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So Now What?

With the Winter Meetings over, the Pirates have made some pretty substantial roster moves already. Having said that, I think most people would agree that if the Bucs did nothing else the rest of this offseason, they would go into Spring Training with a lot of holes. On various threads, people have thrown around all kinds of names, proposals and rumors. So I'm going to ask you to play GM. If you were running the Pirates, what would you do to make this offseason as successful as possible. Your solution could be standing pat and going with a Jones/Hague platoon at first. You could also suggest signing Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish if you were willing to spend $300M but I'd be interested in hearing how you justify a crazy shopping spree like that. Whatever move(s) you suggest, include the terms as well. While I realize there is no way to know for sure what trades or contract offers would be accepted, try to make it realistic. Not to sound like a prick but don't suggest trading Dan Grovatt for Brandon Belt or signing Yu Darvish to a 1 year/800K deal.

I'll get it started. Step one is signing Cutch to an extension. I know this might sound overly simplistic and I can't imagine anybody out there who wouldn't want McCutchen to stay in Pittsburgh but I really think the Bucs need to make this a priority over the next few months. I would offer him a 5 year/$50M deal ($5M, $7M, $10M, $13M, $15M) with a mutual option for a 6th year at $18M. My next move would be signing Wei-Yin Chen. Obviously, there are some concerns about his health but if everything checks out and his velocity is back to the 91-92 range, I think he could be a valuable starter for the next few years. I'd go with 4 years and $22M (this seems to be in the middle of the offers I've seen suggested for Chen). I'd also try to address 1B...who wouldn't? I think my target would be Billy Butler. I've posted before that I don't think Butler is worth the price but I think there's a way to make it work. If you assume Butler's good for about 3 WAR a year, his total trade value is about $23.5M. I think the best way to get this done is trying to work out a 3-way deal. I know it can be tough trying to predict 3-team deals but I'm going to try. The market for closers has been absolutely crazy this offseason. I'd call up Boston and offer them Joel Hanrahan if they would send Xander Bogaerts to Kansas City. Bogaerts is a 19 year old SS that just had a season that was very similar to Jurickson Profar's. His K:BB rate is a little scary but he can hit, especially for a SS. If I had to guess, I'll bet he winds up as a 51-75 hitting prospect which would be worth $14.2M. Since Hanrahan's value is about $20.8M, the Pirates might be able to get a little bit more out of the deal. This might seem crazy but I'd ask Boston to include Jose Iglesias in the deal as well. He had a ton of trouble hitting this season so I have a hard time believing he'd rate better than B-prospect despite his glove. That gives him a value of $5.5M and the total package a value of $19.7M. It's at least conceivable they'd go for it. To complete the deal with KC, we'd have to come up with another $9.3M in value. I'd try to get this done by sending Brad Lincoln to the Royals. With 5 years of control left, Lincoln would only have to come up with about 4 total WAR to be worth it and I don't think that's much of a stretch. The Pirates would be adding about $17.5M in payroll with Cutch's extension, Butler and Chen but they would be saving about $4M by dealing Hammer. This means they'll have an opening day payroll around $56M which isn't out of the question.

So there's my proposal. Yeah, it's probably nothing more than a pipedream but I also don't think it's completely out of the question either. Go ahead comment on my proposal or make your own if you want. Either way, it's fun to think about...

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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