Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part II
posted at 4/12/2012 8:58 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part II
[QUOTE]Guys do not debate with "it" as "it" will only serve to contaminate the purest thread on the forum. Now we are talking about Youk. Even if he bats .198 all year I will not back off that I thought he would be an asset this year and trading him last winter was a bad idea. However if he does dissolve into nothingness this year I certainly cannot see keeping him around. Is it possible that while some debate wether we let Ortiz go and have Youk DH in 2013 that neither player is here? Having said that, Ortiz at least looks fresh and his hitting the ball... I hope he will be a 30/100 guy this year.
Posted by BurritoT[/QUOTE]
Good points, burr.
I had mentioned trading Youk this past winter, but I doubt we would have gotten much. I thought maybe we could have gotten some prospects, added a few more, and traded them for quality pitching and a bigger right-handed bat. The money savings might have helped us find another piece or two as well.
Going forward, we have aboput $37M coming off the books next winter (Papi, Dice, Jenks, Ross, Shopp, and Padilla). If we don't take Youk's option, we'd have about $49M ($~46M off the luxury tax number).
We have some big arbs coming up barring trades:
Ells (last arb)
Bailey (2nd of 3)
Salty (last arb)
Sweeney (last arb)
Bard (2nd of 4)
Aceves (2nd of 3)
Aviles (2nd of 3)
Albers (last one)
Miller (2nd of 3)
Morales (2nd of 3)
R Hill (last one)
DMac (1st of 3)
If we decide to go with Lava over Papi and Shoppach, Middlebrooks or Iggy (Aviles to 3B) over Youk and Kalish over Ross, we'd have close to $50M to spend on FAs or trade pick-ups. We could also see Jacoby being traded. If we keep some of our FAs to be (Papi and Youk), we still have about $23M of dead weight or easily replaced players coming off the books.
Lackey will be back. Who knows about CC?
Let's hope Youk regains at least 80% of his past production, and yes, let's also hope Papi goes 30/100+.