^Do you have names for replacements at second and third?
FA market is non-existent. Basically Robinson Cano and nothing else.
If help comes in those positions it will probably be via trade.
as for for rotation. . have 3 spots locked(zack,kersh,ryu)..then u have beckett under contract....and the last spot for either billz or nolasco...thanx for the memories, chad. If u can miraclulously unload beckett, u can bring back billz(his deal was 3/30, correct??)
Safe to say that all spots are "locked" if Nolasco is re-signed. You go into the season with Kershaw, Nolasco, Greinke, Ryu as your 1-4. Then you have Beckett, Billingsley and Fife as your "5". Not due to performance but because they are all (*except Fife) in the last year of their somewhat massive deals. No one is going to take Beckett, considering his injury history and him hinting at retirement. No one is going to take a chance at Bills coming off of elbow surgery. They will be a part of the roster on Opening Day 2014, worst case scenario, they get DFA'd like Ted Lilly.
Id think twice about dealing dre and look more into crawford unless u can get a.guerrero(sacraficing power)..I know..I know..contract...but I think the teams better with an OF of dre..kemp...and puig.
There is value in being a legit leadoff hitter, do you want to see Dee Gordon at the top of the lineup? Moving Ethier makes the most sense.
The bench does need to improve...if n u keep dre..have svs to spell dre or gonzo..and uribe as utility. ..fedex... other scrappy, slap hitting utility guy and an olmedo saenz type fiest of famine type...pen is set..never thought id say it.
Dre will not be a $15.5 million bench player. Van Slyke will go into camp with a legit shot at being the power bat off the bench, and spelling Gonzo along with the corner outfielders. Uribe shouldn't be in the fold, but with Colletti's history I wouldn't doubt him getting a 1 or *gasp* 2 year deal. Federowicz will be the backup catcher. Finding scrappy players isn't difficult, those guys do grow on trees.