Last season: Felipe Lopez to Royce Clayton
Current Player: Juan Castro
Options: BP position change, Resign Rich Aurilia, Ray Olmedo, Trade: Angels SS (Wood, Aybar, Izturis, Cabrera): Marcus Giles (Atlanta), Free Agency: Julio Lugo
Rich will probably go to a contender, and want more money than we can give. Olmedo isn't a MLB caliber player. We need a SS, but acquiring a 2B could be easier/cheaper so we could switch Brandon Phillips to Short and grab a 2B.
Last season: David Weathers to Todd Coffey to Eddie Guardado
Current player: Todd Coffey (?)
Options: Coffey, Bray, Majik, Trade: Brad Lidge (Astros), Eric Gagne, Yhency Brazoban, Jonathan Broxton (Dodgers), Scot Shields, Brendan Donnelly (Angels)
Everyday Eddie is out for quite a while with surgery. Todd Coffey didn't do too hot at the CL role last year. David Weathers is a free agent. Desperately need a closer, a guy we can actually count on to end some games.
#3 Starting Pitcher
Last season: Eric Milton
Current player: Eric Milton
Options: Kyle Lohse (arb. eligible), Free Agency: Ted Lilly
I think we could be OK by just getting a #3 starter. With a rotation of: Harang/Arroyo/*/Milton/Lizard. When Homer debutes this gives us a top of the line rotation. Harang isn't bad for a #1 starter. Arroyo is a good #2, Milton is a good #4 starter, and Lizard when healthy put up good numbers out of the 5th spot. Just need a #3 to move Milton & Elizardo farther down the rotation to solidify the rotation. Again, when Homer comes in this puts Lizard or Milton in the bullpen and moves our rotation from good to great.
Other options: AAA arm, Resign David Weathers
If a good closer can be brought in, then the rest of the bullpen should be pretty good if Majik can return to his normal self. If no closer is found, one is going to be picked within the BP, which means we'll need to get another good arm.
Last season: Ken Griffey
Current player: Ken Griffey
Options: Chris Denorfia
Griffey is declining fast (defensively), and it's hard to count on him playing a whole season. Denorfia hasn't really showed that he could handle bein a full time CFer, so you can't really count him in for being a replacement. Questionable because of Juniors injury history and his lack of range.
Last season: Rich Aurilia/Scott Hatteberg
Current player: Scott Hatteberg
Options: Joey Votto, Resign Rich Aurilia
Questionable hole beacuse Hatteberg had a career year, and probably won't repeat. Getting a 1B would move Scott to the bench, which in turn makes him pretty valuable IMO. Hatte posted most of his #s at home with the short right field porch, so maybe he will put up similar numbers again (basically: the stadium inflated his #'s and not a career year).
Alot of talk of trading Dunn has been going on so if we trade him we will need to at least fill our holes.
- we might not have to get a starting Outfielder back. Denorfia could replace Dunn and improve our OF defense by alot. But then who replaces Griffey? Remember: we should have Jay Bruce in a season or two, and there is also Drew Stubbs who is highly regarded.
SS, CL, SP
OF Adam Dunn, Rheal Cormier, Jason LaRue for Macier Izturis, Ervin Santana, Scot Shields, JC Romero, Darin Erstad (i'm not sure but I think he has a big contract, we could take him or just give cash along with the deal)
Would they do this? They have quite a few SS in their system, so Izturis has lowered value. Romero pitched bad this season but has the Minnesota background & has been good in the past. Erstad is just a cash balance. Dunn gives them a power bat, probably their DH. Rivera would move to Center
RF Freel 8-10 HRs .360-370 OBP 35 SBs
SS Izturis 10 HRs .365-375 OBP 15-20 SBs
CF Griffey 25-30 HRs .340-350 OBP
3B Encarnacion 25-30 HRs .350-360 OBP 40-50 2Bs
2B Phillips 20-25 HRs .330-.340 OBP 25-30 SBs
1B Hatteberg 10-12 HRs .355-.365 OBP
C Ross 15-20 HRs .340-.350 OBP
LF Denorfia 5-10 HRs .360-.370 OBP
C Javier Valentin
SS Jerry Gil
INF Juan Castro
OF Todd Hollandsworth
OF Darin Erstad
Aaron Harang 3.50-3.75 ERA
Bronson Arroyo 3.45-3.70 ERA
Ervin Santana 3.75-4.00 ERA
Eric Milton 4.65-4.90
Elizardo Ramirez 4.25-4.50
(Homer Bailey mid season)
Bullpen: (also 5th starter when Bailey debutes)
We could probably use a little more power (maybe a power hitting vet OFer), but with Joey Votto hopefully coming up about midseason we will be fine.