Pogotheostrich wrote:Thames to LF? Guillen to 1B? M-Cab to DH?
More like Thames to DH, and that's it.
Is Thames that bad of a fielder?
In a word, yes.
But I think it's more to do with not having to move three players from positions they've been working on during the offseason and ST. It's much simpler to simply put Thames at DH in a semi-platoon with Guillen and Ordonez for when they're being spelled by their youngsters in the OF (Anderson, Clevlen, Raburn).
so who gets the playing time...marcus thames or josh anderson? thames has nice power, but has a BA that would kill you in fantasy baseball. i ask the question because if anderson is expected to start in LF, he could be a nice sleeper in all leagues much like brett gardner. both players could be mirror images of jacoby ellsbury. 80-100 runs (depending where they hit in the lineup) 5-10 HR 50-60 rbi 40-60 sb .280-.300 avg.
Anderson will get some PT, but he won't be a regular unless they move Guillen to 3B and bench Inge - then that opens up LF. Anderson is a more useful backup and leftie bat depending on the matchup. He's not going to get enough ABs unless something drastic happens to be relevant in fantasy.
Guillen will stay in left unless he is a total butcher, then Anderson gets more PT. This move means Larish makes the team. A DH platoon of Thames/Larish could be very productive and gives much more flexibility for Maggs, Guillen, MCab to DH occasionally. I still see Anderson as a 4th outfielder.