Looking through the free agents after this year, I am trying to find the best players we can get to improve the staff w/o overpaying for high priced veterans, Just trying to be realistic.(mlb4u.com)
2006 roster carryovers:
starters-harang,arroyo,milton,lizard.---we need another lefty.
bullpen-coffey,belisle,claussen---we need 2 righties, 1 lefty, and a guy to make it out of AAA.
To fix this w/o breaking the bank and trying to be realistic. I say we spend @10million more next year and we lose some dead weight(wilson) This is what I came up with.
bullpen additions: Aaron Fultz(LHRP PHI) and Chad Bradford(RHRP NYM) these guys will shore up the middle relief @ 4million total.
Starter:Ted Lilly(TOR) he will probably cost @ 6 million per but he is a definite upgrade to the rotation and it makes the unit pretty solid.
I think these moves make a major upgrade to the staff and I wouldn't mind taking a flyer on Francisco Cordero(RHRP Tex) to be our closer, at worst he splits time with Coffey. As always we can fill 1-2 spots with waiver wire claims or AAA guys. i think this is a reasonable assumption.