Same old song and dance
Accept Dunn's option and play him at 1B.
Re-sign Valentin for one year at $1.75 million.
Bring up Jay Bruce to play CF.
Bring up Bill Bray as a set-up man or LOOGY.
Bring up Homer Bailey to fill out the starting rotation as a fourth or fifth starter.
Bring up Johhny Cueto to fill out the starting rotation as a fourth or fifth starter.
Bring up Joey Votto to play as a fourth OF and back-up 1B.
Bring up Chris Dickerson as a defensive caddy in CF and PR.
Trade Edwin Encarnacion and David Weathers to the Minnesota Twins for Joe Nathan.
Trade Scott Hatteberg to the New York Yankees for Kyle Farnsworth.
Trade Ryan Freel and Mike Stanton to the Boston Red Sox for Eric Hinske.
Feeling Good Is Nothin', But It's Free
Sign free agent Paul Byrd to a three-year contract, worth $21 million. (Backloaded)
Hit Me, Baby, One More Time
Ross/ Valentin C
Start Me Up
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword
McBeth/ Coutlangus/ Roenicke/ Majewski/ Dumatrait/ Guardado/ et al.
The Bench Is Back
Hinske OF/ 1B/ 3B
Valentin/ Ross C
Votto 1B/ OF
Cantu 2B/ 3B
Understand this lineup and rotation may struggle, due to youth at priority positions. If so, take the lumps and look to deal Dunn, Junior, Nathan, and others for prospects.
Money (It's What I Want)
Total Payroll: roughly $80 million