We have an outfield of Dunn, Hamilton, Bruce/Griffey. All 4 are
capable of hitting 40 hr with 100 rbi's or more. Griffey will most
likely go down with injury plus his contract runs out after the 2008
season. Hamilton is also likely to be out because of injury(at least
some). 2009 would see the 3 less Griffey as our outfielders. Griffey is an extreme liability on defense anyway. He virtually is
not tradeable. Just let nature run it's course over the next year.
You have Votto, Phillips(one of our best players), and Encarnacion
in the infield. All are capable of 30 hrs and around 100 rbi's.
You have Gonzales/Keppinger at SS. You can live with Ross at
C because of his defense and ability to throw out baserunners.
Now, the kicker. All of the above except Dunn and Griffey will be
relatively cheap salary wise for the next several years. Griffey
goes off the books at least partially after next year. You have
Bailey and Cueto coming up along with Cordero. I say scrounge up
another decent pitcher or two and run with it. We have to depend
on our farm system at some point. We won't be paying our pitchers a whole lot either with the exception of Cordero. That
should leave us leverage to jump in the free agent market again
next year or take someone's salary dump on a pitcher. The offensive production should be awesome(especially if Encarnacion comes around). The overall cost should be relatively cheap.