Posted on: December 5, 2008 9:46 pm

How to win now, with out sacrificing the future.

First the trades I will ship OF Nate McLouth, 1b Adam LaRoche and 2b Freddy Sanchez to the Yankees for Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Phil Cokes.  Then I will ship little LaRoche, Andy to the Twins for Delmon Young, closer Matt Capps to the Rays for Edwin Jackson. John Grabow to the Angels for SS Erick Aybar. Jack Wilson to the Tigers for prospects that will not make a difference, but will free up money. Last I will send SP Ian Snell to the Rangers for 1b Chris Davis. Now the FA signings, the team will have about $14mm to spend after arbitration raises, I will give the full amount to Ben Sheets.  That will give me a rotation of Ben Sheets, Paul Maholm, Edwin Jackson, Zach Dukes, Phil Hughes. The pen will be an issue, but it will consist of closer Tyler Yates, set up by Ross Ohlendorf, Sean Burnett will get out lefties, Karstens and Gorzelanny will be swing men, Evan Meek and Craig Hansen will round up the pen.  Line up will have Andrew McCutchen leading off and playing CF, follow by 2B Robinson Cano, C Ryan Doumit, 1b Chris Davis, LF Delmon Young, RF a platoon of Brandon Moss and Steve Pearce, 3B Neil Walker, SS Erick Aybar.  Bench, Pearce/Moss, Nyjer Morgan, Ronny Paulino, Brian Bixler, Doug Mientkiewicz.

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