The Reds could have a lineup that looks like below and the money can work.
C-Ross .5 mil.
1B-Hatteberg 1.5 mil.
2B-Phillips .5 mil.
3B-E.E. .5 mil.
SS-A.Gonzalez 3 mil. free agent signing
LF-C.Lee 13 mil. free agent signing
CF-J.Pierre 6 mil. free agent signing
RF-Jr. 7 mil.
total= 31.5 mil. for starting lineup
Sp-Harang 5 mil.
Sp-Arroyo 4 mil.
Sp-Loshe 4 mil.
Sp-Penny 7 mil. from Dunn trade
Sp-Padilla 6 mil. sign as a free agent
total= 25 mil. for rotation
IF-Castro 1 mil.
OF-Denorfia .5 mil
C- Valentin 1.5 mil.
IF/OF Freel 2 mil.
IF-Olmedo .5 mil.
total= 5.5 mil. for bench
RP/lefty- Cormier 2.5 mil.
RP/lefty- Bray .5 mil.
RP/lefty- Schonewise 2 mil.
Rp/righty- Majewski .5 mil.
RP/righty- Belisle .5 mil.
RP/righty- Coffey .5 mil.
Rp/righty- Broxton(closer) 1 mil. from Dunn trade
total= 7.5 mil. fro bullpen
Total cost of full roster with free agent singings,buyouts,raises and trades= 70.5 million
This payroll and roster is based on a couple moves being made and FA signings.First the trade that needs to happen, Dunn traded to the Dodgers for Penny and Broxton.This will give the Reds a young closer that throws the ball in the mid 90's and a solid #3 man in the rotation.Then the Reds also need to send Larue to a team for a low level prospect and pay about 2.5 mil. of his salary for 07.Also send Milton to a team for a mid level prospect and pay around 4.5 mil. of his salary of 07.Now if these things can get done the Reds can make this roster happen with there payroll.
This gives the Reds a lineup with speed at the top,run producers and power in the middle,and solid contact hitters at the end of the order.It also makes the defense up the middle alot better and the outfield defense will be better with Pierre in CF and JR in RF.I know Lees defense isnt any better than Dunns but if we trade Dunn we will have to sign a power bat to take Dunns place and Lee would do just fine with that.
So heres my roster and I think its a pretty good one.The money works and it gives the Reds what they need.Players that play hard and try and want to win.So what do you guys think.