How Bleacher Report's MLB Experts Would Build an MLB Team for $100 Million

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How Bleacher Report's MLB Experts Would Build an MLB Team for $100 Million
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to act as general manager for a Major League Baseball team?

So did we, which is how we came up with this idea: To build a roster of talent for the 2014 season with a maximum budget of $100 million. 

Bleacher Report's MLB lead writers (Jason Catania, Joe Giglio, Jason Martinez, Zachary Rymer, Adam Wells) came up with their own rosters for next season. There is some overlap between the rosters, but each of us tried to inject our personal preferences where we saw fit. 

Liberties were taken to make the task a little easier, though there were also changes to the arbitration process we used that escalated a lot of player salaries beyond what they will actually make in 2014. 

Instead of building an entire 25-man roster, our teams consist of 15 players built around eight position players, one designated hitter, a five-man pitching rotation and one reliever to be used in the closer role. 

Even though some players on rosters aren't yet eligible for arbitration, for the purposes of this discussion, we have treated them like they are.

In those cases, set totals were $5 million for non-arbitration players. The one outlier in that group, based on Bill Shaikin's report in the Los Angeles Times, is Mike Trout, who could set an arbitration record of $15 million when he becomes eligible. 

For those players eligible for arbitration in 2014, we used the projected salaries listed by MLB Trade Rumors, which can be found here

All players were eligible for consideration, though some were kept off for injury reasons, and others are simply too expensive at this stage of their career. 

Now, with all the explanations taken care of, it's time to look at what the B/R crew came up with for the perfect $100 million team. 


Note: All stats and projections courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. Non-projected contract information is courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts

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