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What if's...?

Posted on: February 3, 2009 7:01 pm

Drafts, Free Agency, and the massive demand for large sums of cash have certainly shaped sports, but it is not more prominant in any other sport other than Major League Baseball. In the Draft, players demands for signing bonuses, major league contracts, and college commits can drop in him like a rock in the draft. If your a player outside the U.S. or Canada, you can sign a contract with a major league club as early as 16 or 17 years old and begin your professional careers; players from Puerto Rico have the choice of doing one or the other. As for Free Agency, we all know how that plays out judging by the previous off-seasons.

So, what if Free Agency did play such a big role, what if players entering the draft just signed without any remorse, what if players weren't traded early in their professional careers, staying with there franchises throughout there entire careers? I'm about to answer these questions. Here are the 32 teams lineups if these factors came into play, and other little tidbits effecting your 2009 teams, with a 32 part series.

LOS ANGELES Angels                                                                                                                                                

  • Catcher...Mike Napoli / 2000 17th Round
  • First Base...Casey Kotchmen / 2001 1st Round*
  • Second Base...Aaron Hill / 2000 7th Round (didn't sign)
  • Third Base...Chris Davis / 2005 35th Round (didn't sign)
  • Shortstop...Bobby Crosby / 1998 34th Round (didn't sign)
  • Right Field...David Murphy / 2000 50th Round (didn't sign)
  • Center Field...Jim Edmonds / 1988 8th Round
  • Left Field...Garret Anderson / 1990 4th Round
  • Designated Hitter...Howie Kendrick / 2002 10th Round
  • #1 Starter...Jarrod Washburn / 1995 2nd Round*
  • #2 Starter...John Lackey / 1999 2nd Round*
  • #3 Starter...Ervin Santana / International Free Agent 2000
  • #4 Starter...Brandon Morrow / 2003 40th Round (didn't sign)
  • #5 Starter...Jered Weaver / 2004 1st Round*
  • Closer...Francisco Rodriguez / International Free Agent 1998

Some Top Prospects would be...

  1. Brandon Wood, 3B / 2003 1st Round
  2. Sean Rodriguez, MIF / 2003 3rd Round
  3. David Huff, LHP / 2003 31st Round (didn't sign)
  4. Kris Johnson, LHP / 2003 50th Round (didn't sign)
  5. Freddy Sandoval, IF / 2004 8th Round
  6. Hainley Statia, SS / 2004 9th Round
  7. Nick Adenhart, RHP / 2004 14th Round
  8. Mark Trumbo, 1B / 2004 18th Round
  9. Stephen Marek, RHP / 2004 40th Round
  10. P.J. Phillips, 3B / 2005 2nd Round
  11. Sean O'Sullivan, RHP / 2005 3rd Round
  12. Brian Matusz, LHP / 2005 4th Round (didn't sign)
  13. Peter Bourjos, OF / 2005 10th Round
  14. Brad Suttle, 3B / 2005 21st Round (didn't sign)
  15. Buster Posey, C / 2005 50th Round (didn't sign)
  16. Hank Conger, C / 2006 1st Round
  17. Jordan Walden, RHP / 2006 12th Round
  18. Jon Bachanocv, RHP / 2007 1st Round
  19. Matt Harvey, RHP / 2007 3rd Round (didn't sign)
  20. Trevor Reckling, LHP / 2007 8th Round

* all draft picks are out of High School unless noted otherwise which case the player went to college because they were not drafted out of High School

  • Drafted Wide Receiver O.J. McDuffie in 1991 in the 41st Round
  • Drafted Running Back Marshall Faulk in 1993 in the  43rd Round
  • Drafted Quarterback Pat White in 2004 in the 4th Round, and again in 2007 in the 27th Round
  • Drafted Safety Jarrad Page in 2006 in the 7th Round
  • Drafted Washington Huskie Quarterback Jake Locker in 2006 in the 40th Round

rotation, and draft picks are set in chronological particular order

Category: MLB

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2009 11:49 pm

What if's...?

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