First step is to draw a line thru the names Haseley and Moniak. Then never mention those names again.
Second, step is to recognize that in fact we had a pretty good team this past year. Let's face it, if we had only 20 blown saves rather than 34, we win the division and are probably a tough team to handle in a short playoff series. We did what we did this season without Hoskins, our best right hand hitter for 1/3 of the season and with a bullpen that was laughable. There are some additional moves that we can make to upgrade the team without breaking the bank.
Again, I have to say we try to get Miller and Cutch under contract as a platoon for $17 million. IN a platoon they can give us Costellanos type offensive numbers (at least 30 home runs) without having to pay for a Costellanos contract. He will be walking away form a Cincinnati contract that currently pays him $17 million per year. It is a pretty safe bet that he will be looking for a 5-6 year contract in the range of $22-25 million per year. Miller would also give us a bat to replace Boem at 3b in the event of slumps and also a bat off the bench that is capable of hitting a late inning home run.
With that "savings" and Herrera's money, we can get Chris Taylor to play center field. Taylor had special value because, against lefties, we can bench Didi, move him to Shortstop and have Veirling play center. In addition, if we hit the 7th inning with a lead, we can again move him to SS in place of Didi, and put Torreyes in at 3rd in place of Bohm. Taylor would give us the flexibility to deal with the Didi problem.
Then add a high quality closer like Kimbrel to cut down on the blown saves. While KImbrel would be expensive, he would be the only player that would require an extended contract. I think Cutch, Miller and Taylor could all be signed for two year deals. These moves would tighten up the roster defensively, provide good offense
and provide for only a limited increase beyond the Cap.