I have enjoyed reading everyone's blueprints for 2011, and thought I would try one myself... easy, right? NOT!!
First, the issue of 52 million committed to Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Nathan, and Harris.... EGADS!!! Creativity is in order here. Wanting to address the issues of starting pitching and outfield defense, While staying close to 115 million.
All free agents except Crain and Hardy walk. Trade Capps for what we can get as his price will be too high for this budget (Arizona possibly?) Sign Crain to 3 yr 12 mil deal (3/4/5) and Hardy to a 2 yr 13 mil deal(6/7 with a 9 mil club option/ 1 mil buyout) for 2013
With the trade of David De Jesus to Oakland, the trade prospects of Greinke went up exponentially, so a trade of Kubes and Joe Benson plus a low level prospect seems like a reasonable deal, since KC can use some power.
Addressing outfield defense, I like Andrew Mc Cutcheon, and I propose a trade of Slowey plus a low level pitching prospect to accomplish this. We also recieve Ryan Doumit as they want to move him in favor of Chris Snyder.
A Rotation of Cuddy, Delmon and Doumit at RF/DH could be very productive, and with McCutcheon in CF, our outfield defense just got a lot better regardless of who's in right.
So, without further fanfare, I (not so) proudly present the Greinke, McCutcheon, Disaster 'pen plan (wild applause here)
Alright, here is my 2011 Twins Blueprint.
C Joe Mauer 23M
1B Justin Morneau 15 M
2B Alexi Casilla 800 K
3B Danny Valencia 500K
SS JJ Hardy 7M
LF Denard Span 1M
CF Mc Cutcheon 800K
RF Delmon Young 6M
DH Michael Cuddyer 10.5 M
B Morales 500K
B Plouffe 500K
B Repko 700K
B Ryan Doumit 4.5 M 72.55 inc Harris 1.75
SP Scott Baker 5M
SP Liriano 4 M
SP Duensing 500K
SP Blackburn 3M
SP Grenke 13.5 M 26 M starters
CL Nathan 12.5M
RP Crain 3 M
RP Mijares 500K
RP Neshek 500K
RP Slama 500K
RP Burnett 500K
RP Perkins 600K 18.1 M pen
Total 116.65 mil, without Harris, I would have come in just under 115 mil.
Could be an interesting roster, and hopefully some AAA and AA guys progress to help, allowing for trade deadline moves to improve thge team and alleviate salary concerns.
I expect to get blasted, but..... what the heck an E for effort, right?......Right?.......RIGHT????