(As we discussed yesterday in the Payroll thread, Sandy has a minimum of $15MM to use up to a maximum of $21MM depending on the methodology you you to calculate payroll.)
- Re-Sign Scott Hairston to a 2 yr/$8MM contract.
- Look, OF help is not going to be cheap, especially with the New York Yankees looking for the same thing we are. Hairston has stated that he is extremely open to returning to the Mets and with Johnny Gomes setting the market for RH hitting outfielders at 2 yr/$10MM, this contract looks very reasonable AND signable. You can slot Hairston in as your starting RF while Duda and Cowgill platoon and split time in LF.
2. Take a flyer on Matt Diaz. Min: Minor League Deal with invite to camp Max: 1 yr/$1MM
- There have been ZERO rumors flying around about this guy. He was a perennial .300 hitter with the Braves during his best seasons when he was healthy and getting consistent playing time neither of which he has been getting 2009. Why not take a chance if it's not going to cost you a lot. Let him come in and compete with Duda for LF and if he shows promise then you can platoon him and Duda and send Cowgill or Kirk to AAA.
3. Sign Kyle McClellan 1 yr/$1.5MM, Jason Frasor Min: 2 yr/$5MM Max: 2 yr/$7MM
- The bullpen needs some arms in the back end. McClellan, who is coming off of surgery and has resumed throwing, has shown success as a starter and a reliever with the Cardinals and could be our swing man/innings eater out of the pen. Jason Frasor is an arm that I love. Even at 35 his average FB speed held firm at 93mph and his swing and miss percentage also held firm at 9%. In his career only 29% of inherited runners score against him and he has the arm strength to make multiple inning appearances. Best of all he told MLBTR's Tim Dierkes that "I'm not too picky" when it comes to who he would sign with.