Thursday, March 1, 2007

The All-Mediocre Team

Page 2's David Schoenfield has a really entertaining piece today about the well-documented spending spree this offseason. Tens of millions of dollars have been lavished upon the Jeff Suppans of the league, and Alfonso Soriano's pitiful on-base ability has been ignored in favor of those shiny, shiny RBI and home run totals. What Shoenfield did was put together a lineup of the highest paid mediocrities of the offseason and played out several seasons' worth of video game simulations to see how they did as a unit. Highly scientific stuff. Here's his lineup:

C: Begie Molina, Giants
1B: Nomar Garciaparra, Dodgers
2B: Mark DeRosa, Cubs
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
SS: Julio Lugo, Red Sox
LF: Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
OF: Juan Pierre, Dodgers
OF: J.D. Drew, Red Sox
DH: Carlos Lee, Astros
Ace: Barry Zito, Giants

The results are about what you'd expect: mediocre! In an offseason where the Mets held back from giving Zito seven or eight years and otherwise kept it sane (you can argue that they were too cautious; we'll see what happens), it's nice to sit back and mock other teams' desperation (until a month into the season when I start complaining to anyone who will listen that we should've bid $55 million on Dice-K).

The most mediocre team money can buy []

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