On-Base Perception

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What if New York had only one baseball team?

David Wright tags out Derek Jeter. (June 16,

David Wright tags out Derek Jeter. (June 16, 2007) (Credit: AP)

Of the 30 MLB teams, 24 of them rule their own cities. Only New York, Chicago and Los Angeles divide their fan base with multiple teams.

But what if?

What if the two New York teams were forced to combine based on the players currently on each roster. Who would start at each position?

Yes, it's a hypothetical scenario, but have some fun with the idea as we await Thursday's season opener for the Mets and Friday's start to the Yankees' season.

Here's the catch to our game: they would also have to combine payrolls. The Mets' 2012 payroll will be approximately $91 million -- an almost $70 million slash from last year’s payroll, while the Yankees will approach $210 million. Based on this, we'll average the two and call it $150 million payroll.

Can you select a competitive team from the choices below that does not exceed a $150 million payroll?

Tags: yankees , mets

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Catcher?

Josh Thole, Mets, $420,000 Russell Martin, Yankees, $7.5 million

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First base?

Ike Davis, Mets, $432,000 Mark Teixeira, Yankees, $23.1 million

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Second base?

Daniel Murphy, Mets, $422,000 Robinson Cano, Yankees, $14 million

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Shortstop?

Ruben Tejada, Mets, $414,000 Derek Jeter, Yankees, $16 million

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Third base?

David Wright, Mets, $14.25 million Alex Rodriguez, Yankees, $30 million

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Right field?

Lucas Duda, Mets, $414,000 Nick Swisher, Yankees, $10.2 million

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Center field?

Andres Torres, Mets, $2.2 million Curtis Granderson, Yankees, $10 million

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Left field?

Jason Bay, Mets, $18.125 million Brett Gardner, Yankees, $2.8 million

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DH?

Scott Hairston, Mets, $1.1 million Raul Ibanez, Yankees, $1.1 million

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Starting pitching staff?

Mets: Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, R.A. Dickey and Dillon Gee ($30.891 million) Yankees: C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia ($40.7 million)

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Bullpen?

Mets: Ramon Ramirez, Jon Rauch, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell ($4.72835 million) Yankees: David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Boone Logan and Cory Wade ($14.9 million)

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Closer?

Frank Francisco, Mets, $5.5 million Mariano Rivera, Yankees, $15 million

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Bench?

Mets: Mike Nickeas, Justin Turner, Ronny Cedeno and Mike Baxter ($3.092 million) Yankees: Francisco Cervelli, Eric Chavez, Eduardo Nunez and Andruw Jones ($3.9 million)

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