I got this idea from hardball. Try to make a 25 man roster using 2008 salaries whose team payroll is under 100 million.
Today were doing catchers.
C- Brian McCann, .301, 23 home runs, 87 RBI’s, 5 stolen bases, $966,666
McCann is great, under rated, and cheep. He is also only 24. He won the Silver Slugger for catchers in the N.L. McCann is under rated because he plays for the Braves. The Braves don’t have a huge fan base like the Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, or Dodgers. The Braves also aren’t that good.
C- Joe Mauer, .328, 9 home runs, 85 RBI’s, 1 stolen base, $6,250,000
Mauer is going into his prime only four years into the majors. He won the Golden Glove for catchers in the A.L. this year along with the Silver Slugger. He is pretty good at handling pitchers to. He is young also. If it wasn’t for him I don’t think the Twins would have competed this year.
C- Geovany Soto, .285, 23 home runs, 86 RBI’s, 0 stolen bases, $401,000
Geo was N.L. rookie of the year at age 25 and started in the all-star game. He was up and down through the minors since 2005 till this season. He still has much to learn though, but he could be the future of the Cubs.
The total payroll today was- $7,617,666