As the offseason is officially here i thought i would try to summarize what we have and what we need for 2007:
C - Valentin vs some righties. Ross or Larue vs lefties/some righties
1B - Hatteberg vs righties. ( Votto likely starts 2007 in AAA )
? vs lefties
2b/SS - Phillips
SS/2b - ?. All we have now are Olmedo & B Harris.
3B - EE
Utility IF - Castro
LF - Dunn
CF - Denorfia or Freel
RF - Griffey for ~100-120 games with Deno/Freel for the rest
25th man - who knows. I see us carrying 13 position players and 12 pitchers again next year.
SP - 1.Arroyo 2.Harang 3.Lohse 4.Milton 5.EZ/Claussen/Belisle
( Bailey starts 2007 in AAA )
RP - Bray, Majik, Coffey, Cormier, Belisle ( if he doesn't start ), Shackelford?, Standbridge?
1. SS or 2B. It is anyone's guess who this will be.
2. a right handed platoon partner at 1B. This will likely a free agent such as resigning Aurillia or signing someone like Eduardo Perez/Craig Wilson/Phil Nevin ( I don't see us spending a lot of money here ).
3. better pitching. A #3 starter would be nice. Bailey MIGHT be that for 2008.
Someone who can pitch the 9th would also be nice. Bray & Coffey did not warm up to that role in 2006.
Trade bait ( If you are easily scared or nauseated don't look ):
1. Ross or LaRue
2. Lohse or Milton
3. ? Cormier
4. Type B and below prospects. I would be shocked and upset if Wayne traded any of the few A prospects we have ( Votto, Bailey, Bruce,etc )