Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
posted at 10/1/2011 4:22 AM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic look at 2012: Part I
[QUOTE]Sorry moon, I would bring back Papi and let Paps test the FA waters. Wheeler's option is cheap, and he had some moments where he looked good this year. I'd listen to offers for Youk. Jenks is here for another year, like it or not. Ells will probably not sign long term this year so his arby raise goes on the books. If I were GM I'd pick up Scutaro's option too. There aren't any free agent pitchers out there I can really get excited about. Maybe Chris Carpenter if he's healthy. I think one of Kalish, Reddick or Linares will be the starting right fielder, hopefully Linares as he bats right. Hopefully the new manager (whoever he is) can work with Crawford and Lackey to get them back to being some semblance of their former selves.
Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]
No need to be sorry. I have long said no closer but Mo is worth over $13M/yr let alone for 4+ years.
I want Papi back too, but with Youk's health in question and lavarnway beating down the door, the writing may be on the wall.
I'm not saying I am for this move, but assume we cut ties with Paps and trade Youk $12M to Cincy for closer Cordero $12M and prospects. We fill one slot without raising payroll. Youk's slot is filled by:
Middlebrooks: May not be ready for 2011.
Aviles vs career RHPs: .703
Lowrie vs career LHPs: .919
(Youk had about the worst fielding numbers at 3B in MLB in 2011.)
This year Youk had an .833 OPS, but was hurt a lot. Our 3B OPS was .812.
Combined, Aviles, Lowrie and Middlebrooks might come close to .812.
That move frees up money to keep Papi, Scutaro and upgrade RF and pitching.