In 2009 LF was mostly manned by Gomes & Nix. Both are gone.
In house candidates:
Personally I only want Dickerson in LF if its for late inning defense or if the usual left fielder is hurt. If he can't start in CF then he is a bench player.
I known Balentien did ok last year & has some supporters here. For me he is a dark horse starter candidate.
Heisey is supposedly pencilled in as #1 on the depth chart. Didn't exactly tear up AAA.
Francisco & Frazier are both felt to need more time in AAA.
Dorn would be a super dark horse candidate.
Plan #1: go to spring training with the candidates above & see who wins the job
Plan #2: get a big stud left fielder via free agency. not gonna happen
Plan #3: sign Nix, Ryan Church or some other cheap left handed vet as a backup plan in case Hesiey, Francisco & Frazier start in AAA. Platoon Balentien with the new guy until one of the 3 prospects is ready.
Plan #4: ???