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Chitownfan92's Off-Season Plan

Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):

  • Todd Frazier, $13.5M TENDER
  • Brett Lawrie, $5.1M TENDER
  • Avisail Garcia, $3.5M NON-TENDER
  • Miguel Gonzalez, $2.6M TENDER
  • Dan Jennings, $1.2M TENDER
  • J.B. Shuck, $1M NON-TENDER
  • Jake Petricka, $900K TENDER
  • Zach Putnam, $900K TENDER
  • Daniel Webb, $600K NON-TENDER

Pretty easy with this.

Contract options (pick up or buy out)

  • Matt Albers: $3M for 2017 or a $250,000 buyout BUYOUT
Unless of course, we need a double vs the Mets in extra-innings. Other than that, no thanks. Good riddance Fat Albers.

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

  • Austin Jackson: Made $5 million in 2016. Let Go
  • Alex Avila: Made $2.5 million in 2016. Let Go
  • Justin Morneau: Made $1 million in 2016. Let Go
Jackson was just getting into his own before the injury that ended his season, he's the one that has the most realistic shot of coming back. If he is re-signed, it won't be until the start of Spring Training.


TRADES

Trade David Robertson to San Francisco for SS/2B CJ Hinojosa and RHP Cory Taylor.

Robertson would be a fit for the Giants and I believe its time for Jones to step in as the full-time closer.

FREE AGENTS

Sign Catcher Nick Hundley - 1 yr $4.5 million with a club option for 2018 - Just a stop-gap to split games with Narvaez until Collins is ready. If Collins is ready at the end of this year or by the beginning of 2018, we can let him walk...or flip him trade deadline 2018.

Sign OF Gregor Blanco - 1 yr 3 million - Can provide some speed off the bench and is capable of playing all 3 OF positions, has tons of playoff experience.

Sign SP Felix Doubront- 1 yr 1 million - Coming off an injury, should be cheap...just someone who can compete with Shields for the #5 job to remind him that the job isn't his to own.

Sign SP/RP Josh Collmenter - 2 yr 1.5 million - An innings eater for when Rodon walks 5 in an inning and a third and needs to be replaced. Can also spot start.

Sign RP Boone Logan - 1 yr 7 million with a player option for 2018- Jennings can't and won't be the only lefty in the pen.

The 25 man roster.....

Lineup
1. Tim Anderson-SS
2. Adam Eaton-RF
3. Jose Abreu-1B
4. Melky Cabrera-LF
5. Todd Frazier-3B
6. Matt Davidson-DH
7. Brett Lawrie-2B
8. Nick Hundley/Omar Narvaez-C
9. Charlie Tilson-CF
Bench
Narvaez/Hundley-C
Tyler Saladino-IF
Carlos Sanchez-IF
Gregor Blanco-OF

Rotation
1. Sale
2. Q
3. Gonzo
4. Rodon
5. Shields (Doubront gets DFA'd before regular season)
Bullpen
Closer- Jones
Setup- Logan (L)
Setup- Putnam
Mid-Petricka
Mid- Jennings (L)
Mid- Minaya (Burdi replaces him when ready)
Long- Collmenter


Summary


Not too much tinkering with the lineup/rotation, added some bench help and bullpen arms. Team still underachieves come trade deadline, then you'll see a fire sale. Davidson and Tilson get jobs right out of Spring Training.

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