Re: my opening day lineup for 2008!
It is exciting to consider the potential for a vastly different looking design, and for a far younger core, to begin taking the field within the next year+. Yet another reason I was hoping to move much of the veteran trade fodder. I hoped that Wayne could acquire enough quantity/quality of solid young arms to solidify the desperately thin pitching staff enough to prevent it from undermining what could be a solid young offensive team going forward. I wish we were in the business of acquiring higher OBP youngsters on offense, and some real RHH power for balance. Dunn, Griffey, Votto, Bruce, Hamilton are just too lopsided, and redundant for comfort. This was the year to move Griffey for a couple of plus young rotation arms, since apparently the right offers weren't available for Dunn.
Hamilton - RF/CF
Phillips (preferably #5, but we need a RHH in the top 4 of the order)
Bruce - CF/RF
Dunn - LF
Encarnacion - 3B
Votto - 1B
Ross - C
Gonzo - SS
I hope that Griffey finishes 2007 strong, despite his current rut, and that we find him a new home (in return for young arms) before next season. That's a fairly exciting, though unbalanced and less than ideally designed, young lineup to consider trotting out there next year... though I hope that the next wave of Freel, Conine (gone), Hatteberg, Hopper types don't get in the way of our youth taking the field.
It gets much less exciting when you look at the holes in the rotation, and the glaring weaknesses which still exist in the bullpen.