Berkman's off the table and it seems like Beltre is just waiting patiently for some other team besides the A's to offer him something remotely close to what the A's may or may not have reportedly/allegedly/possibly offered him so that he can go play in a place where there is a great fan base so that he can feel better about leaving millions on the table.
So that's my rant, but here's my plan:
- Break off negotiations with Iwakuma.
- Go all-in and sign Jayson Werth for 75 mil or so.
- Trade Kouz, H-Rod and Ziegler to D-Backs for Mark Reynolds.
- Re-sign Cust
- Sign Kevin Correia or Justin Ducscherer to be 5th starter
CF - Crisp
1B - Barton
RF - Werth
3B - Reynolds
DH - Cust
C - Suzuki
LF - Dejesus
2B - Ellis
SS - Pennington
Werth is expensive, but I'm tired of missing out on good bats and he's a well-rounded player that has been pretty healthy the last few years. Reynolds strikes out a ton and isn't the greatest defender, but he's still relatively young, showed decent defensive stats last year and is fairly athletic and will hit homers - maybe a significant amount less than he has in AZ, but probably good for around 25 and a 440+ SLG.
Between Werth, Reynolds and Cust, this team should get at least 60 homers in the middle of the order, plus OBP. Werth and Reynolds can run a bit, so they aren't totally one dimensional.
Of course, the pitching could suffer a bit with REynolds at 3rd, but like I said, his stats from last year were decent and he seems to be getting modestly better with the glove very year. Besides Reynolds, the defense stays great all around.
The pitching might take a hit without H-Rod, Iwamuka or Ziegler, but I think Beane can go out and pick up a few scrap heap guys to fill in capably.