It’s never too early to play arm chair GM. Certainly we’ll be reigning WC’s by then and we can retool for our title defense.
Cots updated their spreadsheets already and pegs us at $61 mil under the CBT for 2023 at the moment. This included the arb estimates for arb eligible players. The three options we have are Elfin, Segura, and Nola. The first two are easy declines I think and the last an easy pick up. With the options and buyouts for those guys. We’re at $43 mil below the threshold.
Coonrod could be non-tendered if they believe his performance is not still injury related. But the big decision may be Hoskins. Do we retain him at ~$11 mil or non-tender/trade? Aside from a couple of swings in the last few weeks, I would argue he’s a liability more than an asset. With Hall waiting in the wings, it seems like the right time.
So we have ~$54 mil for roster spots. It’s easy to envision us fishing for a top flight SS. We need 1 starter, maybe 2. We don’t want more than 1 long contract however to allow our prospects room when they are ready. We probably need 1 or 2 relief pitchers as well.
Overall we should feel pretty good about going into next season. With a few additions, we’ll be primed for another deep playoff run.