This updates the checklist that I first posted two days ago.
1. Hire a new manager and staff 2. Pick up veteran starter for rotation 3. Pick up LH relief pitcher 4. Pick up 4th OF/LH bench bat
5. Pick up backup catcher (cat daddy3000 objects!)
6. Pick up utility IF options (aka Espinosz insurance)
Settle with arbitration eligibles:
7. Jeremy Blevins 9. Ian Desmond (extension candidate) 10. Ross Detwiler
11. Doug Fister
12. Ross Ohlendorf 13. Wilson Ramos (extension candidate) 14. Drew Storen 16. Jordan Zimmermann (extension candidate)
RobBob suggested cynically adding "extend PDC's with Syracuse and Harrisburg" so I could cross them off. But I am a listkeeper of integrity. Besides, this checklist is reserved for the major league team.
I'm leaving the extension notes because I'm subtly encouraging Rizzo to go ahead and sign longer term deals ... once he finishes inking Clippard and Fister. That's me: subtle!