Lots of things to consider, but throwing tons of money at Cole should be the priority. If you can flip the best pitcher from Houston to NY, that is beyond huge.Also Chapman can opt out
You just know they will offer Gardner another year.
Give didi a qualifying offer.
Like Romine but he wants to play everyday.
Still have tauchman and Frazier to consider
Make Stanton everyday dh and buy out encarnacion.
Hope florial is ready to contribute
Hit the market for starting pitching
Lots of things to consider, but throwing tons of money at Cole should be the priority. If you can flip the best pitcher from Houston to NY, that is beyond huge.
Gardner - one year at the right price makes sense, but only if discount.
Encarnacion - let him go. To expensive and redundant
Didi - would love to see him stay. Lefty bat, great teammate, and was great in 2018. You could move DJ to 1st, trade Voit, and use Miggy as DH. Also gives you flexibility if anyone gets hurt, or Gio turns out to be a one year wonder. Gio at 3B improves the defense a ton.
Frazier - seems like his destiny is to be traded.
Chapman - if he goes, he goes. He's good but he also blew it in the ALCS
Romine - would like to keep him, and I'm not against trading Gary for the right price. His flaws will only become more pronounced as he ages
C - Gary
IB - DJ
2B - Gleyber
SS - Didi
3B - Gio
OF - Stanton, Hicks, Judge
DH - Miggy
OF bench - Tauchman, Gardner (?), or Florial
IF bench - Ford (?), is Bird a lost cause?
Happ ( I would ditch him but he's tied up)
Free agent (assuming German is banished somewhere bad)
Have a couple young guys pushing for 5th spot, and you know people don't stay healthy
Try to keep the same as last year, and tell Ottovino he needs to do better in playoffs
I really think this missing piece is the ace, especially if we get Cole away from Houston. And don't leave as many runners on base this time