I don’t understand this at all
A couple of readers have pointed us to the ESPN Battle of the Budgets, now through 20 rounds, in which the conceit is that there are four GMs drafting anyone in the majors or minors with a total payroll of $40m for a series of head-to-head seven game series using DMB. Presumably they’re going to use DMB’s projections, since you can draft anyone anywhere.
Yay off-season content! Anyway, so obviously, the one player you want on the M’s at his salary next year if you’re trying to build is Felix, right? A bargain at $3.8m, especially when you consider how much some of the guys ahead of him cost. Cole Hamels went at #12 overall for a little more money (to Stark).
Steve Phillips — and I know, it’s Steve Phillips — took Ervin Santan for more money at #22. Olney took Cliff Lee for more money at #34. Phillips took Papelbon at #59!
Steve Phillips, by the way, should find a way to come in fifth in this competition.
I get that with 40m, trying to fill 25m rosters, you’re almost better off drafting 24 near-league-minimum guys no one’s heard of and then Pujols. And that with only four GMs, this isn’t all that insightful (consider that on average, they’ve still only taken two players per MLB franchise… and will end up having taken three).
I’m just not getting where Felix doesn’t jump the line ahead of some of these others.
Or, to put it this way, I’ll bet I could draft 25 guys on the board right now and beat Steve Phillips’ team.
SP: Felix $3.8m, Brett Cecil, Blue Jays, $400k, Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, $400k (?), Max Scherzer, Diamondbacks, $400k, Kevin Slowey, ~$500k
C: Pablo Sandoval, Giants, $400k (or Jeff Clement!)
1B: Micah Hoffpauir, Cubs, $400k (wince) or Logan Morrison, Florida ($400k) (Chris Davis went at #80 to Neyer!)
2B: Matt Antonelli, Padres $400k
SS: Brandon Hicks, Atlanta $400k
3B: Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals ~$600k (how can he not have gone higher?)
LF: Chase Headley, Padres, $400k
CF: Adam Jones, Orioles, $400k
RF: Jay Bruce, Reds, $400k
There you go. I’ve spent $9m and have $31m remaining, and it’ll take at least $4.4m to fill all the remaining spots. I take Pujols because he’s awesome, or Ichiro because he’s awesome and it’ll annoy everyone else, and I’m gold.
I’m counting, obviously, on DMB coming through with some nice projections here. It’s pretty obvious that none of the four owners are willing to risk this. We could probably do better with a lot more effort.