AquaMan2342 wrote:Today I read that if Damon is signed, they might send Jackson down to get more seasoning in the minors. That would put Clete Thomas in center.....who is a great defensive player. Damon would be an upgrade over Guillen/Raburn and Maggs is Maggs. With this I'd say the defense might actually be better because Thomas is good. Offensively it's hard to say....I suppose it depends on Damon.
With price I suppose it's also a wash or so.
If the bottom half of our order looks like Inge:Thomas:Laird/Avila:Everett there's going to be people standing in line trying to stab Dombrowski in the face with a rusty shovel. Thomas/Laird/Everett may not get 100 RBIs combined the entire season. That would be a freaking disaster
Clete's a great guy, and he's definitely above-average defensively, but his average is awful, his OBP sad, and his power numbers even worse. It's going to take a TREMENDOUS improvement in his hitting to stick with the major league club.
If we're sticking him in CF just to save ourselves a couple runs per month, we'd be much better off committing to AJax and letting him hit further down in the order. For any "seasoning" that AJax is going to need in the minors, Clete's going to need just as much if not more to work on his hitting.