Going For That 2006 Division Title

We’ve been joking for some time around here how the recent collection of veterans that Ned Colletti has put together would have been a lot more attractive in 2006 than it’s going to be in 2012 (and, sigh, 2013). So, beset by an unfortunate case of insomnia at 5:50am, I thought, let’s put that to the test. If you’ll indulge me a few non-roster invites, you can put together an entire squad…

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If not an immediate championship contender, that’s a team that might at least be in the hunt. Josh Bard had his career year, while Juan Rivera & Andre Ethier were middle-of-the-order bats; Juan Uribe still couldn’t get on base but at least showed power, and Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy, and Matt Treanor were all reasonably useful. On the mound, the rotation may have been an ace short but at least comprised a legitimate top four, while the bullpen had enough to get by. Other than Jerry Hairston, who was absolutely atrocious that year, is there a single one of the newcomers we expect to be better in 2012 than they were in 2006? Doesn’t seem likely.

By the way, of the entire list above, only Lilly, Uribe, and Kennedy made more than $3m that season. You don’t want to know what the total is now.

Coming Monday: pros and cons of potential new ownership groups.

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