posted 2/7/11 12:44 PM PST
by Jason Martinez
As you've probably figured out by now, one of the things I do here at MLBDepthCharts.com is offer up-to-the-minute projections for 25-man rosters (lineups, bench, rotation, and bullpen). And just in case you were wondering, there are a few different factors that I take into account when projecting rosters:
1. Direct quote from a team's Manager or GM - doesn't always hold up because minds can change quickly but this is as close as we'll get to getting a projection written in stone
2. Article or tweet by a team's beat writer - especially if they are forming an opinion based on a conversation or interview with the team's Manager or GM
3. Feedback from readers - usually a die hard fan arguing on behalf of a team that they follow on a daily basis
4. My own personal instincts - based on a variety of factors, including a player's past performance, manager's lineup tendencies, 40-man roster status, reading between the lines of various Manager or GM interviews, etc.
I receive emails or comments on a daily basis from readers regarding roster projections. Some point out something I may have missed. Some offer a valid argument against a projection. Some ask how I came up with a particular projection. I will respond to each and every email/comment in a timely manner. In many cases, I have made projection changes as a direct result.
So if you disagree with one of my projections, don't get mad at me and leave the site without expressing your thoughts. Offer your opinion at firstname.lastname@example.org or just use the 'Comments' section to do this. Twitter would be another way to get a hold of me. Any links would be helpful to back up your argument. If you just see things differently and don't have any links to back it up, that's OK. I'd still like to hear you out and will be open-minded to what you have to say. More intelligent feedback will result in more accurate projections.
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