Re: Offseason Priorities
More thoughts, and some the same:
This all assumes Dusty is back as manager.
1. Do they replace the hitting coach?
2. Do they sell high on some guys who had good seasons, such as Bailey? Chapman? 2 guys who often have arm fatigue but survived this season intact.
3. How long will it take Hamilton to get to the major leagues or will he? Will he succeed or flop at the major league level?
4. Short term fix or long term fix in CF? And how do you acquire someone? What are the options?
5. Are you okay with Frazier at 3B? Or do you want an upgrade?
6. Are you okay with Ludwick in LF? Or do you want an upgrade?
7. Chapman, rotation or Closer? Cingrani......is he a starter option or bullpen option?
Lots of questions. I hope they don't stand pat this offseason. Already have a postseason team. Let's improve it to make it a leading contender.
1. Yes. Replace Jacoby. It certainly can't hurt after watching this team struggle in the postseason.
2. I could see Walt trying to upgrade the starting rotation, even with how good it was. I was really impressed with Bailey the last month or so. And he stayed healthy all season, but will he in the future? He has been fragile in the past. Sell high on him now? He's up for a contract soon. Can they afford him? I'm 50/50 on trading him. They could consider Chapman for the rotation. And Hoover spent more than 50% of his time in the Braves minors as a starter, while never having an e.r.a. over 3.50. And Cingrani and Corcino are on the cusp. And Chapman has the often arm fatigue thingie. Trade him before he become damaged goods? Hmmmm.
3. I'm really excited about Billy Hamilton, but I'm afraid I'm expecting too much of him as a major leaguer.
4. I guess they have to do a short term fix in CF/leadoff if they believe Hamilton is going to deliver in the future. Cheap trade for Dejesus might work. Or a trade for Soo if you think Bruce can handle CF, which most people don't.
5. Frazier's late season slump concerns me. Has the scouting report finally caught up to him or just late season fatigue/slump? I might consider upgrading 3B if the right offer came along. With the usual injuries during the season, it's not like Frazier wouldn't still get to play alot at some position if he remained a utility/backup type player.
6. I'd like them to pursue a better option than Ludwick for awhile and if it doesn't happen, try and re-sign him. I'm concerned about getting Votto more pitches to hit and he needs someone better than Ludwick hitting behind him.
7. I see alot of options and directions they could go with the starting rotation. But only to improve it. Bailey coming due for a big contract. Latos due down the road. Can they afford all these guys? Sell high on Bailey? Sell high on Chapman? Hoover, Cingrani, Corcino in the wings? My answer. I'd be patient and stand pat unless a true upgrade fell into their laps via trade offer. Another season should only see improvement from Bailey, Chapman, etc. And if someone in the rotation goes down for awhile next season, you get to audition potential replacements then. And Cingrani and Corcino will certainly be in triple A next year showing you what they got. Alot of answers should start to come forth in 2013. Hopefully guys continue to stay healthy.
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