Friday Filberts 

July, 25, 2008
07/25/08
12:25
PM ET
• The new issue of Sports Illustrated includes Jon Heyman's survey of baseball executives, asking which players they would most like to build a team around. The top eight (with first-place nods in parentheses):

Hanley Ramirez (5)
Alex Rodriguez (3)
Chase Utley (1)
Felix Hernandez (3)
Joe Mauer (1)
Grady Sizemore (1)
Josh Beckett (1)
Albert Pujols (1)

One's take on A-Rod depends entirely on the horizon line; does "build your team around" mean for just this season? For three seasons? Five?

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