What do you think of Evan playing 1B? we have AKi at 3B and Rocco in CF, Upton could play 2B and Evan could play 1B, he is a big kid
I think I'd try to package Dukes and Navarro to ATL for Salty. ATL may be interested in Dukes if Jones bails via FA.
I wouldn't put Evan at the 1B slot because we are already power challenged at 3B, and traditionally those two positions are earmarked for power. I love Aki's defense and spark, but the lack of power and the propensity for injury (based on his limited MLB experience) would serve as a basis for me to start Evan at 2B and keep him as a backup for 3B. Evan's still developing in the power department.
BJ is a natural fit for CF, which leaves Rocco as DH. Less stress on his body, maybe we can keep him healthy for a full year.
I'd try to package Cantu and Gomes to the Brewers for some MR help. Villaneuava may be expendable if Gallardo becomes the stud they think he could be, with Vargas moving to the pen. Rickie Weeks is a walking ER trauma center, so having a Cantu in reserve might not be such a bad idea, and the band box of a stadium the Brewers play in might be a great fit for Gomes.
So I guess my '08 lineup would look like this:
Price (mid season callup)
Possum...I mean Fossum