First this isnt your traditional cup of coffee in the Bigs...he is here to work and possibly work through early struggles in hopes he is a solid contributor beginning next year
I know its an exciting time...but I am not trying to sound like I am drinking the Kool-Aid
Lets look at what we have probably heading into 2015
First we have a good bullpen that should remain solid and has a chance to be better next year
A lot of options for the pen so not sure if we need any FA relievers...but there may be a trade or signing thats unexpected
Now the rotation...
Thats what we have and theres even a few more options I didnt mention...but we need a TOR and likely more
I was opposed to a 6 year deal for Lester...but if thats what Theo wants to try I am in...but will be on my knees praying it works out.
Some solid starters could include....
Cueto??? a long shot
As you can see lots of solid pitchers and fallbacks if we cant land the ones we want
Also a few reclamation projects
Mastersons value has severely dropped...if we can buy low I make the move...2 year deal
Billingsly...another possible buy low option with possible high reward
Delgado ..my crazy idea lol...kid needs a change of scenery...lost his starting job...but hasnt lost his stuff...just his command...sounds familiar lol....a lot of potential here..likely to be suspended and fined by MLB for hitting McCutchen in retaliation for Goldshmidt...though was probably coaxed the entire way...a low prospect or 2 with upside should be enough for what he has become
And now the Offense/Defense
Now obviously there will be struggles....but even with the struggles I cannot see the kids being worse than some of what we have had out there this year...so by comparison I am considering struggles and defense liability
1BRizzo Rizzo Push no significant changes
SS Castro Castro Push HOPEFULLY no significant changes
2B Barney Baez Offensively a huge upgrade...defensively could be a huge downgrade...still he has
a stronger arm than Barney
3B Valbuena/Olt Likely will start 2015 the same way with Bryant coming up shortly after...Again huge
offense but likely a defensive liability early on
RF Schierholtz/ Ruggiano Soler This one goes to Soler in just about every category
CF Lake/ Bonifacio Alcantara Giving this one to Alcantara...better offensive tools and has time to figure things out before opening day...hopefully his speed starts to play
LF Coghlan He may split time there with Soler...but Coghlan has earned a chance to start next year
Now FA choices...3 names are at the top of the list for possible starting jobs.
A few others who might be considered bench or reclamation
Colvin...wouldnt that be funny
D. Young would be nice if he could get his butt in gear but a long shot
And now my biggest offensive addition...maybe u noticed I left Catcher of the offense list earlier...that because I am hoping we trade Castillo for whatever extra offense he may have...if any at this point seriously...and go get defensive wiz behind the dish...Russel Martin...is is everything this club needs and everything the front office pointed at wanting...but more on that in my other thread