San D wrote:I'm also watching him for another reason. I'm high on Nelson Cruz this year, but his value would take a slight hit if Andruw were to earn playing time. Hamilton would slide to RF, and I imagine Cruz would be in LF if Andruw won time in CF. However, Byrd and Murphy would get AB's somewhere and Blalock is at DH (Young and Davis are at 3B & 1B).
Basically, 5 hitters (Cruz, Jones, Byrd, Murphy, and Blalock) would be battling for 3 lineup spots.
Is it really the case that they would play Fat Boy in CF? I don't think he is better than Hamilton at this point, although as a Hamilton owner I would love to see his legs saved.
If Jones does have a hitting rennaissance, however, he will get the opportunity for ABs. The Rangers have a 1B/3B/OF logjam, but injuries will probably sort this out in 6 weeks.