Re: It's never going to be perfect
All that above stated i'd say we have some quality offensive pieces and we have some quality arms, probably not enough of either but some. What we don't yet have and haven't for some time is enough good defense. I can live with a bad throw from EE once a week for the time being, I'd prefer not to but I can. I can live with waiting for Bruce to come around in RF and Votto to continue to refine his at 1st. I can even live with a nuetral defender in LF.
What I can't live with is porous defense up the middle and whoever is acquired to start behind the plate must bring that to the table, of course Hanigan can at least do that ok so worst comes to worst we have someone capable and isn't awful offensively. Dickerson should be a solid option in CF so we should be ok there and of course BP is fine at 2B. The black hole on this team continues to be SS where we have no current options which register as fine.
Offensively I believe that we need an added better solution at the top of the lineup. Whenever we get on base we tend to score runs so we need something close to a #1 or 2 hitter. Dickerson is fine but the only 2 options besides him that we have to bat up there is Hairston and Keppinger neither of which anyone wants playing everyday and neither of which is actually ideal OB types. They are passable up there but them coming off the bench for that would make it much more palatable.
It's for those reasons plus his team circumstances that I have been of the mind to p/u Macier Izturis. I think he's the one guy who could be obtainable that could at least be passable offensively and defensively for what we need. And of course the price wouldn't be absorbitant.
As far as pitching I think we are close but could really use someone who could get LHH's out late in games. And it would be nice to have at least one more dependable power arm in the mix. We also are a starter away obviously and preferably a LHP.
So at minimum we need a good all around SS & C, a couple of BP arms, 1 more solid starter and more than anything else much, much better coaching/managing.