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what would you do?

According to an article at ESPN.com (see article at here)
almost one year ago, salaries around the majors averaged out to this at each position:

C  - not mentioned
1B - $5.78M
2B - $2.79M
SS - $4.06M
3B - $5.87M
OF - $4.88M (lumped of together)
SP - $4.87M
RP - $1.43M

The article also said the MLB average salary was $2.70M, so why not just add a catcher and bench players at that.

That would bring the total for a 5-man staff with 7 relievers to $34.36M and a total for a lineup and bench with 2 catchers, 6 infielders and 5 outfielders to $49.34M.

My question, then, is "what is the best team that you could put together using the following limitations:

  • Team must be at or under $83.70M.
  • 2 catchers totaling $5.40M
  • 6 infielders totaling $23.90M
  • 5 outfielders totaling $20.04M
  • 5 starters totaling $24.35M
  • 7 relievers totaling $10.01M
  • (use 2008 salaries (or approximations for FAs and arb. elig. players) and give or take 20% on each of the five categories)?"
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    The team that I would put out there would be:

    Victor Martinez (C - $4.25M)
    Yadier Molina (C - $0.75M)
    C total - $5M - save $0.4M

    Albert Pujols (1B - $16M)
    Ian Kinsler (2B - $0.45M)
    BJ Upton (2B/SS - $0.45M)
    Hanley Ramirez (SS - $0.75M)
    David Wright (3B - $5M)
    Ryan Braun (3B/1B - $0.40M)
    INF total - $23.05M - save $0.85M

    Grady Sizemore (OF - $3M)
    Curtis Granderson (OF - $0.5M)
    Chris Young (OF - $0.45M)
    Miguel Cabrera (OF - $8M)
    Matt Holliday (OF - $8M)
    OF total - $19.95M - save $0.09M
    hitters total - $48.00M - save $1.34M

    Jake Peavy (SP - $6.00M)
    Chris Young (SP - $2.50M)
    Erik Bedard (SP - $7.00M)
    Josh Beckett (SP - $9.50M)
    Fausto Carmona (SP - $0.40M)
    SP total - $25.40M - use $1.05M extra

    Heath Bell (RH Long Relief - $0.45M)
    Rafael Betancourt (RH Middle Relief - $0.90M)
    Jon Rauch (RH Middle Relief - $0.50M)
    Rafael Perez (LH Middle Relief - $0.45M)
    Russ Springer (RH Setup - $3.50M)
    George Sherrill (LH Setup - $0.45M)
    JJ Putz (CL - $3.40M)
    RP total - $9.65M - save $0.36M
    pitchers total - $35.05M - use $0.69M extra

    Overall salaries - $83.05M - SAVINGS OF $0.65M

    That's my team and I'm sticking with it.  Please note that I used people in their REAL positions (i.e. - I don't have 3 first basemen, one in the OF, I don't have 4 starting pitchers relieving or 3 closers.  I don't necessarily have any true BENCH players, however.)

    Good luck and have fun.

    stlfan

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