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W H Taft's Offseason 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):
- Tyler Flowers, $3.5M Tender
- Avisail Garcia, $2.3M Tender
- Nate Jones, $900K Tender
- Zach Putnam, $800K Tender
- Dan Jennings, $800K Tender
Explain the toughest calls if necessary:
Contract options (pick up or buy out)
- Alexei Ramirez: $10M for 2016 or a $1 million buyout
Sadly, I have to say buyout. Alexei has had a production drop, and I need the money elsewhere.
Explain in a sentence or two, as it could be divisive:
Impending free agents (re-sign, let go, or qualifying offer?):
- Jeff Samardzija: $15.8M qualifying offer. QO, really hope he doesn't accept it.
- Matt Albers: Made $1.5M in 2015. Resign 2 years/ 3 per year
- Gordon Beckham: Made $2M in 2015. Let go.
- Geovany Soto: Made $1.5M in 2015. He preformed admirably in his role, but I look to a cheaper solution.
Elaborate if needed:
Yoenis Cespedes 6 years 126 million.
Really the only guy I am looking at here. He is going to be expensive, but I would go seriously after him. By far the largest contract the Sox would have ever signed. But I think this guy makes a difference in the lineup.
Great hitter, good runner, good defender, no draft pick compensation. Great fit.
Cliff Pennington 1 year / 1.5 million
This is where I do most of my off season work. The team I look to is in Cincinnati, but I'm not leading with the guy you think. The Reds are desperate to unload some money. I saw the Sox should help them out. My primary objective would be Joey Votto. I think he is exactly what this team needs. A very, very patient hitter, good power, LH, a great fit. I would also try to get Frazier in this deal.
Joey Votto, Todd Frazier and 40 Million (bringing Votto to 19/year) for Avisail Garcia, (or Thompson if they prefer), Adam LaRoche (salary balance) Frankie Montas, Spencer Adams, Jordan Guerrero and Adam Engel (again, or Hawkins if they prefer)
The Reds get the Salary relief they are looking for, they get the expiring deal of LaRoche (in NBA terms) and a couple toolsy outfielders, and 3 big arms. I feel that this is a pretty good return for the Reds, but what do I know.
The other trade I would look to would be something much proposed, I would look North to Trevor Plouffe. But only if the Reds asking price for Frazier was too steep.
The Brewers are said to be listening on Lucroy, but I think the asking price would be preventative, especially with the prospects the Sox are losing in the previous deal.
The pitching and pen were solid this year. That is why I pretty much leave it as is. The problem was th3 e lineup. Which is why I spent a lot of currency (money and prospects) making the lineup better and deeper.
C -- Flowers (3 million)
1B -- Abreu (12 mil, rounding up)
2B -- Sanchez ( 600k)
SS --Saladino (500K)
3B -- Frazier (8 mil)
LF -- Melky (14 mil)
CF -- Eaton (2.75)
RF -- Cespedes (21 mil )
DH -- Votto (19 mil )
IF-- Pennington (1.5)
IF Johnson (500K)
C- Avila (1.5 mil)
OF -- Thompson (500 K)
Sale (9 mil)
Quintana (5.5 Mil)
Danks (16 mil)
Robertson (11 million)
Albers (1.5 Million)
Duke (5 million)
Ok, so I'm spending some of the Chairman's money here, with a total payroll of 138 mil. But the lineup goes pretty deep. Eaton/ Abreu/ Votto/ Cespedes/ Frazier/ Melky/ Sanchez/ Flowers/ Saladino. I think the top 6 can support the bottom 3. And if Mr. Reinsdorf is feeling spendy, you could always keep Alexei. I bought him out strictly for salary reasons.
I think with this lineup, you are stronger offensively and defensively. With the pitching staying the same, I think this is a team that can compete.