Trading for Ben Revere gives the Phillies the ability to make one huge move, such as signing Josh Hamilton, or several lesser ones, like signing an Edwin Jackson-type, Cody Ross or Nick Swisher, and a reliever such as Mike Adams.
The Phillies have about $143 million committed to 21 players after the trade with Minnesota, as I outlined at CSNPhilly.com. That figure includes projected league minimum salaries for 10 young players -- Domonic Brown, Freddy Galvis, Phillippe Aumont, John Mayberry Jr., Justin De Fratus, Antonio Bastardo, Erik Kratz, Josh Lindblom, Michael Stutes and Revere.
That leaves the Phils about $25 million more to spend if they want to remain under the luxury tax threshold, which is $178 million but includes about $10 million in player bonuses and benefits.
What would be the best allocation of those unforeseen funds? Would you prefer one impact signing and then cheap plug-ins for the rotation and bullpen, or a series of moves?