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cjs07484
03-29-2008, 11:28 AM
Roster looks set as Fay says Ross will start on the DL

GoReds33
03-29-2008, 11:37 AM
At the beginning of camp I would have given Mercker about a 5% chance of making the team. Releasing Stanton makes this roster so much more versatile.

cjs07484
03-29-2008, 11:44 AM
Ryan Freel
Juan Castro
Scott Hatteberg
Norris Hopper
Paul Bako

Bench is weak! This is the part of the team that really concerns me. There is not a bat with some pop to put in late in a game.

GoReds33
03-29-2008, 11:46 AM
There is not a bat with some pop to put in late in a game.That bat will be here when Ross comes back. Then we have Valentin off the bench.

cjs07484
03-29-2008, 11:46 AM
Also, the forty man is a concern.

Patterson takes the open spot from Capellan.
Cueto takes Stanton's spot

3 more spots need to be opened up for Mercker, Bako, and Lincoln. Who gets taken off and they risk losing?

cjs07484
03-29-2008, 11:50 AM
That bat will be here when Ross comes back. Then we have Valentin off the bench.

I still feel like we need a RH bat with some pop off the bench. Hatteberg and Valentin from the left side will be nice options late in games, but Freel, Castro, and Hopper are not much of a threat.

captainmorgan07
03-29-2008, 11:56 AM
Cabrera hit well this spring. I thought he had an outside chance to make the club. He and hairston atleast provided alot of versatility. I agree that bench is not that strong with the stick from the right side. Castro early on will probably finish alot of games at shortstop because of keppingers lack of range. The question now is who plays against lefties in center field. I'd say probably freel with hopper off the bench.

cjs07484
03-29-2008, 12:00 PM
I think Cabrera was road blocked since we still have Hatte. His defense other than at first was suspect and Kriv couldn't carry another just "corner type" infielder.

I agree with Freel being the platoon partner. He did everything he had to in spring training and seems to be an afterthought when it comes to center.

cjs07484
03-29-2008, 12:00 PM
The other question mark comes when Gonzo comes back. Is that when Castro departs?

jmac
03-29-2008, 12:03 PM
Ryan Freel
Juan Castro
Scott Hatteberg
Norris Hopper
Paul Bako

Bench is weak! This is the part of the team that really concerns me. There is not a bat with some pop to put in late in a game.

Exactly on the rh bat needed. I thought Cabrera might make it for that reason alone.

GoReds33
03-29-2008, 12:24 PM
The other question mark comes when Gonzo comes back. Is that when Castro departs?I would have thought that he would still be here, but with the Stanton move I would speculate that he may be gone.

757690
03-29-2008, 01:10 PM
Power off the bench if very over-rated. You want guys who can pitch hit, get on hits and get on base. Freel and Hopper have done well on that role in the past. The bench is as good as most teams. Remember it is a bench, full of players who are not good enough to be starters.

The bench will look much better when Ross comes back and much, much better when AGon moves Kepp to the bench (or just comes back).

jmac
03-29-2008, 01:16 PM
much better when AGon moves Kepp to the bench (or just comes back).
I personally would prefer the "just comes back" part.