Ok as a Braves fan there is quite a few moves I would have made.
Braves had apex $40mil in money to spend
1st. Resign Smoltz, paid him the 5mil with 4-5 more in incentives. He will provide veteran leadership, and bring people to the stadium
Down to 35 Mil
2nd Traded for Peavy, move Escobar, Flowers, and Medlen
Down to 27 Mil
3rd signed Furcal, 3 years 30mil
Down to 17 mil
4th Signed Kawakami
Down to 10 mil
5th Sign Abreu to 6 mil 1 year deal
Down to 4 mil
We still have 4Mil left to play with maybe sign a Glavine, or add another arm for the bullpen. But these moves would have made the Braves serious contenders. Also set us up for 2010 with a rotation of Jurrjens,Hanson,Hudson,Peavy, Kawakami. But oh well one can only dream?
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