- Trade Buchholz, Webster, Britton, Middlebrooks, and Nava/Brentz for Giancarlo Stanton
- Trade Jake Peavy and Keith Couch to NY Mets for Ike Davis
- Trade Mike Carp to PIT for PTBNL
- Sign John Lester to a $120M/5yr extension ($22M/yr for 5yrs plus $10M signing bonus paid in 2014)
- Sign Stephen Drew, $33M/3yrs
- Sign Carlos Ruiz, $20M/2yr
- Sign Grant Balfour, $9.5M/2yrs + games finished escalators to $6M/yr + 2015 option
- Sign Rajai Davis, $10M/2yrs
- Sign Michael Young, $4M/1yr
- Stanton, $5.0M
- I. Davis, 4.5
- Tazawa, 2.0
- Miller, 1.75
- Morales, 1.75
De La Rosa
1B: I. Davis
CF: Bradley/R. Davis
R. Davis, 5
I. Davis, 4.5
Payments to LAD, $3.9M
Net payroll: $178M
The Stanton deal is a little shorter (5 players vs 6 or more) than others but I believe delivers better value to the Marlins. Despite detractors, Buchholz remains a pitcher with elite stuff and fits within the Marlins past budgets for four more years. He has better present value at the head of a trade than other prospects they've accepted had in potential value. I still believe that Webster is a solid pitching prospect, albeit with some tarnish from 2013. This is his make or break year. The Marlins have already expressed a desire for WMB and between him, Britton (RP), and Nava/Brentz, they receive four pieces that could be in their opening day lineup for 2014.
The Peavy deal is primarily about shedding contract to free space for a Lester deal. Taking back the duplicative Ike Davis works in a similar way; he's far less expensive than Napoli whom I considered a 50-50 shot at walking for more money in SEA or TEX.
We do the Lester contract now to strike while the hometown feel is hot. The bonus gets lumped into 2014 to bring his AAV up this year.
Part of the goal here is to put the Sox into a competitive position while also freeing 2015 payroll for a big extension with Stanton. It'd be nice to sign him to that deal now but it's not practical given the CBT constraints.
They end up with $11M for in-season trades which probably include a big-name starter closer to the second half.
Also anticipate the first appearances of Cecchini, Ranaudo, and Barnes during the second half of the year (or in spot starts). The ultimate goal is to remain somewhat competitive as the next wave of pitching/prospects emerges in 2015 and beyond.