it's hit or miss on bullpen guys. I usually just put some of my starters who can't crack the rotation into the pen and go from there. My philosophy is to load the pen with guys with good K/BB ratios and it'll play out alright.
 
# 18 jkra0512 @ 04/26/16 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Bobhead
I trade my entire MLB roster for high level prospects and then splurge in free agency to replace all the guys I just traded...

Then when the prospects are ready I trade the veteran MLB guys in their way for more prospects... then splurge on FAs again as needed to plug holes. Usually the process takes about 2 years.
Sounds like the Red Sox when they traded Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett to the Dodgers... then well, you know the rest...
 
# 19 Ghost Of The Year @ 05/28/16 09:16 PM
MOAR Show polls, please & thankyou!
 

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