Re: Outfield question
I think a deal for a young stud is unlikely, but I like the idea of dealing some of our top guys who may not fit for some other teams excess in the OF.
My first choice is Mike Stanton but he's not realistic. FLA does seem to have 3 corner OF for two spots, so there might be some interest there. Stanton is the RF and I'm guessing Logan Morrison will play LF. They seem to want to bring Uggla back so that would make Chris Coghlan an odd man out. Lefty bat, has played some 2B, might do well in a platoon with Gomes, Heisey or Frazier at some point. I'd prefer more power in LF, but Coghlan would be a clear upgrade from a guy like Dickerson and his abilty to play 2B and hit LH would make him a useful pick-up.
Another realistic name might be Matt Joyce. Another Lefty Bat with power who seems to hit RHP and might be another platoon guy (though he did well against LH in AAA in 2009). He was considered a plus defender at one point though I'm not really sure. The Rays could use Alonso and I think a deal could be made there (with more added on each side). Joyce/Heisey, Stubbs, Bruce would set the OF and the defense would be pretty darn good. If the team could get Reid Brignac as a lefty MI to share time with Cozart while caddying for Rolen and Phillips in the same deal it might set the roster pretty well.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
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