It's Time to be a GM and Protect Your Players: NL East 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: NL East

Much much more after the jump.

Braves protect: Jason Heyward, Tommy Hanson, Brian McCann

Analysis: I don't think anyone will disagree with my first two picks. Elite catchers are so rare these days so I had to slide McCann in the third spot. If anyone wants to protect Jair Jurrjens, Julio Teheran, Randall Delgado, or Freddie Freeman, I'm not going to argue.

Marlins protect: Mike Stanton, Josh Johnson, Logan Morrison

Analysis: The first two picks are locks to protect, but the third spot is the toughest once again. Hanley Ramirez seemed like a lock just a year ago, but I'm not sold on him anymore. Morrison is young and has potential, so that's good enough for my third spot.

Mets protect: Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, David Wright

Analysis: The Mets are in need to be in full rebuild mode and it starts with two young talented pitching prospects. The only reason I put Wright in there is because he caught a ball barehanded, once, like six years ago, which I guess is something no one else on the Mets can say they did. I really wish Jose Reyes wasn't as good as gone and could be slid into one of these spots. Regardless, the Mets have just too many injuries to make solid picks. Not a bright future for the Mets. Help me out here people.

Nationals protect: Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper

Analysis: Doug Glanville will tell you that he would rather have Wilson Ramos over Zimmerman. No chance here. Strasburg is coming back from surgery, but I like what I have seen so far and the upside is just too good to pass up. Bryce Harper, cover boy. Enough said.

Phillies protect: Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Domonic Brown

The Phillies have a star studded cast, but it's aging. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Jimmy Rollins are all on the wrong side of 30 and not getting any younger. I would listen to an argument for Shane Victorino who has pushed himself into the MVP discussion. The Phillies need to hold on to their youth.

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