stumpak wrote:Wouldn't you have to assume that Lehr has a solid shot and could even be judged to be the favorite? It seems likely that threy traded for him to replace Kolb and he has two successful AAA years of closing under his belt. I don't think it was a case of Oakland giving up on him; he was just not the closer of the future with Street around.
At this point, he's got as good a shot as anyone. I will say that a 27 y.o. who's part of a package to get an average, at best, 2B doesn't seem to have the highest upside, especially when the other player in the trade is 24 and went .326 with 26 homers, 100 RBIs and 16 steals combined in high-A, AA and AAA last year. A 16/14 K/BB ratio in 33 IP also doesn't inspire (but didn't stop Kolb), so who knows.