Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
I like Josh Willingham quite a bit but I'm not sure how much of an upgrade he is over the Laynce Nix/Johnny Gomes platoon. Gary Matthews Jr.? Ugh. Jocketty should be fired if he even thinks about acquiring Matthews. Right now, I think our two biggest needs is shortstop and another starting pitcher. The loss of Volquez really hurts. A guy like Doug Davis would be a nice pickup.
I don't think Willingham is an upgrade over the platoon, but he is an upgrade as a RH who can spot in for Bruce and his sub .600 OPS against lefty pitching. Also, he would be the guy to back up Votto instead of overtaxing Hernandez and sending him into another tailspin. Depth is good. I wouldn't trade tons to get him, but he'd surely help and if taking on his bucks and giving up a middling prospect gets it done, I say do it.