Am I too late? I get a freebie on Cron, but I’m submitting before the winter meetings. Hat tip to Leviathan, I copied and pasted your format.
Sign OF Michael Brantley, 3yr/45M
Sign RP David Robertson 3y/33M
Sign RP Andrew Miller 3yr/27M
Sign 2B/1B/DH Daniel Murphy 2yr/20M
Sign SS Jose Iglesias 2yr/16M
[Claim CJ Cron, arb 5.2M]
Total additions by Free Agency - 141M; 53M for 2019, 53M for 2020, 35M for 2021
Trade: Send Max Kepler, Fernando Romero, Nick Gordon and Jason Castro to the Mets for Noah Syndergaard. Not sure if this is enough, but I think the Twins brass is looking for a high-end starter and isn’t afraid to trade players to get there. Might need to add one of Lewis/Kirilloff/Graterol to get it done...which should be considered)
Total financial additions by trade: -6.2M.
Catcher: Garver 600k (Astudillo)
1B - Cron 5.2M (Murphy, Austin)
2B - Polanco 600K / (Murphy)
3B - Sano 3.1M (Iglesias)
SS - Iglesias 8M (Polanco)
DH - Murphy 10M (Austin, Cron, Sano)
OF - Brantley 15M
OF - Buxton 1.2M
OF - Rosario 5M
Bench: Austin, Cave, Adrianza, Astudillo (Total 3.6M)
vs. RHP - Brantley, Polanco, Murphy, Rosario, Sano, Cron, Garver, Buxton, Iglesias
vs. LHP - Buxton, Polanco (SS) Sano, Cron (DH) Austin (1B) Garver, Brantley, Rosario, Murphy (2b)
(Next up: Mejia/Gonsalves/Littel)
Old contracts/buyouts: Hughes/Santana/Morrison: $8M
Not sure if these count against the total payroll or not, but let’s add them in.
Total payroll - $124.5M
I think this creates a pretty flexible lineup. Maybe could use a bigger LH bat for the lineup at 1B/DH, but pretty good overall.
Rotation suddenly looks really solid with a true #1. Pineda has real upside.
Bullpen could be very strong with those two additions (and a Reed bounce back).
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