I really have a feeling that after this off-season we are going to have some upset LSB posters. I just dont think we have a solid solution in house to solve our outfield problem by 2009. We are all in agreement that the free agent market is crap this year and the playoffs have illustrated payroll doesn't buy post-season wins.
What I'm suggesting is this: I don't think JD sits on his hands because the market sucks. I think one of the outfield holes gets filled with a young stud (like a Salty)that many think we give up to much for.
Benoit and Laird are the obvious candidates on the major league roster but won't be the additions that make another team pull the trigger on trading away good young talent. I'm looking at dirk's prospect list and I'm seeing a lot of RHP's and LHP's being mentioned. I'm betting 1, possibly 2 of those are gone by the time spring training rolls around. Maybe one of the catchers too.
My reasoning is this: If the front office wasn't blowing sunshine up our butts when they threw out the year 2009, they cant possibly think that our internal candidates and 08 free agents are going to help us put a team out there that can contend . We have to have better production in the outfield and I see this as our biggest issue if our pitching prospects mature like I think they will. I have no problem with Cat platooning but he should be the 4th best OFer on the team, not tied with everyone for last.
Its not hard seeing the infield being a strength in 09. Hopefully, $, we will be able to keep in tact the bullpen. The starters, well, they are their own discussion but I do think 09 might treat us well.
I'm interested in ya'lls thoughts on what plans need to be made to contend in 09 and what reasons you think that date is or isn't a possibility?