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Albert Belle's Plan

Albert Belle's Off Season Plan

Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):

Write "tender" or "non-tender" after each of the following names (note: you can trade before or after tendering a contract):

Explain the toughest calls if necessary:

Contract options (pick up or buy out)

Explain in a sentence or two, as it could be divisive: I think it would be wise to pick up the option and then see if you could trade him.

Impending free agents (re-sign, let go, or qualifying offer?):

Elaborate if needed:

Free agents

Peruse the list of potential free agents and name two (or more) you would pursue, the max offer you would extend to them, and a brief explainer. A good-bad example:

No. 1: Clay Buchholz (one year, $9M). I plan to trade away pitching on the current roster for bats so I needed to sign a starter. I know how often he gets injured but I really only need Herm to keep his arm on long enough for Carson Fulmer to complete his Sale/Rodon fast track to the rotation program. I only thought one year because he would want to try to test the market again if he could prove he could stay healthy. If we really believe we have an advantage at keeping pitchers healthy I would like to sell him on that as well.

No. 2: Justin Masterson (one year, $4M). Same idea as Clay just a lot lower expectation but if he ever does find it again that sinker could play well at the cell.

No. 3: Byung Ho-Park (six years, $10M post + $50M ). Maybe this is a stretch first I don't even know he will be posted second maybe I have been watching too many youtube videos of the KBO but I don't care he seems to have a lot in common with Jose Abreu and I like that so I gave him a similar contract (yea 3 first baseman AGAIN).

Trades

Propose two (or more) trades that you think sound reasonable for both sides, and the rationale behind them. A good-bad example:

No. 1: Jose Quintana to the Astros | Jed Lowrie and Nolan Arenado to the White Sox | Mark Appel, Michael Feliz, Francis Martes, Frank Montas & Erik Johnson to the Rockies

OK it seems like a bit much but the basic idea is I think the Sox need to trade Q for multiple MLB bats I think the best way to do that is through a three team deal with a team that has a young core of hitters and wants to add a young starter like the Astros and another team looking for prospects I don't think we have enough prospects to do it ourselves with the Rockies so enter the Astros. Honestly it may not be enough of a haul for the Rockies but they do seem to be on a mission from God to acquire all the young arms so here you go.

No. 1: Alexi Ramirez & Carlos Sanchez to the Padres for Austin Hedges and Gedd Gyorko

The pardes need middle infielders this gets them one for right now at a fair price and one for the future. The padres probably want to get as far away from Gyorko as possible I'm not sure they hate him enough to give up on Hedges glove but its worth a shot. The money is ticky here, Alexi is reasonable but I'm not sure the Padres can afford it with their current roster also the sox wouldn't want much exposure to the end of Jedd's deal but I would think the clubs could figure it out.

No. 1: Avisail Garcia to the Reds for Tony Cingrani

I'm not in love with this name it was just someone I found, I'm more in love with the idea of Joe Borchard deal 2.0 getting done this off-season. Live the Coop leverage the Coop.

It may be hard to completely filter out the homer or fantasy baseball player in you, but try your best to keep the suggestions sane.

Summary

CF - Eaton

3B - Arenado

1B/DH - Abreu

DH/ - Park

LF - Melky

SS - Lowrie

RF - Thompson

C - Flowers

2B - Gyroko

Bench

OF - Shuck

Utl - Tyler Saladino

C - Austin Hedges

1B Defensive Sub - Adam Laroche

Starters

1. Sale

2. Rodon

3. Buchholz/Fulmer

4. Danks

5. Masterson

Bullpen

Jones

Putnam

Albers

Petricka

Duke

Robertson

Grand Total : $134.42M

International First Basemen Forever.

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