Catching Up with the Cubs After a Rainout

The Cubs and Reds received a “night off” thanks to Mother Nature. Weather permitting, the now two-game series will begin Wednesday night and conclude Thursday afternoon. A make-up date for Tuesday’s game has not been announced. The Cubs make one more trip back to Cincinnati this season (August 17 – August 19) and the game could be made up then as part of a day-night doubleheader.

The Cubs have a few decisions to make in the next 24-36 hours. Ryan Dempster is scheduled to return from the DL for the finale in Cincinnati and Kerry Wood will likely be activated prior to Thursday’s game which could mean Scott Maine and/or Randy Wells will be sent back to Iowa.

And, could Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo be in the Cubs’ lineup together in the near future?

Here’s an update …

Rebuilding Wrigley
The Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been discussing ways in which to rebuild Wrigley Field. The Cubs are seeking financial help to rebuild the second oldest park in the game, one in which has a lot of restrictions attached to the park due to its historical status.

According to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business, on the table is $500 million or so plan – $300 million to reconstruct Wrigley and another $200 million for the ‘Triangle’ building – a multiuse structure in which would incorporate parking and entertainment. According to Greg Hinz, the Ricketts family and/or the team would pay for the Triangle building, leaving $300 million needed for the old ballyard.

Greg Hinz reported that half of the money needed for Wrigley would come from the team “presumably in increased revenue from more signage inside Wrigley and retail and other entertainment in what amounts to a game-day carnival on Waveland Avenue on Wrigley’s north side and Sheffield Avenue to the east.”

The other half ($150 million or so) would come from “bonds to be retired with increased revenue from the existing city and Cook County amusement taxes on ticket sales.” Hinz explained, “Specifically, debt service would get the first six percent in growth above a base level of around $15 million a year now.”

The Cubs would also like a “50 percent cut of any increase in amusement tax revenue growth above six percent and unlike the bonds, which would be retired in 30 or 35 years, that would be forever.”

Greg Hinz pointed out that this is what is being discussed right now … but neither the county nor the state, whose Illinois Finance Authority would issue the bonds, is as yet on board.

Mayor Emanuel hasn’t fully committed to anything but would like to do something.

Full Report from Crain’s Chicago Business

Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo
According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs have started internal discussions about how they can get both Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo in the same lineup.

The Cubs have not decided to alter their plan to get Rizzo more experience at the Triple-A level. Rizzo will remain in the minors for now (Cubs would like to see him get at least another 100 or so plate appearances) but with both players producing it is not out of the question that LaHair and Rizzo could end up in the Cubs lineup before the All-Star break.

With Marlon Byrd now in Boston, one option could be moving David DeJesus to center because of LaHair’s ability to play the corner outfield spots. LaHair told the Sun-Times that he has been playing the outfield his entire life and is very comfortable in the outfield. LaHair would like to remain at first but acknowledged if it is better for Rizzo to be at first, “it is what it is.”

Bryan LaHair said, “If he was to come here and do what he did there, here, and I keep doing what I’m doing, I mean, that could be dangerous.”

News and Notes
Ryan Dempster told the Tribune he thinks Carlos Marmol will perform better once he receives more save chances. The Cubs had only five save opportunities in April, the second lowest in the majors behind the Padres (4).

The Cubs outfielders hit one home run in the first month of the season. Joe Mather notched the only homer hit by an outfielder on the next to the last day of the month (April 29). The Cubs hit only nine home runs in April, the second lowest output in franchise history. Bryan LaHair hit more than half (5) of the team’s longballs.

Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times reminded the baseball world that Sunday was the 25th Anniversary of the greatest game of Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame career.

Lendy Castillo is not hurt, he’s just not been used because the Cubs have been more competitive since April 20, the last time Castillo pitched in a game. The Cubs like Castillo’s potential according to ESPN Chicago.

Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

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  • Anonymous47701

    Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo in the same lineup….how dynamic would that be to see. Can’t wait ’til June or July.

    • Cory

      Not sure how “dynamic” it is, but it’s a better punch than we’ve seen in any lineup this season.

    • GaryLeeT

      We shouldn’t have to wait on Rizzo. There is nothing left for him to prove in AAA. If I were him, I would be pissed if I was being held back just so the team could save a few dollars. Just sit Soriano already, and play LaHair in left. I mean, if the Cubs could not find a taker for Soriano coming off a pretty solid  season last year, then riding the bench won’t make his value go any lower than zero. They are going to need reasons for people to come to the ballpark sooner rather than later. I can’t remember the last time I saw a half full Wrigley like I have seen this year.

      • Tony_Hall

        In April?  April home games are always the least attended games of the year.  That is why they try and have night games, to be able to get more attendance, since not as many people take time off in April versus the summer months.  Plus with the bad weather, people have stayed home versus using their season tickets, when they couldn’t sell them on the cold days.

        I don’t really think they will be off on their revenue from home games.

        • GaryLeeT

          The fans would have turned out in bad weather if there were a reason to. Like you said, there is bad weather every April, but the drop off in attendance this year, verses recent years, is stark. I would be willing to take you up on a bet that revenue from concessions are WAY off verses the same number of home games in the last 5 years.

          • Tony_Hall

            I know you are talking about people in attendance, but we went through this last year, so I don’t believe it is much different this year, than last.  From years when the team was expected to win, absolutely.  But to effect them it would take a much more significant drop off in paid attendance and actual attendance throughout the season.

            Official attendance to date is averaging 37,121 per game or 90.2%.  Last year for the whole year (which should be higher than April every single year), 37,258 or 90.5%, or not much different.  Actually paid attendance in April is pretty good.

            http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance 

          • GaryLeeT

             Again, you are just giving me ticket sales, which is the only stat used to figure attendance. No way do your numbers pass the eye test. Here is a link to a rival site (sorry Neil) that takes a stab at the actual turn style numbers, which the team never gives.
            http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2012/4/26/2976633/2012-cubs-attendance-watch

          • Tony_Hall

            The no-shows will not maintain the same percentage as April, like the article tries to estimate from their estimations of real attendance at each game.  All in all, total guess work.  Obviously no-shows are happening more an more the last few years.  I am sure that Ricketts looks at this as a short term problem, until the team turns around.  Plus they are still selling most of the tickets.

            I expect real attendance to go up, once guys like BJAX, Rizzo, etc. start coming up, as it will spark more interest in the team.

      • Guest

        It is not about saving dollars. It is about getting another year of team control. Rizzo would be FA eligible after 2017 if they bring him up anytime before June 22. He will be FA eligible after 2018 if they bring him up after June 22. I am all for patience to get another year of team control. If it was about saving dollars on Rizzo, they would have to wait until late August probably- I’m guessing they will not do that.

        • GaryLeeT

           Doesn’t keeping team control verses hitting free agency equal saving money? There is another way to control a player. It’s called a contract. If Rizzo lives up to his potential, he should be locked up with one, like Longoria, and Braun were.

          • Guest

            I thought you were referring to waiting for Super 2’s as “saving money.” Rizzo more than likely will qualify for Super 2 status unless the Cubs wait for late August. I think with an 8-15 record and a team that more than likely will not contend this year, you wait another 52 days to bring him up to take advantage of the FA rules but we can agree to disagree on this point.

      • Ross

         I agree 100%.  Attendance will force the move.   They will lose more money holding Rizzo back than they save.  Sign the kid to a ling term contract like tampa did with Longoria and save your money that way.

  • GaryLeeT

    I wonder if the product on the field is hurting the Ricketts’ financial outlook, as they look for funds to revamp Wrigley. 

    • Tony_Hall

      I don’t think at all.  TR as most owners do, try to get financial support from the local communities that benefit financially from the team.

  • Chadaudio

    When Dempster comes back, it may be a good time to cut Lendy Castillo and keep Maine… I just don’t think we have enough bullpen talent to hide a single A pitcher anymore.

    I wish it could have worked out but…

    • Tony_Hall

      Or Shawn Camp.  Obviously the Phillies are not willing to receive a player back in return, so that the Cubs can send him to the minors.  So, the Cubs are committed to keeping him hidden on the roster and using him in games that the outcome is already decided, until he gets a hangnail or something a little more severe, so that they can DL him.

      • Chadaudio

        I don’t know Tony, Shawn Camp has actually started to look a bit better lately.  I haven’t totally made my mind up yet, but I think I may rather have Camp then Castillo at this point (I know, I hated typing that too).

      • Zonk

        Castillo has upside.  Camp has none.  This year, it’s an easy decision to DFA Camp to keep Castillo.

        It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Castillo suffered an “injury” requiring a minor league rehab stint, like a groin strain.  That’s what they did with Patton.

        • Tony_Hall

          I believe that is what I said on Castillo being DL’d.

          Just remember “they” aren’t the same “they” that did that with Patton.

          • Chadaudio

            I guess I’m still a bit gun-shy about the whole Castillo thing because of the Patton story… It’s hard for me to see this working out over the long-haul.

            In contrast, if we keep Shawn Camp until the trade deadline, and he is able to keep pitching well… then maybe we can get something for him?

          • paulcatanese

            Boy, you guys are “Devious”.:)

  • Michael

    Great article Neil.

    What is your thoughts on the situation on where the Cubs should play Lahair and Rizzo defensively?

    It seems that based on the quotes in your article from Lahair that he isn’t too exited about a move to the outfield.

    If the Cubs did move one of them to the outfield, that would create a logjam. You think we would either trade Soriano or send an extra OF down?

    -Thanks

    • Chadaudio

      I’m not Neil, but it seems they would probably cut Reed Johnson… or maybe send Campana back down to Iowa since Campana is also a left-handed bat.

    • Tony_Hall

      Lahair wants to play MLB.  I don’t really think he will mind playing for a major league team in the outfield.  

      Reed Johnson or Soriano would be the most likely candidate to be traded or released.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      If they both can hit (in LaHair’s case keep hitting), the best case defensively would be to put LaHair in left and Rizzo at first. Rizzo is a much better defender and I think LaHair can hold his own in left. Right field, especially in the big parks, not so much. I have heard LaHair talk about playing in the outfield and his tone sounded better than his words in he Sun-Times article. Based on what he has said in the past, I think he’s okay with moving to the outfield.

      With that said, I would like to see LaHair play everyday, even against lefties. Find out if he can hit the good lefties in the league. If he cannot that impacts the roster moving forward and Soriano’s future with the team.

      Soriano has no value right now. None. And if he cannot start hitting with power they might just have to release him. It is a lot of money but it is sunk cost and if he is keeping them from developing a player (or players) it is time to move on.

      • Zonk

        I agree with you Neil, but the critical question going on right now in Cubs circles is probably Soriano.  Is he slumping, or is his decline terminal?

        I would like someone to show stats like swing and miss % or bat speed or something to shed light on it.

        If I am Theo, I need to be 100% sure he’s cooked before I dump him.  Because trading him, even if we pick up  90% of his pay, is not an option right now.  It’s play him, or cut him and eat what would be (I think) the largest Money Sandwich in Major League history. (Biggest I can find:  Aaron Rowand, $27 mil)

        It would stink to see Soriano hitting homeruns for an AL team successfully.  Looking at his stats, I personally think his decline is terminal, but that’s something you need to be damn sure of before cutting a player you have 2 1/2 more years of control over already spent.

        • Tony_Hall

          Baltimore ate the last 3 years of Albert Belle’s contract (5 years $65M), but it was covered by insurance since they kept him on the 40 man roster.  

          I remember seeing a list of contracts that teams had to pay for no play, but can’t find it right now.

          • Zonk

            That’s a good one, though as you say it was insured, and due to injury more than ineffectiveness. 

            I predict that no matter how much we eat from Soriano, that the record will be broken, and the contracts that will break it will be one of the following:

            Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, A-Rod, Prince Fielder

          • Chadaudio

            My bet is on Ryan Howard… that contract is hilarious.

          • John_CC

             Absolutely. It is one of the worst contracts ever.

          • cc002600

             I think the Pujols contract will go down as the worst in MLB history.  The guy is 32 (we think, could be older) and will be 33 next January. 

            He has already shown signs of age catching up with him if you look at his numbers over last 4 years, as each year they have gotten little bit worse, and he’s off to God awful start this year. 

            He might end up with only 25HR, 80 RBI, .275 this year and that might be generous.

            The contract is for 10 years, which means he will be getting paid megamillions until 42.  Wow, how stupid is that ?

          • paulcatanese

            Speaking of the age of Pujols I feel a little vindicated on bashing
            Cespedes. The report this morning indicates he is being sued for not paying commisions to the proper people, and when asked, he said he is not Cespedes but someone else,therefore indications that he dosent owe anyone.
            This is one reason that Soler is being held up being cleared and signed.
            Article went on to indicate all is not what it was supposed to be.

          • Zonk

            Cespedes might be 30.  This might be his peak year.

            We really have to make sure on these guys now, because the birth cert fraud is getting way too frequent. 

            Low-level rumors state that Pujols is older than he lists….wonder if that’s true

          • John_CC

            I still think Pujols’ line at the end of the year will be top 10.  He hasn’t declined that much. Last year he hit .250 in April, though he did knock 7 HR, in May be hit .288 w/ just 2 HR. Pretty slow pace for the first two months and yet he ended the season with 99 RBI, 37 HR and .299 BA…and a big flipping ring. 

            Not saying the contract isn’t silly. Just that I’m not counting Pujols out after a poor April. 

          • paulcatanese

            John, MLB had a take on Pujols last night and comparing the two fields, and if he was still in St Louis that 15-20 ft in left center would account four 5-6 home runs and a jump in BA. So you are right.

          • cc002600

             Sorry, but I disagree.

            I know its early, but he has a dug a huge hole.  His numbers are beyond bad to this point.

        • daverj

          Believe it or not, the saber skill stats indicate that Soriano has been lucky so far this season and that he would have a batting average somewhere between .200 and .210 if luck were not on his side.  His walk rates are much lower than normal.  His BABIP is higher than it’s been since 2007 when he could leg out some hits.  His ground ball rates are through the roof … which would be great if he were Campana, but are terrible for a power hitter.

          All the indicators seems to say that no rebound is coming.

          • Zonk

            Yeah, .344 BABIP.  That’s not a good omen.

            There is a Soriano rant in the THT awards.  Cliff Notes:  He never adapted in baseball, and has no intelligence.  He got by on freakish talent; once that’s gone, he is useless:

            http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/tht-awards050112/

          • Bryan

            Absolutely.  Stick a fork in Soriano…he’s done!  And we can add Soto to the “done” list as well. 

        • cubtex

          Didn’t Soriano go homerless in the month of April before and still hit over 20 for the year?

          • Tony_Hall

            Let’s hope someone still thinks he can…and pay him $5M per year for the rest of his contract :)

          • cubtex

            I hope so but that is why it is foolish not to throw him out there everyday. We all know how streaky he gets. He can get on a roll and hit 10 HR’s for a month and maybe a team in contention who has an injury could be interested.

          • Tony_Hall

            Soriano has hit 10 HR’s in a month, 4 times with the Cubs and only once since May 2008, and that was last years March/April.  You have to look back a long, long ways to find a zero in the HR column for a month.

            The $5M per year was also reminding you of our little bet, about what a team will be willing to pay per year for Soriano.  Right now it looks like zero.

          • cc002600

             Not in a million years.

            He has ZERO value…and never will, anymore.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree with you.  Cubtex and I went back and forth during the off-season about what a team would be willing to pay Soriano. I said the most any team would pay was $12M for 3 years.  $5M this year, $4 next year, and $3M in 2014.  At this was the high side.  He said a team would pay $5M per year.  

            Obviously, no team is ever going to do that.

          • Ripsnorter1

            First year with the Cubs….Soriano hit zero HRs in April.  Finished hitting 14 in Sept, and 33 for the year 2007. He had 70 RBI and batted .299, with 42 doubles and 19 SB. He was CS 6x.

          • cubtex

            Thanks for posting. I thought that was the case.

          • Tony_Hall

            Many moons ago…

          • cubtex

            So it only convenient to use a guys track record when you like that player? :)

          • Tony_Hall

            Track record??  From April of 2007.  Only once since May of 2008.  

            That’s really not a track record that is possible to return.

          • cubtex

            He hit what….26 HR’s last year? Do you think he won’t hit any this year? He has hit over 20 for 10 straight years. We all know he is streaky.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am extremely confident that streak will end thisyyear.

      • daverj

        I think they have to either release or trade Soriano by July 31.  And the way he is hitting now, release is looking like the most likely scenario.

        By the end of July, I’d like to see LaHair in left, Campana in center, Jackson in right and Rizzo at first.

        The following line-up would at least be fun to watch.

        Campana – CF
        Jackson – RF
        Castro – SS
        LaHair – LF
        Rizzo – 1B
        Stewart – 3B (to be replaced at some point if doesn’t turn things around)
        W Castillo – C
        Barney – 2B

        And then if Theo signs Hamels and either Greinke, Marcum or A Sanchez in the offseason, we’re quite possibly a .500 team in 2013 and a playoff contender in 2014. 

        • cc002600

           If they sign one or 2 those pitchers,with that lineup, I think .500 would be a disappointment.  I think you would have more than enough to compete in that weak division, and could win it.

          one more thing….love your lineup, except 1 change.  Let’s get David Wright to balance it out.  5 lefties is too many.

          I think he could be had if we dangled Soto and some young talent…..he has 16M option in 2013, I’m thinking the Mets won’t want to pay that.

          • daverj

            I like the idea of Wright, but the Mets have indicated that they not only will exercise Wright’s option, but that they want to extend him long term.  If the Mets were to deal him, he’s going to cost a couple top prospects and the Cubs don’t have expendable top prospects right now.  Soto and young talent won’t land Wright unless that young talent includes at least Jackson or Rizzo plus another quality prospect … not worth it.

          • cc002600

             Good point.  Thanks. I wasn’t aware Mets wanted to re-sign him.

          • Zonk

            Sure, David Wright would be great, but no way the Mets make that trade.

            First, they are trying to sign Wright to a long-term extension.  Failing that, they’ll pick up the option; he looks great this year

            Second, they have a young catcher they like, Josh Thole

            Not sure why you think the Mets would trade David Wright for Geo Soto

          • cc002600

             Was thinking Soto as a starting point.  Then possibly Vitters and a Junior Lake or McNutt.  Something along those lines.

            But if they are going to extend him, then it won’t work and its a moot point.

            Thanks

        • paulcatanese

          With that lineup,.500 would be sooner than later, I would count it from the day it started.

        • Bryan

          I’m with you 100% with that lineup.  But unfortunately the “business/financial” side takes precedent these days in baseball, so we likely won’t see our top prospects for a few months (unlike the National who had no problem bringing up Bryce Harper yesterday (and quite a debut for him).  Someone made the perfect comment earlier….rather than worry about arbitration/super 2 status, blah, blah, blah, you take care of your valuable players with appropriate contracts.

          How sad that the mindset has to be to put up with marginal on-field “talent” until late June, and then perhaps the financial aspects will allow us to see a better team, though certainly we lose another season in the process.  Yep, that’s what our loyal fans deserve, right?

          • Tony_Hall

            The Nationals are a playoff contender this year and had injuries that made them bring up Harper.  There is no guarantee that he won’t go back down, when guys come off the DL, to, “delay” his clock as well.

      • Zonk

        PS:  Defensively, an outfield of Soriano-DeJesus-LaHair would be pretty brutal.  DeJesus is OK in CF if he has good outfielders on either side, but that would not be the case.

        This is why I think Soriano is topic #1 behind Cubs closed doors.  Because that is a huge decision. 

         If they do end-up cutting him, I would be fine with LaHair in LF, if Campana is CF and DeJesus in RF. 

        DeJesus is a plus-plus RF, and I would prefer to keep him there.  He’s very good out there.

      • Zonk

        Between Rizzo’s June 22 date (thanks “Guest” for the exact date), and the need to be sure where Soriano stands, I think the Cubs should and will play Soriano through June 22 to determine where we stand.  We’ll also have a better bead on LaHair (keep in mind, he has a BABIP right now of .600, so let’s see what he can sustain).

        If Soriano still stinks on June 22, we will have enough to say that it’s not a small sample size, and move on.  In Soriano’s defense, he is an extremely streaky hitter, so there is a chance I suppose he snaps out of it and hits a bunch of home runs. 

        • daverj

          LaHair’s BABIP is the highest in the league … that will fall along with his batting average.

          BUT, LaHair’s hard hit ball rates are up there with some of the games top (though not elite) power hitters like Corey Hart, Ethier, and Uggla.  That indicates to me that the home run and double power is for real …

          • Zonk

            I agree, and in his defense, he would have a couple more HR’s in warmer weather.  I think LaHair is more of a .250 to .270 hitter; with power, that’s still good enough.  But he isn’t a .300 hitter really.  He’s just lucky.

          • cubtex

            I agree and that is more reason to trade him while his luck is holding up and the pitchers aren’t finding his achilles heel yet.

      • cubtex

        Here is my issue with that Neil. Is he a long term fix in LF? I don’t believe so. We both know Rizzo is the future at 1B. Why wait till he fails before they move him. He is hitting now. He is a liability defensively. He will not confuse anyone with being a passable left fielder defensively. LaHair is a tradeable chip and hopefully get back a decent prospect. Let’s try to sell high on one of these guys. The longer you hold onto this guy the more flaws will be exposed and his value will decrease(especially putting him in the outfield)

        • Chadaudio

          This makes sense to me.  Assuming the return on LaHair is decent, I lean towards trading him after Rizzo is brought up.  This does largely depend on WHEN Riz is brought up though… It may be best to wait on trading LaHair until the offseason.

          The risk is that Rizzo bombs, and we are without anyone at 1B, but we have to take a risk on Rizzo at some point anyway so…

          • Dnuge

            If  Rizzo is brought up, I would keep LaHair and play him in LF, we know what we have in LaHair and the team lacks power, so they need him.  Trading for a so called prospect is like buying a lottery ticket.

        • cc002600

          I disagree.  He has no MLB track record and he’s 29
          .
          I don’t think you are going to get a top prospect for him. And if so, then why trade him when you have no power in your system coming up in the near term ?

          • cubtex

            I didn’t say TOP prospect….I said decent prospect. Maybe a top 25 guy(obviously closer to 25)

          • daverj

            Do you mean top 25 in all of MLB or Top 25 in an organization?  If the former, I can’t see LaHair bringing back a prospect in the Top 100 of MLB.  If the latter, then, I agree that is a possible return.  I think we’re probably looking at 1 guy from a team’s 6th-10th best prospects or 2 guys in the 11-25 range. 

          • paulcatanese

            And what will everyone think if LaHair matches last year and hits 35-40 HR’s? Just a thought:)

          • cubtex

            he is still a 1st baseman or DH. He is not a long term fix in the outfield so he needs to be moved.

          • cubtex

            no no…not overall :) I meant an organizations top 25.

        • Zonk

          Baseball General Managers know the same things that us, a bunch of guys on a baseball blog know.  LaHair has hit pretty well, but he is 29, and defensively limited.  He is an interesting hitter, but not worth a stud prospect at this point. 

          He is worth a couple decent prospects though, and that could go higher.  His main attribute is that he is cheap and under club control.  Those are traits that are increasingly valuable.

  • paulcatanese

     I don’t think the Cubs will bring Rizzo up until they are absoluty sure he is ready. They do not want to go thru the same thing as last year, for them and for the confidence of Rizzo.
    Having a great time in AAA is not the same at the Major League level,
    where Rizzo is still a prospect.
    More sustained information would be at hand on LaHair had they played him last year when they had the opportunity, but didn’t.
    That being said, so far LaHair is proving that it was not a fluke(power)
    and it may be the same for Rizzo, he may just step in and produce the way he has been at Iowa.
    Rizzo being called up sooner than later creates a problem with the roster, but it is a nice problem to have.

    • daverj

      I agree Paul.  They will be conservative in keeping Rizzo in the minors a bit longer given what happened to him last season.

  • Redlarczykg

    I want to see Mather hit against lefties at 3B and let Sewart play against the righthanders.

    Let’s see what Mather can do with the bat and in the field.

    • Zonk

      Increasingly, it looks like niether one of them is a long-term answer at 3B.  And I don’t think Vitters is either, but there is no reason not to let him play in AAA. 

  • Rjscanio

    Play campana instead of soriano if alf. does not start hitting in a few weeks.   Tony C.  is a catalyst for scoring runs.  Platoon sori and D. De Jesus is another option when Rizzo comes up,if they can not get any trade for Sori.

  • Rjscanio

    Outfield should be B Jackson in right, T Campana in CF, and La Hair in left.
    Hope for Ian Stewart to get going.  If not move Castro to 3B, and Barney to short and we have many options for 2nd Base.