With the All-Star game quickly approaching, I look at the voting and see potential lineups that if assembled on a real team would feature a payroll higher than even the Yankees. That got me thinking about who would be on an all star team of players making next to nothing. I decided to do some research and came up with an All-Star team of players whose salaries do not exceed 1 Million for this season. My team features a starting lineup with players who play those positions and a bench featuring three OF, two IF, and a back up C. The pitching staff is made up of five SP, and a bullpen of six. So, without further delay, I present the ALL-Low Salary team. All stats are current as of games played on 6/27/2004.

Catcher (2)

Name: Victor Martinez
Team: Cleveland Indians
2004 Salary: $304,500
Avg: .306
HR: 10
RBI: 54
Runs: 43

Name: Rod Barajas
Team: Texas Rangers
2004 Salary: $500,000
Avg: .285
HR: 12
RBI: 30
Runs: 27

First Base (2)

Name: Lyle Overbay
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
2004 Salary: $326,000
Avg: .336
HR: 9
RBI: 55
Runs: 35

Name: Ken Harvey
Team: Kansas City Royals
2004 Salary: $317,500
Avg: .335
HR: 8
RBI: 32
Runs: 26

Second Base (1)

Name: Orlando Hudson
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
2004 Salary: $322,000
Avg: .284
HR: 7
RBI: 31
Runs: 32

Shortstop (2)

Name: Michael Young
Team: Texas Rangers
2004 Salary: $450,000
Avg: .327
HR: 10
RBI: 45
Runs: 51

Name: Bobby Crosby
Team: Oakland A’s
2004 Salary: $300,000
Avg: .276
HR: 10
RBI: 33
Runs: 30

Third Base (1)

Name: Hank Blalock
Team: Texas Rangers
2004 Salary: $550,000
Avg: .310
HR: 18
RBI: 52
Runs: 48

Left Field (1)

Name: Adam Dunn
Team: Cincinnati Reds
2004 Salary: $445,000
Avg: .264
HR: 22
RBI: 48
Runs: 49

Center Field (4)

Name: Scott Podsednik
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
2004 Salary: $400,000
Avg: .259
HR: 9
RBI: 26
Runs: 49 / SB: 31

Name: Vernon Wells
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
2004 Salary: $870,000
Avg: .300
HR: 9
RBI: 30
Runs: 41 / SB: 6

Name: Rocco Baldelli
Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2004 Salary: $320,000
Avg: .291
HR: 6
RBI: 34
Runs: 43 / SB: 6

Name: Corey Patterson
Team: Chicago Cubs
2004 Salary: $480,000
Avg: .281
HR: 9
RBI: 31
Runs: 40 / SB: 9

Right Field (1)

Name: Miguel Cabrera
Team: Florida Marlins
2004 Salary: $320,000
Avg: .289
HR: 17
RBI: 50
Runs: 50

Starting Pitcher (5)

Name: Carlos Zambrano
Team: Chicago Cubs
2004 Salary: $450,000
Record: 8-3
IP: 102.0
ERA: 2.56
K’s: 95

Name: Dontrell Willis
Team: Florida Marlins
2004 Salary: $353,500
Record: 6-5
IP: 87.0
ERA: 4.03
K’s: 61

Name: Brandon Webb
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
2004 Salary: $335,000
Record: 3-8
IP: 95.0
ERA: 3.88
K’s: 69

Name: Horacio Ramirez
Team: Atlanta Braves
2004 Salary: $330,000
Record: 2-4
IP: 59.1
ERA: 2.28
K’s: 31

Name: Cliff Lee
Team: Cleveland Indians
2004 Salary: $303,200
Record: 7-1
IP: 88.2
ERA: 3.86
K’s: 72

Bullpen (6)

Name: Brad Lidge
Team: Houston Astros
2004 Salary: $360,000
Record: 1-3 / Saves: 4
IP: 43.1
ERA: 2.49
K’s: 67

Name: Joe Nathan
Team: Minnesota
2004 Salary: $440,000
Record: 1-0 / Saves: 22
IP: 35.2
ERA: 1.26
K’s: 42

Name: Francisco Rodriquez
Team: Anaheim Angels
2004 Salary: $375,000
Record: 1-1 / Saves: 7
IP: 40.2
ERA: 1.11
K’s: 63

Name: Shingo Takatsu
Team: Chicago White Sox
2004 Salary: $750,000
Record: 4-0 / Saves: 3
IP: 28.1
ERA: 0.95
K’s: 19

Name: Akinori Otsuka
Team: San Diego Padres
2004 Salary: $700,000
Record: 5-2 / Saves: 2
IP: 36.2
ERA: 1.47
K’s: 42

Name: Juan Rincon
Team: Minnesota Twins
2004 Salary: $330,000
Record: 8-3 / Saves: 1
IP: 38.2
ERA: 2.09
K’s: 47

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2004 Payroll friendly All-Star Team. Looking at this list, there is a lot of good young talent on it. In case you’re wondering about the payroll, let me save you the trouble of getting out the calculator to add it up. The total payroll for the ballclub is 10,186,500. Even teams like Milwaukee and Montreal could afford to field this team. I would love to see what this team could do in a season. Maybe one day when I am bored I will try to assemble it on Out of the Park Baseball and see what they can do. All I know is I would take them anyday.

postCount(’108848007999272154′);

Like what you see here? Never miss new content. Follow Us:
Share

Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail