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Aug 12, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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What if teams could not trade players or sign free agents? What if their roster was limited, for all time, to players they drafted and signed as amateurs and developed through the minors? What would that league look like?

Domenic Lanza of It’s About the Money tries to figure that out, setting forth all home-grown team rosters.

Think Adam Wainwright back on the Braves. Justin Masterson and Anibal Sanchez as Red Sox. The Marlins with Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton hitting in the middle of the order.

For some of you it will make you cringe at how poorly your team has developed players. For others it will make you cringe at how many good players your team has sent away.  For all of us, however, it’s a lot of fun.

  1. baseballici0us - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Holy Crap! That’s a beautiful piece.

  2. Stiller43 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Boy, mccutchen, marte, and joey bats outfield…whoa…

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      OTOH I remember an article I’ve read that credits Toronto instructors with finally unlocking Joey Bats potential, considering how long he languished in Pittsburgh, WOULD he really be an MLB player had he stayed? Or would his rise be inevitable?

  3. El Bravo - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    The Braves would be awesome (kinda like the situation they are now in) and the Phillies would suck (kinda like the sitaition they are now in). Looks like the world is in order either way you slice the pie.

  4. number42is1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    for those, like me, who did not read the whole article.. here is theYankees part

    http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/railriders/index.php/2013/08/06/the-entirely-homegrown-new-york-yankees/

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Is it REALLY that hard to either scroll or ctrl+F and type in “Yankees”?

  5. asimonetti88 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    The A’s would be pretty impressive. As would my Angels.

  6. tanzkommandant - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    So if someone is released, they are banished from this line of work? No other team could ever offer them a job?

    • paperlions - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      In that universe, no one is ever released.

  7. Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Hmm… Jason Werth would not be in baseball it seems…

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Ack, typo! found him! With the Orioles! Well he’d be close to the Nation’s capital.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I dare say the Phillies bullpen might actually have been good with Ziegler as the “Closer” and Simon as the setup guy. Diekman might actually be used as a LOOGY in this situation. The overall offense would be better, the rotation would be less impressive but overall they would have had a better chance of making the playoffs.

  9. foreverchipper10 - Aug 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    With all of the A-Rod talk I can’t believe he wasn’t listed.

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