I want to preface this by saying I'm not giving up on this year's team. This is more just about a hope to get people talking.
What do you think the team looks like next year? And what types of moves would you make?
Looking at the current roster makeup, here are a few of the choices we have.
Yo has a team option for #13million, which is about a $2 million bump from this year.
ARam has a mutual option for $14 million, which is about a $2 million dollar decrease from this year. He will also be in his age 37 season.
Reynolds, Overbay and Zach Duke are free agents with pretty small salary numbers. Weeks has a team option that would have automatically vested based on plate appearances from this year and last year, but he's going to come no where near that, so he's $11 million off the books. KRod's $3.25 million comes off the books. Gorz's almost $3million is off the books.
As far as increases go, Lohse and Garza's salary stay the same. Braun bumps by $2 million (although the year after he gets a $7 million dollar raise.) Gomez has two years left, each bumping up his salary by $1 million. Lucroy is due a $1 million raise. Basically everyone else is in arbitration or pre arb, with Marco Estrada being the only one I can think of that will probably account for more than $1 million in a raise.
Basically, what I'm getting from this is that, even if Yo and Rammy are picked up, we'll probably have somewhere around $10-15 million to spend to keep the payroll roughly where it is, with the major needs being 1B and RP, with the future at 3B also being kept in mind. If Rammy isn't back, whether that be our choice or his, we should then have more like $25 million to spend, with 1B, RP and 3B being the major needs.