Brave men and ESPN buddies Bill TPA and The Common Man, the high-quality dudes behind The Platoon Advantage as well as weekend Getting Blankards, recently undertook a daunting but interesting exercise. In their infinite wisdom, they went ahead and added two big league teams for the 2012 season. Not content to simply realign the leagues, the decided to fill the rosters of the new teams. 25 players per team aren't going to come out of thin air so...expansion draft time!
The guys asked us to protect 15 players ahead of the first round, then pull three exposed players back. Another round of picks then another three get protected. Read the introductory post, the first round of picks and the second/third rounds.
As this is a 'real team', contracts count as does age, I suppose (read the rules here). The Jays have so few albratross contracts so I didn't have much to worry about on that front. I simply tried to protect as much talent as possible.
With no further ado, here is my list with some general commentary following.
- Jose Bautista
- Ricky Romero
- Brandon Morrow
- Travis Snider
- Brett Lawrie
- Yunel Escobar
- Kyle Drabek
- Marc Rzepcyznski
- Adam Lind
- Zach Stewart
- J.P. Arencibia
- Anthony Gose
- Rajai Davis
- Henderson Alverez
- Travis D'Arnaud
Time for round two! My protected players:
- Carlos Villanueva
- Aaron Hill
- Deck McGuire
- Adeiny Hechavarria
- Carlos Perez
- Jake Marisnick
And that's it. I fear protecting Rajai Davis was a mistake. In light of his play (both recent and historical) and two players I lost, I regret it. Leaving Davis exposed while protecting Cecil and then exposing Hill while protecting Thames probably helps me sleep at night.
On the other hand, I feel like Thames-type players are exactly the kind to move in an expansion draft. Maybe he could be the Webfoots' Al Woods? Sucks to see him go but players like him are not too hard to find. Hopefully, he proves me wrong.
In the end, not bad. Too mid-rotation lefties and a decent-if-defensively challenged power bat lost. The pitching depth makes the first two losses easier to swallow, the outfield competition and Bautista contract make Thames a little easier to take.
What are your thoughts? Always a good exercise to help realize other fans don't value your prospects quite like you do.
Make sure you click over and check out the full rosters, it's good stuff. Awesomely Keith Law compares the rosters and breaks down their merits. Once you finish taking in their entire project, come back here and tear a strip off yours truly in the comments.
Sad image of a happy guy courtesy of Reuters via Daylife.