Thats my team. I assume you want a write up correct?Code:Name Salary Position Wellington Castillo $400,000 SC Anthony Rizzo $400,000 S1B Darwin Barney $500,000 S2B Starlin Castro $5,800,000 SSS Kevin Youkilis $9,000,000 S3B Alfonso Soriano $19,000,000 SLF BJ Upton $14,000,000 SCF David DeJesus $4,250,000 SRF Steve Clevenger $400,000 BUC Brett Jackson $400,000 BUOF Ian Stewart $2,300,000 BUINF Luis Valbuena* $900,000 BUINF Brian LaHair $400,000 BULHB Matt Garza $10,000,000 SP1 Brandon McCarthy $10,000,000 SP2 Jeff Samardzija $2,900,000 SP3 Shaun Marcum $7,000,000 SP4 Travis Wood $400,000 SP5 Rafael Soriano $13,500,000 CL James Russell* $900,000 SUL Carlos Marmol $9,800,000 SUR Rafael Dolis $400,000 MR1 Michael Bowden $400,000 MR2 Lendy Castillo $400,000 MR3 Alberto Cabrera $400,000 MR4 Brooks Raley $400,000 MU Tony Campana $400,000 ML Jorge Soler $1,660,000 ML Gerardo Concepcion $1,200,000 ML Arodys Vizcaino $400,000 ML Jeff Beliveau $400,000 ML Josh Vitters $400,000 ML Chris Rusin $400,000 ML Total Salary $118,710,000 Flexibility $1,290,000
Lets go over the 5 FA signings that I made.
I used Jim Bowdens ESPN average for each player. I can list them out but just literally used his AAY. http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story...op-free-agents
Unfortunately its an insider article, but I used that. I can post years if someone would like but for purposes of this mock its useless.
Anyhow I started at 3B which for our starters was the lowest sOPS+ on the entire team and is pretty obviously our biggest need. I don't have much faith in Vitters at this point in time. IN a few years maybe he could take over but for right now I want a solid 3B. He's 33, but I think he can bounce back a little bit from last year but even if he doesn't his .745 OPS is still 134 points better than what we had last year.
Our next lowest spot was CF which was a 72 sOPS+ and I went out and signed BJ Upton. Upton has been about a 750 OPS guy for the last few years playing in one of the worst hitters parks in baseball. That should increase a bit playing 81 games at Wrigley. This pretty much makes Brett Jackson expendable, but I am not looking to make trades at this juncture.
The rest of the offense I left alone. The only real concern here is catcher, but I am willing to give Castillo a shot.
For pitching I signed two starting pitchers. The first being Brandon McCarthy who I absolutely love. Unfortunately its probably only a 1 year deal due to his injuries, but if you get him here you could possibly extend him after the season.
Marcum I think would be a great number 4 to go with the rest of the pitchers. He posted a 3.70 ERA last year, but of course like McCarthy this is an injury risk, but in order for the Cubs to realistically have a chance in 2013, a lot of stars have to align.
A rotation of Garza, McCarthy, Samardjiza, Marcum and Travis Wood I think would be very competitive.
I also wanted to move Marmol out of the closers spot and put him in the spot he thrived in back in the day. I also wanted an experienced closer and decided to sign the best out there. Soriano will shut things down in the back end and we shouldn't have as many 9th inning losses.
So that's the team. Like I said I made no trades, because well people always complain about them. I only made FA signing and just used Bowdens numbers to try to curb away all the unrealistic votes.
Anyhow there it is.