Thought it would be interesting to see everybody lay out a plan for their favorite teams if they were in charge of putting together a ball club. I know the date is 6/24, and the moves we would make today will differ from now to the trade deadline and the offseason, but I'd just like to see some general plans from some armchair GM's.
Quick 2007 Summary: Same story as always. Great starting pitching, pathetic run support. 12 games back in the NL Central, and 11.5 back in the wildcard race.
Trade Deadline Approach: Stay Neutral. I'm not really looking to make any trades, but if the right deal presented itself I would make a move. If I were to get active, we would act as sellers not buyers.
Re-Sign- Jason Jennings, Mike Lamb, Mark Loretta
Say Goodbye To- Brad Ausmus, Craig Biggio, Trever Miller, Brian Moehler, Orlando Palmeiro, Rick White
Welcome Aboard- David Eckstein, Michael Barrett, Bartolo Colon, Eddie Guardado, JC Romero
2008 Opening Day 25 Man Roster:
C- Michael Barrett 1B- Lance Berkman 2B- Chris Burke 3B- Morgan Ensberg SS- David Eckstein LF- Carlos Lee CF- Hunter Pence RF- Luke Scott
Bench: Adam Everett, Mike Lamb, Jason Lane, Mark Loretta, Eric Munson
SP- Roy Oswalt SP- Jason Jennings SP- Bartolo Colon SP- Wandy Rodriguez SP- Chris Sampson
CL- Brad Lidge RP- Dan Wheeler RP- Chad Qualls RP- Brandon Backe RP- Woody Williams RP- Eddie Guardado RP- JC Romero
Oakland: 25th in runs scored. We need hitting , right now. Big target: Adam Dunn. Would be interesting to see if Cincinnati would take Kotsay or Stewart for him , because "they play the right way" and "they hustle". Otherwise , maybe plunder Thome as a rental from the White Sox , or try for Johnny Gomes from Tampa Bay. Longshot: trade for Glaus and move him to SS. What would be fantastic , is if the Yankees fall out of contention completely before the deadline , they have tonnes of hitting to offer for.
Trade chips: Kendall , Kennedy , Kotsay , Stewart , Embree - when Street & Duch return , Crosby , Dan Johnson , DiNardo. Minor league relief if we deal with Cin. Actually a mop standing in a wheelie bucket with an As jersey on , and paper plate stuck to it with a smiley face - call it a closer and Krivsky will take it. Bargain!
Quick 2007 Summary: Injuries, and more injuries. 3/5th's of the starting rotation, our closer, our setup man, and 4 members of the starting lineup have been on the DL at some point during the season (and several are still on the DL). These injuries, as well as an underachieving offense, have led to a .500 record as we near mid-season. Being 6.5 games out of the WC, and 10.5 games out of the division leaves the postseason unlikely, but there is still a long way to go.
Trade Deadline Approach: If this team plays their way into the WC/division race over the next month, I'd go out and trade for a starting SS, the one main weakness of the '07 Jays right now. If this team plays their way out of the WC/division race over the next month, I wouldn't become a huge seller. We're planning on contending over the next few years, and trading guys like Troy Glaus isn't going to help that effort. I'd probably check if there is a market for guys like Matt Stairs (who is in the middle of a .950+ OPS season).
Offseason: I like the look of next year's team. The rotation, bullpen, and offense look great. The few places I'd look to upgrade are at SS (assuming we haven't already traded for one) and at C. Possibly add another starting pitcher for depth.
2008 projected roster: C: Gregg Zaun 1B: Lyle Overbay 2B: Aaron Hill SS: David Eckstein? (There really isn't much available next year at this position, Eckstein might be given a ton of money from some team...could be the Jays) 3B: Troy Glaus OF: Vernon Wells OF: Alex Rios OF: Reed Johnson DH: Frank Thomas
Bench: Curtis Thigpen, Adam Lind, Matt Stairs, John McDonald
SP: Roy Halladay SP: AJ Burnett SP: Dustin McGowan SP: Shaun Marcum SP: Casey Janssen
CL: BJ Ryan SU: Brandon League SU: Jeremy Accardo RP: Jason Frasor RP: Scott Downs RP: Brian Tallet RP: Jamie Vermilyea