This year more than ever, there seems to be an abnormal amount of players landing on the disabled list. Every morning when I wake up and surf the web, I can find a prominent player hitting the DL.
Since there are so many quality players on the DL, I thought it would be a fun exercise to put together a full 24-man roster of just players who are currently on the DL.
1. Brian Roberts: 2B, Baltimore Orioles
2. Jason Heyward: RF, Atlanta Braves
3. Joe Mauer: C, Minnesota Twins
4. Matt Holliday: LF, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Buster Posey: 1B, San Francisco Giants
6. Travis Hafner: DH, Cleveland Indians
7. David Wright: 3B, New York Mets
8. Denard Span: CF, Minnesota Twins
9. Derek Jeter: SS, New York Yankees
1. Josh Johnson: RHP, Florida Marlins
2. Adam Wainwright: RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
3. Brett Anderson: LHP, Oakland A’s
4. Jake Peavy: RHP, Chicago White Sox
5. Johan Santana: LHP, New York Mets
Luke Gregerson: RHP, San Diego Padres
Evan Meek: RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Kerry Wood: RHP, Chicago Cubs
Rafael Soriano: RHP, New York Yankees
Joba Chamberlain: RHP, New York Yankees
Brandon Beachy: RHP, Atlanta Braves
Jonathan Broxton: RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Aroldis Chapman: LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Hong-Chih Kuo: LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Ike Davis: 1B, New York Mets
Pablo Sandoval: 3B, San Francisco Giants
Rafael Furcal: SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Alfonso Soriano: OF, Chicago Cubs
Martin Prado: UT,Atlanta Braves
I love the lineup. It’s got everything every manager would want in a lineup. I got speed at the top and bottom with Roberts and Span and there’s plenty of power in between with Holliday, Hafner and Wright.
Josh Johnson is one of my top-three favorite pitchers in baseball to watch, so it was bittersweet for me to have him on this team. Bitter because I would rather watch him pitch every five days and sweet because he heads up my starting rotation.
With the bullpen depth on this team, I would only need my starters to go five or six innings an outing. I got Gregerson, Soriano and Wood to get the right-handed batters out and I got Chapman and Kuo to take care of the lefties.
I am not thrilled with Broxton at the end of games, but he could be easily replaced by Wood or Soriano and this team wouldn’t lose anything.
This team just goes to show you how much talent has not been on the field this season. And anytime baseball loses this much talent for an extended period of time, I don’t care what team you root for, it’s bad for the game.