|By Jason A. Churchill||By 09-14-2009|
|1. By: The Great Pumpkin on 09-14-2009 18:40:02|
Could an infield of Branyon, Hardy-2B, Wilson-SS, Lopez-3B work for next year? Would Lopez be a better fit than Hall at 3B if it came down to that?
|2. By: The Great Pumpkin on 09-14-2009 18:43:00|
Nevermind that 2nd question, you answered that in the article. I'm just not sure how Lopez's Defense projects at 3B. Would he be below average?
|3. By: email@example.com on 09-14-2009 19:01:07|
I think this team will need more offense from their infield. And we all know that NL hitters do not fair well in AL. So both Wilson and Hardy together is not good for this team. Maybe one of them but come on we need some hitters.
And Branyon does not provide sufficient D. He should be platooned at DH.
|4. By: Jason A. Churchill on 09-14-2009 19:58:17|
Lopez, with time, could be average at third base, but right now, Hall is probably a little bit better due to having more recent experience.
Not sure platoon Branyan makes sense if the reason is for defense. It will all depend on who the DH is going to be. If the club inks Delgado or Nick Johnson, and they keep Branyan, too, some sort of 1B share works just fine. But if it's a pure DH like Thome, Branyan is your 1B. He's not awful over there -- strangely, his UZR is about the same as that of Mark Teixeira this season.
|5. By: gopilots on 09-14-2009 21:40:25|
I agree about Wilson and would love to see the M's pick up Hardy. Hopefully the free agent market will stay relatively cheap and the desired infield could be Branyan, 2B Lopez (of the Felipe variety) Hardy and the Jose Lopez at third.
|6. By: bikozu on 09-14-2009 22:56:41|
If we can get Hardy or Brignac for a decent value, then I'm all for that. If not, I prefer spending our FA (and other money) on a couple of bats.
Nick Johnson is my first choice for first base. Generally an average fielder at 1B and stayed healthy this year. Might be able to get him cheap for a 2 year contract or so.
But for DH, I think targeting the last year of Matsui's contract would be a good idea. We could probably get a discount or a prospect thrown in (he's due $13 mil next season). He's a guy with PURE pull power and would benefit a lot from Safeco's short RF porch and I think he wouldn't end up costing us that much.
|7. By: gopilots on 09-14-2009 23:21:11|
I thought that Matsui was a full free agent this year. I agree that he might fit nice in Safeco, but I would like to see a DH/first base combo of Branyan, Carp and then add a good right-handed hitter who could platoon at times at both spots. Bill Hall could be a possibility for this if he proves to hit. He has shown power, has decent speed and could still be available to back up in the infield or outfield on his off days. This could give him a good number of ABs to stay sharp. This would give the flexibility for an additional back up infielder, or outfielder, or a true power righthanded DH/PH.
|8. By: rocketdawg31 on 09-15-2009 00:29:25|
I'm seriously hoping that Hardy comes to us, I infinitely prefer the idea of him in a Mariners' uni over Jack Wilson.
Guy couldn't hit poop if he fell into a pig-pen.
Brignac would still be a number one favorite thing to do, but realistically we just don't have much that Tampa Bay would say "Oh yeah, we'll be needing that".
The Rays don't need Brignac, but they'll pry an A-1 prospect from someone (other than us, unless I'm seriously undervaluing Zduriencik's Jedi-ness)for him.
Hardy and the Brew-Has, though...I see some possibilities there.
|9. By: mymrbig on 09-15-2009 07:10:12|
My main concern about the M's picking up Hardy is that he is basically Beltre with the bat (low OBP, good-but-not-great power). Sure, he is much better than Jack Wilson. But some of his HR will die in Safeco, which limits his value going forward. Plus you have to wonder how he would respond moving from the NL to the AL. I generally think the move is overblown for hitters, and has a much bigger effect on pitchers. But still, he certainly isn't a sure thing moving forward.
|10. By: candasharp on 09-15-2009 11:28:47|
What about trying to pick up Casey Kotchman on the cheap? LH Bat, 26 and very good glove. Not a lot of power but good plate discipline. Seems like he might be worth a shot at resurrecting his once promising potential.
|11. By: Jason A. Churchill on 09-15-2009 12:06:05|
He's second-year arby eligible this winter after making $2.885m this season. You're looking at a $4.5-5 million player who is an above-average glove -- not great, he leads the league in UZR for 1B, but 1B crop is way down this year. Even Teixieria and Pujols are down -- and a below-average bat.
That's definitely not worth more than $4 million bucks. But heck, he could be a non-tender by the Red Sox.
|12. By: FelixElRey on 09-16-2009 20:58:09|
Just read that Uggla expects to be traded this offseason...I'm not a huge fan, but I figured if a "big name" middle infielder is on the block, it ought to be discussed.
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