With a few holes to fill after the trades got finalized we jumped feet first into the free agent market. Patrick Corbin got too expensive, as I wouldn’t really pay more than $125 million for him and the Phillies ended up getting him for 5 years/$50 million. Bryce Harper was obviously a target, but we scoffed after our 10 year/$400 million bid got beat by a 12 year/$485 million bid by yet again, the Phillies. We then turned our attention to secondary OF options like Marwin Gonzalez, who we landed for the “Pence Contract” of 5 years and $90 million total.
After landing our other outfield target, the deal for Gallo went through, leaving us short on a good right handed reliever, so we went and signed Joe Kelly to a 3 year/$24 million deal. A good amount, yes. But Kelly is good, and walks in as the best right hander in the bullpen.
We decided to bring back Derek Holland as well for a 2 year/$7 million dollar deal to be a fifth starter or potential long reliever in the bullpen if a prospect becomes ready.
We also needed a real every day second baseman as a platoon of Kramer/Hanson wouldn’t be good enough to actually compete for the division. So we signed D.J. LaMehieu to a 3 year/$36 million dollar deal.
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After that it became about adding depth pieces both as a catcher, and in the outfield. While I like Aramis Garcia, I’m not convinced he’s ready to be a full-time backup. So we landed Martin Maldonado, a defense first catcher, for $4 million on a one year deal to give both Bart and Garcia time to be ready for 2020.
In the outfield, we were stuck scrambling for legitimate depth outfield options after trading Shaw, and so we settled on Adam Jones for $9 million on a one year deal. Honestly, that’s fine. Some better options for outfield depth are available, and a few halfway decent options are available on Minor League deals that could potentially provide fourth or fifth outfielder type depth. Jones can play fine as a corner outfielder, and it also allows for Gorkys Hernandez to be the CF backup, where he can play better defense than Jones at this point.
So what does the 25 man roster look like with all these acquisitions?
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