With the recent signing (physical pending of course) of Fransisco Cordero WK and Bob have successfully proven to the majority of fans (mainly just us redzoners
) that they are willing to do what is necessary to put a team on the field that is capable of winning... My question is what do you do next?
My plan of attack
1) To give err uhhh "trade" Mike Stanton and Gary Majewski to whoever decides they will give us either a PTBNL or cash considerations...
2) Find out what teams KGJ is willing to play for and package a deal. We need Jay Bruce roaming RF in 2007. I would trade Griff for another quality bullpen arm and an above average SS prospect (does anyone really think Janish is going to be a SS anytime soon for the Redlegs)
3) Find a way to get any of the following or, someone in their tier; Erik Bedard, Scott Kazmir, Joe Blanton, Jon Lester, Clay Bucholtz, Matt Garza, Ian Snell, Kevin Slowey etc etc... If I am going to make this sort of deal I can trade any of our big 4 (assuming not both Hamilton and Jay Bruce in the same package...)
4) Find out exactly how much Adam Dunn will want to sign an extension and plead with Bob Castellini to let me make it happen. (I believe it was reported we only spend 43% or so of revenues on team salary... there is room for more IMO)
That would leave us with an outfield with power bats in both corners and a rangy Hopper/Freel roaming center. power and average on both corner infield spots (also EE turned into quite the glove man down the stretch last year) and the middle infield is fabulous on D and BP is more than adequate on the basepaths and at the plate... Defensively we will be fine and offensively if everyone either plays to their standard or expectations we will be a force to reckon with. SPs will have another dominant member to tag along with Harang and Arroyo and have Belisle fill out the 4 with either Homer (if not traded) or Cueto (if he makes the club out of ST) in the number 5 spot missing starts occassionally.. The BP could very well be a point of strength for this team depending on how McBeth, Cout, Salmon, and Burton progress. Also Tyler Pelland has a legitimate shot at seeing a lot of time this year in the 6th and 7th... (On a side note Cordero converted 86% of his saves last year and if you would apply that to our team last year we would have been +19 saves, just saying... Also I know it doesn't work like that btw it just sounds pretty
What is everyone elses plans and what do you guys think we will do next????