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it's Valatan's day to post, but since i promised an updated roster matrix i'll sneak it in now and then turn things over to V:

2007 ROSTER MATRIX
KENNEDY/WELLS UPDATE

STARTING 8 BENCH ROTATION PEN
molina c
$600K
taguchi of
$1m
carpenter rhp
$7.8m
wainwright rhp
$350K
pujols 1b
$15m
spiezio ut
$2.3m
reyes rhp
$350K
looper rhp
$4.5m
kennedy 2b
$2.5m
bennett c
$900K
k wells rhp
$4m
kinney rhp
$350K
rolen 3b
$12m
miles if
$400K
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johnson lhp
$350K
eckstein ss
$4.5m
j-rod of
$400K
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flores lhp
$500K
duncan lf
$350K
schumaker of
memphis
narveson lhp
memphis
hancock rhp
$350k
edmonds cf
$8m
marrero ut
memphis
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thompson rhp
$400k
en'cion rf
$5m
ryan 2b
memphis
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rincon lhp
$1.5m
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is'hausen rhp
$9m
TOTAL
$48.0m
TOTAL
$5.0m
TOTAL
$12.2m
TOTAL
$17.3m
OVERALL PAYROLL: $82.5

essentially, the cards have $17.5m with which to buy two starting pitchers. we might even say there's $17.5m left to buy one s.p., with wainwright moving over to take the last spot. hello, barry zito / jason schmidt. . . .

if there are no further moves, the lineup's probably eck / dunc / pujols / edmonds / rolen / en'cion / kennedy / molina, although one might slot kennedy 2d vs right-handers, drop duncan to 6th, and bat en'cion 7th. . . . with tony managing it's meaningless to discuss lineups anyway, because he won't use the same batting order more than 25 times in a season, come what may.

according to pinto's lineup toy, that lineup should score about 5.0 runs per game, using conservative estimates of their performance. if you took the same batting order, dropped eckstein from 1st to 9th, and shifted everybody else (including the pitcher) up one slot, you'd gain about .12 runs per game --- or 20 runs (ie, roughly two wins) over the course of the year.

overall take on the signings: they're good low-risk, low-impact acquisitions. i'd liken them to good kitchen appliances in a home you're thinking of buying: they're not make-or-break amenities, but you do gotta have them --- might as well have decent stuff. wells and kennedy are reasonable buys who should do fine within their limited spheres of responsibility. gary bennett i don't get; he had one good series but otherwise was pretty useless. still, no real harm; he's what a backup catcher is.