Originally Posted by Redsnake
How about this for fun.
Arroyo pitched his way back into some value. Trade now when his value is that high.
Money saved: $11.5M
Rolen to retire.
Money saved: $6.5M
Ludwick declines option.
Money saved: $2.5M
That's $20M to give toward Josh. Add a few more million and get it done.
Josh takes over LF.
Frazier plays 3B
Chapman starts in place of Arroyo like expected.
Billy Hamilton takes over for Stubbs.
Sign a cheap veteran starter to come in and compete for the 5th starter spot with one of our young guys.
Use Stubbs, Leake, Heisey and whatever else to address the bullpen.
Some of you members are so greedy. We won 97 games...because of PITCHING not offense. Look at the rangers, they had argueably the best offense in MLB, and see how far that carried them.
They couldn't go farther because of the lack of consistent pitching.
It's just dumb to trade away a reliable arm like arroyo just so you can free up some cash. Besides, a rotation of Chapman AND Arroyo is much more potent than a rotation of Chapman and Leake.