Sell off Duensing and Kintzler, save 8.5 mill. Give Hamels 2/32. With the rest of the roster, this likely has you 7 or so OVER the LT.....
Trade Russell and Montgomery for best pre arb reliever you can get. Saves the 7 mill you're over.
Trade Happ and Amaya for best cost controlled starter that it gets you. Price no more than 4-5 mill.
Give Bryce 36 per, for 12 years of whatever.
C Contreras, Caratini
2B Zobrist, Seal Boy
3B Bryant, Bote
CF Heyward, Almora
Rotation- Lester, Quintana, Hendricks, Darvish, Hamels, Chatwood, Smyly, cost controlled guy
Pen- Morrow, Edwards, Strop, Cishek, Rosario, cost controlled pen guy from trade, Norwood, Maples, Mills, Alzolay, Webster
That team puts you at the top end of the LT, with damn near no flexibility for in season moves.....
And there's still a need for at least one established pen guy. Plus, it'd be nice to get Rivera or some other defensive minded backup C.
So, let's say we put 10 mill into the pen guy or the pen guy, plus backup C..... You also know they'll want 5-10 mill for in season moves......
So, we'd need to cut 15-20 mill off this roster, to stay under the LT.....
1) No Hamels. I want him back, but he IS older.....
2) pay big to unload Chatwood.
3) Trade off Zobrist
Don't sign Bryce. Still get rid of Duensing and Kintzler. Sign Hamels for 2/32.
Still have 30 mill to play with..... And Russell, Almora, Happ, and Monty are still at your disposal.
Tons of options..... Pay up for a pen arm or two? With a FA starter?(unlikely) Still trade for your cost controlled starter? Likely. Go after Pollock? No idea.
Additional rule: you have to have one or the other.The only exception is you have an amazing board name. davell, I'm looking at you; put up a [expletive] avatar or something if your name only sounds like somebody tried say Dave as they lapsed into a coma.