I think Medlen has good enough stuff to be a quality starter in 2010 and beyond, but we just have so many quality pitchers. I know it’s supposedly a “good problem” and you can “never have too much pitching”, but I cant help but be sad/frustrated that we’re going to have to give up some of these good arms via trades or free agency.
Oh Steve, I think about that many times a day. It’s just going to be hard to sign a big name free agent to RF or 1B, when we potentially have Heyward and Freeman on the doorstep. And we know they have been said to be “untouchables” in the trade market…only door left open is LF.
Taylor and Steve, I don’t think LF is something that needs to be filled. A Church/Diaz platoon will be very good, cheap, and will give Wren a great deal of flexibility. Schaefer will be good in CF. McLouth is fine in RF. When Hayward arrives, McLouth can go to LF and then either Church or Diaz will be traded.
What to do with 1B while we wait for Freeman is the big question. LaRoche is too good to settle for a 1 year contract, obviously.
Anyway, Wren did well in the offseason, in a large part because of the deals he couldn’t pull off. I for one am not hoping for some big deal, as it will have to involve trading Vazquez.
I agree Chris, part of my initial observation and then response is that…we dont NEED to fill some gaping hole in our offense anymore. I like Diaz, even his defense, no one gives more effort than Matty, but I dont see Church or GA being around past 2009. I like the prospects of a McLouth/Schafter (provided he’s healthy)/Heyward outfield at some point next year. That would leave CJ/Esco/Prado/??? (wish LaRoche, at least short term until Freeman arrives)/Bmac in the infield. Maybe Freeman could transition to LF or RF, who knows, it has happened before. Freeing up a spot for LaRoche long term. That has the makings of a championship team with the types of pitching that we can throw out there.
I guess my initial concern is that…if we trade these extra pitchers..what do we even ask for? I doubt we see people being bumped from that mock 2010 lineup that I’m throwing out there. You aren’t going to trade a Vazquez or Lowe for bullpen help.
Let’s remember that LaRoche is a notorious first half bust. He has been tremendous since he came over, but when he is batting .235 next June, assuming we resign him somehow, I don’t want people going crazy about what a bum he is. I just don’t see him going for a one year deal, when this second half will get him more money and a longer deal elsewhere. He has to know that Freeman is looming and I can’t imagine, even though he seems a perfect fit here, that he wants to go through getting traded by the Braves again.
Will’s funny. It amazes me how you guys can look at next season. I’m so caught up in this season I can’t handle it. Must be my one track mind. I’ll be honest. I thought they were going to let the fish leave the ATL with 2. Loved watching the win yesterday and was disappointed there is no game tonight but I’m sure the boys need a break. For the sake of the peace of my family I can’t commit to the hope meter. My heart can’t take it.
C in B, break my heart into little bitty pieces why dontcha: “…and then either Church or Diaz will be traded.” Somebody was going to say it, especially since he’s [Diaz is] blipping a tad more on the radar lately. However. No, no, no. No!
Okay, apologies for the Spanish Oriental lameness. I must, must, must drink less beer.
(But, hey, you beer drinkers, how about the Budweiser Select, eh? I’m a big fan. Not just cuz of the sexy black & red bottles, either. Crisp, yet not too light)
School starts Wednesday, yoinks. I might be slight. Don’t everyone cry.
Hey, just one man’s opinion, but I rather miss the Steve/Hammy/Curt shows. (Though, I did enjoy this week’s guest). I really hope that doesn’t sound like a dig, because I appreciate you guys working to bring informative folks and it does lend a certain mini-prestige to the podcast.
But it’s so much more laid back with just you three (and maybe BP Frank), and the loose comraderie (sp?) is what attracted me to the show to begin with. It never seems like you guys are trying to show off, or one-up the others, or whatever. It’s warmer and fuzzier. I like the warm fuzzy.
Schafer for a year of Adam Dunn. Would the Nats do that? Throw in Kelly Johnson and get a little more back from Nationals? I don’t think the kid Schafer is going to make it. I really don’t.
Then sign Laroche three to five years and trade Freeman for a hot 3B prospect to replace Chipper Jones. I know Freeman is our baby, but there’s a replacement for Chipper somewhere that’s somebody else’s baby.
Trade Vazquez to get some of the money for Dunn and Roachy. Get some hot young relief help for Javy. The kind of hot young relief help that can start on occasion since the rotation will be getting thinner.
Bub, the hot young relief help is named Neftali Feliz. He now plays for the Rangers. Or Adam Wainwright. He can also start. He now plays for St. Louis. At least we have JD Drew and Mark Texeira anchoring our lineup for years to come.
C in B and Taylor: back to your earlier posts. Now that Schafer is going under the knife, are you still feeling ok about the ’10 outfield? I wasn’t confident about him for next year a couple of days ago. Now I really have my doubts. I’m ok with keeping Diaz/Church for one of the corners, but I still think we need a big ol’ bat in the other.
And Bub – you madman! Trading Schafer?! I grant you, my confidence level is not too high for him right now, but he’d need to be in a deal for more than a one year rental for me to do it.
Steve, I still feel good about Schaefer. He’ll be fully healed well before February and he’s talking about playing in winter ball. He’s going to be fine. The outfield is going to be good. This team is on the cusp of being very strong and next year will be fun.
We would have won if there was someone on the bench to pinch run for Anderson.