Off-Day Distractions: The $700 Lineup Game

I'm stealing this from Sean McInhoe at The Athletic, but he did it with hockey, and I'm suggesting that we do it with baseball, so it's totally different.

We'll need a slightly bigger team, and a bigger budget due to the longer seasons, but we can make this work.

  • 10 players needed
    • 2 pitchers
    • 1 catcher
    • 1 first baseman
    • 1 second baseman
    • 1 third baseman
    • 1 shortstop
    • 3 outfielders (any combination of right/center/left)
  • $1 per game appeared in for whatever team you are signing the player to. (Example: The Phillies can sign Pedro Martinez for $9)
  • The team gets the full career WAR of that player (Pedro's 83.9 bWAR for $9 is a pretty good steal)
  • You can spend up to $700.

Here's my sample Phillies team. They're pretty stacked (Ryne Sandberg's 68 WAR for $13 didn't make the cut)

Pos Player Cost WAR
P Pedro Martinez $9 83.9
P Kid Nichols $21 116.1
C Benito Santiago $136 27.3
1B Jimmie Foxx $89 96.6
2B Joe Morgan $123 100.6
3B Tony Perez $91 54
SS Julio Franco $16 43.5
OF Hack Wilson $7 38.9
OF Hunter Pence $155 30.7
OF Hugh Duffy $34 43.1
TOTAL $681 634.7

Who did I miss?  What franchise would run away with this?

81 thoughts on “Off-Day Distractions: The $700 Lineup Game”

  1. I made a first pass at a Twins/Senators team as well...

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    1. I can improve on Twin/Senators a tiny bit. OF was the most expensive part thanks to Winfield and Speaker.

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  3. Re-subscribed to PI for this one. I decided to try with a team known for its boom/bust choices. They also had some Hall of Famer for five games.

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          1. Thanks. I was using a too restrictive PI search and fixed it when building the Twins list. I forgot to go back and fix the Athletics.

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              1. Can swap out Nomaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah for Terry Turner. Only -6 rWAR but saves $27.

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    1. Update

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      I just went up 50.3 WAR for only $6

      (update to the update, I was looking at wins, not total games)

  6. Initial Orioles team

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  7. Initial Red Sox team

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    It was surprisingly hard to find a decent third outfielder that didn't blow the budget. It would have been nice if a certain famous power hitting Yankees rightfielder was an option, but the Red Sox used him quite a bit in the field during that last season they had him.

  8. A start for the Expos*

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    *This by my definition you wore the Expos uniform for at least one game of your career. Any WSH stats count, but not if you only ever played for Washington

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      1. Good catch. I think I got a little obsessed with getting 700 rWAR with less than $500 spent. Here’s the swap.

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            1. Best I could do:

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  11. TEAM COST WAR
    Braves $698 887.2
    A's $683 801.3
    Giants $626 778.3
    Dodgers $642 774.2
    Red Sox $649 724.4
    Cleveland $524 724.2
    Mets $689 715.9
    Yankees $555 714.1
    Blue Jays $661 649.4
    Phillies $681 634.7
    White Sox $691 633.7
    Pirates $678 613.1
    Brewers $684 609.3
    Cubs $695 599.8
    Twins $683 595.1
    Padres $658 563.6
    Reds $653 537.4
    Marlins $654 498.9
    Orioles $690 471.8
    Diamondbacks $681 414.6
  12. My friend Dan Lee put together this Cleveland team on the Book of Faces (I've invited him in the past):

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    Only change from his team is that I replaced Ralph Kiner with Johnny Damon

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    1. Somehow, they're very cheap. That's without downgrading from Clemens to Gaylord Perry to save another $165. Feel free to try to put that excess money to work.

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    A familiar name appears!

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