Re: What if we stand still?
Even if we stand pat - I think we should still dip into FA for bullpen help - at least a closer. Also, if we stand pat, I wouldn't sign Dunn to a LTC and I buy off Griffey. Hamilton steps into Dunn's shoes and Bruce steps into Griffey's shoes and we play a defensive CFer. Without Dunn & Griffey we free up at least $25 which we turn around and purchase Santana. Then we **cross-fingers** and hope that Bailey & Cueto are ready to be dominant in 2009. Making our starting rotation:
and a lineup of:
fast defensive CFer
Catcher (don't know if Ross is here in '09)
That's not too bad ... especially if Hamilton, Bruce, Votto, Cueto, & Bailey turn out to be the studs we all hope they'll be... but ... that's alotta finger-crossing, IMO, but if it all pans out - I think we'll be pretty good.
It might be the safest way to go as a GM, but it's not the way I would go about it if I were GM unless none of the excellent SP touted to be on the market this offseason were actually on the market, if that were the case then I think I would stand pat .... but w/ the additioin of a closer, of course ;-)