Re: Offseason Plan
1. Agree. Address the Ludwick situation. He likes it here. He fits in. He's having a career season. Some guys get worse with age. Some guys hit their stride in the mid-30's. We haven't seen him to be injury prone either yet. I'd consider a 2-year deal.
2. I'd consider trading for Upton, but not if you have to trade Hamilton, Stephenson, Corcino, or Cingrani........which you probably will. I'd push to include either Leake or Bailey, rather than the young pitching, simply for salary reasons. Choice of Bailey or Leake, Gregorius, Heisey or Stubbs, Lotzkar or Villareal. I do not trade Cozart. If they sign Ludwick and trade for Upton, Bruce becomes your everyday CFer, and you have to ask yourself if he feels comfortable with that or do you feel comfortable with that?
3. If the Upton trade fails, pursue Dexter Fowler. The Rockies need pitching badly. Make a similar offer as the Upton offer, but a bit less. Include Stubbs. Fowler can play CF, and Bruce remains in RF.
If successful with 2 out of the first 3, the outfield is set for a few years.
With Leake or Bailey gone, you have to figure out who you're 5th starter is.
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