My original AAOP involved lots of platoons, but I found that rather boring. Therefore, I moved onto plan B, which is to make lots of radical moves.
First, the tenders and non tenders:
Free Agent Contracts
Jacoby Ellsbury, 7-years, $120 million
With the contract structured as follows: $15, $16, $17, $18, $18, $18, $18. Ellsbury is a really good player and I’d prefer to sign him over Choo. I’ve seen some contracts for Ellsbury that are far less, which to me is ridiculous. I think Ellsbury gets $120 million or so.
Paul Maholm, 2-years, $12 million
Maholm didn’t get a great contract the last time around, and I think he provides a good value. His 3.89 xFIP is close to league average.
Chris Capuano, 1-year, $4 million
He had some injury issues, so I think he’ll be cheap. Despite his 4.26 ERA, his peripherals were pretty good. He had a 3.55 FIP and 3.67 xFIP.
Michael Gonzalez, 1-year, $1 million
He struggled this year, but I think it was because of bad luck. He had a 3.44 xFIP against LHH this year and a 2.93 xFIP for his career.
Bartolo Colon, 2-years, $12 million
I don’t think anybody will want to give him 2 years, but I have no real problem doing that. If he has a season anywhere near as good as his 2013 in 2014, he won’t even need to pitch the second year.
This is where stuff gets crazy.
The Royals will need some pitching and a second baseman. I think they’d give up Zimmer.
Zimmer and Montero are both solid prospects and Zimmer has a lot of upside. I like Nicasio as a good bullpen piece who can step into the rotation quite easily. The Rockies agree to pay $5 million in 2014 salary.
The most radical of my suggestions. I think this would get the deal done. I prefer hitters to pitchers long term and I think this is the right move. I’d probably sign Stanton to an extension of some sort.
Logan Verrett for Andrew Lambo
It doesn't need to be Verrett, it can be any C prospect. I like Lambo a lot as a LH bat.
All told, here is the current state of the team
C: Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Lucas Duda & Josh Satin platoon
2B: Wilmer Flores
3B: David Wright
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
RF: Giancarlo Stanton
CF: Juan Lagares
LF: Jacoby Ellsbury
IF: Ruben Tejada
OF: Andrew Brown
OF: Andrew Lambo
SP: Bartolo Colon
SP: Dillon Gee
SP: Paul Maholm
SP: Chris Capuano
SP: Jenrry Mejia
Closer: Bobby Parnell
Setup: Carlos Torres
Middle Relief: Tim Collins, Vic Black
LOOGY: Scott Rice, Michael Gonzalez
Long Man: Juan Nicasio
I used MLB Trade Rumors on all the arb eligible guys, including those on other teams