First off, it is very sad to see a fun, popular, and "kid friendly" player such as Arraez get moved. As has been said in many other places though, it was the right baseball move. Has enough time passed where we can ask what the impact will be on the roster? if so... What is the impact of the Luis Arraez trade on the roster?? hehe
Obviously 2 big areas are immediately impacted. DH & 1B
Who's On 1st?
Obviously you have to start with Kirilloff. You would assume it is his to lose. Working on the impression the Miranda is 100% moving to 3B. There have been rumors of Yuli Guriel interest, but really if we even consider that, then we need to consider (close your eyes people) Miguel Sano as well. Guriel was a 85 OPS plus which means he was 15% below average. No tworth a move in my opinon. DO we move Kepler to 1B? The down side of the Arraez trade is we are left with very little PROVEN comodity at 1B.
My move is to reach out to Washington and check in on a Kirillof for recently signed Dom SMith direct trade. Can you trade a recently signed FA?? I dont know. short of that move I see it being Kirilloff. Who do you see as the opening day 1B?
DH is another impacted position, however with more options, yet equally unproven options. Yes Buxton will take weekly DH ABs, Correa might as well in order to protect long term. I do not see a PURE DH bat on this roster except for possibly Wallner. Gallo is a big bat but supposedly plays some strong defense. Again like 1B there is not a ton of significant upgreads out there at DH.
While I commend Falvie for having patience and getting a good deal for Arraez, the down side of such patience is that quality other options are no longer available.
For the opening day primary DH, I am going to have to go ahead and go with Wallner, or maybe cheat and say a Wallner/Larnach platoon. WHo do you see as opening day primary DH?
AND if Kepler still gets moved, and there really is no need at this point as we have a pretty solid rotation, maybe for a bullpen arm??? but at this point with a set rotation we might as well go with a quality OF defense of Kepler, Gallo, Buxton. BTU if he does still get moved,then you have to assume the entore OF/1B/DH logjam is releived and all 3 of Kirilloff, Larnach, adn Wallner are on the openign day roster. right??