Before ST sign:
Grant Balfour: 2 years for $9.75M, mutual option 1 yr for $5.75M, buyout $.5k. One of the best set-up guys in the game.
Jeff Niemann - $3M ‘14 + $4.25M for ’15 if he appears in more than 20 games in ’14 (Majors & Minors combined). Oft injured, but experience in AL East. A fairly young vet at age 30, Young could be key 6th SP.
Rajai Davis - $2.75M 1 year (he wants to be full time, but with a LHH rookie in front of him he figures to get all LHS, PH for JBJ, Pinch base running, and some action vs RHP).
Eric Chavez: $4.25M for ’14. Just need him for about 55-70 starts (unless WMB hurt or dealt), maybe some PH. Have to overpay a bit, since he likes the Diamonbacks.
Ceasar Izturis: $875k for ‘14. Back-up/late inning guy for the kid, banjo bat.
Napoli - $29M for 2 years, mutual option in ‘16 for $15M or $1M buyout
Trade Lackey, Peavy, Webster, RDLR, Nava, Brentz, Betts in 4 way (Lackey, Peavey, Nava to contenders – 2 high specs back to Marlins (1 ML top 15-50 types), Webster, RDLR, Brentz, Betts to Marlins for Stanton.
As part of deal Stanton signs 7/$122.5M deal ($17.5M per). It sounds low because we’re buying Stanton’s arb years (3 of them) for more than the arb years will ever get him, and a good salary for the 4 following years when he’d be a FA.
After opening day:
Lester signs 5 year/$117.5M extension ($23.5M per). ’18 + ’19 combined over 250 innings, 6th year vested at $27.5M. AAV $23.5M starts in ’15.
Other: Still a good chance that we could deal Dempster at the deadline, along with a pen arm or two – not clear now. This budget allows more money to be added if needed for ’14.
Summary: Besides dealing for Stanton, pretty much just patching holes.
vs LHS --- vs RHS
XB Ross (note I don’t believe in platooning catchers, but it looks good)
This line-up is straight death vs LHP. Lower 1/3 vs RHP a bit weak.
My Red Sox budget for 2014: $177,050.00. Can’t push it to allow for other moves, and Lesters AAV goes from $9.37M this year to $23.5M in 2015 and beyond.
I list my projected 40 man roster, and all AAV numbers, plus extras:
Annual payment to Dodgers $3,900,000.00 for Gonzalez deal
SP: 7: $34.95M
Jeff Niemann - $3M
Doubront - .58M
RP: 11 $21.025M
Miller: (Arb: $1.9M)
Morales: (Arb: $1.8M)
Badenhop: (Arb: $1.95M)
Tazawa: (Arb: $1.1M)
Britton – .5M
Villarreal – 502k
Wilson - .5M
Wright - .5M
OF/DH: (9) $58.05M
Rajai Davis $2.75M
Carp – Arb: $1.3M
Castellanos - .5M +
Hassan .5M +
C/INF: 13 $48.325M
Eric Chavez $4.25M
Bogaerts - .5M
Lavarnway - .5M
Vazquez - .5M
Butler - .5M +
Holt - .5M
Cecchini - .5M
Key: + = liable not to be on 40 man by end of the year