I'm another guy who isn't used to a salary-based game but the way I see it is that Phillips would absolutely sit on your bench, since Kinsler is the better option at 2B. BJ Upton would be a nice upgrade in your outfield and would help there instantly. $22 doesn't sound cheap to me, though. I would want to see the salaries associated with your current roster, though, as that would better help me judge what type of value Upton and Cueto really are. I will say that Cueto is not really a must have for you but more of a luxury, as with Hamels, Bumgarner, Gio Gonzalez and Sale, you have 4 guys that are either legit #1 or legit #2 starters and you have some decent depth behind them as well. Middlebrooks at $5 appears to be a bargain, especially considering his position. If you take his current numbers (in 142 at bats) and multiply them over a 550 at bat season, then you've got a guy who is hitting .330 with around 35 homers, 130 RBIs and an OPS of .960. Of course, I don't truly expect him to be able to put up those numbers, as his walk-strikeout rate tells me that his numbers are going to come down but there have been players that have posted good numbers with bad walk-k ratios before.
Please do post the salaries of the players on your roster, as that would help educate me a bit on the salary game. Also, please let us know your overall salary cap for your team (this year and next, if they are different).viewtopic.php?f=26&t=449425