Greenrider wrote:Ok, so suppose the Sox can extricate themselves from Manny's contract - what could they realistically do with that money this winter?
Vlad is going to have a high price tag with the Sox entering the fray - would Steinbrenner and Angelos really let the Sox walk away with him without at least bidding up the price a little? When all is said and done, I see Vlad getting at least $14-$16 mill a season - does anyone disagree with those figures? Even supposing the Sox can land him, that doesn't leave all that much left for pitching help - Colon and Millwood are almost certainly out of the question, meaning they would have to settle for an Escobar/Ponson at best, and a Lidle at worst, which leaves the team more or less exactly where it was this year, with only a mild pitching improvement. Furthermore, what happens next year? If they go right back and load up salary with Vlad, that means they will never be able to keep Pedro/Lowe/Tek/Ortiz/Nixon/Nomar, which could mean problems in '05.
Another route would be to spread the money around more - let the Dodgers, Orioles, and Yanks fight over Vlad, Tejada, Sheff, and Colon, and then make a move to get a couple of guys like Cameron, Pettitte, Castillo, and Stewart. Could be a smarter move in terms of salary flexibility, but I still can't see what good will come of it in '05.
OK....here goes.Get rid of Manny at 20 mil.Then purchase yourself 1 real #2 pitcher behind pedro for 10-11 million.You then replace Manny with a 2nd tier free agent or thru trade for 5-6 mill.You then get a closer for the remainder.
In this whole process you upgrade the bull pen.You deal Kim(he still has great potential and some value),sauerbeck to address needs.If you get a closer,then you use timlin,williamson and a closer in the ninth.If not the timlin,williamson combo looked great in postseason.
You then let Bill James identify candidates availablle to make a bullpen impact.Once identified you get the 2 -3 guys that have the NADS to be able to pitch in a tough town!NOSAUERBECKS AND KIMS PLEASE!!!
The trades you make should either get you one of the positions I mentioned above or a 2b or some young stock for the system.
The rotation would look like this
With the same core of offense only missing MAnny and Walker and a stronger rotation and bullpen,they should be real strong again next year.Hopefully thru this whole process you can grab a couple nice minor leaguers. ILOVE THIS STUFF!!!!!