Thought i'd take a crack at one of these. Apologies for any spelling errors!
· Khris Davis - $11.1 million-Tender
· Marcus Semien - $3.2 million-Tender
· Kendall Graveman - $2.6 million-Tender
· Blake Treinen - $2.3 million-Tender
· Chris Hatcher - $2.2 million-Non-Tender
· Liam Hendriks - $1.9 million-Tender
· Josh Phegley - $1.1 million- Non-tender
· Jake Smolinski - $700k-Tender
Signing #1: Jose Bautista for 1 Year 8.5 Million (Team option year two 10 million). Bautista signs on as full time DH (I’ll get to that later) with potential to platoon in outfield. Hits in the 2 spot and will draw a significant amount of walks. Sure the strikeouts are there, but the on base percentage and power alone make up for it.
Signing #2: C.C. Sabathia for 2 years 24 million dollars. C.C. is from the bay, veteran presence that can teach Manaea how to be a dominant and consistent lefty. Need a veteran starter to eat the innings left by Sonny, C.C. can help be the stopgap for the next era of starters (Puk)
Signing #3: Alex Avila for 2 years 12 million
Well we need a catcher. I like Garneau, but he cant play 162 games. Phegley is a great guy, but he can’t play a full season without getting hurt. Maxwell is… well… he’s … let’s move on. Avila is almost already agreed upon by all of AN. Let’s seal the deal. Could be last year’s Matt Joyce
As said in a plan earlier, we should sign as many players as possible to minor league deals. In a state like we are in, any freebie would be appreciated. Hopefully someone in the bullpen!!!!
Trade #1: Ryon Healy to the Mariners for Emilio Pagan and Alexander Campos
Wow I got this one right! Just kidding. Healy, a fan favorite, traded for some much-needed bullpen help. I love Healy, but Pagan had a 3.2 era in 50 innings in Seattle last year, also had a serious K/BB ration. 6 years of team control, could be something special. Also, we got a 17-year-old Venezuelan. Which is pretty cool to me.
Trade #2: Jed Lowrie to the Red Sox for Hildemaro Requena (maybe more?)
After taking on Sabathia’s 12 million, and Bautista’s 8.5, we need to shed some payroll. Last year we rid ourselves of Madsen and Doolittle’s contracts (11.8 Million combined), as well as saved 2.2 when we Non-tendered Chris Hatcher’s. Last year Jed Lowrie had his best year as a pro, as well as one of the best by an Oakland second baseman in years. With his contract being 6 million, he is a modest bargain to other teams. And after a shockingly good year, we must cash in. Sending Lowrie back to Boston, where he began his career, is ideal for him and the sox. Lowrie gives them a professional hitter who can come off the bench at all three (4 maybe!!) infield positions. Requena, rated as the Red Sox’s 28th best prospect went 11-3 with a 1.98 era in single A this year. He’ll do!
Trade #3: Santiago Casilla to the giants for free soda.
Send him back. We don’t want him, plus they are so desperate for bullpen help (and for it to be 2014 again) that they might give us something (anything) in return.
Trade #4: Khris Davis to the St. Louis Cardinals for Randy Arozarena, Austin Gomber, and Scott Hurst
Yeah, this sucks, but we gotta understand that we are rebuilding. I know we all want to compete now, but what is competing? Making the playoffs? Winning a divisional series? No, we need to win it all, and to be perfectly honest we don’t have enough to catch the Astros for at least 2 years. While we are on the right path, they still run the division. And don’t forget about that Mike Trout guy. This trade enables us to even further our core for the next decade hopefully. Sure, we all love Khrush Davis, but his 85 home runs in the last two years were about as much as we can ask of the guy. He peaked. He has shown that he can dominate. But as good as he was, having him hitting in our cleanup spot resulted in a ton of Strikeouts and a ton of losses. I love Khris but it’s time for him and his 11-million-dollar salary (2018 arbitration projection) to go
The guys we get in return are huge. We all know that we are still searching for our outfielder, but look no further than Randy Arozarena. The Cuban prospect (#11 in Cardinal’s organization) is just what we need to team up with Lazarito, and he has 5 grade hit, 4o power, 60 speed. I see him starting at some point in 2018
Austin Gomber (#15) is the next great Oakland Ace. The 6’5 lefty led the entire cardinal’s organization in wins in 2015, and last year had a 3.34 era in Double-A with 140 Ks in 143 innings. I’m a fan, could even be in the rotation some point this year
Scott Hurst (#28) went to Cal state Fullerton, and is a good throw in prospect. He can hit and can run (60 grade). I like to see him add to the depth in the outfield which we desperately need.
Trade #5: Mark Canha and Jake Smolinski to the D-Backs for Daulton Varsho
The D-backs will almost certainly lose J.D. Martinez this offseason. With that said, they will need to address their outfield. The A’s and D-backs have a history of trades with the Trevor Cahil, Dan Haren, and Brad Ziegler trades in recent memory. I’m hoping that their new management is just as willing. But with Paul Goldschmidt needing to be resigned in the next few years, Yasmany Tomas’ contract, and Grienke, the D-backs could use some cheap and quality outfielders. While I personally hate Canha, he does show some signs of talent. I’m a big Smolinski guy, but we have moved on and unfortunately his services are no longer needed (See Sam Fuld and Adam Rosales)
Varsho is a great catching prospect that is a few years away just like Murphey. He can immediately upgrade the farm and boy van he hit. After being drafted this year, he hit .311 with 7 HRs and 39 RBIs in 50 games. This will add to the future core, all while taking nothing away from the present.
Trade #6: Andrew Triggs and Raul Alcantara to the Braves for Thomas Burros and Akeel Morris
Triggs and Alcantara will basically join the Braves rotation immediately as they search for more guys to help get them over the hump and prepare for the next wave of prospects. Triggs and Alcantara are good, but Alcantara is out of options, and Triggs had the best month of his life. His time was limited anyways.
Akeel Morris is potentially an immediate player in our bullpen. While I have him originally starting in AAA, he should join the big leage club at some point in 2018. Morris had a 1.23 ERA in 8 games at the MLB level as well as a 3.09 ERA in 46 innings at AAA.
Thomas Burros is the braves #29 prospect as is a lefthanded reliever that could one day lead the bullpen. 66 innings ar single A resulted in 92Ks and a 2.16 ERA. Both these prospects will help ensure that our bullpens don’t look like the Dodgers or Astros when we make our world series run.
Trade #7: Trade for Richie Shaffer. On the indians. Hit 30 home runs this year in AAA with 67 walks. Baller outfielder, and only 26 years old. IDK what they want, but maybe trade either Bassit or Hahn for him. Maybe even Columbe and a low level pitcher. Not too much, but just a guy i like! Reminds me of Richie Sexton, and they have similar names!
Well now that we have blown it up and made everyone feel sick, let’s take a look at what is left
1B. Matt Olson
2B. Chad Pinder
3B. Matt Olson
SS. Marcus Semien
LF. Dustin Fowler
CF. Boog Powell
RF. Matt Joyce
DH. Jose Bautista
Wendle (Great glove)
Garnaeu (Catching depth)
Barrato (The Kid!!!)
Nunez (Gotta play him eventually, out of options soon)
This team would be quite the bargain and would be well below our max budget, leaving more money to prepare for any future extensions and potential superstar signings. Main goal is to stay the course and continue developing. These trades would open up doors for our current core to play almost everyday and develop together. All while adding several key new assets that could one day join the Chapman's and the Olson's of the world in the MLB. As much as we would all like to trade for Ozuna or add a star like Arrieta, we just cant. We must understand where we are and use what resources we have to continue to add (and develop) prospects to our already deep pool to where we have the farm system and core that rivals the astros and cubs.
I’m just a fan, but this could lead us down a great path. 2018 will be fun and I say we let the young guys take a run at it and see what they are made of. Bautista, Avila, and Sabathia can give us quality leadership (maybe?) and can help guide this group into the future. Tell me what you think