As the regular season wraps up, I've started thinking about what moves I would make (or try) in the off season:
Catcher - Two year deal for Tek, looking to trade with Texas for Salt, Teagarden or Ramirez as his backup and heir apparent. A 60/40 split in '09, 40/60 in '10, with Exposito sliding in as the backup in '11.
Lock up Bay and Papelbon - look to do the same for Pedroia and Lester the following off season.
Find a new home for Lugo - my first thought is STL, paying most of salary, seeking either McCellelan or Motte in return. I re-ink Cora to a one year deal to backup Lowrie.
Make a run at Blake - The key will be whether another team offers him a pricey contract as a starter. If not and he can be had a decent price, he would be a great fit backing up Lowell, Youk and each corner outfield spot.
Consider a run at CC - I salivate at the thought of adding him to the rotation. The payroll should support it but he'll most likely get a huge Santana like deal that would put him out of my price range.
My '09 roster:
Starters: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Youkilis, Drew, Bay, Lowell, Varitek, Lowrie
Bench: TX Catcher, Carter?, Blake, Cora, Crisp (if not traded)
Rotation: Beckett, Matsuzaka, Lester, Buc, Wakefield
Bullpen: Papelbon, Ohkajima, Masterson, MDC, Lopez, McCellelan/Motte