Cot's contracts has included the Kershaw extension and it lists their payroll at $216.75M
They could probably trade Ramirez, Beckett, Billingsley, and one of their outfielders eating some salary, say Carl Crawford.
Billingsley = 12M w/'15 option w/2M buyout
Beckett = 15.75M
Ramirez = 16.00M
Crawford = 20.25M, 20.5M in '15, 20.75M in '16, 21M in '17 (can block deals to two clubs)
NYM need a SS, if they want to convince their fans that they can compete, trading for Hanley Ramirez would definitely shore up their IF. They wouldn't need Stephen Drew and the draft pick compensation attached to him.
I think the Cubs would take a gamble on Crawford if half of his salary was paid for, throughout the length of the contract.
Beckett could be a great option for Toronto or Seattle. Both have some horses in the farm, so they could lighten the stable for a year of Beckett.
Billingsley could be a catalyst in Houston and a perfect fit with the option year + buyout.
So, that would be 216M - 53.5M = 162.5M, gets them under the 189 luxury cap, they can see what they have in Dee Gordon's improvement. Ethier would probably split time with Pederson in LF (eventually), and the unhealthy pitchers would be off their payroll. If they want Tanaka, they would then have ~20M to spend AAV on him, if you include the other players' arbitration salaries.
SS Gordon (L) / Sellers
1B Gonzalez (L)
LF Ethier (L) / Van Slyke
C Ellis / Federowicz
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