Sunday, August 5, 2012

What Could Have Been? Part Two

In light of my previous article on what the New York Knicks would have looked like today if Free Agency and Trades did not exist, I decided try the same experiment with the New York Islanders and the New York Yankees.

I used the same principles for the Islanders as I did for the Knicks. For the Yankees, I compiled a roster of player amateur draft picks signed and and amateur free agents signed; that is, I did not include draft picks who were not signed (e.g. Gerrit Cole), but I did include international free agents whose first MLB team was the Yankees (e.g Hideki Matsui).

While conducting my research, I found a series of CBS Sports articles which did the same experiment for all of the MLB teams. I recommend checking the series out if this interests you.

Now I present the Hypothetical 2012-2013 New York Islanders:
L1: Todd Bertuzzi / John Tavares / Kyle Okposo
L2: Raffi Torres / Tim Connolly / JP Dumont
L3: Sean Bergenheim / Frans Nielsen / Blake Comeau
L4: Josh Bailey / Ryan Strome / Nino Niederreiter
BN: Matt Martin
Defensive Pairings
D1: Zdeno Chara / Bryan McCabe
D2: Wade Redden / Eric Brewer
D3: Andrew MacDonald / Travis Hamonic
BN: Calvin de Haan
G1: Roberto Luongo
G2: Rick DiPietro
G3: Kevin Poulin
F: Johan Sundstrom / Kirill Kabanov / Brock Nelson / Anders Lee / David Ullstrom / Kirill Petrov / Jesse Joensuu
D: Griffin Reinhart / Scott Mayfield / Chris Campoli / Radek Martinek / Matt Donovan / Aaron Ness
G: Andres Nillson / Mikko Koskinen

Now the Hypothetical 2012 New York Yankees:
1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Alfonso Soriano, DH
5. Melky Cabrera, RF
6. Austin Jackson, CF
7. Jesus Montero, C
8. Juan Rivera, 1B
9. Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Jose Tabata, OF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Ramiro Pena, IF
Hideki Matsui, OF
Shelley Duncan, 1B / OF
Starting Rotation
1. Ian Kennedy
2. Andy Pettitte
3. Phil Hughes
4. Ivan Nova
5. Jeff Karstens
CL: Mariano Rivera
SU: David Robertson
RP: Joba Chamberlain
RP: Tyler Clippard
RP: John Axford
RP: Phil Coke
Inactive 40
Hitters: Nick Johnson / Marcus Thames / Gary Sanchez / Austin Romine / Brandon Laird / Mason Williams
Pitchers: Chien-Ming Wang / Héctor Noesí / Dellin Betances / Manny Banuelos / Andrew Brackman / David Phelps / Mark Melancon / Clay Rapada / Randy Choate

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