Re: Anyone Else Loving Today's Moves?
posted at 8/1/2014 1:25 AM EDT
We still have a lot of money to spend this winter. I haven't crunched all the new numbers yet, but Craig's luxury tax cost only counts at $6.2M and Cespedes at $9M. I think that leaves us about $65M to spend.
Here's a rough outline of what next year's 40 man roster looks like before any winter moves are made:
SP (choose 11): __________, __________, Kelly, Buchholz, de la Rosa, Workman, Ranaudo, Barnes, Owens, L. Diaz (?), Wright (?), Escobar
RP (choose 8): __________, Tazawa, Breslow(?), Mujica (?), Britton, Webster, A Wilson, Hembree, N Ramirez
C (choose 3): ___________, Vazquez, Swihart, Lavarnway or Butler
1B (choose 2): Napoli, Carp or T Shaw
2B (choose 1-2): Pedroia, Coyle or Herrera
3B (3): Bogaerts (SS?), Middlebrooks (LF/1B?), Cecchini (LF?)
SS (1): __________, Marrero (not needed to add to 40 man roster)
LF (choose 2-3): Craig (1B?), Nava, Hassan, Brentz, de la Cruz
CF (2-3): Bradley, Betts, H Ramos
RF (3): Cespedes, Victorino, Holt (IF/OF)
DH (1): Ortiz
With about $65M to spend, we could sign: Shields ($22-23M/yr) and Uehara ($8-9M/yr), Pablo Sandoval ($14M/yr), and trade for Tulowitzki. ($16M/yr towards luxury tax budget, but $118M/6 or $129M/7 left to pay).
Or, maybe sign another pitcher and let Bogey (if not dealt for Tulo) and Holt battle for the 3B position.
I'm not saying this will all happen, of if I am even for all these suggestions, but I just listed them to show that we have the resources to build a highly competitive team next year.