Alright.. did some thinking.... Almost all of these would never happen but would the other teams approve these trades?
need some opinions. I overpay in some deals but I want to offer enough talent that they have a good shot of happening.
1. K. Lohse and J. Castro to the Mets for a decent prospect (or Oliver Perez).
The Reds cut salary and rid themselves of an expendable part in Lohse. Castro will be replaced by later trades and between the two, 5M or so is saved. The Mets could use utility infield help and they desperately need mid-backend rotational help.
2. Adam Dunn, Rheal Cormier, Elizardo Ramirez and B. Shackelford to the Angels for K. Escobar and E. Aybar (preferrably Wood but would settle for Aybar).
The Angels suddenly get a big lefty bat to work into that lineup; Dunn could DH or play 1B. Cormier instantly is the best LHRP in their pen and Elizardo slides into the #5 slot in their rotation. Shackelford also is another lefty in the mix (they direly lack leftys). Aybar solves the SS problem and Escobar slides into the middle of the rotation. While the Reds give up a lot of talent they also shed a significant amount of salary.
3. K. Griffey Jr. and B. Harris to the Orioles for K. Benson.
The O's have plenty of young arms (Bedard, Cabrera, Penn, Loewen, etc.) so Benson is expendable. Harris is a throw in but entices the O's slightly. Griffey gives them a powerful LH bat and he can either DH or move to a corner OF spot. The Reds cut salary (no 08' commitment or buyout to pay and about 5M saved in 07').
4. Milton, Olmedo, Szymanski OR the prospect from the Mets, and Pelland to the Phillies for P. Burrell and 5M (2.5M per season left on his deal).
Burrell gives the Reds a decent bat and by dumping Milton and getting cash compensation, they can afford him. Milton did well in Philly and the prospects are icing on the cake. Burrell was almost swapped for Rodrigo Lopez and some fringe prospects... this is a much better deal for the Phillies.
5. Bronson Arroyo and T. Wood to the Red Sox for J. Papelbon.
Tough to give up a prospect like Wood and a good starter in Arroyo, however, Papelbon finally gives the Reds a lights out closer. Considering Bronson wants to return to Boston and the Sox wanted to convert Papelbon to a starter anyways (Arroyo would be just as effective), this makes sense.
6. Jason LaRue, M. Perez, and C. Michalak to the Nationals for Christian Guzman and 5M$.
Guzman fills in at SS under Aybar is ready and replaces Castro as the utility 2B/SS. His 1.7M salary is not bad considering the LaRue/Castro combo makes 6.7M in 2007 and Castro makes a comparable amount to Guzman in 2008. LaRue takes over fulltime at C for the Nats and Perez is a possibility down the road. Michalak makes sense for a #5 starter/long reliever.
-D. Weathers 1 yr. 2M, 2.25 08' team option.
-C. Lee 5 yr. 64M, 14M 2012 team option.
Long term contract, however, expiring shorter contracts and growing revenue make this affordable.
-B. Zito 4. yr 52M, 14M 2011 team option.
Not the longest deal but more $ than the 12M he apparently wanted to seek. His contract should end in time to lock Bailey up to a fat contract.
-F. Tatis 1 yr. 500k
Good bench bat and 3B.
Donorfia CF .4M
Aybar SS .4M
C. Lee LF 12M
P. Burrell RF 10.5M
E. Encarnacion 3B .5M
S. Hatteburg 1B 1.5M
B. Phillips 2B .5M
D. Ross C 1.6M
R. Freel OF 2.3M
Votto 1B (maybe a J. Cruz Jr. type if Votto isn't ready) .4M
C. Guzman 2B/SS 1.7M
F. Tatis 3B .5M
J. Valentin C 1.5M
B. Zito 13M
A. Harang 4.5M
K. Escobar 8.5M
K. Benson 7.5M
B. Claussen/H. Bailey .6M
J. Papelbon .5M
D. Weathers 2M
T. Coffey .5M
B. Bray .4M
M. Belisle .5M
G. Majewski .5M
J. Standridge/Claussen (if Bailey's in the rotation) .4M
Payroll is 73M, a bit high, however the revenue would significantly increase and compensate.