Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 12/24/2013 5:08 PM EST
In response to jcri's comment:
Guys, sometimes I just read your comments and the discussions are so well presented that I change my mind with each one. This Drew situation is one. I'll be ok with whichever way it falls out, but at this moment these points are winning me over: Moon, I liked your comparisons/contrasts of Drew, Middy, Bogey above showing not having Drew might not affect RS all that much. Next, if the draft is stronger this year, then THIS year is the year for us to position ourselves. Also, those here did a lot of talking last winter of RS doing everything possible through 2014 to position ourselves for strong drive in 2015. Part of that was working in the kids. It seems like we're on a precipice--we can stand pat, play it safe, pay high for vets--or take that leap to find out about who's ready, save payroll, move resources. It appears between pitching excess and duplication in some positions we can cover any problems. We're in a great place, but at some point guys are going to have to sink or swim. RS have been slow in just giving guys a clear shot--Youk, Reddick, Iggy--but it's time.
I agree, and if and when we trade Dempster or Peavy we will have the budget space to fill in a spot where a kid is not doing well enough.
We may also have some kids in AAA that are lighting up the place and who could come up and take over for a struggling youngster or vet.
Injury or player struggling:
3B: Cecchini (Holt/Snyder)
1B: Cecchini to 3B/Middy to 1B (or Carp/Nava/Snyder)
CF: Brentz to RF/ Victorino to CF
LF/RF: Brentz, Hassan, Linares
C: Lavarnway, Vazquez or Butler
DH: Lavarnway, Cecchini, Betts, Coyle, Linares (Gomes/Nava)
SP: Workman, Britton, Webster, Wright, Ranaudo, Barnes, Hinojosa, Owens
RP: Workman, Britton, de la Rosa, Villareal, Wilson, Ely, Watanabe, Hernandez, Layne