This article is part of our The Z Files series.
I'll admit, this season's trade deadline crushed me. I don't think it's a secret I keep my own projections and updates. My routine is to spend Thursday and Friday reviewing playing time.
Normally come trade deadline, I'm able to get a head start during the week, updating as deals are announced. However, this season the reporting of deals coincided with my updates, so I wasn't able to get ahead, plus it took way longer to go through all 30 teams' hitting and pitching grids than usual.
File this next one under my problem, not yours, but last week I pinch hit for friend and colleague Tristan Cockcroft on the ESPN Forecaster and the 10-day planner updates. After handing the keys back to him Monday, I took a deep breath and was looking forward to a day without seeing any spreadsheets.
Then it hit me. I completely spaced on last week's Z Files. I've been doing this since January of 2016 and sure, I've asked for a week off here and there, but I have never simply forgotten to do it.
Unfortunately, I did not have a worthy topic, so I decided to sleep on it.
Sometimes the answer is just staring you in the face.
I just spent the better part of a week scrubbing playing time to generate rest of the season rankings. Do I have it right? Heck no. Did I miss a move or two? Yeah, probably. Even so, It struck me sharing my rankings would make