Re: The Twins make the most sense
Here's a deal to chew on that may fit the budget:
Didi Gregorious, Mike Leake, Devin Mesoraco, Chris Heisey and Jose Arredondo to Texas for Alexi Ogando, Mike Olt, Michael Kirkman and Konrad Schmidt.
Olt would be the 3B of the future with Frazier becoming the answer in LF and that would settle both spots for years and provide ample RH pop. Schmidt would be the back-up catcher unless a cheap FA would be better. Ogando would close with Chapman moving into Leake's spot and there wouldn't be much drop off in the pen. That would accomplish most of what the Reds need to do and leave money to acquire a decent option in CF until Hamilton comes along and maybe a bench bat or two. Kirkman would give the Reds another lefty and a long relief option. Giving up Mes hurts, but I'd extend Hanigan for a couple more years and see if Barnhardt or Hudson comes along.
The Rangers would use Mesoraco behind the plate and non-tender Geovanny Soto. Leake goes in the back of the rotation and they could move Didi as part of a deal where teams come sniffing around Texas for a SS (or keep him and feel more free to deal Andrus). Heisey would be insurance for Leonys Martin in CF. Arredondo provides a little experience for a young pen.
Simon/Masset/Ondrusek (pick 2)
Acquisition (vs RHP)/Stubbs (vs LHP) CF
Burris or other defensive minor league FA IF
Rolen may be the other bench guy and would be a good choice to help Olt work his way in. I'd target David Dejesus for CF. Jeff Keppinger, Eric Hinske and Wilson Betemit would be good targets for the bench if Rolen decides to retire.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS