Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part III
posted at 9/19/2013 9:43 PM EDT
In response to jidgef's comment:
I know Ben likes his kids, but I would not be surprised if we pull off a shocker this winter to get a real big bopper for the middle of our order (more likely), or a true ace for our staff (less likely now, maybe more likely next winter).
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to jcri's comment:
Looks like we have guys on the major league roster as well as chips below to get a good power hitter AND upgrade starters if we want...
Moon, beyond Stanton, who might that bopper be? I know nothing about the Cuban that Boom writes about often, but he wouldn't cost any prospects. Stanton comes with a big red flag in my opinion; he leads MLB in errors among outfielders, in spite of missing lots of time. Pence doesn't excite me. I really don't follow the weaker teams enough to know who might fit the bopper discription. I think much of this year's team comes back next year as is and any blockbuster deal would have ramifications for 2015 and beyond.
I don't think of Pence, Choo, Ellsbury, Napoli, K Morales or any FA as a "big bopper. If we end up with Pence, Salty and Napoli and get upticks from Bogey and Middy, maybe that makes up for the loss of Ellsbury, but I'm really hoping we can somehow land a big bopper without losing Bogey or Owens.
Stanton is the obvious choice, but will be super costly due to his low salary, age, and years of team control. Beyond him, I don't see many "available" players.
Here are the leaders in SLG from 2012-2013 (500+ PAs):
.627 Miggy Not available: Nope
.576 C David N/A Nope
.569 Braun (Roidman)
.567 Trout (Would take the world to pry him from the Angels)
.546 Encarnacion (A long shot possibility)
.545 C Gonzalez (How good away from Colo?)
.545 B Moss (How come we can never get guys like him?)
.538 McCutchen (I lobbied for him years ago: a slight chance now.)
.535 A Beltre Very slight chance.
.533 R Cano (Can he play 3B?)
.524 Goldschmidt N/A
.524 Votto N/A
.512 A Hill Doubt it
.509 Posey N/A
.508 A Ramirez
.507 C Hart A FA gamble
.506 Hamilton (Don't want him)
.504 J Bruce
.503 Longoria N/A
.502 A Jones N/A
.501 Wright N/A
.495 C Beltran, .493 A Soriano, .493 Fielder, .493 Ludwick...
.491 E Chavez
.482 S Harrison
.481 C Gomez
.481 N Cruz
.474 C Ruiz
.471 G Jones
.471 AJ Pierz.
.471 A Rios
.467 C Carter
.466 B Butler
.460 K Morales
.453 C Johnson
.453 M Byrd
.445 A Gordon
I don't see many choices here