Re: Blanton & Street: Would you?
I guess I was assuming that Bruce would start in CF or come up quickly and would provide the offense.... typically, I'm not big on putting a huge weight on the shoulders of a rookie/young guy... (example: EdE being the RBI we leaned on in 07), but for some reason I'm much more optimistic about Bruce... nothings a sure thing, but .. I get the feeling Bruce is close....
I dont think we lose much (in 08 at least) by replacing Hatte w/ Votto..... I don't think Hatte was going to platoon w/ Votto anyway.... A Hatte/Kepp platoon for 1st would be formidable, IMO.
W/ the loss of Votto... we still have Griff, Dunn, Phillip, EdE, Bruce? for offense .... we would probably need to add a good pitch-hitter type (Mench?) and of course, be on the look out for improvement from the Right-side of the plate. As odd as it sounds (and I know its odd), but IF Rolen's healthy, and IF there's any thread of truth to the Rolen to Reds speculation... a healthy Rolen could answer a plethora of offensive questions for this team.
BP: Cordero/Street/Weathers/Burton, etc
"healthy" Rolen, 3b
I mean, we're talking possibly a team w/ no weaknesses ...