It’s the end of January, and there is still an entire roster full of players unsigned. Perhaps they can go ahead and create an expansion team in Las Vegas and fill the roster with the following players:

SP – Yu Darvish
SP – Jake Arrieta
SP – Lance Lynn
SP – Alex Cobb
SP – Jaime Garcia

RP – Greg Holland
RP – Tony Watson
RP – Tyler Clippard
RP – Matt Belisle
RP – Blaine Boyer
RP – Jason Motte
RP – Shae Simmons

C – Alex Avila
1B – Logan Morrison
2B – Neil Walker
3B – Todd Frazier
SS – Erick Aybar
LF – J.D. Martinez
CF – Carlos Gomez
RF – Jose Bautista

C – Miguel Montero
INF –J.J. Hardy
INF – Gordon Beckham
OF – Rajai Davis
OF-Ichiro Suzuki

I figured this team would have around a top half payroll, so I tried to keep it around $160M. But I spent close to $120M on 7 players, so money got scarce as you filled out the roster. Interestingly, with all of the FAs left available, there really aren’t many pitchers left one you clear Darvish and Arrieta. In fact, Garcia is the best LHP left. It goes to show you that teams are locking up pitching, and the Braves are smart to do so. I also find it interesting that I can fill a team on a top half budget considering I don’t have the privilege of having many cost-controlled players. Perhaps that’s why there are so many teams who simply never seek to have a top farm.

The Braves could certainly use some of these players…