Bored with the off-season and anticipating little from the Reds, but for the heck of it, thought I'd try to see if there were any possible moves that could be made to improve the team while addressing the budget. By my calculations, the Reds major league payroll for 2010 would be about $77 Million if the team went north with the guys on the current roster.
So the goals of any make-over would have to include cutting the cost down to the mid to high 60s along with trying to address the SS spot, adding a catcher for AAA with a future, addressing the logjam in the OF and possibly the pen and finding competent replacements for any guys dealt away.Code:Num Pos Name Sal 1 S1 Cueto 0.5 2 S2 Harang 12.5 3 S3 Arroyo 11 4 S4 Bailey 0.4 5 S5 Maloney 0.4 6 SW Owings 0.5 7 LHRP Bray 0.5 8 LHRP Hererra 0.4 9 RHRP Masset 0.5 10 RHRP Burton 0.5 11 SU Rhodes 2 12 CL Cordero 12 13 C1 Ramon 3 14 C2 Hanigan 0.4 15 1B Votto 0.5 16 2B Phillips6.75 17 3B Rolen 11 18 SS Janish 0.4 19 UI Sutton 0.4 20 LF Gomes 2.5 21 CF Stubbs 0.4 22 RF Bruce 0.4 23 4OF CDick 0.4 24 5OF Wlad 0.4 25 Super Rosales 0.4 DL Volquez 0.5 Dead Taveras 4 Dead Lincoln 2.5 ML Deal Alonso 0.6 ML Deal Lehr 0.4 DL Fill-ins Various 1 Total 77.15
1. Willy Taveras, Mike Lincoln and Danny Dorn to the White Sox for Scott Linebrink. The Sox have stated that they want a speedy type who they can try to have lead-off and play CF and a LH bat that can help at DH and the OF. They also want to get out from under the bad deal that they gave to Scott Linebrink. Taveras is not a guy I would choose, but the Sox went with Dewayne Wise and Scott Podsednik in 2009 and this is one team who may have interest in him if they can dump a worse contract in return. The Reds save about $1.5 Million in 2010 while taking on Linebrink's $5.5 Million obligation for 2011. The Sox save about $4 Million overall.
2. With Linebrink in the Pen, Jared Burton to Tampa Bay for Reid Brignac. The Rays have no spot for Brignac with Bartlett now and Beckham on the way and have stated a goal of addressing the bullpen with cheaper options than the run of the mill $3 to $4 Million guys that they could get in Free Agency. Burton would be a similar type for $500K.
3. Bronson Arroyo to the New York Mets for Josh Thole. The Mets get their veteran innings eater and the Reds move a bunch of cash while adding a catcher for the future.
4. Jonny Gomes to the Braves for Kenshin Kawakami. The Reds replace Arroyo in the middle of the Rotation with a cheaper but still pricey alternative who Atlanta has been rumored to want to move. The Reds may be able to use Kawakami as a springboard toward aquiring other Japanese talent. The Braves get their RH power bat for LF without having to take on any money for a guy like Xavier Nady who could cost $5 or $6 Million and require multiple years. Atlanta has lots of young OF who will be ready soon, so a short term fix while moving a contract would probably appeal to them.
So after those moves the 2010 roster:
The Reds cut the payroll down while adding a SS alternative and a highly regarded catching prospect. They effectively replace Arroyo and Burton with guys aquired and open some time in the OF for the Heisey/Francisco/Wlad group. They move some dead money but take on money in 2011 with Linebrink and Kawakami.Code:Num Pos Name Sal 1 S1 Cueto 0.5 2 S2 Harang 12.5 3 S3 Kenshin 6.5 4 S4 Bailey 0.4 5 S5 Maloney 0.4 6 SW Owings 0.5 7 LHRP Bray 0.5 8 LHRP Hererra 0.4 9 RHRP Masset 0.5 10 RHRP Linebr'k 5 11 SU Rhodes 2 12 CL Cordero 12 13 C1 Ramon 3 14 C2 Hanigan 0.4 15 1B Votto 0.5 16 2B Phillips6.75 17 3B Rolen 11 18 SS Brignac 0.4 19 UI Janish 0.4 20 LF Heisey 0.4 21 CF Stubbs 0.4 22 RF Bruce 0.4 23 4OF CDick 0.4 24 5OF Wlad 0.4 25 Super Sutton 0.4 DL Volquez 0.5 ML Deal Alonso 0.6 ML Deal Lehr 0.4 DL Fill-ins Various 1 Total 68.55
Of course I know these moves won't happen, but I think they reds could do something to use what they have available to stay competitive, address some needs and still cut costs. They will probably have to take on some money for 2011 to cut costs in 2010 though, but 2011 looks like a year with a lot more room as Rolen will come off the books and either come back at a reduced rate or hopefully be replaced by Frazier who I hope gets his year of playing 3B under his belt this year. Harang will be off the books too and with Volquez coming back the Reds shouldn't have to spend any money to replace him.