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It's Time to be a GM and Protect Your Players: AL West Version

 

To refresh:

There is a new expansion draft format and for one day you get to be a GM of all 30 teams. Here's the catch; you can only protect three players from each organization (sorry not 15, then 3 more, etc., that would take way too long). You get the player as is with his current contract (it makes things more interesting). Keep in mind each teams financial statuses.

Today's version: AL West

Much much more after the jump.

Angels protect: Mike Trout, Jered Weaver, Howie Kendrick

Analysis: Trout is a top prospect and you would be stupid not to protect him with all the talent he has. Weaver is an ace and signed a hometown discount. I was on the bubble about protecting either Kendrick or Mark Trumbo, but All-Star caliber second basemen are hard to come by, as compared to power hitting first basemen.

Athletics protect: Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, Brett Anderson

Analysis: The Athletics don't have much to desire, especially when it comes to healthy stars or top prospects. I decided to go with their three top pitchers who are young and have tons of talent. Let me know what you think here.

Mariners protect: Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley

Analysis: An elite pitcher, an ace in the making, and a sweet swinging middle infielder completes a pretty easy group to protect.

Rangers protect: Elvis Andrus, Martin Perez, Ian Kinsler

Analysis: I was very tempted to put Neftali Feliz in here, but until he is in the rotation then there is no chance that I am going to protect him. Shortstops that can field and hit are super rare so I have to protect Andrus. Even after a little rough patch in AAA this year for the Rangers, Perez still has a ton of potential and is very young. 30/30 second baseman who can play defense, enough said.

Critique away.

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