“Easily” ? We had 7 or 8 at the end of the season that need to be purged. Hays, McKenna, Mateo, Odor, Mountcastle, Chirinos, Aguilar.
Urias and Stowers need to be coached up. Tell Ramon to stop swinging for the fences.
I think he had an understanding with Correa. So I think he’s a possibility for sure. We have payroll that won’t be recovered later if not spent. They could front load a deal that lowers his number later. That makes his number lower when you need it to be. If also allows you to trade him once Holliday is ready.
I’m suggesting Correa and Benintendi. Then they can trade one of Mateo/Urias and Hays. I’d see how close that gets me to Lopez from the Marlins. Hays can definitely play CF.
As I mentioned before, You’d have
CF Mullins .330
LF Benintendi .370
C Rutschman .365
SS Correa .360
DH/RF Santander .320
3B Henderson .350
RF/DH Stowers .320 ( was .358 at AAA last year)
2B/1B Westburg .350 ( minors .370)
2B/1B Vavra .340
This is a drastically improved lineup that will score a ton more runs IMO.
Id do everything possible to clear Mateo, Mountcastle, Hays, and anyone else who flirts with a .300 OBP
Well that one at least makes sense. He was already a hundred millionaire. Bellinger at least has incentive to do well. Maybe a one year contract around 7 million with incentives would be wise for this guy. Platoon him with Hays and at the very least he’s a defensive replacement with speed, at best his bat clicks and we get shades of 2019 Bellinger. I trust the coaches if they feel they can fix his bat and approach. If not, no worries.
Considering that he didn't hit 20 home runs this year (16) and he didn't score 100 runs this year (89) or last year (91), it's highly unlikely that he hits either of those targets next year either. His WAR this year was 3.8, so to say he will produce at least 4 WAR next year isn't a guarantee either. Listen, I don't hate Cedric, and I greatly appreciate him and his role these past couple of years. But I think some value him WAY higher than his production and likely future performance warrants, and if another organization is also overvaluing him, then we should take advantage of that, trade him, and improve the team over all.