Originally Posted by Vottomatic
1. Leake, Ondrusek, Chad "Sharky" Rogers for Dexter Fowler. Rockies need pitching badly. Gives them a young starter and a decent minor league pitcher.
2. Cairo and Rolen retire.
3. Trade Chapman/Corcino to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton. (yes, it can be done.....it's the friggin' Marlins organization. They like Cubans for their fanbase.
4. Re-sign BOTH Broxton AND Madson.
5. Trade Mez and Cingrani to the Rays for Big Game James Shields.
6. Sign Jeff Keppinger as utilityman 2B/3B/1B
Phillips 2B (RH)
Fowler CF (SH)
Votto 1B (LH)
Stanton LF (RH)
Bruce RF (LH)
Frazier 3B (RH)
Hanigan C (RH)
Cozart SS (RH)
Gregorius SS/ 2B
My proposal weakens the overall depth in the organization but strengthens the major league team, especially offense, big time.
While I like - love - the idea of acquiring Fowler, Stanton and Shields, there's no way the Reds have the money for that.
And unfortunately, one of the impacts of not making the NLCS will probably be a few fewer season tickets sold for next year. That'll probably keep the payroll in check.