Without knowing the specifics of each FA negotiation, I would hope the general direction the team goes in this hot stove season is to fill in the positional gaps with big annual, but short-term, FA contracts. I would think they don't want to repeat the mistakes of the albatross contracts they just rid themselves of, but they do have money to spend and large gaps to fill. Ideally, they want to sign FAs to one and two year deals that may land them some decent players, but make room for the Bogaertses, Bradleys, and other up-and-comers when they're ready. Torii Hunter comes to mind, and possibly Ross, although I do think that Ross is likely to get three years elsewhere. Hunter is a solid all-around player and his numbers are pretty consistent. I would take the risk that he could hold up at least another year or two. I'm not that keen on LaRoach, Napoli, or Swicher, but they are in dire need of some decent production from first. Whomever they can get short-term is my preference, given that this player is not a potential disruptive force in the dugout. If they do land Hunter, Ross, and one of three first-basemen mentioned, they should have a competitive lineup for the next year or two.
And then there's pitching. This is where this team doesn't cut it. Other than Greinke, whom I see as too risky given his fragile emotional makeup, I don't see any saviors on the immediate horizon. There's really nothing out there right now, and then you have to give up too much in trade, as every team covets aces and potential ones. I'm hoping for a surprise in a quick recovery and emergence of De La Rosa. I would think the way to go is to bundle any surplus (possibly Ells at midseason, one of the backstops, and a reliever or two if this area solidifies) and take a stab at potential top of the rotation pitchers and hope somebody emerges.
Anyhow, please chime in and let me know if you agree or not about this general idea. If you do, please add to the list of available FAs whom you think they could nab short-term and prove to be a significant upgrade.