Re: ORG: "My moves for 2008" - by Wheelhouse; For discussion on the Sun Deck
The BIGGEST problem with this is, you cannot find a DECENT Starting Pitcher on the 2007/2008 FA list for $12M. Can you imagine paying $12M per year for Kyle Lohse? He's going to be the "prize" of the 2008 FA class...
I MIGHT consider Freddy Garcia at $7-8M +incentives. The guy has just a tad over 4.0 career ERA - 4.07 - and a Career 1.3 WHIP, this all while playing in the AL for 10 years. Coming off shoulder surgery so should be a relative bargain.
Otherwise, there's no need to look to FA for SP until 2009 - when you also can comfortably assume you won't have Jr on the Payroll - saving $12.5M of the $16.5M due him ($4M buyout). THAT Crop of SP is worth going after.
A $12M Catcher? PREPOSTEROUS!! Ross is one year removed from 21 HR's in 90 games. He and Valentin - who is a MUST resign for "Ross Insurance" - provide enough pop and defense (albeit not at the same time) for $4M. $12M would be a COLOSSAL waste of money.
Go YOUNG - spend your money on Dunn's option/LTC, replace Hatte with Votto (save $1.5M), Hope Castro takes an injury settlement($1M), hope Stanton retires ($3M), etc...
Gonzalez is a relative bargain for his production at the plate and in the field. Keep/Hopper are your utility guys/day-off guys/4th IF/OF.
The rest of your lineup looks like this:
EE - close to min
Gonzo - $4.65M
BP - probably $4M
Cantu - close to min
Ross/Valentin - $4M
Hamilton - close to min
Keppinger - close to min
Hopper - close to min
Freel - $3M
Bullpen: everybody not named Weathers ($3-$3.5M) and Coffey ($.925M) - close to min, take your pic of: Burton, Cout, Gosling, Bray, MacBeth, Majewski (may be arb. eligible) - and consider signing EasyEddieG to a minor league deal with incentives if he recovers.
Starters: Harang $6.75M, Arroyo, $3.95M, Bailey - League Min, Belisle - League Min
Counting "League Min" as $450K - and even counting Stanton & Freel Contracts - and counting Griffey as $10M ($6.5M + deferred), I come up with $61.725M, and we're short a 5th StarterSP. Give me Freddy Garcia at $8M and you're just under $70M. That team can compete - and win - the NL Central.
2009 - raises for Harang and Arroyo, MORE than offset by replacing Jr with Bruce, and you can field pretty much the same team - should be able to get rid of Stanton, Weathers will be gone, Freel due $4M, etc... - should allow us to go after RP/SP in the 2009 FA market.