Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Brett's 2006 Improbable Offseason Plan

First off let me metion that I don't think that this will happen, though it would be rather excellent. Also, some names can be changed. For instance, I put Jim Edmonds on my proposed team because I don't believe Manny Ramirez will be dealt, as much as that would help the team. I'm probably a bit more giving with the farm system than most would be, and I'm also selling a few other GMs short. Also, I assume the M's have between $23-$28 Million to spend before these moves are made. That said, let's move on to the roster.

LINEUP:

CF Ichiro Suzuki
RF Chris Snelling
3B Miguel Cabrera
LF Jim Edmonds
1B Raul Ibanez
C Kenji Johjima
DH Elijah Dukes
2B Jose Lopez
SS Yuniesky Betancourt


BENCH:

C Guillermo Quiroz
IF Greg Dobbs
OF T.J. Bohn
1B Roberto Petagine (hey, he's still in T-Town)
SS/2B Oswaldo Navarro

ROTATION:

Daisuke Matsuzaka
Jeremy Bonderman
Felix Hernandez
Gustavo Chacin
Jarrod Washburn


BULLPEN:

Kerry Wood
James Shields
George Sherrill
Jon Huber
Mark Lowe
J.J. Putz

Now you're probably asking...how do we get from where we are now to that unstoppable juggernaut of a team? On to the trades!


Trade CF Adam Jones, UTIL Mike Morse, and C Rob Johnson to the Florida Marlins in exchange for 3B/LF Miguel Cabrera

This deal works because Miguel Cabrera is soon going to become too expensive for Loria and the cheapskate Marlins. Jones is a big selling point as another future superstar, Mike Morse is someone who can play for them now, and Johnson is a good B-, "maybe" prospect for them. I'm reluctant to give up Jones, but Miguel Cabrera is only a couple years older, and you know you'll get a .340/.430/.570 Line from him. I think, as much as I like Jones, he's expendable if it means getting Miguel Cabrera.


Trade 1B Richie Sexson, SP Cha Seung Baek, P Jake Woods, and $6 Million to Detroit in Exchange for SP Jeremy Bonderman.

This trade helps both teams greatly. Detroit basically gets Sexson and spare parts at half price. Detroit's strength is pitching with Verlander, Robertson, and Miner still in their rotation, along with Rodney and Zumaya in their pen. Detroit desperately needs a slugger with some patience. Sexson is an uprgade over Shelton or Casey or the ghost of Magglio Ordonez. He fulfills a definite need. Bonderman is my target of Detroit pitchers, but anyone in that rotation except for Rogers is acceptable to put in the trade.


Trade 3B Adrian Beltre, 1B Ben Broussard, 1B Eduardo Perez, and $6 million to Tampa Bay in exchange for OF Elijah Dukes and P James Shields.

This one is more of a longshot with Upton covering 3B for the D-Rays. Broussard and Perez, however, give the D-Rays a solid improvement over Norton at 1B. Beltre is better than upton Defensively at 3B, and if Cantu or Baldelli get dealt this offseason (Baldelli seems more likely) then Upton can make the transition to OF. I really like Adrian Beltre, but with Miguel Cabrera 3B is covered, and keeping him to DH or let Cabrera DH is too expensive with some other moves I'd like to make. Adrian's a great player. Don't get me wrong. I'm not on the Adrian hatin' bandwagon. Cabrera is just a clear improvement that makes him expendable.


Trade OF Wladimir Balentien, C Rene Rivera, OF Jeremy Reed, and SP Bobby Livingston to Toronto in exchange for SP Gustavo Chacin and C Curtis Thigpen.

Balentien is a B+ Prospect, Thigpen is a B level prospect. Thigpen doesn't have Balentien's power, obviously, but he has discipline and defense. Reed and Doc Livingston are expendable to this oranization. Rivera just needs a new home, and with Zaun leaving, they may need a backup catcher. (I use that term loosely in describing Rivera) Reed is a good Cattalanotto replacement for Toronto, and Livingston may become something good for Toronto, who knows. Gustavo Chacin is the prize here, he of the 4.24 FIP in 2005. Chacin is still only 26, and doesn't walk many. He was hurt this year, so he may come cheap, even and could end up being a good #2 or #3 starter down the road.


Sign Jim Edmonds to a two-year, $15 million dollar deal with incentives.

A left-handed power hitter with patience in Safeco? I'll take two, please. Unfortunately, only one is on the market. I know Edmonds said he'd retire before he came to Seattle, but he's older now and more mature than that. Also, he has a great working relationship with Bill Bavasi. There's really not much downside to this deal.


Pay $30 million for the posting fee and Negoitiating rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Mr. Yamauchi handles the fee. Not on the M's payroll.


Sign SP Daisuke Matsuzaka to a 5 year, $75 million dollar contract.

Locking up Dice-K to as long a contract as possible is a necessity. Because no doubt, Boras will build a free-agency clause into his contract. Dice-K becomes the immediate ace.


Sign P Kerry Wood to a 2 year, $10 million contract with incentives.

Kerry Wood becomes a long man out of the pen, and a spot starter. It's a low risk, and if he can work his way into the rotation, it can be an absolute steal. It could tank too. It's medium risk, high reward.


Anyway, that's my plan for the 2006 offseason. Of course, if GMs behaved like I wanted them to, and we had this team, we'd have the 2007 Pennant locked up. So yeah, it may be a pipe dream...but man, it sure would be beautiful...

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The Mariners will never win with Hargrove at the helm.He never gave Petagine a chance basically because he was afraid of Carl Everett.How a guy who ripped apart spring training never got a chance to get 250/300 at bats is insane.Petagine also was released in a very un classy, bush league style that sadly shows the Mariners to be a second rate organization that will never win.The mariners have a loyal fan base who are stuck with a team going no where.

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