Ball on a Budget: A guide to winning early in MLB 15: The Show's Franchise Mode with teams that can't buy wins

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Teams like the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs are among what you would call baseball's royalty. They have more cash than they know what to do with, and as a result, they are the ones that consistently reel in the big ticket players through Free Agency, often plucking them from small payroll teams like the Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A's.

However, if you check the current standings, that doesn't necessarily equate to putting a winning team on the field. Major League Baseball is a league that is fundamentally imbalanced in terms of each teams' chances to win a championship. And in true simulation fashion, MLB 15: The Show represents this inequality to near perfection.

Some of the most fun you can have playing a Franchise or Dynasty mode of any kind is taking a team from the bottom to the top. It's the closest thing to a common narrative thread that you can find in just about any other kind of game, no matter the genre. Overcoming the odds to defeat the great evil.

Some of the best baseball games in the history of the game have come from teams with little to no budget (see the 2014 AL Wild Card game between the Oakland A's and the Kansas City Royals), and are proof that teams without the big bucks can win big games.

What I will do here is lay out roster building and transaction related tips that I have found most effective for winning games without spending loads of money. There are a few other aspects - like better coaches getting better player development - that are pretty obvious, so I'll leave those out. Without further ado, here's how to play ball on a budget.

Published Sep. 13th 2015

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