A reasonable (?) offseason that looks to compete, cut costs, and keep one eye on the future

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I'm trying to field a competitive team, get rid of some money and get us down to around 60M in payroll, and still look to the future. Let's go


- Austin Hedges – $3.0M - Tender

- Nick Wittgren – $1.7M - Tender

- Delino DeShields – $2.1M - Non-tender

- Francisco Lindor – $19.0M - Tender

- Phil Maton – $800k - Tender

- Tyler Naquin – $1.8M - Non-tender

- Adam Cimber – $800k - Non-tender

Contract options:

- Carlos Santana: $500k buyout

- Brad Hand: $1MM buyout

- Domingo Santana: $250k buyout

Free agents:

- Mike Freeman - 1yr / 700k

- Cesar Hernandez - 1yr / $6.5M (with a club option with 7M)


Indians get:
- Dom Smith, 1B, from NYM (15M)
- A. Rosario, SS, NYM (5M)
- J. Kelenic, OF, from SEA (55M)

By my calculation, this comes to somewhere around 75M in value. (they are giving up 75M)

Mets get:
- Lindor, SS, from CLE (50M)

by my calculation, this comes to somewhere around 50M in value. (they are giving up 50M)

Mariners get:
- McKenzie, SP, from CLE (25M)
- Mauricio, SS, from NYM (30M)

by my calculation, this comes to somewhere around 55M in value. (they are giving up 55M)

Mets are totally fine moving Gimenez off short to accommodate Lindor, and have the money to sign him long term. He is the most obvious landing spot for Lindor at this point imo. They are an okay trade partner, but CLE has a significant amount of mid INF prospects (Freeman, Rocchio, Arias) that they don’t really need another one, and at the very least, OF and 1B have got to be more important positions to fill long term then someone in mid INF. Smith covers the production lost by the departure of Lindor, and fits into 1B spot departed by Santana. Kelenic is a great prospect but the Mariners have Lewis, Trammel, and Rodriguez coming up the pipe (or already arrived), so you could argue that they have an OFer who is at least partially expendable. They don’t have an mid INF prospects of any merit, Seager is most likely gone after 2021, so Mauricio fits into that timeline. McKenzie slots in nicely as a no.3 or no.4 for them right now, and they have Gilbert and Hancock coming up in the next few years to replace Marco Gonzales if they don’t sign him long term.

Long Term Deal

Sign Bieber to a 5 yr/60M contract. Similar to Snell, but slightly more AAV.

The 26 man roster

SP1: Bieber - $5M
SP2: Plesac - $575k
SP3: Carrasco - $12M
SP4: Civale - $575k
SP5: Quantrill - $575k
SP Depth: Plutko, Allen, Hentges, Moss, Mejia, Morgan

Bullpen: Karinchak - $575k, Clase - $575k, Wittgren - $1.7M, Maton - $800k, Hill - $575k, Nelson - $575k, , Plutko - $575k
Bullpen Depth: Jefry, Scott, Broom, Robinson, Mejia, Hentges, Allen

Pitching staff - about 20M

C: Perez - $5.5M
1B: Smith - $3M
2B: Hernandez - 6.5M
3B: Ramirez - $9M
SS: Rosario - $2M
LF: Naylor - $575k
CF: Mercado - $575k
RF: Johnson - $575k
DH: Reyes - $575k

Bench: Hedges - $3M, Luplow - $575k, Zimmer - $575k, Freeman - $700k, Chang - $575k
Position Player Depth: Jones, Miller, Bauers, Tom, Clement, Bradley, Arias, Kelenic

Position Players - about 34M

Total payroll about 60M

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