Here's one I've concocted about the Brewers. Dougie Melvin has direct orders from Mark Attanasio to slash payroll, and slash payroll fast. "How do you figure?"
1) They've already put out a bogus offer (to appease the fans) to CC knowing he's never
gonna sign it.
2) They probably won't offer Sheets a single penny.
3) Yes, they picked up Cammy's option (again, to appease the fans), only to possibly trade him for a lesser, cheaper player (Melkey Cabrerea?). Then covering it by saying "he gives us another left handed bat..."
4) They've openly talked about trading Prince before his arby years jack up his salary.
5) You know Melvin's trying to peddle Hall/Suppan to anyone that will touch them.
6) Last off season, they spent money on a new bullpen (Riske, Gagne, Mota, Torres) with less-than-expected returns. You think he pumps more cash into the bully (still one of their biggest weaknesses) this off season?
You ask: "Why would Attanasio do this? He's always done what's necessary to improve the ballclub!"
A) He lost money last year
B) He's losing trainloads of money in the current economy
C) He (and Melvin) knows it's highly unlikley to improve on last year without CC and Sheets.
Is this nonsense? Of course, upcoming free agency/trades will be the answer.