The calendar reads July 17, 2009, and lumps are beginning to form in the throats of baseball fans nationwide.
We are now just two weeks away from the much-anticipated July 31 trading deadline.
Countless Yankee fans are begging and pleading for either the services of Roy Halladay or to cling to the newly cultivated prospects littered throughout the farm system.
In the wake of inevitable water-cooler discussions in offices across the country, it is time to once again discuss player salaries and payrolls.
This time, however, we are going to shake things up by playing a hypothetical game of general manager budgeting.
What if you had to construct an entire team using only the league’s largest salary as a budget? What if your only asset was Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez?
The goal is to create the best roster of players whose 2009 salaries are as close to A-Rod’s as possible ($33 million), but without going over.
This challenge is a perfect blend of fantasy baseball and The Price is Right.
Due to the fact that there are so many talented young stars making salaries near the rookie minimum, no roster is allowed to include more than five players with a salary less than $1 million.
The roster must include a C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, RF, CF, DH, five SPs, a RP, and a CL.
Feel free to offer your own rosters, any changes you would make to this list, and any feedback or opinionated responses.
Here we go!