What moves do you predict we make? Here's some ideas i have.. We have some money to be spent, my predictions are based on us actually spending it so well see.
Trades: I'd personally like to see us trade Chris Perez for Peter Bourjous CF of the Angels or Brandon Belt 1B of the Giants. This would allow us to let Pestano take over as our closer. I think Bourjos can become a very good leadoff hitter, and belt can become a good 1B.. let's say we get Bourjos.
FA: Mike Napoli 1B/C, Dan Haren SP, OF Melky Cabrera.. our low risk high reward moves are SP Shawn Marcum and SP Brandon McCarthy and relief pitcher.. Bobby Jenks. he could be had for the minimum with the way he pitched in boston, but we know how effective he can be from the white sox. I also personally believe we bring back sizemore as well for the vet min as a 4th OF and DH possibility.
My reasoning is because Napoli and Haren haven't produced as well this year, lowering their cost this offseason and melky cabrera... well the steroid thing really messed him up, but boy was he having a heck of a year. marcum is cheap because of injury history and mccarthy threw very well this year, but that shot he took in the head is going to hurt him this season. truthfully we have the money to make this happen. Hafner's 13mil off the books, Sizemore's 5mil, Kotchman's 3mil, Carmona's 6mil. also loosing the likes of shelley duncan and lowe(5mill).. that is roughly 33mil.. I precict Napoli 4yrs/40mil, Haren 4yrs/38, Cabrera 2/10.. and then other guys 1yr deals, except id go 3 on mccarthy personally.
If this were to happen, and hypothetically it can, we'd look like this:
RF-Shin Soo Choo
C- Carlos Santana
DH-Grady Sizemore(this could be napoli,santana,any of our OF'ers on any given day)
1. Dan Haren
2. Justin Masterson
3. Shaun Marcum
4. Brandon McCarthy
5. Ubaldo Jimenez(could save 6mil by cutting him, but i dont see it happening)
on the bench we have: CF Peter Bourjos(speed), INF Jason Donald, C Lou Marson, 1B/OF Russ Canzler or Matt Laporta
i know ima get a lot of pessimistic crap from ya'll but be open minded, hiring Francona could be a beginning to something. We could spend, we have the money right now so well see.. but who do yall want if we do have 33mil to spend? and what do you think of mine?