Re: Bridge 14
posted at 9/26/2013 11:28 PM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
Napoli's hip is a gamble too. K Morales is no picture of health. Morneau? I think not.
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
Half of people here wanted Cory Hart???? He havent play a game this year!! No freakin way. I ll take Napoli over him!!
It depends on health naturally, but he's got a .857 over the previous three years, pretty consistently. If you only go after low-risk players, you're unlikely to find bargains. If he's switching to 1B, the knees might not be as much of a problem, and if he is platooning with Carp, he might stay healthy.
I do not see Hart as our plan A, but I think it's intriguing to envision one guy filling two needs (1B and OF) and allowing two things to happen:
1) JBJ gets a shot to win the fulltime CF job, but we have a strong back-up plan if he struggles or fails outright: Victorino to CF, Hart to RF, and Carp/Nava 1B.
2) Carp gets a chance to win the full time 1B job, but we have a strong back-up plan if he struggles or fails outright: Hart/Nava to 1B, Vict/Nava to RF, and JBJ/Vict to CF.
I do not see an overall advantage to this plan, unless the we use the savings by signing one guy rather than two in a way to upgrade other positions that would not be able to be upgraded due to budget constraints if we sign a very good OF'er & 1Bman.
Hart may also agree to a shorter term deal than some other top options like Choo, Pence and Napoli. His cost will be lower than even one of these guys, let alone 2.
Let's say we have about $35M to spend this winter. We spend $14M on Salty and a few million on a utiltiy IF'er and RH'd relief pitcher. We may be left with about $15-18M to fill the 1B and CF/RF slots. That's not enough to sign Napoli and Pence, unless we go over the limit and pay the tax. Hart solves that dilema and provides the felxibility that Napoli or Pence cannot give us alone.