Re: The Twins make the most sense
Originally Posted by mth123
Dejesus - $4.25 Million
Span - $4.75 Million
Choo - Arb eligible $7 Million?
Fowler - Arb Eligible $5 Million?
Ellsbury - Arb Eligible $10 Million?
Victorino = ????
Upton - No way
Bourn - No way
The Reds need 5 players IMO:
1. A Centerfield/lead-off upgrade
2. A Reliever for the late innings to allow Chapman to start
3. A starting caliber player for LF or 3B who can add pop
4. A Corner bench player who can add some offense
5. A MI who can back-up at SS.
The budget is going to dictate a lot of stuff. I'm guessing the Reds only have about $5 to $8 Million to fill those needs. It may require Chapman staying in the pen and a minor league free agent for the MI role (or Didi). If Rolen comes back, say for around $2.5 to $3 Million, the Reds will need to add a guy to split time with him and Frazier could fill the LF role (or a part time OF with Frazier moving between 3B and LF). That would leave less than $5 Million for CF. Even then, it may require the Reds finding a taker for Masset and Arredondo to make some room in the budget. Might need to send a minor leaguer with some promise with them just to get them off the books.
Might need to look at cheaper platoon options. Roger Bernadina or the previously mentioned Ben Revere might be flawed but usable choices who marginally improve the Cf situation against RHP over Stubbs' obvious flaws.
Too many baked in assumptions in this post IMO. The $5-$8mm number is out of thin air- I could see the Reds adding $15mm with the TV revenues ramping up, but of course who knows. I also don't believe #4 and #5 on your list should require anything over $1mm each, and I definitely wouldn't give Rolen $3mm. Id take him back at half of that amount, tops. Otherwise he can retire (I doubt he's going to go somewhere else for an extra $1mm at this point in his life.)
Last edited by Benihana; 11-23-2012 at 11:53 AM.