News reports, and rumors are floating around that Markus Naslund may be retiring. If this happens, it does help the team, but it does not improve the team. Naslund leaving lets us keep our own players in Callahan, Zherdev, Dubinsky, and possibly Betts. Their raises are offset by Naslund leaving, but then again, someone has to take Naslunds roster spot when he’s gone, so that will add a little bit to the cap hit as well.
You have to figure this is move #1 in what should be a massive restructuring of this club. I figure we may see as many as 8 new players next season, half of which may come from our own minor league system.
But the key to this offseason is not getting rid of Naslund, as far as I was concerned getting rid of him was almost a foregone conclusion. No, the key to this offseason are unloading the HUGE contracts, not the middle of the range contracts. We need to get rid of Drury, Gomez and Redden, or as many of them as we can.