If I were running things

Since it has been much discussed here at BCB. I figured I would go on record with what I would like to see done during the offseason. With the arbitration estimates I have seen according to the esteemed Arizona Phil.

Alfonso Soriano - $18M
Carlos Marmol - $9.8M
David DeJesus - $4.25M
Jorge Soler - $1M (plus second $3M installment of $6M signing bonus)
Gerardo Concepcion - $500K
SUB-TOTAL: $36.55M

Matt Garza - $13.25M?
Starlin Castro- $4M? (very likely “Super Two“)
Jeff Samardzija - $4M?

We are looking at about 60 Million dollars in actual financial commitments at the MLB level. With very little help on the way in the upper minors. We are going to have to bring in some outside help unless we are planning on 2013 mirroring 2012. So this is the help I would like to see, along with estimates of what it will cost or take to aquire.

Anibal Sanchez 5/75

Edwin Jackson 5/60

Melky Cabrera (who just got a lot cheaper) 2/12

Chase Headley (for Vitters, McNutt, BJax and Dolis) 5/60 extension to buy out his last years of arbitration

Cody Ross on a 1 year 6 million deal.

That is 13 players under contract. 11 MLB guys and 2 MiLB guys. So you can fill in around them league minimum guys. 14 MLB guys at 500K adds 7 million to the payroll. And most MiLB guys are working on 500K/60K Majors/Minors split deals.

Total 2013 MLB payroll. 115.8 Million dollars.

Projected Roster and lineups after the jump.

1. CF- Melky/DDJ

2. SS- Castro

3. 3B- Headley

4. 1B- Rizzo

5. LF- Soriano/LaHair

6. RF- DDJ/LaHair

7. 2B- Barney

8. C- Castillo/Clevenger

Bench of



Valbuna on a NRI

Maybe Ian Stewart on a non tender NRI?

Open slot for someone to win in ST. I'd propose that we bring in 15-20 Minor league free agents to compete for spots during ST next year.












And some NRI type guys who can compete for the final pen spots in ST.

While I will freely admit it isn't going to be a WS contender. It is a solid baseline roster that should should at minimum push .500. Borderline playoff contender.

Flame away.....

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bleed Cubbie Blue

You must be a member of Bleed Cubbie Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleed Cubbie Blue. You should read them.

Join Bleed Cubbie Blue

You must be a member of Bleed Cubbie Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleed Cubbie Blue. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.