Re: The Best Road Offense in MLB?
posted at 10/23/2011 5:20 PM EDT
We have a tremendous offense and our pitching needs help so much that I think most of our cash goes there. Consider:
RIGHT FIELD: IMO, we can probably go with what we have in RF with Reddick and Kalish with acceptable, low cost results. Maybe we pick up a solid RH platoon guy for RF or slot him in LF and move Crawford over. Crawford doesn't have the arm but in every onther way defensively he would be solid in RF.
Is this ideal for 2012. Maybe not, but it saves a ton of cash and it enables us to see what we have in Reddick and Kalish. It also leaves that spot open for guys like Brentz, Linares, Jacobs, Hassan, and many others who might emerge for that spot in the future.
Most here would find a RF anyway right. Willingham looks like a decent solution, if we move Crawford to RF and slot Willingham to LF but the defense suffers big time in that move. I can see a trade maybe happening for a RH RF solution, but we need to save somewhere and I think Reddick/Kalish probably will give us aceptable numbers for the money. We need that money for other needs.
Take the supplemental pick for Tek, if we can snaggle it, and go with Salty and Lavarnway. Again save the cash in an area we can save cash while giving us acceptable performance. If anything, this move probably helps our offense. Possibly in a big way.
3) STARTERS: We need at least one #3 starter and I would contend several. Call me crazy but I like Bedard as one of those options but a more solid #3 is where I would spend cash. That # 3 would ideally be a #4 for us, after Beckett, Lester, Buchholz. Maybe a Beurhle?
4) DH: A combination of Lavarnway, and hopefully a reserve OF platoon/ Youk on occasion...etc. A motley crew for sure but roster flexibility is vastly underated IMO. Maybe we can find a role for a Willingham if he is cost effective.
More to come later.