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Ball on a Budget: Greinke League final standings

Last season BtB hosted their own saber-slanted fantasy baseball league--"Ball on a Budget". The details can be found here, but the basics of the game are:

* 12 team snake draft

* $60MM budget using actual MLB salaries

* 25-man roster, no subs, no transactions

* The only scoring category is WAR, as determined by Fangraphs.

The results are in and the winner of the 2010 Greinke League is Grantg1. Congratulations to him.

Complete standings:

Grantg1's team had a loaded pithing staff with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson, and Tim Lincecum leading the way. He was also able to identify a couple of SP's with RP eligibility--Brandon Morrow and Phil Hughes--who provided him with 6.1 WAR from a spot where you'd normally hope to get just 1.5 WAR.

On offense, Albert Pujols posted 7.1 WAR. Of course, his $16 million salary was quite a lot, but he had to spend the money somewhere. Pujols was by far his highest paid position player, but he also committed significant funds to Jayson Werth--who rewarded him with 5 WAR--and Josh Hamilton (8 WAR).

His two most efficient players were Clayton Kershaw and Buster Posey, both of whom made around league minimum and provided around 10 wins per million dollars.

Perfetstrat's second place squad was led by a trio of 7-win players: Ryan Zimmerman, Cliff Lee, and Carl Crawford. He used $23.35 million of his $60 million budget on those players, but did a nice job of finding complementary players on the cheap like Casey McGehee, Shin-Soo Choo, and Ricky Romero. He gambled on Ubaldo Jimenez in the first round and it paid off big, 5.9 fWAR for $1.25 million.

RedRobot took Evan Longoria with the first overall pick and was rewarded with 6.9 fWAR for less than $1 million. Other key players in him securing a third-place finish were Adrian Gonzalez, David Wright, Tommy Hanson, Roy Halladay, and Francisco Liriano.

The complete draft results can be viewed here, here, and here. Thanks to everyone who participated in 2010's Ball on a Budget game. And I will get even with Tommy for finishing one spot ahead of me.  With Brian McCann on his team to boot.

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