I dunno about spending serious jack on BJ ryan just to help out the pen. Reliable bullpen guys can be had for almost nothing you just have to find the guys which stoneman(one of his few redeaming qualities) has managed to do well over the year. Given our depth at pitching in the minors it makes more sense to bring up a young guy and stick him in the pen than signing a guy who'll demand $8+ mill in BJ or even Todd Jones for $4 mill who might regress because of his age.
I dont know if Figgins and Lackey will cost them $16 million to avoid arbitration, guys usually don't get massive pay raises like that. More than likely both will get something like $4 mill each. That would give up $81 million under your calculations, about $20 mill to work with.
Here's what I'd love to happen
Erstad needs to go, he's basically travis lee with a glove and he's way too expensive. Trade him for whatever, it doesn't even matter really.
We shouldn't resign Molina since he's going to get 3 years more than likely and he hasn't been healthy in years. He's clutch sure and great defensively but its not worth a longer contract for a guy who'll probably end up breaking down.
We definately should not resign washburn. His ERA is very deceptive. No way a guy with a 90/50 k/bb ratio has a 3.3 era, it just doesn't happen unless the guy got very very lucky. Let someone else sign him for $7 mill for a few years so he can return to the 4.50 era range and fade from that.
I'm down with Salmon just to see what he can do.
I'd put chone in center permanently.
We have $20 to work with the problem is there is nobody to spend it on except maybe manny
. But realistically the only guys worth the money out there will cause lineup problems. We don't need Konerko to block kotchman and we can't bring in giles because we have G.A and rivera.
We should resign byrd
Besides those two guys there is nobody out there worth the price tag.
1. Chone CF
2. Kotchman 1b- we need OBP/power up front to score runs
3. Vlad RF
4. GA DH
5. Rivera LF
6. D-Mac 3d
7. OC SS
8. Mathis C
9. Kennedy 2b
The problem is this. We really can't move G.A. or OC. Moving G.A. would allow us to sign giles, trade for manny or trade for adam Dunn. Moving OC would just make out offense better.
I'm worried about this offseason because we planned for it pretty poorly. We have lots of money to spend but there is nobody to spend it on. A solution could be to sign konerko to DH and move Rivera which is more realistic than moving G.A. who isn't llooking good. We are stuck with O.C. which just sucks and it blocks our strength in the minors which is middle infielders. In general it was a terrible signing.
The best way to improve out lineup would be to start trading for some guys but stoneman isn't very adept at this. And the problem is our trading ability is limited by our poor major leaguers taking up payroll and since our farm system is so loaded people will always ask a lot in return from us, generally too much.
I'm kind of stumped her, i just don't know where to go with what we have and whats out there. But our offense should improve just by having kotchman, dmac, rivera in there seeing 600 abs and by moving OC out of the 2 hole.
As for the pitchers my rotation is the same as yours and it should be solid again.