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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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