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My $120M Roster


OK so here is my attempt at the $120M team. Dead money coming off the top leaves about $98M

Lineup

SS Gordon - $420K

2B Ellis - $3.75M

CF Kemp - $12M

RF Ethier - $12M

3B Ramirez - $12M

1B Loney - $6M

LF Sands - $420K

C Ellis - $435K

Total - $47.025M

Rotation

LHP Kershaw - $8M

RHP Billingsley - $9M

LHP Lilly - $12M

RHP Zambrano - $6M ($18M - Uribe+$4M)

RHP Padilla - $1M

Total - $36M

Bench

OF/1B Rivera - $4.5M

MIF Sellers - $420K

3B/1B/C Mitchell -  $420K

C Shoppach - $800K

OF Gwynn Jr. - $1M

Total - $7.14M

Bullpen

CL Jansen -$435K

CL Guerra - $420K

MR Kuo - $1M

MR Elbert - $420K

MR Guerrier - $4.75M

MR Lindblom - $420K

LR Hawksworth - $435K

Total - $7.88M

Total Roster - $98.045M

Trades

3B Uribe to Chicago for P Zambrano + $4M

Explanation - We've already heard rumblings that Uribe is garaunteed nothing which leads me to believe that Colletti would fix this mistake if given the opportunity. Enter Zambrano. Epstein is staying non-committal but you would think he would love to free up some money and move a problem from the previous regime. I was hesitant on this, given Zambrano's temper and reputation, however, Mattingly seemed to control the clubhouse pretty well and maybe Zambrano just needs a clean slate. Uribe gives the Cubs a 3B and the money freed up allows them to sweeten the pot for Fielder or Pujols.

Free Agent Signings

3B Ramirez - 3yr/$40M ($12M/$14M/$14M)

P Padilla - 1 yr/$1M

C Shoppach - 1 yr/$800K

So, I went over a smidge but I think I achieved my goal of making the lineup deeper and filling out the back of the rotation.  I think the offense is improved but the rotation is probably taking a step or two back if Billingsley and Zambrano don't show some improvement.

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