Re: 2011 looking back, September callups and looking forward to 2012
If thet get a shot at the Vott/Bautista deal again. I hope they do it.
I'd look at starting Alpnso at 1B & 3B with Grazier backing up both (and even LF some). I'd have Phillips, Cozart and Janish as my MI's and hope that Gregorious might be able to replace Janish sometime around midyear. The fact that Did can hit from the left would give us nice balance.
Bautista and Bruce in the corners, then If I'm Walt, I'd decide how I want to go forward in CF between Stubbs, Sappelt and Heisey. One would start, one would be the 4th OF and the other would be used in a deal. I'd also like to find a LH or SH OF with Heisey's versatility as the 5th OF and 5th bat on the bench. Mesaraco and Hanigan split the catching chores.
Rolen probably returns though, so he priobably splits tikme with JF at 3B and takes the place of the 5th OF.
Cueto, Arroyo and Leake would have three spots. Arroyo is a l9ck because of his contract, but I expect him to return to 09/10 form after an offseason to regroup. I'd deal fir Shields (built around Grandal, Stubbs, Heisey and extra starters), If the deal is decent, I would not be against Dontrelle as the 5th starter.
Arredondo, Massett, Lecure, Bray and Boxberger or Ondrusek would be the bullpen. Chapman would be the closer and I'd be willing to look at Bailey or Volquez as his RH counterpart if they aren't in the rotation or dealt. I'd like to see them add another prospect capable of possibly closing over the offseason.
2B Brandon Phillips
CF Dave Sappelt/(LH CF)
RF Jay Bruce
LF Jose Bautista/Chris Heisey
1B Yonder Alonso
3B Juan Francisco/Todd Frazier
CA Devin Mesaraco/Ryan Hannigan
SS Zach Cozart/Didi Gregorious
With Tampa Bay:
Edinson Volquez/Homer Bailey/Travis Wood
Last edited by corkedbat; 09-04-2011 at 08:42 PM.