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J. Hart or Nobody?

We often argue about whether or not the Rangers would've been better with a different GM the last few years.  I think the more telling question is whether or not the Rangers would be better now had they not even had a GM over the Hart tenure.  So, below I compare the expected 2006 lineup (supposing no activity this winter) versus a 2006 lineup that would exist had we not had a GM and just hung on to the players we had when Doug Melvin was fired.  For ease of comparison, I'll stipulate that the exact same players were drafted over this period of time.  Which team would you rather have right now?

J. Hart's 2006 Team:

1B - M. Teixeira
2B - A. Soriano
3B - H. Blalock
SS - M. Young
RF - D. Delucci
CF - L. Nix/GMJ
LF - K. Mench
C - R. Barajas/G. Laird
DH - P. Nevin/FA

SP - C. Young
SP - K. Loe
SP - J. DOminguez
SP - Free Agent
SP - Free Agent
RP - J. Wasdin
RP - E. Ramirez
RP - C.J. Wilson/Shouse
RP - S. Karsay/Free Agent/Regilio/R. Rodriguez
RP - R.A. Dickey/S. Feldman
RP - D. Brocail/J. Benoit
RP - F. Cordero

Bench:  Laird, Nix/GMJ, DeRosa, Botts/German/Gonzalez/McDougall

2006 Brewster's Millions' Team:

1B - M. Teixiera
2B - M. Young
3B - H. Blalock
SS - A. Rodriguez
RF - K. Mench
CF - L. Nix
LF - F. Catolonotto/J. Botts
C - I. Rodriguez/Free Agent
DH - T. Hafner

SP - D. Davis
SP - K. Rogers
SP - J. Duchscherer
SP - K. Loe
SP - J. Dominguez
RP - E. Ramirez
RP - Feldman/Regilio/Littleton/FA
RP - Wilson
RP - D. Kolb
RP - Dickey/FA
RP - J. Benoit
RP - F. Cordero

Bench:  Botts, Kapler, Romano/FA/Kinsler, FA backup catcher

So, which team would you rather have right now?  I think it's pretty obvious that not only would having a different GM over the J. Hart tenure been preferable to Hart, not having a GM would've been preferable to having J. Hart.  We'd be entering the 2006 with 4 players that finished in the top 10 in the AL in the MVP race the year before and a much better pitching staff.  We wouldn't have wasted money on Park, TVP, Powell, etc.  I'd say that's pretty damning.  Anyone I missed?

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