The salary of these players isn’t high…it’s insane. Take for instance C.C. Sabathia, he makes more money in one year than most of us combined will make in a lifetime. Maybe these players for a year should forgo their huge salary and work for $70,000.
Now to the entry.
Tim Lincecum, RHP, 2.62 era, 18-5, 265 so, $405,000
Tiny Tim has come a long way, from being picked on as a kid for his wind up, to Sports Illustrated cover-boy, to winning a Cy Young. Lincecum has more wins then any other pitchers in my rotation and is on the worst team. The other players teams made the playoffs. The fact that he won 18 games for a team that only won 72 games is enough to give him the top spot. He also strikes out a ton of guys.
Jon Lester, LHP, 3.21 era, 16-6, 152 so, $421,500
Lester is just amazing. I don’t know what else to say about him. He went 16-6, with a 3.21 era, 152 strike outs, a no hitter, and a shutout at Yankee Stadium, in just his first full season in the majors. Lester is an inspiration to many kids, parents, and athletes. Lester should have been Comeback Player of the Year in 2007 coming back from cancer. I just don’t know what to say, just WOW!
Ervin Santana, RHP, 3.49 era, 16-7, 214 so, $420,000
Ervin is young and strikes out a ton of guys. He has a been in the majors for 4 full seasons unlike Lester or Lincecum which provides him with some leadership. He posted carer highs in era, complete games, innings pitched, strike outs, and many other things. He was part of an Angles team that included three aces, being himself, John Lackey, and Joe Saunders. He is also still young.
Cole Hamels, LHP, 3.09 era, 14-10, 196 so, $500,000
Hamles like Josh Beckett is a big game pitcher and he proved that through out the playoffs. Hamles is young and determined to be the best pitcher he can be. Wether it is in the gym or on the mound Hamles is there. Hamels has played three full seasons, which like Ervin gives him some leadership. When this team makes the playoffs (and it would if this was a real team) he would mentor Tim Lincecum about the playoffs. Hamles has been there before and might be there again in the World Series.
Chad Billingsley, RHP, 3.14 era, 16-10, 201 so, $415,000
Before I talk about Billingsley look at the rotation, righty, lefty, righty, lefty. This was maybe the best idea about this whole team. Billingsley is young and strikes out guys. He broke his leg in the off season but should be fine by spring training. He has been around for three major league seasons, as a prospect, in the bullpen, and now an ace. Okay he wasn’t an ace last year because he had Lowe and Brad Penny on his team last year. He has had a quick rise to stardom sorta like, Andre Ethier. Billingsley is going to win 20 games next season if the Dodgers get Manny.
Lee is not on my team because he won 18 games in 2005, got sent down to AAA last year, and won 22 games this year.
Payroll Today- $2,161,500
Total Payroll so far- $26,169,662
WOW! My goal was to have a team under 100 million and it’s safe to say that I bet my goal!