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Houston Astros Shadow Draft

If I owned the Astros and was the GM, this is what I would have done. I say owned, because GM's have to follow a budget. If I were owner, this goes without seeing the financial statements for the club, I would take a loss this season to turn the franchise around.
I think a lot of teams put thier money into the MLB team, which makes sense, but when a team is futile on the field as Pittsburgh and KC and others have been for so long, sometimes you need to do something drastic to turn this around.
While I was doing this, I was not thinking about money really, but looking at it now, the Astros Payroll was projected to be $10 million less than last season. The trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman open up at least $30 million of salary over the next 2 years. They didn't get a lot prospect wise in the trades, so why not invest it in the future of the team.
As the Owner, I would seriously anger MLB by doing this, but I would open the checkbook in this draft and send out press releases as I agreed to terms with the players hoping MLB would approve them to get the AB's and IP in pro ball. I would give myself a new start in my farm system and hopefully give my franchise a better future without completely burning my bridge with MLB. I am investing the revenue sharing money, so I am going along with them in one way, and ignoring them in another.
While I was doing this draft, I was not thinking about money really, but looking at it now, the Astros Payroll was projected to be $10 million less than last season. The trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman open up at least $30 million of salary over the next 2 years. They didn't get a lot prospect wise in the trades, so why not invest it in the future of the team. So my draft budget will be between 13 and 26 Million, depending on who would sign. This I will never know, but it's just an idea of what a team could do if the wanted to be renegades.



The reason I didn't post this at the time of the draft is purely selfish. I am in 2 fantasy leagues that have drafts that go 35 rounds deep. This would have showed my hand too much as silly as that sounds.

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2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
4 Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi
5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
6 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
8 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
10 Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech
11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
14 Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC
15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
16 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
17 Chris Sale LHP Florida Gulf Coast
18 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia
19 Brandon Workman P Texas
20 Stetson Allie 3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
21 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
22 Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
23 Derek Dietrich SS Georgia Tech
24 DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall Square GA
25 Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo
26 Cameron Bedrosian P East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA
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