Originally Posted by TRF
It isn't about improving this year that much. It's more about laying a foundation, allowing the youth to mature and not being historically horrible. This is Houston's projected rotation...
Norris and Harrell both had solid seasons. While Lyles hasn't done anything in the majors yet, he's got a solid minor league pedigree and some solid upside. If Humber shows up like the 2011 Humber, he's a VERY solid pick up. And if Bedard can somehow stay healthy and recapture what he used to be....Simply put, this might not be as bad as you think. Especially with some of the arms coming from the farm.
Justin Maxwell is 29, has never been a starter and has 534 AB's in the major leagues. He's the projected starting CF. Fernando Martinez is mildly interesting in RF, JD Martinez is not in LF.
This team is a major league mess, and with three signings I would improve 2/5's of the rotation and CF. I'd move Ankiel to RF, F Martinez to LF and drop kick JD Martinez off the roster.
Oh, I'd also likely go get Jon Rauch and Todd Coffey. Rodriguez as your main setup man? blech.
I can't argue with the OF...it's a freaking disaster. But if Bourn won't come to Houston as I've been hearing for quite a while now, who do they add there? Rauch and Coffey are certainly possibilities. But I have a feeling they'll use the pen as an extended tryout for some of the numerous arms they've collected. It's not like Rauch, Coffey or Rodriguez are all that great.