Jerry, you’re 84 years old, you can’t take it with you! (reuan11’s offseason plan)

PREAMBLE

Clearly we’re getting closer, but we still have the same 3 holes to fill.  RF, 2B, and backup catcher, as well as replace Rodon now cuz he’s not worth $18M QO.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

Write “tender,” “non-tender” or “rework/extend” after each player and their projected 2022 salaries. Feel free to offer explanation afterward if necessary.

  • Lucas Giolito: $7.9M       TENDER (maybe the easiest decision in Baseball this year)
  • Reynaldo López; $2.8M    TENDER
  • Evan Marshall: $2.3M  NON-TENDER  (TJ surgery)
  • Adam Engel: $2.2M   TENDER  (good backup OF when healthy)
  • Brian Goodwin: $1.7M   NON-TENDER (Filled in admirably but we gotta do better)
  • Jimmy Cordero: $1.2M  TENDER
  • Jace Fry: $1M   NON-TENDER (sign to Minor league deal if possible)

CLUB OPTIONS

Write “pick up” or “decline” or “rework” after the option.

  • Craig Kimbrel: $16M ($1M buyout) PICKUP and trade
  • César Hernández: $6M  Decline  (it just didn’t work out)

OTHER IMPENDING FREE AGENTS

Try to retain, extend qualifying offer, or let go?

  • Leury García (Made $3.5M in 2021)  Retain (2/ $8.5M  – $4/ $4.5)
  • Carlos Rodón ($3M)  Let GO    sorry, but can’t do it for QO price
  • Billy Hamilton ($1M)  Let Go    sign to ST invite deal
  • Ryan Tepera ($950K)  Retain   Only mid season that performed.  (2 yr/ $9M – $4 / $5)

FREE AGENTS

No. 1:  Chris Taylor 2B (4 yr/ $42M – $9M in 2021)   fills 2B and is super versatile.

No 2: Starling Marte  RF  (2 yr / $30M – $14M in 2021)  gives us a solution in RF (til Yoelkui is ready) with plus arm, glove and speed.  still decent at 33 YO.

No 3: Manny Pina  C  (1 yr $3M)   listed as 3 War catcher would make us all forget Collins/Zavala fiasco

TRADES

Only one real blaring need of a trade.

No. 1: Trade Craig Kimbrel to San Diego for Joe Musgrove . It’s too bad the Kimbrel experiment didn’t work but maybe we can get something for Madrigal and Heuer.  SD need I s bullpen help badly and Kimbrel used to play for the Padres.   Musgrove only makes $8M so we save a little even is we have to pitch in a couple Million to pay for part of Kimbrel’s salary.

SUMMARY

I’m going with 6 SP because in todays game we’ve seen that 5 won’t suffice.  if you don’t believe that look what Houston and Atlanta are trying to get by with, along with what failed us and the Dodgers as well.  I’m platooning Vaughn and Sheets at DH mostly with occasionally working in Eloy and Grandal.

I think that puts me at $183M, so a little over.  Too bad Jerry only has $1.4 Billion to live out the rest of his life, he’s only 84.  Spend the extra $10-$20M to win before you die for God’s sake.

Frankly, I wanted to get Jon Gray as well but that would be another $10M.  If there’s any way to dump Keuchel’s contract, that would be my replacement.

To be honest, I didn’t understand the original assumption of Obligations of $126M for 9 players, Options $22M for 2 players, and Arb of $19M for 7 players.  (9+2+7 is only 18 players, so who’s missing?) .  It seems to me Grandal, Moncada, Anderson, Abreu, Eloy, Robert, Sheets, Vaughn,  Keuchel, Hendricks, Lynn, Cease, Bummer, Kopech, Burr, Crochet, Collins, Ruiz, Mendick are all under contract, I think.  So I don’t understand who the 9 guys refers to, and thus who i should add money for to cover.  Maybe it would help if we knew who the 9 guys are IDK, but I suspect I don’t have all the roster accounted for in  my total $.

Opening Roster

C Grandal
1B Abreu
2B Taylor
SS TA
3B Moncada
LF Eloy
CF Robert
RF S. Marte

Bench

C Pinta
INF Garcia
OF Engel
1B/OF/DH  Sheets , Vaughn

Starting Pitchers

Giolito
Lynn
Cease
Musgrove
Keuchel
Kopech

Bullpen

Hendricks
Bummer
Tepera
Burr
Crochet
Lopez
Cordero

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Trooper Galactus

If the Padres are willing to trade Musgrove for Kimbrel straight-up please ink that deal yesterday.

GrinnellSteve

We’d have to throw in the younger Tatis.

As Cirensica

He sucks, so it is still a win-win

Trooper Galactus

Tell me about it. At 20 years old Fernando was lighting it up in MLB. Elijah just turned 20 and spent the season failing miserably in the Complex League. They are not even remotely similar.

Ryankurtz14

I like this but it would take more than that to acquire Musgrove which I’m willing to do to an extent, I like the idea of Vaughn and Sheets both getting regular at bats and see Marte as somewhat unnecessary if they can use the money for a different sp (or bring back rodon)

asinwreck

I applaud going over the $170 million line and nominate this as the official theme song of this plan.

metasox

If you think the Padres are a good match for Kimbrel, are there other good fits besides Musgrove they might be more likely to deal from Kimbrel?

Trooper Galactus

Wil Myers, who would not be worth picking up Kimbrel’s option to get.

Augusto Barojas

If you think the Pads are going to trade Musgrove for Kimbrel, please pass me whatever it is you are smokin!