I get where you're coming from, but they still have too much pitching on the 40 man right now. There's only so many spots at the ML level, and like it or not, guys like Odorizzi and Pineda are guaranteed them, even if they are potentially replaceable. The problem they have going into 2019 is that several players are out of options (May, Mejia) and several more are waiting for injuries (Romero, Slegers, Gonsalves, Littell, and Stewart). That's a surplus. Sure, other than Romero it may not be top shelf talent, but it still has value now and takes up too many of those precious 40 man spots. Given that, it may make sense to ship away a couple of these minor leaguers for usable parts in the majors. That's all I'm getting at. The trick is identifying who stays and who goes.
I am fully on board with this concept. However, I have 2 questions.
1) Should we be trading Romero or Gonsalves given the very short list of SPs signed past 2019?
2) Will Littell and/or Stewart return players that can fill the holes we are discussing?
Hopefully, they extend Gibson this winter. That would be very helpful to our 3-4 yr outlook.
BTW ... I believe we have reason to be optimistic even though there are several "holes".
- Sano is looking quite a bit better. This had to be a humbling experience and chances are he will report to spring training in much better shape.
- You have to believe resigning Escobar is very high on their priority list and you would have to think we can get him if we are willing to pay market rate.
- 1B is one of the easier positions to fill.
- May is looking pretty good so that would be a nice add to the BP.
- We have significant available dollars via expiring contracts.
- Garver is looking like he will fill one of lour holes pretty well.
- Jake Cave looks like part of the solution.
- Don't forget Polanco is back and looking pretty good too.
I think there is a good chance quite a few of our holes fill themselves over the remainder of this season. Let's not panic yet.
* While I am hoping, I hope last night was the start of Max Kepler being a big part of the solution. I am actually going to have a great time watching the remainder of the games if some of the question marks perform well, especially Sano / Buxton / Kepler Mejia, and Romero.
Edited by Major Leauge Ready, 05 August 2018 - 07:07 AM.