Re: If I were GM for the offseason...
Dunn and Junior are two of the first people at spring training year in and year out. That at least shows me he wants to be ready for when the season starts. As the season rolls on I'm not to sure of his motives. I think Dunn would be better suited as a 1B/DH so a move to the AL may be good for him. Since he is from Texas why not send him to the Rangers for:
Hank Blalock and John Danks to the Reds for Adam Dunn, Chris Denorfia, and Eric Milton plus 3 million to compinsate for Miltons 9mil price tag.
Blalock had an off year, but I think his potential will sky rise at GABP. Danks is one of Texas's prized pitchers and may of not pitched superb in AAA still has a high ceiling. Blalock would platoon in RF as well as some 3rd on days when EE needs rest and also 1st for Hatteberg. This helps Texas because they add power to the line-up.. much needed if Lee leaves. And they are pitching hungry need someone to go with Millwood. Plus Milton will fit in better at Arlington then GABP.
I think we make a run at one of the many aces availible such as Schmidt, Zito, Mussina, Pettitte, Mulder, Matsuzaka.. and also go after Eaton, Lilly, Wolf, or even Miguel Batista..
Personally I think Mulder and Eaton would be the two I'd push for.. relativly young and coming off of injuries which would mean they may sign a little cheaper.
Add Luis Castillo to play 2B or do a trade with Atlanta to obtain Marcus Giles.
Sign Keith Folke as your closer and Jose Cruz Jr 4th OF.
Resign Schoenewies and Lohse. Move Phillips to SS.
A team like this would be sure favorites to compete in the Central if not favorites to win.
Freel - LF
Castillo - 2B
Griffey - CF
Blalock - RF
Encarnacion - 3B
Hatteberg - 1B
Phillips - SS
Ross - C