Realignment talk is in the air. But what about ... expansion talk? Certainly, expanding to 32 teams, with eight four-team divisions, would make life easier for realignment and schedule makers. While expansion doesn't appear to be on the table in the near future, our friends at The Platoon Advantage wondered how a mock expansion draft might unfold.
Check out their introduction here, which includes the rules behind their draft and a link to protected players from all 30 teams. You can then check out their first-round selections here ... congrats, B.J. Upton, you were the first pick of the Brooklyn Hipsters. You can check out some of the affiliate sites as well, as many were involved in determining the protected lists and explain their decisions.
Other links to check out
Keith Law looks at 10 players to watch in this year's Futures Game.
Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley looks at the Phillies rotation to see if they have a chance to be historically great. The halfway returns: So far, so good.
Larry Behrendt looks at the Dodgers filing for bankruptcy on what it all means.
How the Giants are doing it despite a negative run differential? ESPN Insider Jonah Keri explores what's going on with the defending champs.
The headline on Dave Cameron's piece at FanGraphs says it all -- "Roy Halladay: The Modern Day Sandy Koufax."
Another "nightly tragedy" for the Mariners. Ichiro is now 6-for-44 (.136) in "close and late" situations.
What should the Red Sox do about right field? Stick with J.D. Drew? Give the job to Josh Reddick? Explore a trade?
A lot discussion going on about Jonah Lehrer's piece at Grantland.com, which discusses the over-reliance on sabermetrics.
This would be a fun list to do for every franchise.
Wait ... is Yuniesky Betancourt not quite as bad as we think?
Finally, don't miss this: The greatest first pitch in history. Definitely better than John Wall's.