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  1. I love fangraphs! You guys always have the most interesting posts.

    Comment by Jim — March 2, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  2. Looks like you can move Rocco from the bench to coach,


    Comment by bpoe13 — March 2, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  3. Let’s do it! I’m good for $20, I’ll bet people would definitely come to see this team play in exhibitions … =)

    Comment by Brian — March 2, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

  4. He still wants to play. That’s just something to do while he waits for an offer.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — March 2, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

  5. Kenny Lofton would be a much healthier option in CF, even though he hasnt played since 07, he hasnt officially retired either.

    Comment by PL — March 2, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  6. awesome post! darin erstad actually is my idea of a good time in CF–he’d be hilarious!

    Comment by Dudley — March 2, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

  7. i bet julio franco could be coaxed out of retirement.

    Comment by Dudley — March 2, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  8. lets not forget barry bonds either. i mean he could still be a 2 win player.

    Comment by TheUnrepentantGunner — March 2, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  9. Good point

    Comment by Shane — March 2, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

  10. I think you may be overestimating the pitching – or at least the overall run prevention. Sure, the FIP may be OK but it’s going to look just awful to the naked eye with that defense. Fly balls may not be an adventure as those three guys are fundamentally sound, but a lot of fly balls are going to turn into singles and doubles as your outfield lumbers or hobbles after them. Even guys like Crede who used to be able to pick it just can’t do it anymore physically.

    Comment by MikeS — March 2, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  11. I think we’re all glad this team would only play on paper, unless we could schedule a full season against it for our favorite team, that is.

    Comment by Breadbaker — March 2, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

  12. Rickey says “Rickey is offended”.

    Comment by John — March 2, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

  13. Its time for a new AL team to hit the brackets.

    I’m thinking the Georgia Peaches

    Or some name thats smarter.

    Its an interesting negotiating ploy to wait this long. We’ll see if most of these names still come away with decent contracts

    Comment by Dan — March 2, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

  14. Doing the WAR math in my head, I came up with that being a 64 win team. Not quite the Astros or Pirates.
    vr, Xei

    Comment by Xeifrank — March 2, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  15. For most of these guys at least, it’s not a negotiating ploy.

    Comment by Brendan Scolari — March 2, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  16. Why do you say that? UZR still loved Crede last year. The sample size is small, but I don’t see any evidence that his defense has declined.

    Comment by jar75 — March 2, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

  17. One of the worst defensive teams I could possibly imagine (without moving people out of position, obviously).

    Comment by pwhit44 — March 2, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  18. The big question to me is could this team beat the 2008 Mariners in a best of 7 series?

    Comment by Mark S — March 2, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

  19. While the pitching looks slightly more solid than other years for a reject team like this, the offense and fielding is downright brutal. I can’t think of a year with such a big scrap heap left in the hitting as this year. The only guys who have upside have huge cliff/injury risks while the remainder have no upside at all. You have to expect this with an all reject team, but having seen this exercise done in the past- this year looks particularly bad.

    Comment by B N — March 2, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  20. No, but they could probably beat the 2010 Astros, and take 4 of 5 from the 2003 Tigers.

    Comment by gnomez — March 2, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  21. Do we know who on this list has already been offered a deal and turned it down to wait for something better?

    Comment by Dan — March 2, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

  22. What are the odds that the All-Reject Team takes 3 or more games out of 5 against the Royals?

    I say +50%.

    Comment by Bradley — March 2, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  23. So a team of mediocre free agents no one wants to finish ahead of the Royals.


    Comment by JoeR43 — March 2, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  24. Mostly I was talking about the outfield.

    As for Crede, he only played 90 games because his back was wonky. In the games I saw he was still good, but had lost a quarter step on that hot shot to his right – the one he used to be so great at getting to. I’m not sure if UZR would pick that up or if it would just assume that ball couldn’t be caught. In any event, hHe’s available because of concerns about his back. If those concerns are justified, his defense might take a tremendous hit as his back continues to limit him more. That’s only speculation, but if some GM thought he could still play the hot corner he’d have a job.

    Comment by MikeS — March 2, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  25. Sure, the pitchers would have decent FIPs, but man, that defense is going to result in some cartoonish ERAs. It would be a season-long Benny Hill routine out there.

    Comment by Benne — March 2, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  26. no love for delgado? also troy percival is retired, so you can scratch his name of the bullpen

    Comment by William — March 2, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

  27. I definitely agree that the reason he’s unemployed is because of his health. I didn’t see him play many games last year so your speculation may be accurate.

    Comment by jar75 — March 2, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

  28. Percival hasn’t officially retired yet, I don’t think. Do you have a link?

    And Delgado is out until halfway through the season. Maybe thatis the reason for omission.

    Comment by R y a n — March 3, 2010 @ 12:38 am

  29. Duaner Sanchez signed with Mexico City Red Devils and Troy Percival retired.

    Comment by Tiago — March 3, 2010 @ 12:39 am

  30. Put Freel in there for Dye in RF, and actually it’s not all that terrible (though nothing disguises the nothing that is the middle infield).

    Comment by JoeR43 — March 3, 2010 @ 1:01 am

  31. On that note, I think there’s this guy named Bonds kicking around too….

    Comment by joser — March 3, 2010 @ 4:08 am

  32. Gotta love that Tigers team…
    I remember that was the first year I truly understood how messed up baseball was. I was 8 at the time, and I looked forward to the Tigers-Yankees matchups. Fun times…

    Comment by Samuel E. Giddins — March 3, 2010 @ 7:26 am

  33. What about Jimmy Edmonds?

    Comment by odbsol — March 3, 2010 @ 9:23 am

  34. I agree. If the ART (All Reject Team) is an AL team, I think they’d be distinctly decent. Anderson is only -4.8 UZR in several thousand innings in LF since 2006. Erstad is very good in CF. He hasn’t played there much recently, but has a career 24 UZR/150 in CF. Freel in a very SSS has a 24 UZR/150 in RF. That’s a pretty damn good outfield.

    It’s too bad that most of the SPs are groundballers, which plays to the team’s obvious weakness. However, Ray Durham hasn’t retired yet has he? He’d be a definite upgrade on Aurilia.

    If only Khalil Greene hadn’t taken that minor league deal with the Rangers, or we’d have a solid team on our hands.

    Comment by Will — March 3, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  35. sammy sosa!

    Comment by MDS — March 3, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

  36. @Will: The Rangers voided Greene’s contract. He’s probably a better 2B option than Aurilia (yes, I know he’s a SS, but that just means he’ll probably be a plus-defense 2B).

    Comment by quincy0191 — March 3, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

  37. How about Mark McGwire at DH?? CHONE has him projected for 20 HRs in 2010!!!

    Comment by Pat — March 4, 2010 @ 10:50 am

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