First off Im going to give you my roster ,then explain all the moves that can make it happen.
Thats would be my ideal roster for the start of the 07 season.It would give the Reds Speed at the top of the order,and power in the middle.We would have run producers and run scorers from top to bottom.The Reds would have a pretty solid rotation and bullpen.The bench has both veterans and young players who can produce when called upon.I know it means we get rid of some talent but the team looks better to me with this 07 roster than the 06 roster.
Now how to make it happen trade Dunn and get rid of his 11 million to the payroll.Trade Larue and pay about 2 million of his 07 salary,3.2 mil is cheap for a good back stop.Trade Milton and pay 4 mil of his salary as well.We could trade these guys for prospects abd use the money on teh FA market.If they can pull these moves off it will give them around 18-19 million to spend,but also add the probably 15-20 milllion(remember BOB said they just wanted to break even so speed it all)the Reds will get from the TV deal.So that should give the Reds around 36-38 million to spend this off season.
I say take about 12 mil for 4 years and get Lee to play LF.I know not much better if any at all than Dunn in the oufield.But Lee hits for higher average,knocks in more runs,and will hit about 40 homers a year in GABP.
Then take about 10 mil for 3 years and get Hunter.This will give us much needed CF play and give us a very solid bat in middle of the order.
Then sign Padilla and Lilly to 6 mil for 3 years a piece to sure up the rotation.Add Wickman at 1 year for 4 million and you have yourself a ball club.The other pieces you can sign on the money we will save from Wilsons contract and couple more of our older guys contracts who retire like Merker.This roster may be a stretch but I believe with the money we could save on possible trades and the TV money the Reds and Wayne can make it happen thanks.