Re: The New Golden Outfield
posted at 8/23/2014 5:19 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I like Naps as a 6th slot batter, but right now, he looks to still be our clean-up hitter or 5 slot hitter.
If we want Craig to stay healthy, he probably should DH. That slot is blocked, so 1B seems the next best place. His years of team control and contractual cost are much better than Napoli's, so I could see trying to deal Mike... not handing him away, but looking to move him for a helpful player or prospects that perhaps could be flipped for some top talent.
What projected contenders need a 1Bman? Here are the worst 1Bman OPS of 2014:
24) Kansas City
22) San Diego
I'm not an expert on other teams' farm systems, so I do not know if any of these teams have any hot up and coming 1B prospects, but from the list above, I'd say possible trading partners might include Seattle, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Trading him to Pittsburgh would probably entail paying part of his contract, but with just 1 year left to go, it might not have to be much.
The minor leagues are devoid of first base talent. Any team that has a homegrown first baseman probably has that guy in the outfield or at 3B right now.
Seattle has D.J. Peterson at 3B, who has a decent chance to hit but his glove does not look great at all, he is a candidate to move to 1B but he might not be ready or an everyday player for another year or 2. But if they believe in him sticking at 3rd they could be an option. Even if a move to first is going to happen Napoli could represent a nice bridge for them.
Milwaukee has no corner infielders in their system. Their outfield prospects have good speed, good arms and aren't likely to make that move and they have a couple athletic SS so I don't see anyone who fits the profile to make that move. I highly doubt they have the first baseman of their future in their system.
Pittsburgh - I don't know what level of interest they would have but they don't really have any corner infield talent in their system. They are stacked with a couple high end pitching prospects at the top followed by a few intriguing guys in the outfield.
All things considered, all three teams could potentially have interest in Napoli.