Over at Friarhood, a great Padres site, Steve Adler and Drew Silva put together a fun exercise. Essentially, just like in certain fantasy baseball leagues, you have a payroll for your team. Your job, should you choose to accept it, it to put together a team within your budget.
I've gone through Twins history, position-by-position, and I've done my best to pick out the five best players from eleven positions. Rankings have been adjusted for a combination of performance and legacy (things like All-Star teams and playing meaningful post-season baseball), and for the most part I've tried to stick guys at the positions where they logged the most innings while with the Twins. Mostly, it should be a list of the five best players at each position.
There are 11 positions. Your budget is $33.
In case you don't have a pen and paper handy, here's the matrix to give you a hand. What will your team look like? Also I'm sorry but I couldn't make Ron Davis worth negative dollars. My dad won't mind, though. He's a fan.
|SP||Bert Blyleven||Brad Radke||Johan Santana||Camilo Pascual||Jim Kaat|
|C||Joe Mauer||Earl Battey||Butch Wynegar||Brian Harper||A.J. Pierzynski|
|1B||Harmon Killebrew||Kent Hrbek||Justin Morneau||Don Mincher||Doug Mientkiewicz|
|2B||Rod Carew||Chuck Knoblauch||Nick Punto||Brian Dozier||Tim Tuefel|
|3B||Gary Gaetti||Corey Koskie||Rich Rollins||Steve Braun||John Castino|
|SS||Zoilo Versalles||Greg Gagne||Roy Smalley||Leo Cardenas||Cristian Guzman|
|LF||Larry Hisle||Dan Gladden||Shane Mack||Jacque Jones||Gary Ward|
|CF||Kirby Puckett||Torii Hunter||Jimmie Hall||Cesar Tovar||Denard Span|
|RF||Tony Oliva||Bob Allison||Tom Brunansky||Michael Cuddyer||Matt Lawton|
|DH||Paul Molitor||Chili Davis||Jim Thome||Dave Winfield||Randy Bush|
|CL||Joe Nathan||Rick Aguilera||Eddie Guardado||Jeff Reardon||Ron Davis|