I apologize in advance if I'm being redundant regarding posts from the front page. I am interested in creating a running entry here in the community section where we can talk about different rumors we come across throughout the offseason, along with moves we'd like to see done.
Here's a generic list of players rumored to be on the move:
Dye (if the White Sox pick up his option and try to dump him)
Chris Young (P)
Chris Young (OF)
Roberts (what would an offseason be without a Brian Roberts rumor?)
***this is just an abbreviated list of names I've seen on foxsports.com-ben maller, mlbtraderumors.com, espn.com, and various local papers. If everyone can update and add to this list, I think it'd make for excellent discussion. Obviously, pretty much every prospect from every team would be up for discussion (for obvious reasons)
As mentioned, I am a huge proponent of going after versatile players. Everyone should know who I'm advocating going for by now, but I'll just recap (I realize EY Jr. hasn't been rumored anywhere aside from me, and others on here...as well as Moreland too...):
*I've also been very high on Alexei Ramirez in the past but who knows if rumors were unfounded or not regarding him being traded. Additionally, I am pretty high on Hardy, provided we trade Theriot and Fontenot in separate deals. Aside from salary structured deals taking on guys like Burrell, Rowand, Zito, Willis, Granderson, etc., I'm not really high on anyone else in those rumors. I would be high on Brandon Wood, but with Figgins likely to depart, I just don't see him going anywhere. As a last resort at 2B, I'd be interested in Uggla, but he's defense is atrocious, and he strikes out a ton without enough power like Dunn has (or walks) to justify trading much for him. I do think that if he plays at Wrigley, he just might average 40 hr, 100 RBI...and if Dunn plays at Wrigley, we might just see him averaging close to 50 hr, 100 RBI. Both of them play in large parks, so it's quite possible.
I just know that we have the following needs:
1) youth and power
3) reliable middle relief
4) versatile position players (Hoffpauir and Fox were "versatile", but were playing out of position, and it showed at times...just not good enough defensively to handle it)
BJ Upton impressed me greatly the other week when he hit for the cycle, but not because he did the rare feat. It was because he inside-outed a couple of his hits when he was overmatched. He did the little things to get hits that we couldn't seem to do all season (aside from Carlos Zambrano....LOL). He's also got the speed we so desperately need along with the versatility.
I think as far as our team is concerned, here is who I think has a 75-100% chance of staying:
Z, Lilly, Dempster, Wells
Grabow, Gorzelanny, Berg, Caridad, Guzman, Marmol, Marshall
Lee, ARAM, Theriot, Baker, Soriano, Fukudome, Soto
Hoffpauir, Fox, Blanco, Fontenot, Hill, Fuld, Johnson
25% and less:
Bradley, Miles, Scales, Taguchi, Colvin (will be in our system though)
The way I see it, we'll have one infield position to fill, one outfield position to fill, one starter, and one reliever.
What that means is that if we're going to make real changes to improve this roster, we're going to have to make prudent trades. Free agency certainly isn't going to cut it. Outside of Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, John Lackey, and Jose Valverde, (all of whom will be overpaid), there just aren't any stand-out players.
Sure, you could argue that Blalock, Lopez, Abreu, Damon, Hudson, Ankiel, Podsednik, Rafael Soriano, among others might be good fits...but the facts are this...We are OLD............VERY OLD!!!!!!!!!!! And we don't need players in their 30's right now. We need young, up-and-comers in their mid to late 20's.
Here's hoping we have a great offseason, and let's have some healthy and productive debate on here!!!