Ok. So everyone knows that we have a surplus of pitching for our rotation next year. We also have some holes and could use some upgrades in the power dept.
In my personal opinion i believe we should try to part with Lowe. To make him appealing we would have to eat a portion of his contract. I say look at eating around 5-7 mil meaning the other team would be responsible for 8-10 mil of his contract.
Looking at a lot of the teams that could use another starter I think that we once again match up with the Brewers.
With Hardy in their dog house we should see if we can get Hardy for Lowe. We might need to add a lower prospect but Im not to sure.
With Hardy we then shift Prado over to 1B and put Hardy at 2B. Yes I know we could use upgrades in the power department and Prado doesnt really fill that void but he does save us a few million dollars to retain Soriano at the least.
With Chip getting older and playing defense we can have him pull a Garrett Anderson and guard the line more then have Esco, Hardy and Prado shift a bit towards the left side of the diamond kinda like a reverse shift.
From there I would say put Diaz in LF full-time. McLouth in CF, Church in RF. If Schafer and Heyward are ready to contribute towards the middle of the season we could look at trading McLouth as his contract halfway through the season.Then utilize Church as a 4th OF'er.
If Freeman is ready then we utilize Prado as a utility man or see what we could get for him.
Any Thoughts from you guys?