If we run last nights starting 8 out there the rest of the season we have 5 bench players:
Valentin - solid backup catcher/left handed pinch hitter
LaRue - worthless
Hollandsworth - decent left handed pinch hitter
Castro - good late inning defense/utility infielder
Clayton - worthless
IMO Freel & Phillips are already wearing down.
The trade of Kearns/Lopez for essentially Bray is a big factor in our poor bench. Also the albatross of LaRue's contract is a factor. Also carrying 12 pitchers is a factor.
What to do???
Dumping Clayton seems simple.
Eating LaRue's contract is harder to do.
I am of the opinion that Denorfia & Olmedo would be useful parts.
I suspect there are guys floating around we could trade for as well.