I'm back... and forth
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Re: ESPN's Battle of the Budgets
Day two..... Votto comes off the board.... still surprised to see Bruce is on the board.
21. Jayson Stark selects Ryan Doumit (C, Pittsburgh Pirates, $2,000,000)
Jayson Stark: Pretty scary team, isn't it?
22. Steve Phillips selects Ervin Santana (P, Los Angeles Angels, $3,962,500)
23. Buster Olney selects Carlos Marmol (P, Chicago Cubs, $494,500)
Jayson Stark: Hey Buster, you're going to have a lower payroll than the Trenton Thunder!
Buster Olney: Old habits from the days growing up on the farm. We moved nickels like tractor tires.
24. Rob Neyer selects Scott Baker (P, Minnesota Twins, $485,875)
25. Rob Neyer selects James Shields (P, Tampa Bay Rays, $1,500,000)
26. Buster Olney selects John Danks (P, Chicago White Sox, $460,000)
27. Steve Phillips selects Matt Garza (P, Tampa Bay Rays, $445,060)
28. Jayson Stark selects Joey Votto (1B, Cincinnati Reds, $429,000)
29. Jayson Stark selects Joe Saunders (P, Los Angeles Angels, $488,750)
Jayson Stark: I can't believe they were still on the board in the seventh and eighth rounds!
30. Steve Phillips selects Adrian Gonzalez (OF, San Diego Padres, $440,000)
Steve Phillips: I needed a left-handed bat between Braun and Quentin. I may score 1,500 runs.
Buster Olney: 1,500 runs? Not against my team, you won't.
31. Buster Olney selects Jose Arredondo (P, Los Angeles Angels, $429,000)
32. Rob Neyer selects Nick Markakis (OF, Baltimore Orioles, $3,000,000)
33. Rob Neyer selects Yunel Escobar (SS, Atlanta Braves, $500,000)
34. Buster Olney selects Cliff Lee (P, Cleveland Indians, $5,750,000)
35. Steve Phillips selects Grant Balfour (P, Tampa Bay Rays, $1,400,000)
36. Jayson Stark selects Brandon Morrow (P, Seattle Mariners, $429,000)
Jayson Stark: His role to be determined later.
37. Jayson Stark selects Josh Johnson (P, Florida Marlins, $1,400,000)
38. Steve Phillips selects David Wright (3B, New York Mets, $7,500,000)
Steve Phillips: I just couldn't go to the other options at third, so I figured I had a shot at two more guys making some $$$. So, I just combined them for David. By the way, did I ever tell you I drafted him? Plus, Buster was going to take him and I couldn't let his strategy work.
Buster Olney: You are right, he was among those I was thinking about. But you can't keep 'em ALL away from me, Sparky.
39. Buster Olney selects Shin-Soo Choo (OF, Cleveland Indians, $448,960)
40. Rob Neyer selects Alex Gordon (3B, Kansas City Royals, $466,900)