Our beloved ROX have officially sunk to all too familiar low levels (otherwise known as the Little League level) and our now distant April/May playoff hopes have been once again squashed by a gigantic sledge hammer.
So it’s call to action time for all RWOers. I want to know what you propose to do to get this franchise headed in the right direction. There are some great thinkers that contribute to this site on a regular basis. Take your time. Think out of the box. I don’t want to apply too many rules, but here are two general ones:
- Do not allow the Monfort factor to limit your thought process. This is about what YOU want to do. If you want a new Owner, then put that on your list.
- However, let’s continue to assume a responsible, mid-level major league payroll. So for the purpose of this exercise, let’s assume roughly 100M/year. Let’s also be “realistic” in trade scenarios.
My personal plan moving forward (disclaimer – I’m not much on tracking contracts – so please forgive me if my $$$ amounts are off. That being said, I think I’m generally in the proverbial ballpark):
- Sell team to someone with deep pockets like the Kroenke family or even Mark Cuban.
- O’Dowd and Geivett given a one way ticket out-of-town.
- New General Manager is hired (Thad Levine (Texas Rangers) or David Forst (Oakland A’s) would be my first two choices).
- Cargo is traded to Texas Rangers for Jurickson Profar (next year’s Rox 2nd baseman). Saves approximately 15M/year.
- Michael Cuddyer and Josh Rutledge are traded to the surprising Mariners for Lord Danny Farquhar (next year’s Rockies Closer). Saves approximately 12M/year, although we’ll have to help with Cuddyer’s contract for the remaining portion of this year.
- LaTroy Hawkins is traded to Anaheim Angels for mid-level minor league prospect(s). Saves approximately 2M/year.
- JDLR is dealt to a contender for mid-level minor league prospects. Saves 12M/year.
- I’m leaning towards keeping Tulo – primarily because of the SS vacuum in the high minor leagues at the moment. There are two guys that stand out to me. Francisco Lindor of the Indians (a team that doesn’t want Tulo’s contract) and Addison Russell of the A’s (another team that doesn’t want Tulo’s contract). So…….I keep Tulo.
- These moves have save approximately 40M to be applied to the 2K15 payroll.
Here’s what the roster looks like opening day 2K15:
1B – Justin Morneau
2B – Jurickson Profar
SS – Tulo
3B – NoDO
RF – Kyle Parker
CF – Jonathan Blackmon
LF – Corey Dickerson
C – Wilin Rosario
OF #4 – I’m signing Nate Schierholtz as a FA. It will take 5M.
OF #5 – Drew Stubbs or Brandon Barnes
Reserve Infielder #1 – DJ Lemahieu (I like him as a super defensive sub)
Reserve Infielder #2 – I’m signing a veteran corner player (a Corey Hart or Alberto Callaspo type). It will take 5M.
Catcher #2 – I’m signing either Kurt Suzuki or AJ Pierzynski as a FA. It will take 4M.
SP – Jordan Lyles
SP – Brett Anderson (I’m picking up his option)
SP – two of Eddie Butler/Jonathan Grey/Jhoulys Chacin/Tyler Chatwood
SP – this is my bold (or stupid) move. I’m overpaying for James Shields. It will take at least 25M.
Closer – Danny Farquhar from trade with Mariners
RP – Rex Brothers
RP – Adam Ottavino
RP – Chris Martin
RP – Tommy Kahnle
RP – Boone Logan
RP – Jonathan Grey if he doesn’t make the rotation.
I’ve now added approximately 40M back to the payroll.
Other moves I’m making:
- Moving our AAA affiliate out of Colorado Springs.
- Paying for the best available sabermetric geek AND the best oldtime scout available. These two guys will be in every front office meeting, sitting right next to each other.
- I’m going all in on sabermetrics for platooning players and defensive positioning.
- I’m going all in on minor league player development.
- My amateur draft philosophy will be draft the best player available, regardless of position or need.
Alright guys – this is my plan – what’s yours?