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Just a fun little thing to do because I'm bored.

 

Background

The newly christened Miami Marlins are heading into a new stadium in 2012 and everyone is buzzing over what splash your team will make. Expectations are high and promises have been made. This is a make or break offseason with some very high profile agents. Do you go after them and secure a future Hall of Famer? Or do you budget more carefully and build an all around team. The choice is yours!

 

Your Task

The payroll has been projected to be around 90MM. Using that projection, say what ideal moves you would want to make and provide an accurate estimation. You may keep, cut, trade, ect. ANY of these players, but try to give a valid reason why.

Please post the player's name, position (in lineup), and salary like so -

EX.

Lineup

1. 3B - Emilio Bonifacio -$2.1MM

In the end, total up your salary and see what happens!

 

Tools to Help

http://www.mlbtrader...n-salaries.html

http://www.mlbtrader...e-agents-1.html

http://mlbcontracts....ts_archive.html

 

Current Salaries

Hanley Ramirez - $15MM

Josh Johnson - $13.75MM

Ricky Nolasco - $9MM

John Buck - $6MM

Omar Infante - $4MM

Randy Choate - $1.5MM

Chris Coghlan - $490,000

Gaby Sanchez - $431,000

Mike Stanton - $416,000

Brett Hayes - $415,000

Scott Cousins - $414,000

Mike Dunn - $414,000

Logan Morrison - $414,000

Jose Ceda - $414,000

Steve Cishek - $414,000

Matt Dominguez - $414,000

Brad Hand - $414,000

Chris Hatcher - $414,000

Bryan Petersen - $414,000

Anyone else like the people above - $414,000

 

Arbitration Projections

Anibal Sanchez - $6MM

Juan Carlos Oviedo - $5.8MM

Chris Volstad - $2.6MM

Emilio Bonifacio -$2.1MM

Clay Hensley - $1.8MM

Edward Mujica - $1.6MM

Burke Badenhop - $1.1MM

John Baker - $800K

Donnie Murphy - $700K

 

Go for it!

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Lineup

1. 3B - Emilio Bonifacio - $2.1MM

2. CF - Yoenis Cespedes - $6MM

3. SS - Hanley Ramirez - $15MM

4. RF - Mike Stanton - $416,000

5. 1B - Gaby Sanchez - $431,000

6. LF - Grady Sizemore - $6MM (+2MM in incentives)

7. C - John Buck - $6MM

8. 2B - Omar Infante - $4MM

 

Bench

1. Bryan Petersen (OF) - $414,000

2. Chris Coghlan (INF/OF) - $490,000

3. Brett Hayes © - $415,000

4. Kevin Mattison (OF) - $414,000

5. Jerry Hairston Jr, - (UTL) - $2.2MM

 

Starters

1. Josh Johnson - $13.75MM

2. Mark Buehrle - $11MM

3. Gio Gonzalez - $4.2MM

4. Anibal Sanchez - $6MM

5. Brad Hand - $414,000

 

 

Bullpen

1. Clay Hensley - $1.8MM

2. Edward Mujica - $1.6MM

3. Randy Choate - $1.5MM

4. Burke Badenhop - $1.1MM

5. Mike Dunn - $414,000

6. Jose Ceda - $414,000

7. Steve Cishek - $414,000

 

Total: Approx. $89MM

 

What I Did

Signed - Cespedes, Sizemore, Hairston, and Buehrle

Traded - A package involving LoMo to the A's for Gio Gonzalez

 

So all in all, I see one of the best lineups in the majors, a meh bench, a stellar 1-4 in the rotation, and a decent bullpen.

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@Floridafly, what about Nolasco

 

@Mike, you da man!

 

 

Haha, I actually just came back to this thread because I forgot to say what happened to him.

Trade Nolasco for prospects. I know that's very general, but oh well. We'd probably get one top 'spec and a mid level. And that's being generous since he is due $9MM.

I'd probably DFA or non-tender Volstad. Either way, I wouldn't want him in that rotation. Brad Hand saves a few MM and I wouldn't really consider him a downgrade at this point.

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Lineup

1. SS Jose Reyes (15m)

2. 2B Omar Infante (4m)

3. 3B Hanley Ramirez (15m)

4. RF Mike Stanton (416k)

5. 1B Gaby Sanchez (431k)

6. LF Chris Coghlan (490k)

7. CF Grady Sizemore (5m)

8. C John Buck (6m)

 

Bench

Doesn’t matter all that much, in reality. I’d just have the best bench I possibly can for league minimum, or close to it, each. (2.5m total)

 

Starters

1. Josh Johnson (13.75m)

2. Anibal Sanchez (6m)

3. *Gio Gonzalez (4.2m)

4. Chris Volstad (2.6m)

5. **MLB-ready SP prospect from big market team that struck out on the worthwhile SP free agents (414k)

 

Bullpen

1. Joe Nathan (2m)

2. Edward Mujica (1.6m)

3. Clay Hensley (1.8m)

4. Mike Dunn (414k)

5. Steve Cishek (414k)

6. Brad Hand (414k)

7. Lefty Specialist (1-2m)

 

*Trade Logan Morrison + pieces for Gio Gonzalez

**Trade Ricky Nolasco to exactly what's written

Non-Tender Leo Nuñez/Juan Carlos Oviedo

 

Total estimated Salary: 83-84m

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Lineup

1.Bonifacio- 3B

2.Lomo

3.Hanley

4.Stanton

5.Fielder

6.Copedis (cuban guy)

7.Infante

8.John Buck

 

Bench

1.Giambi

2.Dominguez

3.Juan Pierre

4.Petersen

5.Pudge

 

Starters

1.Johnson

2.Shields

3.Buehrle

4.Anibal

5.Sanabia/Livan

 

Bullpen

1.Joe Nathan

2.Hensley

3.Mujica

4.Choate

5.Webb

6.Cishek

7.Badenhop

Trade Gaby, Nolasco, possibly petersen for Shields

Sign Fielder

Sign Cuban Guy

Sign Buehrle

Sign Nathan

Non tender juan carlos

 

This is probably a ridiculous payroll. just doing it off of the top of my head

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Lineup

1. 3B - Emilio Bonifacio - $2.1MM

2. CF - Yoenis Cespedes - $6MM

3. SS - Hanley Ramirez - $15MM

4. RF - Mike Stanton - $416,000

5. 1B - Gaby Sanchez - $431,000

6. LF - Grady Sizemore - $6MM (+2MM in incentives)

7. C - John Buck - $6MM

8. 2B - Omar Infante - $4MM

 

 

To be completely honest, I wouldn't be too impressed with this starting lineup.

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As posted in the Reyes thread:

 

 

 

C John Buck - $6,500,000

1B Gaby Sanchez - $420,000

2B Omar Infante - $4,000,000

3B Hanley Ramirez - $15,000,000

SS Jose Reyes - $16,000,000

LF Emilio Bonifacio - $2,000,000

CF Yoennis Cespedes $6,000,000

RF Mike Stanton - $420,000

B Brett Hayes - $420,000

B Bryan Petersen - $420,000

B Chris Coghlan - $400,000

B Jose Lopez - $500,000

B John Baker - $500,000

 

SP Josh Johnson - $13,750,000

SP Gio Gonzalez - $4,200,000

SP Anibal Sanchez - $6,000,000

SP Mark Buerhle - $11,000,000

SP Chris Volstad - $2,000,000

RP Edward Mujica - $1,500,000

RP Randy Choate - $1,500,000

RP Ryan Webb - $430,000

RP Mike Dunn - $420,000

RP Steve Cishek - $420,000

RP Alex Sanabia - $420,000

 

Lineup

1. Reyes

2. Bonifacio

3. Hanley

4. Stanton

5. Gaby

6. Buck

7. Cespedes

8. Infante

 

Trades: Nolasco for whatever you can get. Lomo + parts for Gio.

Signed: Lopez as bench bat, Cespedes as Internation FA, Buerhle as FA, Jose Reyes as FA.

 

That's a playoff contender at $93.25. Lineup is top heavy, but should be good enough, and it would project to be a really cool defensive team, which helps the pitching staff a lot.

 

 

It's not ridiculous, but it's well above the allotted 90 million

 

 

It probably comes out to around $114 million

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Lineup

1. SS Jose Reyes (15m)

2. 2B Omar Infante (4m)

3. 3B Hanley Ramirez (15m)

4. RF Mike Stanton (416k)

5. 1B Gaby Sanchez (431k)

6. LF Chris Coghlan (490k)

7. CF Grady Sizemore (5m)

8. C John Buck (6m)

 

Bench

Doesn’t matter all that much, in reality. I’d just have the best bench I possibly can for league minimum, or close to it, each. (2.5m total)

 

Starters

1. Josh Johnson (13.75m)

2. Anibal Sanchez (6m)

3. *Gio Gonzalez (4.2m)

4. Chris Volstad (2.6m)

5. **MLB-ready SP prospect from big market team that struck out on the worthwhile SP free agents (414k)

 

Bullpen

1. Joe Nathan (2m)

2. Edward Mujica (1.6m)

3. Clay Hensley (1.8m)

4. Mike Dunn (414k)

5. Steve Cishek (414k)

6. Brad Hand (414k)

7. Lefty Specialist (1-2m)

 

*Trade Logan Morrison + pieces for Gio Gonzalez

**Trade Ricky Nolasco to exactly what's written

Non-Tender Leo Nuñez/Juan Carlos Oviedo

 

Total estimated Salary: 83-84m

 

 

Joe Nathan will be worth 3x-4x as much as that.

Not sure what happened to the rest of our bullpen. The lefty specialist is already under contract next year (Choate).

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Lineup

1.Bonifacio- 3B

2.Lomo

3.Hanley

4.Stanton

5.Fielder

6.Copedis (cuban guy)

7.Infante

8.John Buck

 

Bench

1.Giambi

2.Dominguez

3.Juan Pierre

4.Petersen

5.Pudge

 

Starters

1.Johnson

2.Shields

3.Buehrle

4.Anibal

5.Sanabia/Livan

 

Bullpen

1.Joe Nathan

2.Hensley

3.Mujica

4.Choate

5.Webb

6.Cishek

7.Badenhop

Trade Gaby, Nolasco, possibly petersen for Shields

Sign Fielder

Sign Cuban Guy

Sign Buehrle

Sign Nathan

Non tender juan carlos

 

This is probably a ridiculous payroll. just doing it off of the top of my head

 

 

Glad you realized this, lol.

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Lineup

1.Bonifacio- 3B

2.Lomo

3.Hanley

4.Stanton

5.Fielder

6.Copedis (cuban guy)

7.Infante

8.John Buck

 

Bench

1.Giambi

2.Dominguez

3.Juan Pierre

4.Petersen

5.Pudge

 

Starters

1.Johnson

2.Shields

3.Buehrle

4.Anibal

5.Sanabia/Livan

 

Bullpen

1.Joe Nathan

2.Hensley

3.Mujica

4.Choate

5.Webb

6.Cishek

7.Badenhop

Trade Gaby, Nolasco, possibly petersen for Shields

Sign Fielder

Sign Cuban Guy

Sign Buehrle

Sign Nathan

Non tender juan carlos

 

This is probably a ridiculous payroll. just doing it off of the top of my head

 

 

Glad you realized this, lol.

 

anyone know what that would add up to?

 

also, any chance we can dump buck and start over at catcher or are we stuck?

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As posted in the Reyes thread:

 

 

 

C John Buck - $6,500,000

1B Gaby Sanchez - $420,000

2B Omar Infante - $4,000,000

3B Hanley Ramirez - $15,000,000

SS Jose Reyes - $16,000,000

LF Emilio Bonifacio - $2,000,000

CF Yoennis Cespedes $6,000,000

RF Mike Stanton - $420,000

B Brett Hayes - $420,000

B Bryan Petersen - $420,000

B Chris Coghlan - $400,000

B Jose Lopez - $500,000

B John Baker - $500,000

 

SP Josh Johnson - $13,750,000

SP Gio Gonzalez - $4,200,000

SP Anibal Sanchez - $6,000,000

SP Mark Buerhle - $11,000,000

SP Chris Volstad - $2,000,000

RP Edward Mujica - $1,500,000

RP Randy Choate - $1,500,000

RP Ryan Webb - $430,000

RP Mike Dunn - $420,000

RP Steve Cishek - $420,000

RP Alex Sanabia - $420,000

 

Lineup

1. Reyes

2. Bonifacio

3. Hanley

4. Stanton

5. Gaby

6. Buck

7. Cespedes

8. Infante

 

Trades: Nolasco for whatever you can get. Lomo + parts for Gio.

Signed: Lopez as bench bat, Cespedes as Internation FA, Buerhle as FA, Jose Reyes as FA.

 

That's a playoff contender at $93.25. Lineup is top heavy, but should be good enough, and it would project to be a really cool defensive team, which helps the pitching staff a lot.

 

 

 

It's not ridiculous, but it's well above the allotted 90 million

 

It probably comes out to around $114 million

This would be a walk off grand slam of an offseason. Really hope they are flexible enough to go over 90 mil. It's going to be real curious how much Cespedes will get with all this attention. Would be great if he ended up being a middle-of-the-order type guy.

 

One addition I'd make is Zambrano, but I'd keep Volstad around. Color me curious as hell to see if this nutjob could hold it together under Ozzie. If the Marlins had any other manager, I wouldn't be interested at all. Hell.. you could even put him in the bullpen and let Sanabia get starts in AAA, if worse comes to worse.

 

Also.. Lets say they could get Gio but they were staying firm on a payroll of less than 90 mil.. I would still do this roster minus Buehrle. Yea, rotation and lineup may be top heavy, but they are very, very impressive tops. Being at 82 mil, you could still sign a vet to a one year deal (Bedard?), field a solid rotation, and put yourself in great position for next season's FA class.

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Lineup

1. 3B - Emilio Bonifacio - $2.1MM

2. CF - Yoenis Cespedes - $5MM

3. SS - Hanley Ramirez - $15MM

5. 1B - Prince Fielder - $18MM

4. RF - Mike Stanton - $414,000

6. LF - Logan Morrison - $414,000

7. C - John Buck - $6MM

8. 2B - Omar Infante - $4MM

 

Bench

1. Bryan Petersen (OF) - $414,000

2. Chris Coghlan (INF/OF) - $490,000

3. Brett Hayes © - $414,000

4. Greg Dobbs (INF) - $700,000

5. Donnie Murphy (INF) - $500,000

 

Starters

1. Josh Johnson - $13.75MM

2. Mark Buehrle - $11MM

3. Anibal Sanchez - $6MM

4. Wade Davis - $1.5MM

5. Alex Sanabia - $414,000

 

 

Bullpen

1. Clay Hensley - $1.8MM

2. Edward Mujica - $1.6MM

3. Randy Choate - $1.5MM

4. Burke Badenhop - $1.1MM

5. Mike Dunn - $414,000

6. Ryan Webb - $414,000

7. Steve Cishek (CL) - $414,000

 

Total Payroll = $93.35MM

 

Trades

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- Ricky Nolasco for pitching prospects. I have not counted on those prospects being ready for next year.

- Gaby Sanchez for Wade Davis. A logical fit IMO. The Rays are looking to clear a rotation spot for Matt Moore and speculation was rife that it was going to be either Shields or Davis. Now that it looks like Shields is staying, Davis is the favorite to go, and at a reasonable 3 years / $9.1 MM for the next 3 years, he fits our budget. Rays are also looking for a cheap first baseman after Kotchman was only signed for 1 year and after having a good season, will command more on the open market. I think this is win-win for both teams.

 

FA's

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- We sign Cespedes. We finally get the long-term piece in CF with pop, speed and good defense. His position in the line-up can be swapped with LoMo if we find he has more pop, LoMo might be more suited to #2 in the line-up anyway.

- We sign Fielder. IMO, his presence would be more important than Reyes. We don't need more speed at the top of the line-up, we need a big bat to wedge between Hanley and Stanton. I've also gone for Fielder over Pujols due to age.

- We sign Buehlre. The reliable lefty we've been looking for.

 

Other than that I am happy with our bullpen and if we re-sign Dobbs and Murphy I think we have a pretty damn good bench.

 

I'm a few million over on payroll, not by much though, but I think it's worth it to have the additions of Fielder, Cespedes, Buehrle and Davis.

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I'm signing Cespedes, Darvish (providing he gets posted), Reyes, K-Rod, Vazquez (providing he is willing to pitch again). I figure all of these guys together add up to roughly 50 million in payroll additions. I'm also trading/non tendering Hensley, Nunez, Volstad to free up some cash.

 

Gives us the following

 

C - Buck (I'd trade him if there were any takers)

1B - Sanchez

2B - Infante

3B - Hanley

SS - Reyes

LF - LoMo

CF - Cespedes

RF - Stanton

 

SP - Johnson

SP - Darvish

SP - Sanchez

SP - Vazquez

SP - Nolasco

 

MRs - Mujica, Webb, Choate, Dunn, Hopper, Cishek

 

Closer - K-Rod

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I think Cespedes, Fielder and Buehrle will all probably get a few more mil per year... especially Prince.

 

 

I calculated that based on the fact that generally contracts increase as the years do. It's rare to see someone get a 5 year / $100 million deal and it be 5 years @ $20 million each year. It might break down to be 18 / 18 / 20 / 20 / 24 or something like that.

 

Realistically if we sign guys like Buehrle or Fielder, their salaries will increase slightly over the next few years.

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