Day 3: Rounds 11-15
• Draft order was selected at random.
• Player salaries based on 2009 salaries. For those involved in arbitration cases at the time of the draft, the midpoint between what the player wanted and what the team was offering was taken. Players with one-plus year of service time but not eligible for arbitration were given 10 percent raises from their 2008 salaries; those with two-plus were given 15 percent. Those with zero-plus were given the 2009 minimum of $400,000.
• Seeding for the tournament will be based on payroll -- No. 1 payroll vs. No. 4 payroll; No. 2 vs. No. 3.
• Each team must carry 11 pitchers.
• Each will act as a National League team -- so, no DH.
The economy is impacting everyone, baseball included. Teams are looking to build more cost-conscious rosters. But how? Is it doable? Are there enough talented, relatively inexpensive players to build a competitive roster for, say, $40 million, which is roughly the payroll the San Diego Padres hope to operate at in 2009?Well, ESPN.com put four of its experts on the case. During a recent five-day stretch, "Baseball Tonight's" Steve Phillips, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney and ESPN.com's Jayson Stark and Rob Neyer drafted their own 25-man rosters. All this week, we reveal their selections -- and their thoughts on each other's selections. On Monday, Feb. 9, the four teams will begin going head-to-head in seven-game series conducted by ImagineSports.com, which provides online simulation baseball games, using its Diamond Mind Baseball software. Our ultimate general manager will pit his budget-conscious team against the deep-pocketed New York Yankees in a seven-game series. On Day 1, Steve and Rob opted to spend, while Buster was tight with his checkbook. Jayson, meanwhile, challenged all comers. On Day 2, there was a rush for pitchers and Buster spent some of his money. And after a quiet day, the discussion was lively as Steve was reminded of the good old days.
41. Rob Neyer selects Ubaldo Jimenez (P, Colorado Rockies, $450,800)
42. Buster Olney selects Jose Reyes (SS, New York Mets, $5,750,000)
Steve Phillips: I like it. Did I ever mention that I was GM when he signed?
43. Steve Phillips selects Hong-Chih Kuo (P, Los Angeles Dodgers, $450,800)
Buster Olney: I was either going to take Kuo or Reyes with my pick.
But I was worried that Jayson was going to use that available cash to nab the best shortstop left on the board.
Jayson Stark: Buster, you turkey!!!!! I was going to take Reyes with my next pick, but whatever
44. Jayson Stark selects Jonathan Broxton (P, Los Angeles Dodgers, $1,825,000)
45. Jayson Stark selects Matt Thornton (P, Chicago White Sox, $1,325,000)
46. Steve Phillips selects J.P. Howell (P, Tampa Bay Rays, $457,010)
47. Buster Olney selects Rafael Perez (P, Cleveland Indians, $467,705)
Steve Phillips: For those of us with obsessive personality disorder, this draft process is killing me. I wanted to make all 25 of my picks in 15 minutes. It's affecting my judgment.
Jayson Stark: So that's your story, and you're sticking to it?
Buster Olney: I think I have the same disorder.
Steve Phillips: I am crazed just sitting here, foaming at the mouth.
Steve Phillips: My wife can't wait for this draft to be over. I'm killing her explaining my next picks. She thinks I am a lunatic. I am a lunatic.
This is so much fun.
Jayson Stark: Want to go ahead and draft Rob Stratton again, just for nostalgia's sake? Go ahead. We won't stop you.
Steve Phillips: Ha! That's a blast from the past.
Jayson Stark: I don't know about you, Steve, but my wife didn't need this draft to decide I was a lunatic. I've been laying out that body of work for years now.
Steve Phillips: It's actually bringing back memories from Mets days for her.
Rob Neyer: Great. The run on cheap power relievers right before it comes around to me again. Beautiful
48. Rob Neyer selects Frank Francisco (P, Texas Rangers, $1,600,000)
49. Rob Neyer selects Francisco Liriano (P, Minnesota Twins, $471,500)
Steve Phillips: I was going to take him. Good pick.
50. Buster Olney selects Mike Fontenot (2B, Chicago Cubs, $445,500)
Steve Phillips: I was going to take him, too.
51. Steve Phillips selects Jacoby Ellsbury (OF, Boston Red Sox, $446,000)
52. Jayson Stark selects Curtis Granderson (OF, Detroit Tigers, $3,500,000)
|Buster Olney: I had hoped to snag Curtis down the road, but oh, well. Any team that has Curtis officially has the smartest team in the league. Jayson Stark: Which of you guys wouldn't want to come cover my team now, huh? If you can't wring a decent quote or sound bite out of Curtis Granderson, Josh Hamilton and Cole Hamels, you're in the wrong business. Steve Phillips: I had my sights set on Curtis a bit later, too. I took Ellsbury to protect my wait.|
53. Jayson Stark selects Jesse Carlson (P, Toronto Blue Jays, $429,000)
54. Steve Phillips selects Mike Aviles (2B, Kansas City Royals, $400,000)
Jayson Stark: Great pick
for a team with no money to spend.
Buster Olney: If you hadn't taken Aviles, then I would have.
55. Buster Olney selects Kevin Youkilis (1B, Boston Red Sox, $6,000,000)
Steve Phillips: I had you pegged for Prince Fielder, but I love Youk, too.
Buster Olney: I was worried that Rob might jump up and snake Youk, so that was a good Plan B.
Jayson Stark: I like all our teams.
Buster Olney: [Padres GM Kevin] Towers' reaction to this draft: "Of course you can get a great team.
Why wouldn't you?!!!"
Jayson Stark: Wait
does that mean he doesn't think we're all geniuses?
Steve Phillips: I don't care what he thinks
you guys are geniuses in my book.
Jayson Stark: Now we're talking. Let's have Steve review the rest of our picks. The heck with what Kevin thinks.
56. Rob Neyer selects Manny Delcarmen (P, Boston Red Sox, $484,150)
57. Rob Neyer selects Takashi Saito (P, Boston Red Sox, $1,500,000)
58. Buster Olney selects Skip Schumaker (OF, St. Louis Cardinals, $455,400)
Steve Phillips: What the heck, might as well go for it. Don't worry, I did the math and I have enough money left.
59. Steve Phillips selects Jonathan Papelbon (P, Boston Red Sox, $6,250,000)
Buster Olney: The salary-cap police are staring you in the eye, pal. I guess that means Steve won't be getting A-Rod.
Steve Phillips: No, that will be when we have $200 million to spend. We need those teams, too.
Buster Olney: Is it a felony or a misdemeanor if you go over the salary cap? If convicted, will Steve have his right to voting taken from him, or will he just be forced to vote for a Democrat?
Steve Phillips: I will serve hard time before I vote for a Democrat. Although they are fond of bailouts, and I may need one.
Commissioner: Immediate felony. No trial, no appeal.
Steve Phillips: I have it all mapped out. Don't worry. I wasn't going to leave money in the budget.
60. Jayson Stark selects Brandon Webb (P, Arizona Diamondbacks, $6,500,000)
|Steve Phillips: Good pick. If I had gotten Saito, I would have taken Webb.|
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Chat: Jayson Stark, 1 p.m.
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|Monday, Feb. 9|
|Semifinal -- No. 1 payroll vs. No. 4 payroll|
|Tuesday, Feb. 10|
|Semifinal -- No. 2 payroll vs. No. 3 payroll|
|Wednesday, Feb. 11|
|Thursday, Feb. 12|
|Champion vs. New York Yankees|
1. Jon Lester, P, Red Sox
2. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
3. Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers
4. Carlos Quentin, OF, White Sox
5. Ricky Nolasco, P, Marlins
6. Ervin Santana, P, Angels
7. Matt Garza, P, Rays
8. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
9. Grant Balfour, P, Rays
10. David Wright, 3B, Mets
11. Hong-Chih Kuo, P, Dodgers
12. J.P. Howell, P, Rays
13. Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, Red Sox
14. Mike Aviles, SS, Royals
15. Jonathan Papelbon, P, Red Sox
Money spent: $33,881,095
Money remaining: $6,118,905
1. Tim Lincecum, P, Giants
2. Geovany Soto, C, Cubs
3. Edinson Volquez, P, Reds
4. Joakim Soria, P, Royals
5. Joba Chamberlain, P, Yankees
6. Carlos Marmol, P, Cubs
7. John Danks, P, White Sox
8. Jose Arredondo, P, Angels
9. Cliff Lee, P, Indians
10. Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Indians
11. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
12. Rafael Perez, P, Indians
13. Mike Fontenot, 2B, Cubs
14. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox
15. Skip Schumaker, OF, Cardinals
Money spent: $23,463,915
Money remaining: $16,536,085
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
2. Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians
3. Brian McCann, C, Braves
4. Zack Greinke, P, Royals
5. B.J. Upton, OF, Rays
6. James Shields, P, Rays
7. Scott Baker, P, Twins
8. Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles
9. Yunel Escobar, SS, Braves
10. Alex Gordon, 3B, Royals
11. Ubaldo Jimenez, P, Rockies
12. Frank Francisco, P, Rangers
13. Francisco Liriano, P, Twins
14. Manny Delcarmen, P, Red Sox
15. Takashi Saito, P, Red Sox
Money spent: $24,433,040
Money remaining: $15,566,960
1. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers
2. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
3. Cole Hamels, P, Phillies
4. Chad Billingsley, P, Dodgers
5. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
6. Ryan Doumit, C, Pirates
7. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
8. Joe Saunders, P, Angels
9. Brandon Morrow, P, Mariners
10. Josh Johnson, P, Marlins
11. Jonathan Broxton, P, Dodgers
12. Matt Thornton, P, White Sox
13. Curtis Granderson, OF, Tigers
14. Jesse Carlson, P, Blue Jays
15. Brandon Webb, P, Diamondbacks
Money spent: $27,151,604
Money remaining: $12,848,396
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