Re: Are we really that broken?
posted at 6/27/2011 10:53 AM EDT
SS - Lowrie/Scutaro - a month ago I was convinced Lowrie had plugged this hole but injury has killed that position is batting .270 5 38 - could be worse but where is there a real fix out there? Reyes - sure but too costly?
Yes, he's too costly. When Lowrie comes back, he should get a chance to prove that his struggles were injury related. If he doesn't take the job, Navarro is next in line to get the call.
RF- Drew - this is a huge hole - Drew/Cameron/McDonald are killing us - when Crawford comes back Reddick should be everyday RF - send McDonald back down as he has options - cut Cameron, and use Drew as a $14M reserve.
I agree for the most part. McDonald hasn't had any options since 2007, so he can't simply be optioned down, although I'm not too concerned about another team claiming him on waivers. DFA Cam and assign Drew to back up duty. McDonald can play all 3 OF spots as can Reddick.
Possible Trade candidates:
No. Short term rentals are bad business. Especially when our needs match up with what we have in house.
John Lackey - i'd say right now bigger bust than DiceK - this is the biggest hole on the team - I dont know how to fix (well i do but my idea can't be done) - besides who is really out there? or do we need to bring someone up and who?
IMO we should send Lackey to the Pen when Buch comes back. Even if Lackey were to return to his 2010 form, that isn't a significant upgrade over Wake's 4.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP as a starter this season with just under 6 1/3 IP per start. Lackey's peripherals suggest his ERA should be about 5.0 (a whopping 2.28 below his current ERA). I doubt this will happen because of the money involved, but if I had it my way, this is how it would go.
1 guy to keep an eye out for other than the usual suspects is Kyle Weiland. He was believed to be destined for a bullpen role (potential late inning reliever), but he has continued to succeed as a starter with a 3.33 and 1.26 WHIP in 78 1/3 AAA innings this year (he would need to be added to the 40 man roster).