reply to mth123
1. I generally agree with your assessment. I think the future looks brighter than the past but it will be 2008/2009 not 2007.
2. " I would try to add pieces where I can and maybe sign a #3 type pitcher. "
What I don't want WK to do is sign some pitcher to a long bad contract ( Milton? Chan Ho Park? Jared Wright? Pavano? etc etc ) . I am not sure we can sign a #3 SP when so many other richer teams need pitching.
3. " Trade the catchers, Hat, Freel, Lohse, Majewski and Cormier. "
Hatteberg plays 1B ( or platoons at 1B ) until Votto is ready.
Freel could be traded since he could wear out quick and might not be a good player come say 2009.
Don't trade Majik now & lets see what he can do if healthy.
Cormier is tradable especially if we resign Schowenweis.
" Maybe some mid level minor leaguers like Pelland, Dumatrait or Moran. "
" Trade the others only if its an overwhelming offer. "
4. "With Dunn, EdE, Votto and Bruce that is the makings of a good middle of the order. With Phillips at 2B and some combo of Deno, Strait, Dickerson or Stubbs in CF the team on the field is promising. Need to get a SS and a catcher.
Harang, Arroyo, Bailey and a signing make a solid rotation with Lizard, Claussen, Cueto and/or Wood rounding things out. Lots of relief candidates if Coffey or Bray could eventually close."
Sounds like a nice team circa 2009. sigh
5. They probably will be middle of the pack at best in 2007 because we'll be using stopgaps while these pieces get ready, but I think they can rise in 2008or 2009 when some of the bad contracts go off the books and money is spent in strategic areas. I wouldn't rock the foundation now and delay the improvement. Not enough ready talent on hand to be trading a lot of it away unless it is a clear win in talent coming back. We have already seen what trading foundation pieces to fill holes gets you. The projected middle of the order and projected rotation look solid and those are the hardest pieces to get. "