Re: Ryan Freel
Freel is an excellent BENCH player. He's simply not an everyday player. He's got good range in centerfield but his judgement is .... ummm.... let's just say it's "below average". I guess I'm in a generous mood. :O)
But Patterson is not the answer either.
It's time to give Jay a shot. If he K's a bunch, then he K's a bunch. If he's "destined" to be a corner OF'er, fine. But for now, the opening is in center. And regardless of how he's "projected" to be a corner outfielder, the simple fact is that he's been playing center for over 75% of the time in Louisville. Same went for last year IIRC. You can project him anywhere you want, but he's been getting the majority of his playing time the past 2 years in Center....bring the kid UP already.
Pitching and defense...anything else is gravy. Mmmm...gravy.