Re: Deadline Sellers?
posted at 6/6/2014 11:59 PM EDT
Assuming all our free agents to be bolt, and no free agents are signed (not going to happen) this is what we are left with for 2015:
SP: Lackey, Buchholz, Doubront,de la Rosa, Barnes, Ranaudo, Webster (or Owens)
RP: Mujica, Tazawa, Workman, Britton, A Wilson (and a starter from above: Webster?)
C: Vazquez & Butler (or Lava or Swihart)
1B: Napoli & Carp
3B: Middlebrooks & Cecchini
SS: Bogaerts (3B?)& Marrero (or Herrera or Holt)
LF: Nava & Hassan (or Cecchini)
CF: JBJ & Betts (Wlkerson?)
RF: Victorino (H Ramos/Brentz?)
So, basically, it starts with Lester: extend him or trade him. We'll gte more in trade than we will with a comp draft pick. Same with Uehara. Both could bring us some very very good young players who ahve more professional experience than comp picks have.
We can look to trade AJ P, Peavy, Drew, Gomes, Ross, Sizemore, Miller, Capuano and Badenhop.
I doubt we'd get much for Mujica, Middy, Vic, Nava, Carp, and a couple others, so as much as their stock is low right now, they offer more hope than a mid-level prospect they might fetch us.
This what we could have going forward:
It helps having Lackey play at the minimum. If we keep Napoli, Victorino and Buchholtz for 2015, we'll still have a lot of money to spend on filling the holes that young players can't all fill. Cots has us at $78M next year, but I'm not sure what the luxury limit number is. My guess is we may have close to $100M to spend, and if we can find a few good mid level FAs that worked out like Vic and Naps last year, we should be able to get 1 or 2 big named free agents to fill the shoes of Lester and Uehara or a hole a struggling prospects has opened up. Here's another look with adding $95M in free agents....
SP: ________ ($25M/yr FA), ________ ($20M FA), Lackey, 2 from: Buchholz, Doubront, Barnes, Ranaudo, Owens, de la Rosa, or Webster
RP: ________ ($12M FA), _________ ($3M FA), Mujica, Tazawa, Workman, 2 from: SP not in rotation (see above), Britton, or A Wilson
C: ________ ($5M vet FA) & Vazquez or Butler (or Lava or Swihart)
1B: Napoli & Carp
3B: Bogaerts (SS?) & Middlebrooks or Cecchini
SS: __________ ($8M FA) & Marrero , Herrera or Holt
LF: ___________ ($22M Big bopper clean-up hitter) & Nava, Hassan or Cechini
CF: JBJ & Betts
RF: Victorino (JBJ) Hassan or H Ramos