Re: Tony Clark
I mean besides his flat out horrible year with Boston while his average and OBP have been pretty low the power has been there to 25-35 HR over a full season. I mean he can be bad but he's played much better in the NL and put him in a hitters park and I can see .300, 40, 120 (a stretch but LESS than what last years numbers translate to over a full season).
The D-Backs clearly do have to unload some talent... I'm not sure what they are looking for. They have plenty of 1B/3B/OF- Quentin, Upton, Young, Gonzalez, Green, Tracy, Clark and Conor Jackson. Three of those guys are clearly out of the long term plans- likely Gonzalez, Green and Clark (who act as the teams offensive nucleus but will soon be replaced as other players devolop). Eric Brynes and Jeff Davannon are also solid fill ins. The emergence of Tracy makes these guys expendable and I'm sure they are hoping more guys will step up. They are fine behind the plate with Estrada and Snyder....... They now have Orlando Hudson and Craig Counsell to compliment Alex Cintron (if he's still there?) and Easley. (Was Scott Hairston released yet????). They don't really need talent in their lineup at all.
Brandon Webb is pretty much an ace.... Orlando Hernandez and Russ Ortiz have issues but also upside as well as Juan Cruz. Miguel Batista is pretty decent.... The rotation is not good but it has the potential to be more than solid. I guess they could use a young starter or two but these are the same guys who traded Brad Halsey. The pen is not too bad with Valverde having upside. Luis Vizcaino is not too bad either. They are taking chances with Brandon Lyon, Jason Grimsley and Claudio Vargas though. Pitching is definately their weakness but they've been dumping a lot of talent there too-Schilling, the big unit, and recently Vazquez.
I think, however that the surplus of offensive talent should be taken advantage of just as much as the surplus of starting pitching in Oakland- Harden, Zito, Haren, Loiza, Blanton, Joe Kennedy, Halsey, Sarloos. The Reds need to step and and snag some talent as we clearly have some holes- Williams is a liability in the rotation and Milton definately has the potential to be and Hatteburg/Aurillia would be better suited on the bench. Watch the Reds do nothing, however.