Creating the Best Teams For Each Organization Over the Past Decade

I was perusing the hallowed pages of the internet recently and stumbled upon a Reddit Post that presented an interesting challenge – If you don’t want to click the hyperlink, here’s the gist: construct the best team you can for an organization by using one player from that team from each year of the last decade (going back to 2006).

The caveats instated to make it a decent challenge included the following: you couldn’t use the same player twice; you couldn’t use 2 players from the same year; and a player had to qualify for the position you’re using them in (except for DH), meaning you can’t just throw a CF in LF just because it’s assumed that they could play that position.  I also added the caveat that a player must be on the team at the start of the season – no players acquired by trade can be featured on a team.  The roster had to be constructed like this:

C

1B

2B

3B

SS

3B

SS

LF

CF

RF

DH

SP

It’s like this person (hopesfail) traveled deep into the pleasure center of my mind, conducted a research experiment to determine what type of activity would give me the most satisfaction, and then posted it on reddit.  Below are my findings for each team – I have included the DH for NL teams because it’s just tidier that way (that rule will be instated in the next 5 years or so anyway).

 

AL WAR PA H AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BB% K% wOBA DRS SIERA K-BB%
Angels 50.1 5667 1478 5032 775 168 708 165 .294 .372 .464 .836 .170 9.1 16.3 .358 58 3.13 19.8
Astros 42.4 5189 1298 4569 672 164 589 158 .284 .365 .463 .835 .179 10.3 15.8 .358 92 2.84 18.1
A’s 38.4 5458 1263 4739 698 198 694 84 .267 .355 .455 .810 .188 11.2 18.6 .353 55 2.98 18.1
Blue Jays 47.0 5439 1398 4809 786 267 798 84 .291 .368 .521 .889 .231 9.8 16.2 .380 -7 3.12 16.9
Indians 48.7 5524 1372 4764 746 215 810 134 .288 .385 .493 .878 .205 11.5 16.6 .373 1 2.98 22.6
Mariners 42.6 5605 1454 4999 694 174 688 96 .291 .359 .455 .814 .164 8.9 17.0 .352 29 3.18 16.2
Orioles 48.2 5952 1533 5300 852 269 820 93 .289 .360 .510 .570 .220 9.4 17.8 .375 14 2.92 22.4
Rangers 45.8 5171 1329 4539 750 206 698 88 .293 .368 .501 .869 .208 9.6 16.8 .375 78 2.76 23.4
Rays 47.4 4689 1171 4126 642 178 605 115 .284 .362 .492 .854 .208 10.1 18.2 .368 79 3.23 17.5
Red Sox 50.9 5424 1464 4832 763 189 760 98 .303 .368 .493 .861 .190 8.4 14.9 .372 78 3.15 19.1
Royals 43.7 5400 1441 4920 706 139 642 77 .293 .349 .453 .802 .160 7.1 15.5 .349 88 3.04 20.9
Tigers 49.3 5633 1459 4983 827 217 813 69 .293 .368 .497 .866 .205 9.9 18.0 .372 28 3.33 18.7
Twins 39.6 4674 1160 4081 634 162 620 76 .284 .367 .475 .842 .191 10.8 18.0 .366 26 2.55 21.5
W. Sox 35.2 5225 1333 4662 708 207 704 84 .286 .353 .482 .834 .196 8.4 16.7 .362 -18 2.52 27.2
Yankees 52.8 5744 1471 5034 857 211 786 198 .292 .370 .482 .852 .190 10.0 15.1 .371 16 3.13 17.2
NL WAR PA H AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BB% K% wOBA DRS SIERA K-BB%
Braves 49.1 5567 1374 4961 779 235 775 58 .277 .356 .487 .843 .210 9.6 17.7 .363 94 2.86 22.2
Brewers 54.3 5723 1471 5040 828 251 835 130 .292 .372 .525 .897 .233 9.7 18.7 .384 60 3.88 13.7
Cards 57.1 5593 1486 4913 731 196 740 69 .302 .384 .501 .885 .199 9.7 14.3 .379 114 3.47 15.1
Cubs 42.8 5444 1337 4804 736 197 664 72 .278 .358 .477 .835 .199 9.5 18.1 .361 67 2.75 21.6
D-Backs 46.6 5891 1496 5210 823 218 767 183 .287 .363 .489 .852 .202 9.7 17.5 .368 37 2.99 13.5
Dodgers 50.0 4952 1279 4339 733 178 716 110 .295 .371 .496 .867 .201 10.4 17.2 .374 51 2.13 29.1
Giants 52.8 5185 1328 4565 702 185 684 90 .291 .382 .493 .875 .202 10.5 16.7 .370 42 2.91 21.3
Marlins 40.7 5178 1341 4527 723 198 662 97 .296 .378 .501 .878 .205 11.0 19.0 .379 -14 2.19 18.9
Mets 44.4 4925 1261 4347 737 180 615 139 .290 .375 .493 .868 .203 10.2 15.8 .372 3 2.63 23.2
Nats 49.2 5451 1342 4775 755 243 731 103 .281 .362 .508 .870 .227 10.6 20.3 .374 35 3.13 15.9
Padres 41.3 4852 1142 4249 619 176 596 93 .269 .359 .459 .818 .190 10.9 19.4 .353 56 2.54 19.2
Phillies 50.9 5388 1393 4794 760 225 732 120 .291 .361 .499 .860 .208 8.6 18.6 .371 24 2.78 19.8
Pirates 37.2 4591 1172 4014 583 156 622 69 .292 .382 .479 .861 .187 10.7 18.3 .370

 

34 3.48 13.9
Reds 41.6 5128 1229 4397 695 196 598 100 .280 .375 .483 .857 .203 11.8 19.5 .374 4 3.84 13.5
Rockies 40.9 5181 1437 4617 751 215 809 80 .311 .375 .533 .908 .222 8.8 17.3 .390 41 3.76 12.4

Here are the individual rosters (presented as lineups).  They are presented by league, alphabetically by mascot.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Chone Figgins 3B 2009 6.5 .298 .394 .355 5 42 29
Mike Trout LF 2013 10.5 .323 .557 .423 27 33 0
Vladimir Guerrero DH 2006 3.5 .329 .552 .393 33 15
Albert Pujols 1B 2012 3.6 .285 .516 .364 30 8 8
Kole Calhoun RF 2015 3.8 .256 .422 .321 26 4 6
Mike Napoli C 2008 2.6 .273 .586 .402 20 7 -7
Howie Kendrick 2B 2014 4.7 .293 .397 .326 7 14 7
Orlando Cabrera SS 2007 4.8 .301 .397 .327 8 20 5
Peter Borjous CF 2011 4.2 .271 .438 .335 12 22 12
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Jered Weaver SP 2010 5.9 224.1 19.8 3.01 1.08 3.13 -2

 

Houston Astros

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Michael Bourn CF 2010 4.4 .265 .346 .307 2 52 30
Jose Altuve 2B 2014 4.8 .341 .453 .361 7 56 -7
Lance Berkman 1B 2008 7.7 .312 .567 .418 29 18 15
Carlos Lee LF 2007 2.6 .303 .528 .375 32 10 0
Hunter Pence RF 2009 3.3 .282 .472 .357 25 14 17
Jason Castro C 2013 4.4 .276 .485 .362 18 2 2
Jed Lowrie DH 2012 2.5 .244 .438 .339 16 2
Morgan Ensberg 3B 2006 3.8 .235 .463 .377 23 1 8
Clint Barmes SS 2011 2.8 .244 .386 .309 12 3 14
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Dallas Keuchel SP 2015 6.1 232 18.1 2.48 1.02 2.84 13

 

Oakland Athletics

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Rajai Davis CF 2009 3.4 .305 .423 .345 3 48 6
Jed Lowrie SS 2013 3.5 .290 .446 .345 15 1 -18
Josh Donaldson RF 2014 6.5 .255 .456 .348 29 8 20
Frank Thomas DH 2006 2.4 .270 .545 .399 39 0
Josh Reddick RF 2012 4.5 .242 .463 .330 32 11 22
Jack Cust LF 2008 2.1 .231 .476 .373 33 0 -9
Stephen Vogt C 2015 2.3 .261 .443 .339 18 0 5
Mark Ellis 2B 2007 4.4 .276 .441 .341 19 9 13
Daric Barton 1B 2010 4.9 .275 .408 .360 10 7 18
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Brandon McCarthy SP 2011 4.4 170.2 14.2 3.33 1.13 2.98 -2

 

Toronto Blue Jays

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Vernon Wells CF 2006 5.8 .303 .542 .387 32 17 11
Josh Donaldson 3B 2015 8.7 .297 .568 .402 41 6 11
Jose Bautista RF 2011 8.1 .302 .608 .443 43 9 -7
Edwin Encarnacioin DH 2012 4.3 .280 .557 .400 42 13
Adam Lind 1B 2013 1.6 .288 .497 .369 23 1 -7
Aaron Hill 2B 2009 4.0 .286 .499 .359 36 6 13
Matt Stairs LF 2007 1.4 .289 .549 .392 21 2 -2
John Buck C 2010 2.8 .281 .489 .346 20 0 -11
Jose Reyes SS 2014 3.5 .287 .398 .320 9 30 -16
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Roy Halladay SP 2008 6.8 246 16.9 2.78 1.05 3.12 1

 

Cleveland Indians

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Shin-Soo Choo RF 2010 6.0 .300 .484 .375 22 22 5
Michael Brantley LF 2014 6.1 .327 .506 .384 20 23 0
Grady Sizemore CF 2008 7.4 .268 .502 .368 33 38 -3
Travis Hafner 1B 2006 6.0 .308 .659 .449 42 0 1
Victor Martinez C 2007 5.4 .301 .505 .376 25 0 -2
Jason Kipnis 2B 2013 4.5 .284 .452 .365 17 30 -1
Asdrubal Cabrera SS 2011 3.6 .273 .460 .336 25 17 3
Carlos Santana DH 2012 2.9 .252 .420 .352 18 3
Mark DeRosa 3B 2009 1.3 .270 .457 .349 13 1 -3
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Corey Kluber SP 2015 5.5 222 22.6 3.49 1.05 2.98 1

 

Seattle Mariners

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Ichiro Suzuki DH 2007 6.1 .351 .431 .360 6 37
John Jaso C 2012 2.6 .276 .456 .375 10 5 -1
Nelson Cruz RF 2015 4.8 .302 .566 .396 44 3 -8
Richie Sexson 1B 2006 2.4 .264 .504 .363 34 1 4
Robinson Cano 2B 2014 5.2 .314 .454 .355 14 10 0
Franklin Gutierrez CF 2009 6.0 .283 .425 .335 18 16 32
Raul Ibanez LF 2008 2.8 .293 .479 .362 23 2 -9
Kyle Seager 3B 2013 4.0 .260 .426 .335 22 9 -8
Brendan Ryan SS 2011 2.8 .248 .326 .278 3 13 18
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Felix Hernandez SP 2010 5.9 249.2 16.2 2.28 1.06 3.18 1

 

Baltimore Orioles

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Nick Markakis RF 2008 6.0 .306 .491 .391 20 10 22
Manny Machado 3B 2015 6.8 .286 .502 .374 35 20 14
Chris Davis 1B 2013 7.0 .286 .637 .421 53 4 -7
Nelson Cruz LF 2014 3.7 .271 .525 .367 40 4 1
Adam Jones CF 2012 4.3 .287 .505 .365 32 16 -16
Luke Scott DH 2010 2.7 .284 .535 .387 27 2
Miguel Tejada SS 2006 4.9 .330 .499 .379 24 6 -11
Matt Wieters C 2011 4.4 .262 .450 .340 22 1 17
Brian Roberts 2B 2009 3.4 .283 .451 .352 16 30 -8
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Erik Bedard SP 2007 5.0 182 22.4 3.17 1.09 2.92 2

 

Texas Rangers

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Ian Kinsler 2B 2011 7.2 .255 .477 .364 32 30 18
Shin-Soo Choo RF 2015 3.5 .276 .463 .369 22 4 -11
Josh Hamilton LF 2010 8.4 .359 .633 .445 32 8 7
Adrian Beltre 3B 2012 6.5 .321 .561 .392 36 1 13
Mark Teixeira 1B 2006 3.5 .282 .514 .379 33 2 8
Marlon Byrd CF 2007 2.5 .307 .459 .353 10 5 -2
Robinson Chirinos C 2014 2.3 .239 .415 .308 13 0 4
Milton Bradley DH 2008 4.2 .321 .563 .425 22 5
Elvis Andrus SS 2009 3.2 .267 .373 .313 6 33 15
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Yu Darvish SP 2013 4.5 209.2 23.4 2.84 1.08 2.76 0

 

Tampa Bay Rays/Devil Rays

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Carl Crawford LF 2010 7.7 .307 .495 .368 19 47 8
Ben Zobrist 2B 2009 8.6 .297 .543 .408 27 17 16
Carlos Pena 1B 2007 5.9 .282 .627 .435 46 1 8
Evan Longoria 3B 2013 6.5 .269 .498 .360 32 1 12
Matt Joyce RF 2011 3.6 .277 .478 .353 19 13 -2
Julio Lugo SS 2006 2.4 .308 .498 .382 12 18 -8
Dioner Navarro C 2008 1.9 .295 .408 .334 7 0 -2
Kevin Kiermaier CF 2015 5.5 .263 .420 .313 10 18 42
David DeJesus DH 2014 0.3 .248 .403 .333 6 0
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
David Price SP 2012 5.0 211 17.5 2.56 1.10 3.23 5

 

Boston Red Sox

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Dustin Pedroia 2B 2008 6.3 .326 .493 .377 17 20 13
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 2011 9.4 .321 .552 .400 32 39 7
David Ortiz DH 2006 5.3 .287 .636 .436 54 1
Adrian Beltre 3B 2010 6.4 .321 .554 .391 28 2 19
Adrian Gonzalez 1B 2012 2.8 .300 .469 .351 15 0 13
Shane Victorino RF 2013 5.9 .294 .451 .353 15 21 24
Jason Veritek C 2007 2.6 .255 .421 .345 17 1 -1
Daniel Nava LF 2014 2.6 .270 .361 .318 4 4 3
Xander Bogaerts SS 2015 4.3 .320 .421 .342 7 10 0
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Jon Lester SP 2009 5.3 203.1 19.1 3.41 1.23 3.15 0

 

Kansas City Royals

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Alex Gordon LF 2011 6.6 .303 .503 .383 23 17 20
Lorenzo Cain CF 2015 6.6 .307 .477 .364 16 28 18
Billy Butler DH 2010 2.0 .318 .469 .372 15 0
Eric Hosmer 1B 2013 3.2 .302 .448 .350 17 11 3
Emil Brown RF 2006 3.3 .287 .457 .354 15 6 -5
Salvador Perez C 2014 3.1 .260 .403 .302 17 1 8
Mike Moustakas 3B 2012 3.4 .242 .412 .308 20 5 14
Mark Grudzielanek 2B 2007 2.6 .302 .426 .338 6 1 8
Mike Aviles SS 2008 4.3 .325 .480 .360 10 8 14
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Zack Greinke SP 2009 8.6 229.1 20.9 2.16 1.07 3.04 8

 

Detroit Tigers

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Carlos Guillen SS 2006 5.8 .320 .519 .396 19 20 -2
Magglio Ordonez DH 2007 8.0 .363 .595 .440 28 4
Miguel Cabrera 1B 2010 6.0 .328 .622 .431 38 3 -5
J.D. Martinez RF 2015 5.0 .282 .535 .377 38 3 4
Curtis Granderson CF 2008 4.1 .280 .494 .374 22 12 -10
Ian Kinsler 2B 2014 5.2 .275 .420 .317 17 15 20
Alex Avila C 2011 4.6 .295 .507 .384 19 3 -2
Brandon Inge 3B 2009 2.0 .230 .406 .320 27 2 12
Andy Dirks LF 2013 1.8 .256 .363 .306 9 7 6
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Justin Verlander SP 2012 6.8 238.1 18.7 2.65 1.06 3.33 5

 

Minnesota Twins

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Denard Span CF 2008 3.2 .294 .432 .361 6 18 0
Joe Mauer C 2009 7.6 .365 .587 .440 28 4 2
Justin Morneau 1B 2010 4.9 .345 .618 .447 18 0 8
Miguel Sano DH 2015 2.0 .269 .531 .396 18 1
Josh Willingham LF 2012 3.4 .260 .524 .384 35 3 -13
Michael Cuddyer RF 2011 2.4 .284 .459 .351 20 11 -10
Brian Dozier 2B 2013 2.5 .244 .414 .320 18 14 9
Trevor Plouffe 3B 2014 3.6 .258 .423 .329 14 2 6
Jason Bartlett SS 2007 3.3 .265 .361 .312 5 23 15
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Johan Santana SP 2006 6.7 233.2 21.5 2.78 1.00 2.55 9

 

Chicago White Sox

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Tadahito Iguchi 2B 2006 1.8 .281 .422 .344 18 11 -5
Alex Rios RF 2012 3.9 .304 .516 .365 25 23 7
Jim Thome DH 2007 3.4 .275 .562 .415 35 0
Jose Abreu 1B 2014 5.3 .317 .581 .408 36 3 -11
Carlos Quentin LF 2008 4.7 .288 .571 .416 36 7 -1
Alejandro De Aza CF 2013 2.5 .264 .405 .321 17 20 -18
Gordon Beckham 3B 2009 2.3 .270 .460 .354 14 7 -1
A.J. Pierzynski C 2011 1.0 .287 .405 .315 8 0 -9
Alexei Ramirez SS 2010 4.1 .282 .431 .324 18 13 20
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Chris Sale SP 2015 6.2 208.2 27.2 3.41 1.09 2.52 0

 

 

New York Yankees

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Brett Gardner CF 2010 6.1 .277 .380 .344 5 47 9
Derek Jeter SS 2006 6.1 .343 .483 .395 14 34 -16
Alex Rodriguez 3B 2007 9.6 .314 .645 .449 54 24 -1
Mark Teixeira 1B 2009 5.1 .292 .565 .405 39 2 2
Robinson Cano 2B 2012 7.6 .313 .550 .398 33 3 15
Brian McCann C 2015 2.9 .232 .437 .330 26 0 0
Johnny Damon LF 2008 3.7 .303 .461 .369 17 29 5
Ichiro Suzuki RF 2013 1.3 .262 .342 .281 7 20 7
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 2014 4.0 .271 .419 .325 16 39
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
C.C. Sabathia SP 2011 6.4 237.1 17.2 3.00 1.23 3.13 -5

 

Atlanta Braves

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Martin Prado 2B 2010 3.9 .307 .459 .352 15 5 2
Jason Heyward RF 2012 6.5 .269 .479 .354 27 21 20
Chipper Jones 3B 2007 6.9 .337 .604 .437 29 5 4
Andruw Jones CF 2006 6.0 .262 .531 .386 41 4 12
Brian McCann C 2008 5.1 .301 .523 .387 23 5 8
Justin Upton LF 2014 4.0 .270 .491 .361 29 8 0
Freddie Freeman 1B 2015 3.4 .276 .471 .368 18 3 3
Dan Uggla DH 2011 2.3 .233 .453 .334 36 1
Andrelton Simmons SS 2013 4.5 .248 .396 .303 17 6 41
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Javier Vasquez SP 2009 6.5 219.1 22.2 2.88 1.03 2.86 4

 

Milwaukee Brewers

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Jonathan Lucroy C 2014 6.1 .301 .465 .366 13 4 11
Carlos Gomez CF 2013 7.4 .284 .506 .363 24 40 38
Ryan Braun LF 2011 7.1 .332 .597 .427 33 33 3
Prince Fielder 1B 2009 5.9 .299 .602 .425 46 2 0
Aramis Ramirez 3B 2012 5.6 .300 .540 .388 27 9 4
Corey Hart RF 2007 4.2 .295 .539 .382 24 23 7
Adam Lind DH 2015 2.2 .277 .460 .354 20 0
Bill Hall SS 2006 5.1 .270 .553 .383 35 8 13
Rickie Weeks 2B 2010 6.0 .269 .464 .367 29 11 -16
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Ben Sheets SP 2008 4.7 198.1 13.7 3.09 1.15 3.88 0

 

St. Louis Cardinals

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Matt Carpenter RF 2013 6.9 .318 .481 .381 11 3 0
Matt Holliday LF 2010 6.2 .312 .532 .397 28 9 7
Albert Pujols 1B 2007 7.7 .327 .568 .421 32 2 31
Ryan Ludwick DH 2008 5.4 .299 .591 .411 37 4
Scott Rolen 3B 2006 5.5 .296 .518 .380 22 7 16
Jason Heyward RF 2015 6.0 .293 .439 .349 13 23 22
Yadier Molina C 2012 6.1 .315 .501 .379 22 12 16
Jhonny Peralta SS 2014 5.3 .263 .443 .341 21 3 17
Jon Jay CF 2011 2.3 .297 .424 .338 10 6 4
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Adam Wainwright SP 2009 5.7 233 15.1 2.63 1.21 3.47 1

 

Chicago Cubs

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Kosuke Fukudome RF 2009 2.4 .259 .421 .353 11 6 5
Alfonso Soriano LF 2007 6.7 .299 .560 .383 33 19 17
Anthony Rizzo 1B 2014 5.7 .284 .523 .391 32 5 6
Aramis Ramirez 3B 2006 3.7 .291 .561 .390 38 2 -7
Carlos Pena DH 2011 2.5 .225 .463 .356 28 2
Marlon Byrd CF 2010 4.0 .293 .429 .342 12 5 4
Starlin Castro SS 2012 3.1 .283 .430 .326 14 25 3
Welington Castillo C 2013 3.2 .274 .397 .331 8 2 19
Mark DeRosa 2B 2008 4.2 .285 .481 .374 21 6 -10
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Jake Arrieta SP 2015 7.3 229 21.6 1.77 0.87 2.75 6

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Conor Jackson DH 2008 2.9 .300 .446 .362 12 10
A.J. Pollock CF 2015 6.6 .315 .498 .375 20 39 14
Paul Goldschmidt 1B 2013 6.2 .302 .552 .404 36 15 13
Justin Upton RF 2011 6.3 .289 .529 .386 31 21 8
Aaron Hill 2B 2012 5.3 .302 .522 .379 26 14 -2
Mark Reynolds 3B 2009 3.3 .260 .543 .384 44 24 -5
Stephen Drew SS 2010 4.8 .278 .458 .354 15 10 0
Miguel Montero C 2014 1.1 .243 .370 .306 13 0 -7
Eric Byrnes LF 2007 3.6 .286 .460 .354 21 50 12
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Brandon Webb SP 2006 6.5 235 13.5 3.10 1.13 2.99 4

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Russell Martin C 2007 5.5 .293 .469 .369 19 21 18
Hanley Ramirez DH 2013 5.1 .345 .638 .442 20 10
Matt Kemp CF 2011 8.3 .324 .586 .414 39 40 -5
Adrian Gonzalez 1B 2014 3.5 .276 .482 .349 27 1 12
J.D. Drew RF 2006 4.2 .283 .498 .384 20 2 4
Casey Blake 3B 2009 4.6 .280 .468 .358 18 3 9
Andre Ethier LF 2008 3.4 .305 .511 .384 20 6 -1
Mark Ellis 2B 2012 2.7 .258 .364 .314 7 5 10
Rafael Furcal SS 2010 4.1 .300 .460 .358 8 22 4
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Clayton Kershaw SP 2015 8.6 232.2 29.1 2.13 0.88 2.24 0

 

San Francisco Giants

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Randy Winn CF 2008 5.2 .306 .426 .354 10 25 9
Buster Posey C 2012 7.7 .336 .549 .417 24 1 0
Barry Bonds DH 2007 3.2 .276 .565 .415 28 5
Ray Durham 2B 2006 3.6 .293 .538 .384 26 7 -6
Pablo Sandoval 3B 2011 5.3 .315 .552 .393 23 2 15
Hunter Pence RF 2014 4.7 .277 .445 20 13 .339 0
Brandon Crawford SS 2015 4.7 .256 .462 .326 21 6 20
Brandon Belt 1B 2013 4.4 .289 .481 .361 17 5 4
Andres Torres LF 2010 6.3 .268 .479 .355 16 26 5
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Tim Lincecum SP 2009 7.7 225.1 21.3 2.48 1.05 2.91 -5

 

Miami Marlins

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Hanley Ramirez SS 2008 7.5 .301 .540 .404 33 35 -3
Chris Coghlan LF 2009 2.7 .321 .460 .374 9 8 -19
Miguel Cabrera 1B 2006 6.3 .339 .568 .421 26 9 -10
Giancarlo Stanton RF 2014 6.2 .288 .555 .400 37 13 7
Dann Uggla 2B 2010 4.6 .287 .508 .381 33 4 -9
Justin Ruggiano CF 2012 2.6 .313 .535 .394 13 14 6
Gaby Sanchez 1B 2011 2.7 .266 .427 .342 19 3 5
J.T. Realmuto C 2015 1.8 .259 .406 .301 10 8 6
Jeremy Hermida DH 2007 2.2 .296 .501 .378 18 3
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Jose Fernandez SP 2013 4.1 172.2 18.9 2.20 0.98 3.15 3

 

New York Mets

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Jose Reyes SS 2011 5.9 .337 .494 .380 7 39 -13
David Wright 3B 2007 8.4 .325 .546 .416 30 34 12
Carlos Beltran CF 2006 7.8 .275 .594 .419 41 18 13
Carlos Delgado 1B 2008 2.4 .271 .518 .367 38 1 -11
Scott Hairston LF 2012 1.6 .263 .504 .346 20 8 3
Curtis Granderson RF 2015 5.1 .259 .457 .357 26 11 12
Daniel Murphy 2B 2014 2.5 .289 .403 .326 9 13 -10
Josh Thole C 2010 1.3 .277 .366 .322 3 1 -3
Angel Pagan DH 2009 2.9 .306 .487 .366 6 14
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Matt Harvey SP 2013 6.5 178.1 23.2 2.27 0.93 2.63 0

 

Washington Nationals

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Anthony Rendon 2B 2014 6.5 .287 .473 .359 21 17 4
Alfonso Soriano LF 2006 5.4 .277 .560 .386 46 41 18
Bryce Harper RF 2015 9.5 .330 .649 .466 42 6 7
Ryan Zimmerman 3B 2009 6.6 .292 .525 .379 33 2 22
Adam Dunn 1B 2010 3.0 .260 .536 .381 38 0 -11
Ian Desmond SS 2013 4.8 .280 .453 .341 20 21 -3
Wilson Ramos C 2011 2.6 .267 .445 .336 15 0 -5
Ryan Church CF 2007 2.8 .272 .464 .354 15 3 3
Willie Harris DH 2008 3.0 .251 .417 .337 13 13
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Gio Gonzalez SP 2012 5.0 199.1 15.9 2.89 1.13 3.13 -1

 

San Diego Padres

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Brian Giles RF 2008 4.1 .306 .456 .376 12 2 1
Chase Headley 3B 2012 7.5 .286 .498 .381 31 17 -3
Adrian Gonzalez 1B 2009 5.8 .277 .551 .406 40 1 15
Justin Upton LF 2015 3.6 .251 .454 .344 26 19 8
Chris Denorfia DH 2010 1.6 .271 .433 .334 9 8
Jedd Gyorko 2B 2013 2.4 .249 .444 .325 23 1 -1
Khalil Greene SS 2006 2.3 .245 .427 .329 15 5 9
Rene Rivera C 2014 3.0 .252 .432 .327 11 0 10
Cameron Maybin CF 2011 4.3 .264 .393 .316 9 40 15
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Jake Peavey SP 2007 6.7 223.1 19.2 2.54 1.06 3.30 2

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Jimmy Rollins SS 2007 6.5 .296 .531 .374 30 41 5
Chase Utley 2B 2009 8.2 .282 .508 .395 31 23 12
Ryan Howard 1B 2006 5.9 .313 .659 .447 58 0 -9
Jayson Werth RF 2008 5.1 .273 .498 .375 24 20 6
Domonic Brown LF 2013 1.9 .272 .494 .351 27 8 -7
Marlon Byrd DH 2014 2.2 .264 .445 .327 25 3
Carlos Ruiz C 2012 5.2 .325 .540 .401 16 4 3
Placido Polanco 3B 2010 3.7 .298 .386 .320 6 5 7
Odubel Herrera CF 2015 3.9 .297 .418 .337 8 16 10
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Roy Halladay SP 2011 8.3 233.2 19.8 2.35 1.04 2.78 -3

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Russell Martin C 2014 5.0 .290 .430 .368 11 4 12
Jung-ho Kang 3B 2015 3.9 .287 .461 .380 15 5 4
Andrew McCutchen CF 2013 8.4 .317 .508 .393 21 27 7
Jason Bay LF 2006 5.2 .286 .532 .398 35 11 -2
Garrett Jones 1B 2009 2.7 .293 .567 .397 21 10 0
Xavier Nady RF 2008 2.3 .330 .535 .397 13 1 2
Pedro Alvarez DH 2010 1.6 .256 .461 .343 16 0
Neil Walker 2B 2011 2.6 .273 .408 .324 12 9 -3
Jack Wilson SS 2007 2.5 .296 .440 .341 12 2 14
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
A.J. Burnett SP 2012 3.0 202.1 13.9 3.52 1.24 3.48 -3

 

Cincinnati Reds

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Shin-Soo Choo CF 2013 5.5 .285 .462 .393 21 20 -17
Joey Votto 1B 2015 7.4 .314 .541 .431 29 11 6
Adam Dunn LF 2007 2.9 .264 .554 .402 40 9 -26
Scott Rolen 3B 2010 4.6 .285 .497 .369 20 1 10
Brandon Phillips 2B 2011 5.4 .300 .457 .353 18 14 6
Devin Mesoraco C 2014 4.5 .273 .534 .384 25 1 2
Jonny Gomes DH 2009 1.0 .267 .541 .377 20 3
Zack Cozart SS 2012 2.3 .246 .399 .301 15 4 12
Ryan Freel RF 2006 3.8 .271 .399 .342 8 37 12
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Edinson Volquez SP 2008 4.2 196 13.5 3.21 1.33 3.84 -1

 

Colorado Rockies

Player POS YEAR WAR AVG SLG wOBA HR SB DRS
Dexter Fowler DH 2012 2.3 .300 .474 .378 13 12
Carlos Gonzalez CF 2010 5.8 .336 .598 .413 34 26 -1
Troy Tulowitzki SS 2011 5.4 .302 .544 .389 30 9 11
Matt Holliday LF 2007 6.9 .340 .607 .432 36 11 0
Nolan Arenado 3B 2015 4.5 .287 .575 .376 42 2 18
Justin Morneau 1B 2014 2.6 .319 .496 .371 17 0 8
Michael Cuddyer RF 2013 2.3 .331 .530 .396 20 10 -16
Chris Iannetta C 2008 3.1 .264 .505 .392 18 0 0
Jamey Carroll 2B 2006 2.7 .300 .404 .348 5 10 18
WAR IP K-BB% ERA WHIP SIERA DRS
Ubaldo Jimenez SP 2009 5.3 218 12.4 3.51 1.23 3.76 3

Here is how the teams ranked overall:

  1. Cardinals 57.1
  2. Brewers 56.9
  3. Yankees 52.8
  4. Giants 52.8
  5. Red Sox 50.9
  6. Phillies 50.9
  7. Angels 50.1
  8. Dodgers 50.0
  9. Tigers 49.3
  10. Nationals 49.2
  11. Braves 49.1
  12. Indians 48.7
  13. Orioles 48.2
  14. Rays 47.4
  15. Blue Jays 47.0
  16. Diamondbacks 46.6
  17. Rangers 45.8
  18. Mets 44.4
  19. Royals 43.7
  20. Cubs 42.8
  21. Mariners 42.6
  22. Astros 42.4
  23. Reds 41.6
  24. Padres 41.3
  25. Rockies 40.9
  26. Marlins 40.7
  27. Twins 39.6
  28. Athletics 38.7
  29. Pirates 37.2
  30. White Sox 35.2

Considering their dominance, the Cards were a good pick to be first, but the Brewers didn’t seem like a second place consideration.  That’s just like real baseball though – so much has to do with sequencing.  I liked seeing unlikely names pop up more than once on this list – I’m looking at you, Mark DeRosa.  This was a fun exercise and I’m probably a better fan for it.

I think it would be interesting to look at average payroll, for each club over this time period.  If you want to do that – DO IT! And shoot it over to me!

It’s also interesting to look at the teams who have been rebuilding for a while that made the playoffs last year: Blue Jays, Rangers, Mets, Royals, Cubs, Astros, Pirates are all ranked (by this exercise) 15th or below – and of course the perennial threats: Cardinals, Yankees, Dodgers are all ranked in the top 10 (top 8 in fact)

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