I would like to see the following moves made by the Angels.
Resign Lackey 15mil/5yrs
Resign Vladdy 7mil/1yr
Resign Oliver 5mil/1yr
Trade for Halladay 14mil for Wood & Kazmir – 6mil
Trade GMJ – 10mil for Brian Wilson SF (pay half of GMJ salary)
Sign Bay 15mil/4yrs
Sign Beltre 7mil/3yrs
By Letting Figgins, Abreu, Quinlan, & Escobar go the Angels would save $21,000,000. That savings along with resigning Lackey, Vladdy, and Oliver in addition to making the trades referenced above would put the Angels Payroll at $118,000,000 for next year which is the same as this year’s $118,000,000 payroll. If the Angels had to offer a few extra million per year to sign the players above I think they could afford to push the payroll to $130,000,000 which was the budgeted payroll for this year.
Below is the potential lineup and pitching staff
Lineup: 1.Aybar 2.Kendrick 3.Morales 4.Bay 5.Hunter 6.Vlad 7.Beltre 8.Rivera 9.Napoli/Mathis
Starting Pitchers: 1.Hallady 2. Lackey 3. Weaver 4. Saunders 5. Santana.
Relief Pitchers: Shields, Oliver, Fuentes, Bulger, Palmer
With this lineup and pitching staff the Angels should win 100 games and the world series. If Halladay leaves the Angels can spend his salary & Fuentes’s salary to look up Weaver and Saunders and move Palmer to 5th in the rotation. The Angels would be set up to contend for the championship for the next 5 years.
Let me know your thoughts.